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Celtic were looking for a right back throughout the second half of last term, but in the early weeks of his tenure, Brendan considered Mikael Lustig and Saidy Janko sufficient for the season ahead. Mikael is four years into a successful Celtic career but his fitness issues are of a persistent nature. We’ve reached Peak Swede.

Saidy missed lot of last season, also through injury, but he showed potential in his early outing this term. Aspirations for the lad crystallised in Israel last week, but not in a good way. I’m not going to defend him, because he was unquestionably poor, but agreement only exists on his poor showing because he was prepared to receive the ball so often. Not everyone in black that night was as keen to get on the end of a pass.

That opened the door for Cristian Gamboa, 26, second choice right back for West Brom. We’re very keen, apparently. West Brom manager, Tony Pulis, is less in need of a full back whose key attribute is getting forward at speed. Horses for course, I suppose, West Brom face different challenges than Celtic.

Two rumours have circulated this week: Celtic are looking for a midfield player and James McCarthy’s position at Everton is less secure than it was a year ago. Whoever has been linking these two facts has overreached – or made them up. Celtic have no idea where this one came from but were clear, there’s nothing in it.  Getting the right midfielder remains a task in hand, but usual caveats apply.  There are no guarantees we’ll land all our targets this summer.

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  1. Tony Pulis doesn’t like full backs. He collects centre backs and plays a couple of them in full back positions.

     

     

    We need two midfielders, hopefully the first one is signed by tomorrow.

  2. First ever podium, wow.

     

     

    Anything written by Patrick O’Brian, a genius of a writer. If historical novels are your thing – and they weren’t mine, until I read O’Brian – I urge you to seek him out and read the Aubrey/Maturin series in order if you can.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MOONBEAMS WD

     

     

    Jibes and jesting apart,I thought about mine earlier. Didn’t take me long.

     

     

    Due to my nomadic lifestyle over the last thirty years,I had a very truncated period of our history to choose from.

     

     

    October 67 till end of 86.

     

     

    Back for The Centenary Season of course,but when I got back again for five years at the end of the century,I couldnae get a ticket,hardly got to a game!

     

     

    (Had to bribe my Dad to go on holiday…)

     

     

    Of course,I’ve been to a fair few games on my trips home since but they generally stick in the memory for personal reasons,like the 2006 League Cup Final where we turned it into a memorial and celebration of our greatest player,Jimmy Johnstone.

     

     

    It was also the last time I took my nephew to a match. That’s not the type of memory your list is looking for,bud.

     

     

    But as I said,as lists go,wow,you did good,young fella!

     

     

    Aye,smallest violin,etc. But it would have been the smallest timescale too.

  4. AULDHEID on 30TH AUGUST 2016 12:20 PM

     

    Ernie Lynch from previous blog.

     

     

     

    It (UEFA throwing RFC under a bus) is certainly one interpretation that can be put on events but another which has more going for it is that UEFA have thrown the SFA under a bus.

     

     

    Reasons?

     

    1. UEFA make it clear RFC cannot be thrown under any bus and neither can TRFC/RIFC. The old club no longer exist the new club did nothing to sanction in 2011.

     

     

    2. UEFA will have asked questions when they reviewed the June 2011 submission in Sept 2011 by which time everyone knew SOs had called in August 2011 to collect overdue tax. The fact that RFC were by then out of both competitions possibly was a factor in not digging deeper.

     

     

    3. Since then as the whole sorry tale has unfolded (and I speculate) UEFA do not like the “solution” on which our game embarked, particularly the continuity aspect which plunges a dagger into the purpose of UEFA FFP Article 12, which is to stop clubs using insolvency to dump debt that gave them a sporting advantage the minute it could not be repaid, but carry on retaining the benefits of their profligacy.

     

     

    4. SFA announced they had nothing to fear from Res12 and that they were happy to take part if UEFA wanted to question.

     

     

    5. UEFA in reply give a justification not to investigate but bring in the new club/company stuff to do so.

     

     

    6. A week later STV who were at SFA AGM when Regan made his nothing to worry about statement contact UEFA and if the e mail from UEFA Media is anything to go by, put out an article that seemingly kills Res12 but no mention of new club/company stuff.

     

     

    If I were speculating I’d say this approach to UEFA was an SFA attempt to put Res12 to bed and the reply from UEFA gave rise to concerns that it had the opposite effect and the STV article, was either a coincidence or a coordinated attempt between SFA and STV to keep SFA from falling under a bus.

     

     

    Apologies for length and remember there are unknowns on the whole saga from March 2011 to date which is why answers are required.

  5. Not for the first time, I am a little confused.

     

    The MSSM have always been (and remain) very keen to write positively about Sevco for free . Why, therefore, does Sevco pay Level 5 to provide positive spin?

     

    How does it work?

     

    Why does the MSSM comply with Level 5`s spin?

     

    Genuine questions.

     

    I think I might be missing something obvious.

     

     

    JJ

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 30th August 2016 12:20 pm

     

     

    SCANIEL

     

     

    Talking my language there,mate. Sometimes you read to learn,to be educated. Other times for simple entertainment.

