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Hammond’s early work. Under a Glasgow sky

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Nick Hammond, who was made temporary Head of Recruitment early in the summer, became permanent Head of Football Operations yesterday.  Considering he landed at the 11th hour, his work during the summer window was encouraging.

Christopher Jullien arrived for big money (for Celtic) but is looking the part in central defence.  On paper, Hatem Elhamed was an odd signing, but he has more than delivered above expectations.  Compare and contrast to the more-celebrated right back, Jeremy Toljan, who arrived in January before drifting into squad obscurity soon thereafter.

Boli Bolingoli came through a torrid start to life at Celtic but has been solid for weeks, while on-loan Moritz Bauer is challenging Hatem for the right back role.  Mohamed Elyounoussi’s arrival was an odd one.  I expected this to be Mikey Johnston’s major breakthrough season, so Mohamed’s arrival puzzled me.  Mikey’s subsequent injury has given the on-loan left-mid player the opportunity to make the position his own.

I expect Nick had a smaller role in the recruitment of Greg Taylor and Fraser Forster, but he would have been central to the arrivals of Luca Connell, Jonathan Afolabi and Lee O’Connor.

January could be Nick’s ‘difficult second album’.  There will inevitably be patches in the squad to be covered but the more important job is qualification for next season’s Champions League.  Work on that should already be underway.

Foundation Sleep Out at Celtic Park

Every year an increasingly large number of souls do more than just raise money for our homeless and poor, they sleep under a cold Glasgow sky.  The event, which is a critical part of the Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal, next takes place on 16 November.

You spend between 10pm and 6am in the company of other Celtic fans who want to connect with our club’s founding cause, as well as one of modern society’s most pernicious scourges.  As I say about so many things your Foundation does, getting involved is a fulfilling and uplifting experience.

If this is for you, sign up here.

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  1. CANAMALAR IT LOOKS LIKE OCD OBSESSION on 18TH OCTOBER 2019 9:18 AM

     

    Taylor’s absence from the first 11, this one is easy, recent rumor has it Taylor called the Griff fenian b’stard during a training session, the clubs lack of provided opportunity appear to support the rumor as true and if this is the case he should be charged with sectarian abuse and sold at first opportunity

     

     

    wow

  2. TAURANGABHOY on 18TH OCTOBER 2019 11:44 AM

     

     

    Mostar in Bosnia is just amazing. Going into it down the winding hill with all the graves marked 1995 is just heartbreaking but seeing the rebuilt bridge over the river in the beautiful town is one of my very most favourite memories.

     

     

    The border guard was bored when we entered Bosnia began to ask about Glasgow when he saw our passports. A mention of Celtic brought high fives and a wave through.

  3. As I remember it, Taylor’s prime opportunity was to play in the league cup match. But he was cup tied.

     

     

    Since then Bolingoli has been in such good form that there is no reason to put Taylor in the team.

     

     

    All other rumours are just…well, rumours. BTW is Griff a Fenian? Just wondering how accurate Taylor’s alleged “greeting” would be.

  4. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    SFTB,

     

    He is a left back, Boli is no, in fact Boli is a poor attacking midfielder and is still preferred over more experienced players for the left back position in both Taylor and Hayes. Hayes is preferred over him, no one has been hung, however if he did there is a cover up, which is obviously more appealing to your sense of justice.

     

     

    As for should players be charged, of course they else you are suggesting players should be treated differently to supporters? The club do not tolerate it from supporters, they back the police without question and are happy to ban supporters on the word of police for sectarian offenses. They do not suggest second chances or education.

  5. HRVATSKI The meat platter in the old town in Mostar was amazing. Went on a tour with a young Bosnian Mostari. Very interesting. He was still more confused about what happened than angry. Told us to speak to Croats or Serbs his age to get balance. Powerful and sad story. Hail Hail

  6. Tactical Approach in the 20:15 at Wolverhampton for me

     

     

    Good luck to all

     

     

    Hail Hail.

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