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Ill-equipped strikers, King ramblings and a league without Celtic

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A week into preseason Celtic play their first 90 minutes of the campaign tomorrow afternoon away to Linz in Austria. It will be great to see the team play (CelticTV) but tomorrow is all about getting the legs moving without injury. Thereafter expectations will ramp up quickly.

‘News’ that Nadir Ciftci has been told he can find a new club will have shocked you, I know. You and I had many opportunities to watch Nadir at Dundee United, while Ronny Deila considered his purchase. The player’s languid interpretation of the game made him a surprising signing at the time.

Maybe Ronny knows something we don’t? Was the hope. He didn’t. It was a rank bad signing, one of several strikers acquired during Ronny’s tenure who didn’t look like Celtic players on paper and looked even less equipped in hoops.

Ronny, of course, did try to sign Moussa Dembele in January 2016, so it would be wrong to conclude he had a blind spot for strikers, but you will struggle to name some who ‘passed through Parkhead’s gates’ in recent seasons.

I only caught up with Dave King’s ramblings yesterday evening. He fancies Newco to reach 10-in-a-row before Celtic do so. They stand a far better chance if we leave Scottish football.  Remember when Charles Green promised Newco would never compete in the Scottish Premier League, knowing fine well the league were committed to an imminent rebrand?  Not laughing so much now, are you?

Celtic are always looking at this, always working on one or other strategy.

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  1. I see mention of the ‘CQN Clique’ again….the only Clique i see here is that of posters here who exclude themselves from the wider family. Honestly, get your arses removed ( surgically if necessary ) from your chairs and meet with the wider community. You might have wildly opposing views on some things to everyone else there, but i can guarantee you will have at least one thing in common.

     

     

     

    And another ‘hot topic’. Tickets for the game in Belfast, should it happen.

     

     

    why is it that the only stories I see about it are to disect the issue the rights and wrongs of Celtic fans wanting to go and watch their team. That is not, and should never be, an issue.

     

     

    the ONLY issue – for anyone with anything to say about this – and even those ill-informed who open their mouths to let the s***e come out – the ONLY issue is why Celtic fans can’t go to watch their team in Belfast. The fact that UEFA are prepared to accept a football match to be played in these circumstances is an absolute disgrace and an embarrassment, and the spineless SFA should be supporting a member club vocally.

     

     

    But we know that’s never going to happen when it comes to our club.

     

     

     

    Don’t get me started on Dave King. rant over.

     

     

     

    have a nice day Bhoys. 1 day until the fitba’s back :-)

  2. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Paul67 – that’s a pretty big statement for you to make wrt Celtic and Scottish fitba. Is tangible something in the offing wrt pastures new?

  3. For Ernie Lynch,

     

     

    “Theresa May getting into bed with Arlene Foster”.A plague on your house sirrah.I will have that image with me now until my last breath.

     

     

     

    Kindly refrain from depicting images such as this.

  4. Paul67

     

     

    Celtic need a striker from the top drawer.

     

     

    One fit and one injured isn’t enough for a club our size with European aspirations, and certainly

     

    not enough if the SMSM 30 million arrives, and we decide to sell Moussa.

     

     

    BR has hinted our spending will occur after England spreads the money, we’ll be chasing the scraps

     

    on deadline day.

     

     

    Plus ca change CSC

  5. Surely to God Eboue will get a game tomorrow.This is getting beyond a joke now.After a few nervy 1st touches,he looked big,strong,skillful and athletic in his couple of appearances.Since then,nothing.No updates,nothing.Celtics PR to the fans is very,very poor.Same with BRs boy going with the team.WTF is that all about.If its to train while he looks for a team,then tell us.The Plavsic transfer thing.We watched the boy twice before where he performed very well,hence the interest.We send our top guy to watch him last Friday,then are told he is signing for another club the next day.This does not seem professional to me.It just seems to be the way of every transfer we go into.Slow,drawn out.Armstrongs re signing talks.Dont get me started.

     

    It just seems,even when we are on the crest,that some things never change.

  6. Hi Paul67,

     

     

    Ciftci was an odd one…

     

     

    Personally I wasn’t overly bothered, as you allude too, Ronnie had a bit of a reputation for finding and developing potential.

     

     

    We had a couple of ex- Dundee United Team mates on board who could give us first hand knowledge, we had the Griff but mainly my lack of concern was we believed we had been promised a top-rated striker during that Summer window.

     

     

    When it became apparent that wasn’t happening and RD stated ND was his man a certain consternation arose.

     

     

    Now the pros and cons of Ronny’s Era are Interesting… but ND was far and away his biggest mistake.

     

     

    Mind you wish the big man luck with his next move.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  7. BOURNESOUPRECIPE on 27TH JUNE 2017 12:39 PM

     

    Dog walking spacing – sorry

     

     

    Not as much fun as space walking dogging

  8. Paul67

     

     

    What the Res12 shenanagins is telling me is that Celtic would be neglecting their duty to supporters and shareholders NOT to be forcing a way to exit Scottish football.