     

     

    Wodehouse was a master of his craft. Which was the latter.

     

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    Are you classing me as a worshiper of Baal, Astarte, and Dagon; culturally inept?

     

     

    :>)

     

     

    KTF

     

     

    VFR800A8 is a philistine,if clearly a learned one(!)

  7. South Of Tunis on

    THE RED TELEPHONE

     

     

    Messina -Taormina

     

     

    Public transport is much better on a Saturday –

     

     

    Train ? – check the Trenitalia website

     

    Bus ? – check the Interbus website .

     

     

    Scenery / local colour better on the train but bus much quicker / much more reliable .

     

     

    Gianni Rivera – – ” the little priest ” . Abatino in Italian. Said to have been first used in the Fitba Pink by a journo who thought that players like Rivera were skivers . . The ” diabolical feet ” bit supposedly stems from a public belief that such skill was the devil’s work.

  8. BMCUWP

     

     

    For as long as I can remember I have been a Celtic supporter.

     

     

    One or two of my best memories do not relate to me in attendance at a game.

     

     

    One is a memory of my dad, albeit Iam either mixing up 2 games, one from 79 and one from 83 both of which were 4-2 results to the bhoys). I just remember my ole da lyin on the couch drunk sleeping, and occassionaly from nowhere bursting into song – 10 men won the league tra la la la la la, so i’m guessing that is the 79 4-2 game at CP. A game I don’t remember seeing on TV. Yet I do remember KD leaving. Strange thing memories.

     

     

    The other 4-2 game I was thinking of was a game my bro in law left at half time, got smashed on way home and didn’t know the result, fell asleep. We woke him for highlights and he complained like a banshee because he didn’t want to watch. He was sicker than a guy sick as a parrot as our third an fourht played on on the highlights. Hilarious watching him. Great memories.

     

     

    So to answer your point. All momories ar welcome from any point or perspective. That’s what makes us Celtic supporters.

     

     

    Memories of my Gran telling me about the time she stood on the terrace with my dad at firhill. It’s still all about Celtic buddy.

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    MWD

  9. BMCUWP

     

     

    For as long as I can remember I have been a Celtic supporter.

     

     

    One or two of my best memories do not relate to me in attendance at a game.

     

     

    One is a memory of my dad, albeit Iam either mixing up 2 games, one from 79 and one from 83 both of which were 4-2 results to the bhoys). I just remember my ole da lyin on the couch drunk sleeping, and occassionaly from nowhere bursting into song – 10 men won the league tra la la la la la, so i’m guessing that is the 79 4-2 game at CP. A game I don’t remember seeing on TV. Yet I do remember KD leaving. Strange thing memories.

     

     

    The other 4-2 game I was thinking of was a game my bro in law left at half time, got smashed on way home and didn’t know the result, fell asleep. We woke him for highlights and he complained like a banshee because he didn’t want to watch. He was sicker than a guy sick as a parrot as our third an fourht played on on the highlights. Hilarious watching him. Great memories.

     

     

    So to answer your point. All memories are welcome from any point or perspective. That’s what makes us Celtic supporters.

     

     

    Memories of my Gran telling me about the time she stood on the terrace with my dad at firhill. It’s still all about Celtic buddy.

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

     

     

    MWD

  10. Top Ten books

     

     

    1The Poor Mouth,Flann O`Brien

     

     

    2Slaughter House5,‎Kurt Vonnegut

     

     

    3Decline and Fall .Evelyn Waugh

     

     

    4Anything by Elmore Leonard or James Lee Burke

     

     

    51984 George Orwell

     

     

    6Laidlaw,William McIlvanney

     

     

    7The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene

     

     

    8Heart of Darkness,Joseph Conrad

     

     

    9Lamentation C.J,Sansom

     

     

    10The Catcher In The Rye J. D. Salinger

  11. I reckon Celtic should approach U E F A and see if we could apply to join LA Liga,and be rid of Sevco and the S F A,once and for all,could that happen.

  12. Hot Smoked

     

     

    Level5 tell SMSM what spin to put on stories or even write them. SMSM then oblige.

  13. I agree with Paul67, I think Gamboa will be our last signing of the window. other targets may have to wait, took Martin O’Neill to wait 6 months before he got Neil Lennon

  14. One problem position potentially addressed. Hopefully a centre midfielder to follow and that could be an exceptional summer window. Still a full team of players that could be surplus to requirements or available for loan to get much needed game time.

     

     

    Fasan

     

     

    Janko, Boyata, Ambrose

     

     

    Ajer, Henderson

     

     

    GMS, Christie, Armstrong

     

     

    Ciftci, Commons

     

     

    Obviously for squad depth not all of them could leave even if it were possible. Maybe 1 from GMS / Christie and 1 or 2 from Ajer / Henderson / Armstrong. I would have been happy with Fasan as back up to Gordon, Marshall done not too bad in the Nou Camp many years ago, but clearly the manager thinks differently. He is not going to learn any more in the development squad. The rest you’ll struggle to get any transfer fees for, but could free up a significant amount of wages.

