God love (and save us from ) Packie Bonner



God love Packie Bonner, spend “£20m to £30m to bring those quality players the fans are desperate for”.

There are two opposing world views: one where people call for unaffordable money [those figures would be]to be spent because fans of a football club are “desperate”, the other where people want football clubs to spend what they can afford.

The latter group remember football’s crash-and-liquidate days – and learned the lessons. The former also remember the crash-and-liquidate days, but they are impervious to lessons.

We can debate what the size of an affordable spend is, but a couple of parameters have to be observed:

If it increases the cost base to such an extent that a reversal on the field would plunge the club into financial disarray, it’s unaffordable.

Players need to be appropriate for the environment – with neighbouring clubs earning £100m each season from TV deals, only players of a certain profile will play for a club with a considerably smaller wage bill (and turnover).

We live in a time when Scots Steven Naismith went for £8.5m (1 goal in 9 starts) and Ross McCormack went for £11m. These are common values for this calibre of player. We all want Celtic to improve, but that will not be achieved by spending unsuitable or unaffordable money. Packie, think back to Valentine’s Day 2012 and add a dose of perspective.

Get better at scouting, get fitter, improve the coaching – and spend everything you can afford, not any more.  That’s the model for Celtic.

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  1. PL’s words – £10mil a season with Sevco in the league.



    So do we start from there?

  2. thetimreaper on

    Interesting that you mention scouting Paul. We have seen with Leicester what can be achieved when recruitment is spot on. My own view is that it’s time for Donald Park to move on and to completely overhaul that department. Hopefully this will come hand in hand with our new Manager, who will settle for nothing less.

  3. —–






    The Stories Of The 60Million Russian Christians…



    And 30,000 Orthodox Priests…



    Who Died At The Hands Of The Marxist Bolsheviks…



    Also Deserve To Be Told.



    Andrei Solzhynitsyn Made A Start In ” The Gulag Archipelago”…



    And ‘A Day In The Life Of Denis Denisovich”…



    But His Seminal Work,”200 Years Together”….



    Has Largely Been Suppressed In The West…







  4. traditionalist88 on

    Ellboy on 10th May 2016 12:15 pm



    I really hope he can force himself into the spine of our team – he has a chance, but it may take a more ruthless manager to bring him to the boil.



    Some big decisions ahead on many fronts,




  5. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Maybe I’m too optimistic at times, but I don’t see us being a million miles away from where we need to be.


    Griffiths will be here for a while, CG. Hopefully the Simuchenkos can form a good partnership.


    Tierney has come through, McGregor getting better all the time. Maybe Nesbitt will be ready after PR goes.


    Christie should be ready for next season.


    Ajer to come in. Good scouting network in place.

  6. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 10TH MAY 2016 12:25 PM



    Do you accept



    1. that the state of Israel was imposed on the people who lived there?



    2. that it was imposed on them against their wishes?

  7. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Forgot to say hopefully Rogic signs a new contract and we get a decent striker in. Could do a lot worse than have another look at ole Alfie F. Scoring goals again in a good standard league.







    I hope we see an experienced manager in place. Lambert or the return of Lenny is not what we need just now.




  9. The Battered Bunnet on




    All very true.



    Fact is, Celtic has considerable cash to use currently. Considerable cash.



    Question is: Will we use it?



    Like many others, I’m pretty much done with the “just enough” approach. We need to use the resources we have (and no more) or we will lose what we’ve accumulated.



    You might coin the phrase “Accumulate to speculate” to this end.



    Time for Celtic to embark upon a new project. The previous one has diminished us, both in terms of our status as a Football Club, and in terms of the scale of the busness enterprise.



    Use the dough, we might lose some of it, that’s true. And we might not. That’s the inherent risk in business.



    Don’t use it, and it’ll be lost backfilling a trading deficit. There’s nothing more certain.



    Key to it is the judgement of the fellow who is appointed as the next Manager.



    Buy well, buy once.

  10. Lots of comments against Bitton today. On Saturday and in many games this season Tom Rogic, off the ball, is a waste of a jersey.



    For a big lad he doesn’t tackle back enough or win many headers, a wee bit of a luxury player capable of a bit of magic, he needs to be more of a team player too.

  11. Saw Packie blurb that bollocks on Sportscene.






    Sometimes wonder if he gets programmed by the SMSM before he opens his gub. Or is remote controlled by neganon2…



    Either way, for someone so invested in Celtic he’s incredible naive and uninformed when it comes to discussing the contemporary issues.

  12. Is there any precedent for a Club being allowed to participate in a league outwith its Home Association territory on the basis that it is so vastly superior to all the other home clubs as to meaningful competition impossible?

  13. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I agree we can’t and shouldn’t spend that kind of money. However, it’s depressing and transparent that the strategy of the club (Deila, Collins and now this blog) is managing down expectations in this way. After the season we’ve just had the response from the club seems to be more of the same.



    Who would buy an expensive season ticket to watch players below the calibre of Ross McCormack and an ageing Steven Naismith? That’s a pretty underwhelming sales pitch.



    It also begs the question why we need to be paying our CEO top dollar when we’re such a (permanent) footballing backwater. Why not remunerate the CEO in proportion to the rest of the club?



    Is he an an exception because of his remarkable record of success? Appointing Tony Mowbray andRonny Deila, whilst taking a desperate and lucky punting Neil Lennon? Bean counter/ Director of Football extraordinaire? Contriving to build a football operation that can lose to a bankrupt and garbage Sevco? Sits on his hands in response to a blatantly rigged game in this country?