     

     

    It comes with an inbuilt bias from Ibrox to Hampden to Nyon.

     

     

    It would help reassure me at least if I had some inkling of how the business of seeking a Celxit was being conducted.

     

     

    We know that the sole concern of Scottish football is keeping a team with a large support playing at Ibrox.

     

     

    To that end everything is sacrificed including Celtic and all semblance of integrity.

     

     

    Celtic should be telling UEFA there were dodgy dealings in 2011 and evidence the SFA were complicit and more than a hint UEFA went along with it.

     

     

    If ever there was evidence financial fair play doesn’t work in Scotland then 2011 and possibly the current year provide ample.

     

     

    How is this being used to either Lance the boil or better still leave the pus behind?

  9. Our blind spot when it came to strikers has been quickly forgotten but with more moussa sure to move on in the next couple of transfer windows I think it’ll become an issue again soon

  10. Arlene says Ronaldo will play a half each at the next sash bash between Linfield and Rangers. She says money isn’t a problem.

  11. From CELTS ARE HERE website,reiterating my concerns,

     

     

     

    Celtic aren’t stupid and they will be feeling out the midfielders intentions right now. Sources at the club and Stuart himself have said they’re confident of a deal going through. I personally expected the midfielder’s contract would have been sorted out just before or after the Scottish Cup final where Stuart’s goal sparked Celtic into life and ultimately the treble.

     

     

    Celtic should always get the best deal for Celtic but they should not forget the season Stuart has just had and the potential he holds going forward as part of Brendan Rodgers’ midfield. A Joe Ledley scenario would be a real blow to the fans and the manager.

     

     

    In a window where Celtic fans are crying out for some top signings I believe Celtic holding onto their best players is equally as vital, if not more.

     

     

    Hoping this article gets made redundant very quickly and Stuart signs up to at least another three year.

     

     

     

    Get a F——— move on,for F—- sake.

  12. Bournesouperecipe

     

     

    The transfer policy makes sense to me. We are not going into the qualifying rounds with a less than match fit squad who do not know each other in all areas or a new manager and we are a more attractive propisition if we qualify.

     

     

    The scraps include players like Scott Sinclair who represent value and because the very best cost unaffordable amounts the chances are those not in the top drawer we do sign will represent good value on the park.

     

     

    I’m more concerned about retaining who we have than who we might sign. This season less is more.

     

     

    This is how I see things of course and is not an endorsement of the current approach.

     

     

    In short if I were in BR shoes that would be the frame in which I would work.

  13. thetimreaper on

    Did Ronny sign any strikers? He was lumped with Scepovic and a bunch of loan signings. He had a transfer budget of just over 99 pence. Blaming him is a bit disengenous considering most people new what was actually going on in Peter Lawwell’s house of fun during and long before Ronny’s reign.

  14. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    “Celtic are always looking at this, always working on one or other strategy.”

     

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    King will know this, Paul. If we go, they will want to go too.

     

    Why does he mention Celtic every time he speaks?

     

    He has a toxic brand and is trying desperately to try to hitch onto the back of the Celtic brand.

  15. BABASONICOS71 on

    See if the human beings from Grenfell Tower where homophobic,Christian fundamentalists with a strong hatred for another branch of Christianity do you think they’d have got £1billion to help them rather than the £5 million they’ve been allocated?

     

    Do you have to be bigoted,callous and inveterately dishonest to be seen as strong,stable and sane?

     

    Thank *insert deity* for right wingers and their lessons in humanity and progressive compassion.

  16. I don’t think we need to panic yet about the lack of new players coming in. We need a stable line-up to get us through the CL qualifiers. I’d love to see a new central defender to play beside Jozo, but those are not the games to try out a new partnership. I’d also like to see at least one more really good attacking option to help us get to the next level in Europe, but the players who are there (plus Jonny H.) know Brendan’s system and should be capable of beating whoever we meet before the group stages, God willing.

     

     

    In the meantime, Mr Lawwell, get young Armstrong signed up for at least another three years and tell KT and Moussa they’re going nowhere.

  17. Auldheid

     

     

    Don’t disagree with much of that.

     

     

    BR has set out his plan very clearly ( in the Celtic TV interview )

     

     

    He will wait till later in the window because ‘he knows’ the English market and our ‘scraps’ are consistently better scraps that involve transfer fees that our main rival Aberdeen could only dream of.

     

     

    Scott Sinclair was targeted before the window opened and he’d fallen into the Championship, Moussa was a dream punt, Eboue wait and see.

     

     

    We’ve lost a talisman in Patrick Roberts the Celtic support it seems as always expect our summer marquee signing , not a Nadir Ciftci © paul67

     

     

    Over to you Brendan.