  15. DAVIDOPOULOS –

     

     

    From previous blog – “Labyrinths” (Borges) is a fave of mine (read the translation)

     

     

    Have you read “In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin?

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MOONBEAMS WD

     

     

    Thanks,mate.

     

     

    I was at both the 4-2 games you mentioned.

     

     

    I also watched the 6-2 match in the Orange Club in Kilwinning.

     

     

    It was packed due to two local pubs closing their sky account and another being refurbished.

     

     

    I worked for Sky at the time. About 450 huns jammed the main hall to watch it,with me and 80-odd(!) other’s in the wee lounge.

     

     

    They watched it on a system I had set up for them gratis,and via a similarly gratis line I’d run through to the main hall.

     

     

    Surprisingly ungrateful lot at the end of the day…

  17. Auldheid

     

    Thanks but why don`t Sevco save money by doing the Level 5 part themselves and why do the MSSM comply with L5?

     

    JJ

  18. Davidopoulos on 30th August 2016 12:45 pm

     

     

    All you guys with Catcher in the Rye in your list are now on a list…

     

     

    ;)

     

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    I think I’ve been on that list for a number of years now!

     

     

    KTF

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LENNON18

     

     

    It took a 5-1 kicking of the deid mob to get Neil Lennon.

     

     

    Lesson learned?

     

     

    Be a first if so.

  20. NatKnow

     

     

    Labrynths is excellent – remember the short story Theme of the Traitor and the Hero? About Kilpatrick?

     

     

    I have not read In Patagonia. Worth a read?

  21. If the window closes and we have not added what our one-paced midfield currently lacks, then I for one will be disappointed. Ball retention and pace are at the core of BR’s football philosophy and I cannot believe he is at all satisfied with our present midfield options. A big 36-hours or so ahead .

  22. On the off-chance I’m the person Paul67 was referring to in the final paragraph of that article, let me assure him and everyone else of something;

     

     

    I most certainly didn’t make anything up. And I didn’t over-reach either. The same story has been on this site, in a few articles, as well as in my own.

     

     

    I can tell you right now that if Celtic are playing the “there’s nothing in this” card they need to talk to a few folk in the McCarthy camp … including the player. He was in Glasgow this weekend as everyone knows, but I’ve got a pretty decent source (100% ironclad in fact) who didn’t only know where he was staying but spoke to him. Let’s just say the bookies didn’t drop the odds from 8/1 to 6/5 for nothing.

     

     

    I wonder if ever dawns on some people that our club doesn’t always tell the truth. I wonder if it dawns on some people that occasionally players bump their gums more than they should, whether to create stories of their own or because sometimes that’s what people do in front of a receptive audience.

     

     

    There are good reasons why Celtic might not want to pursue this deal … good reasons why they may even have wanted to but backed out. There are obvious reasons they wouldn’t want to inform the world that was the case.

     

     

    I’m a long way from calling anyone else a liar.

  23. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS,

     

     

    From earlier. Apart from looking for a “wee barra” and not seeing one, (I was 4 or 5 at the time), the first team I could rattle off was: Haffey, McKay and Kennedy, Crerand, McNeil and Peacock. The forward line changed at the whim of Sir Bob Kelly.

  24. Afternoon Timland from a very hot hun free mountain valley.

     

    Welcome to Celtic Cristian, you are looking like our lot this window and a very good window it’s been, no complaints from cave land.

     

    I was hoping for a quality middy but if Paul’s leader is anything to go by it’s no gonna happen.

     

    Will be very interesting to see at the end of the window how much we have taken in and spent, it would be amazing tho not unexpected if we actually took in more than has gone out and all the while doing so come out of the window stronger that we went in, this is what happens when you bring in a quality manager and let him decide on football matters and not have a playing at it director of football doing it.

  25. Davidopoulos on 30th August 2016 1:00 pm

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

    Labrynths is excellent – remember the short story Theme of the Traitor and the Hero? About Kilpatrick?

     

     

    I have not read In Patagonia. Worth a read?

     

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    And also The Form of the Sword about Vincent Moon.

  26. ElDiegoBhoy

     

     

    Mind when we first signed big Efe? THAT match against Barcelona saw him take pretty much all throw ins down the right hand side with the aim of launching them into the box.

     

     

    History has played out in such a way that we are now highly likely to quip “into which box?”

  27. DAVIDOPOULOS on 30TH AUGUST 2016 1:07 PM

     

    Davidopoulos on 30th August 2016 1:00 pm

     

     

     

    NatKnow

     

     

     

    Labrynths is excellent – remember the short story Theme of the Traitor and the Hero? About Kilpatrick?

     

     

     

    I have not read In Patagonia. Worth a read?

     

     

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    And also The Form of the Sword about Vincent Moon.

     

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    Theme of the Traitor is for Real Tims everywhere. :-)))

     

     

    In Patagonia – Chatwin was a journalist and it’s his travelogue across the region detailing the various characters and situations he comes across. I love it, but then I harbour an ambition to visit Tierra del Fuego. If I do ever make it there I’ll head straight for the tip where I can hopefully get a bot to Isla Lennox….. :-))))

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