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Really pleased to hear we have agreed terms with Aberdeen for Jonny Hayes. It’s not that an Aberdeen player who will turn 30 in three weeks will transform Celtic, but he hits a few important criteria:

We have a Champions League qualifier in three weeks. Patrick Roberts is likely to remain a Manchester City player until August (despite interest from Celtic and others), so we are limited to one right-mid player in the actively used squad.

If James Forrest is injured (I know this never happens……..) we have a gaping hole in the team. Jonny allows us to take care of that eventuality well within budget.

The other big reason to want him is that the management team have seen lots of him this season, and not just in our games across three competitions this season. Hayes has been scrutinised, assessed and put on the shopping list. When you consider this management team, that’s reason enough to want him.

Also delighted Derek McInnes is staying at Aberdeen, despite the windfall-induced riches available at Sunderland. Whatever the merits or otherwise of the Sunderland job, McInnes’ rejection of an English club to remain at Aberdeen feels significant. A comparable decision hasn’t happened in decades.

The objective now is for Aberdeen to secure their grip on second place next season. There can be no other reason for McInnes to stay. Game on.

Loving what Magners did with the Lisbon anniversary. Their special editions are back in stock after selling out overnight.  Clever engagement with fans adds so much more value than a name on the shirt. These guys gave me lots of help with our fundraising. They get what it’s about at Celtic.
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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Cue for a song.

     

     

    We all agree…

     

     

    PADDY ROBERTS FOR CELTIC!!!!!

  2. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    If anyone receives an email from my hotmail account please ignore, seems I’ve been hacked

     

     

    Had the account since 1998 too :/((

  3. traditionalist88 on

    Scores and creates goals, cultured left peg. Great option to have. Welcome to Celtic Jonny. MoN and Brendan can’t be wrong!

     

     

    HH

  4. From previous article.

     

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 16TH JUNE 2017 12:04 PM

     

    THEGREENMAN

     

     

     

    If The Queen can stay out of politics,I think it’s only fair we don’t drag her into the argument.

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Would that be the same neutral old doll who purred down the line at Cameron when he told her that Better Together had won the Independence Referendum?

  5. I’ve been informed on Facebook by a woman I know that works in the coroners office in London that legally there has to be an inquest, she said the petition was mis informed but I don’t actually agree with her, it’s ongoing this argument:))

  6. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    And welcome to Jonny Hayes – very effective player; fast, experienced, great shot and good defensively – what’s not to like?

  7. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Blinking flip.

     

    I don’t want to spend all of my time criticising the Celtic Board, but sometimes their actions demand it.

     

    Having studied the planned development of a Hotel and museum within the shadow of Celtic Park, I am dismayed to find that:

     

    * There is no Casino planned

     

    * There is no provision for an underground car park

     

    * Celtic have again taken the cheap option, and rejected at an early stage, the installation of a “Hoverpitch” which would allow the playing surface to be rotated around 90 Degrees and moved outside the stadium where rock concerts and the like could be held.

     

    Come on Celtic Board, no wonder we trail behind our rivals, a bit of “out the box” thinking please.

     

     

    :-)

  8. ETims Diary saying Bojan Krkic, Fabian Delph and a centre half to follow Jonny Hayes to CP.

  9. BIG GEORGES FAN CLUB @ 1:14 PM,

     

     

    Spot on – I think he’s a very smart signing.

     

    He’s been an excellent SPL Player and will be better @ Celtic.

     

     

    Welcome To Celtic Jonny Bhoy…

     

     

    Hail Hail

  10. I think you can take E,_Tims with a pinch of salt,and we can’t wait on Paddy, signing,so expect Brendan when he gets back from his holidays,there will be at least 3 players coming to Celtic

  11. Sitting in the departure lounge at Newcastle airport waiting for flight to Dalyan with family. Last time I was in a departure lounge was waiting for the Lisbon flight and the time of my life…. still buzzing from that.

     

    For all you attending the beer bash tomorrow, have fun and sing your lullabies and battle cries. Youngest daughter should be joining you as unfortunately due to work commitments she can’t join us in Turkey. Don’t know who got the better deal!

     

    Happy with Jonny Bhoy signing – not excited, just happy. Excitement just around the corner, I guess. I’ll wait patiently until I hear Brendan make an announcement.

  12. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Big weekend coming up here in Oz and the winter weather is

     

    looking superb, a lovely sunny 16 degs predicted, perfect for

     

    soccer and our bhoys have a game against their nearest rivals

     

    and second top of the league so a win will send us clear.

     

    Hoping for a good crowd again as they get inspired at the sight

     

    of the hoops round the park.

     

    Hoping the wee mhan keeps up his scoring run 9 goals in 5

     

    games and considering he’s stepped up from 13’s to 15’s we

     

    thought it was a big leap but it’s working mainly because of the

     

    work rate and power of his big strike partner, bit like Sutty and

     

    Henke, well i can dream can’t i ?

     

    The team have adopted this pre match ritual which they do in

     

    the dressing room after the team and tactics talk which is a

     

    strange mixture of the Maori haka, the Zulu war chant and for

     

    the old-timers on here a Francie and Josie sashay across the

     

    Barrowland ballroom dance floor, now i don’t know about the

     

    opposition teams but it scares the poo out of me :-)) and of

     

    course we still have our huddle before kick off.

     

    Oz tims

     

    Just a wee reminder about our Celtic day on Sunday, be early

     

    at the Bay Hotel Mornington it’s going to be mobbed.

     

    H.H Mick

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    I think we can wait for Roberts.

     

    We should have enough in our squad to negotiate the qualifying rounds.

     

    If so, then entry to the group stage may be the clincher for Patrick and also Celtic, as he would be guaranteed CL football and Celtic would have an increased budget.

     

     

    Jonny Hayes will give us the cover required.

  14. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    BLANTYRETIM IS PRAYING FOR THE KNOX FAMILY on 16TH JUNE 2017 12:23 PM

     

     

    Ah well, and I sent you the £5K loan you asked for as well!

     

     

     

    KTF

  15. TURKEYBHOY on 16TH JUNE 2017 11:11 AM

     

     

    Jozo now the latest to get the leaving Celtic treatment in the rags. Half the bottom end of the EPL wanting him, £9m fee.

     

     

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    Granted the tabloids have form for made up pish, but this could be coming from the player or his agent, in search of a new deal or a move. It could also be coming from Celtic. Jozo will almost certainly have 2 years remaining on his deal. Celtic generally don’t want to risk a player getting to the last year of his contract and potentially running it down. If he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer I’d expect him to be sold. That would be a huge blow.

  16. If we complete the Hayes deal with Christie going out on loan, ship out Ciftci, GMS & Janko & get Armstrong signed on a new contract plus buy Paddy from Man City, it wouldn’t bother me too much after that who else we might get in.

     

    Our team was Invincible last year, they finished a stronger team than what we had at Champions League time, they will be better next year, I have no problem going with same squad again & leave a bit of room for the likes of Ralston, Mikey Johnston & Aitchison to make the step up.

     

    Don’t get me wrong if Brenda adds one or two quality players, I’ll be thrilled but it won’t be the end of the world for me if he doesn’t.

  17. Melbourne Mick on

    Noanothernewbloganawnoo

     

     

    Just when i finish a long post P67 comes on with a new blog

     

    well if you want to read my pash you will have to go back to

     

    the last one cause my fingers are too busy pouring a lovely

     

    malt.

     

    H.H Mick