    If we’re downsizing let’s apply it consistently across the club, not just in the bits the fans actually care about.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on




    I hear Leicester have submitted an application to join La Liga

  15. Not everyone can get a manager like him, he’s a one-off at a club that’s perfectly suited to him and vice-Versa but Simeone’s athletico are showing what’s possible when you get the right man. We desperately need to get the right man for Celtic

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    The Mother Of One Of My Uncles…



    And Her Younger Brother…



    Were Both Held In Treblinka In WWII .



    They Were Polish Catholics…



    Who Survived The War….



    And Were Evacuated Separately To England.



    He Died From The Ravages Of Captivity Shortly After Arriving..



    Only Weeks After They Had Re-Established Contact…



    But Before They Could Meet Up Again.



    It Haunted Her Through Life.




  17. An Teach Solais on

    Re Packie Bonner,



    I have lost respect for the man and although the epithet “soup-taker” is easily labelled I fear that that is what he has become, The phrase I heard used about him was “Is seansálaí go smior é!” – absolute chancer.


    No one wants fawning, sycophantic commentators but the constant anti-Celktic bias is obvious. HH

  18. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 10TH MAY 2016 12:47 PM






    I hear Leicester have submitted an application to join La Liga







    This I would like to see.





    I’ll agree with you that we must improve our scouting. And “perhaps” that of the person who directs it.



    But if you seriously think that we do not have to take a one or two season hit on transfer fees,I wonder which planet you are on.



    “The strategy”,as forecast by so many on here,has been an unmitigated disaster. We managed to rip a team to shreds,replace it wi crap,and still increase the wage bill.



    It needs rebuilt. In 2000,it needed rebuilt. It will need to be done again,and this time with an eye to the long-term.



    In 2000,there was an excuse for short-term thinking. Stop them,beat them.



    Not now. We have wasted years,and many fortunes,by short-term thinking,and wrong thinking. Those years have been wasted by having a clueless CEO who got a games console for his Christmas.



    Put football people back in total control of Celtic FC.



    Celtic Plc was designed to subsidise the former. Not the other way round.

  20. weebobbycollins on

    SOT @ 11.46…I spent some time in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank and in all of these places you will always find the good, the bad and the downright ugly. However, what mostly struck me was the level of poverty and deprivation in Gaza…also, in Jerusalem, the city born and bred Arab truly is a 3rd class citizen…

  21. coolmore mafia on

    In other words, accept life in the slow lane.



    I would be happy for celtic to provide and deliver my £7k-£10k a year for my groceries. Add to that my car, house and life insurance. And mortgage (if it’s value). I know they’ve dipped their toe in the water with ‘celtic’ credit cards in the past, but its been very poorly rolled out.



    the lack of imagination at celtic is appalling, despite the FTSE100 wages being flung at PL.



    The big supermarkets will encroach on everything they can. Started with groceries, then takes the market from newsagents, sandwich shops, key cutters, card shops, flower shops, pizza takeaways, clothes shops, banking, insurance……..etc



    Celtic could do this to the supermarkets; it has the capital and customer base. I could see scenarios where 20,000 fans are spending an extra £10k per year through the club, if the club allows them. Everyone would begin doing it, but it would dilute the TV money advantage other leagues have.



    If we are ever going to become great again, in european terms, we have to multiply our income ten fold. Not go back to the 80s.

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    It’s the old excuse


    We can’t afford big money signings




    Well spend a couple of million on a decent player rather than several million on dross and squad fillers



    We always get the excuse that every signing is a gamble



    It is but you only gamble what you can afford and if you invest wisely you receive a decent return




  23. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    The British empire with the Balfour deceleration in 1917 committed to a Jewish homeland, in 1926 that deceleration was enacted under Mandatory Palestine when the British empire imposed the “Land of Israel” on the Palestinian’s, know your history, ignore propaganda and do some reading.



    These are easily verifiable facts.



    During the Second World War Jew in transit fleeing the Nazi’s refused asylum to many so called western countries including the UK and US, after the war they still refused asylum, Israel was their solution.

  24. Spend £10-15m on three new players (centre half, defensive midfielder, striker) and recoup a least half of that by having a clear out of those who’s time has passed and the dross we’ve accumulated over the last few years. That would also free up wages for new players

  25. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ERNIE LYNCH on 10TH MAY 2016 11:56 AM



    MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 10TH MAY 2016 11:52 AM





    So it was imposed on the people who lived there?





    Is that what you’re saying?








    No , Ernie .



    This is what I`m saying :




    A wee fact for the anti – Brit brigade and it`s distortions .





    Israel was formed as the result of a vote in the U.N.





    U.K. abstained.





    Stalin and U.S. voted in favour.





    Inconvenient fact , but true

  26. Hi Paul67,



    “Get better at scouting, get fitter, improve the coaching – and spend everything you can afford, not any more.  That’s the model for Celtic.”



    Well, that’s a great plan, yet it was supposed to be the plan when Ronny took over twas it not?



    We need to get better at implementation, we’ve had many good strategies over the last decade. These have either failed or been partially successful.



    Let’s face it, there a some great things going on but overall we are failing to deliver. I’d like the new Manager to have a holistic view of the Club.



    Which to me means as well as sorting our first team oot (in time for UCL qualification, obviously:), we have a total restructure of Lennoxtown.



    Hail Hail




    ‘During the Second World War Jew in transit fleeing the Nazi’s refused asylum to many so called western countries including the UK and US, ‘







    And the Daily mail campaigned against Jewish refugees being allowed asylum here.



    That’s the Daily Mail that is now so concerned about antisemitism in the Labour Party.

  28. MACJAY1 FOR NEIL LENNON on 10TH MAY 2016 1:03 PM



    The essential point, the one you are steadfastly choosing to ignore, is that the state of Israel was imposed on people against their will.

  29. Geordie Munro on

    I don’t feel there is much wrong in saying we don’t need to spend £30m on players to enable us to beat teams already with a fraction of our budget who often get the better of us.




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