Full back tales, tall ones and worrying ones


I’m struggling to find anything viable in newspaper stories linking Kieran Tierney returning to Celtic.  He has been the outstanding left back of the last 20 years, but I don’t see the fit.  He is 26 years old, has three years left on his Arsenal contract and is currently earning three times our top salary.

Even if he was prepared to take a 50% cut in wages, Arsenal would want a significant fee – well north of anything we have paid before, remember, they paid us £24m four years ago.

Even if Celtic consider wages and such a transfer fee was right, where would this investment lead?  His value is not going to appreciate, like Edouard or Jota.  It would be money tied-up in a depreciating asset that could be used on a player that we could trade profitably on.  Then there’s his persistent injury.

Kieran makes great copy.  He is one of our own and is available, but the hard facts don’t convince.

Starting the season without Alistair Johnston is a worry.  The Canada international has been a hit from the day he made his debut in January.  An ankle injury in April limited him to only one entire 90-minute game since.  He is a player I want fully fit for the visit to Ibrox and our Champions League games in September.

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  1. Playing sevco or in Europe with Ralston or Bernabie in the team gives me the fear.



    The one area where I thought we had to reinforce with quality and depth was our defence. So yes, I’m getting a bit nervous by the lack of defensive additions with the season pending.

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    BTW – KT? Yawn.



    “Good copy” says it all.



    Good copy makes money for SMSM.



    And soothes the souls of the hard of thinking.



    Doesn’t deliver a single ounce of silver for Celtic.

  3. Prestonpans bhoys on

    If we are to make a impact in the CL then we may have to purchase “finished articles” in their prime but without any significant profit sell on.



    I can handle that, I pay for a ST to see the best we can buy, football club first, PLC second……

  4. A transfer is obviously out of the question….a season long loan shouldn’t be …as long as KT took a significant wage cut for the year

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    During lunch break I happened across Frank Lampard’s latest wisdom.



    “I wanted to sign Declan Rice for Chelsea”



    Jeez – you can take the boy out of Romford market but …”



    I coulda been a contenda!




    The only Fr Hugh O’Donnell who comes from the Calton, whom I know, is alive and well and living in Dublin.








    Was he a priest at Our lady of Lord resolution in Cardonald then retired over to Mill Hill fathers in Dublin.



    I am still awaiting confirmation Cathach ex of these pages.Fr.Hugh O’ Donnell is a popular name.:-)

  7. vinniethedog on 13th July 2023 12:34 pm



    A transfer is obviously out of the question….a season long loan shouldn’t be …as long as KT took a significant wage cut for the year





    Even at that, I’d imagine Arsenal would want a significant fee.



    He’d go back there a year older and one year less on his contract.



    He’d be a very expensive one season addition – and then there’s the injury record.

  8. SFTB


    I received an e-mail from Superbru. Are you organising the `contest` again this season?



  9. quadrophenian on

    Agree Paulo – don’t see the sense in KT either. Would actually prefer an older Andy Robertson for LB he had a wee notion…



    And re RB, I’m quietly confident that Tony R will seize his chance to re-prove his worth in AJ’s absence and give Alistair a reason to try and get his RB slot back.

  10. garygillespieshamstring on

    AT and PCS





    The father Hugh I was talking about was a Mill Hill Misdionary Father who had been abroad for many years. Last time I saw him was doing supply in Coatbridge a few years back. Sounds like the Father Hugh who has retired to Dublin.

  11. Why nothing on the official site about team news, line ups, subs, goals, if any, even the result. Nothing. Zilch, Rien…..why?

  12. vinniethedog on

    An Dun….surely saving 90k a week would be enough for them ?!!….4.7 million seems not bad for a season!

  13. Fairly quiet down Lennoxtown way.


    Don’t read the red tops, so unsure what the hacks are saying.


    Personally, I should like to have seen a bit more transfer activity.


    Are we stronger than we were on last day of the season?

  14. AT and GGHS,



    You are both talking of the same man. Fr Hugh from the Calton is a Mill Hill Missionary. He retired from Cardonald a few months ago and is now in Dublin.

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    Bada Bing ….



    My instinctive reaction to the breaking news about Mikey Johnston’s injury….



    … He’s the flip side of Napoleon’s “lucky generals” coin.



    Smashing lad.



    Final year of contract.



    Now out for three months.



    IMHO, it’s almost certainly never going to happen for MJ in a Celtic jersey.



    This is the start of the long goodbye.



    Hey ho.

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    SMSM applying their usual consistent narrative to Word Cup payments DATA.



    What word is being used to describe Celtic out achieving all the others by more than 60% ?




  17. Prestonpans bhoys on

    “One trophyless season at Rangers is unacceptable to the fans. A second in succession could constitute grounds for removal.”



    Note to DR, they have won two trophies in 12 years…….

  18. Kieran Tierney will be welcomed back to Parkhead anytime.—- As a fan.



    We are not a boomerang club.



    Only one viable exception.— Moussa.




  19. Feel so sorry for Mikey, class act, but if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.


    Such shame





  20. Och cmon be fair, they have an exhaustive list of honours since inception.



    Scottish Championship (second-tier league title) Winners: 2016



    Scottish League One (third tier league title) Winners: 2014



    Scottish Third Division (fourth tier league title) Winners: 2013



    Scottish League Championship (first tier league title): Winners 2021


    Runners-up – 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023.



    Scottish Cup Winners : 2022


    Runners Up – 2016



    Scottish League Cup – Runners Up – 2019, 2023



    Scottish Challenge Cup Winners: 2015–16


    Runners-up: 2013–14



    Blackthorn Cup: 2013



    Veolia Trophy: 2020



    A Generation of Near Domination

  21. Stick this on your CV, imagine –



    Most Challenge Cup appearances: Lee Wallace, 14

  22. kevinlasvegas on

    Great news on Iwatta. He will feature more under Brendan. The weight of that Jersey Mickey. No luck.



    Not meant to be.csc





  23. Prestonpans bhoys on

    And before someone asks……..



    Scottish Challenge Cup final, also known as the Petrofac Training Cup final

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