  18. THETIMREAPER on 27TH JUNE 2017 1:00 PM

     

    Did Ronny sign any strikers? He was lumped with Scepovic and a bunch of loan signings. He had a transfer budget of just over 99 pence. Blaming him is a bit disengenous considering most people new what was actually going on in Peter Lawwell’s house of fun during and long before Ronny’s reign.

     

     

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    Lumped with Scepovic? Are we still pretending that Peter Lawwell signed those players? Jesus wept.

     

     

    Ronny signed Ciftci too

  19. !!BADA BING!! @ 12:26 PM,

     

     

    The PR spin is all over the latest ramblings from DCK.

     

     

    The Record’s headline announcing the Sevco, Sports Direct retail deal…

     

     

    – Dave King says new Rangers strip deal will allow Ibrox side to return as one of Britain’s biggest clubs.

     

     

    Sky ran with something similar with, New Kit Deal.

     

     

    As we know, it had nothing to do with a New Kit/Strip – quite the opposite in fact.

     

     

    But interestingly in the reports; we see the official statement, which was I’m sure approved by Sports Direct and Puma, with Lawyers combing through every word and comma, interlaced with the PR spin…

     

     

    1.

     

     

    “The football club will now receive by far the majority of net profits

     

     

    2.

     

     

    …under the new terms, the bulk of money from sales will now go to the club.

     

     

    Point one, the official statement and no doubt the accurate one.

     

     

    Point two, the PR.

     

     

    There is a huge difference between getting the bulk of the money from a sale and getting a share of the Nett Profit.

     

     

    On a £20.00 shirt it could be the difference between £11 plus pounds and 75p:))))

     

     

    I think I know what they are getting.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  20. Go tell the Spartim on

    Celtic are always risk averse, despite last years group stages money, this year will be no different gambling on qualification and selling someone to bridge the financial gap, hence the underwhelming McGinn stories

  21. GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 27TH JUNE 2017 1:15 PM

     

    Celtic are always risk averse, despite last years group stages money, this year will be no different gambling on qualification and selling someone to bridge the financial gap, hence the underwhelming McGinn stories

     

     

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    Here we go…….

     

     

    Last seasons squad went undefeated, won a treble and qualified for the CL.

     

     

    We can trust them to get us there again. Maintining last seasons squad is the most important thing right now.

  22. I am personally getting very concerned about Stuart Armstrong and his new contract, I expected this to be signed before the Cup Final as a boost going into it, it now seems talks were not even taking place at that point, I hope very much he stays as he looks a classy footballer who scores goals from the midfield,with regards to Celtic looking for a way out is is indeed the hope that kills you.I hope I am very wrong on this.

  23. *STATEMENT*

     

     

    BANKIEBHOY1 on 27TH JUNE 2017 11:20 AM

     

     

     

    The alternative view…

     

     

     

    Football without fans is nothing

     

     

     

    It is now just over 50 years since thousands of Celtic supporters flew, drove and hitch-hiked to Lisbon to see Jock Stein’s Lisbon Lions conquer Europe. As the great man himself observed, ‘football without fans is nothing’ so it is with deep disappointment that we note the board’s decision to reject our ticket allocation for any potential UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Linfield in Belfast. The vague statement released by the board late on Friday afternoon did not contain any clear explanation of this decision – a decision made with no consultation at all with fan organisations, groups or regular European away travellers.

     

     

     

    The statement noted ‘safety concerns’ but it is our understanding that the PSNI does not object to Celtic fans travelling and, indeed, Linfield has publicly encouraged the board to accept our allocation and stated they are ‘more than happy’ for Celtic fans to attend the match. We believe that the board is more concerned with protecting the brand than the welfare of the fans or the success of our team. It is a very sad and strange turn of events when the custodians of our own club do not want the world famous Celtic support backing the team in a ‘crucial’ away match yet the home club welcomes us with open arms.

     

     

     

    We call on the board to reconsider their decision, and should they fail to do so, for Linfield to sell tickets directly to Celtic supporters. Our away support has significant experience of dealing directly with host clubs in the distribution of domestic away match tickets and doing so again for the match in Belfast should be a straightforward process. This should be done in a fair, responsible and transparent manner and would avoid the scenario of ticketless Celtic fans accessing the home end, which may in itself lead to genuine safety concerns.

     

     

     

    Football without fans is nothing.

     

     

     

    Green Brigade and Celtic Trust

  24. I have no doubt that Stuart Armstrong will sign a new contract with Celtic.

     

    Cheerio for now,

     

    JJ

  25. DESSYBHOY on 27TH JUNE 2017 1:23 PM

     

    I am personally getting very concerned about Stuart Armstrong and his new contract, I expected this to be signed before the Cup Final as a boost going into it, it now seems talks were not even taking place at that point, I hope very much he stays as he looks a classy footballer who scores goals from the midfield,with regards to Celtic looking for a way out is is indeed the hope that kills you.I hope I am very wrong on this.

     

     

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    Agreed. All we’ve heard so far is that talks are ongoing and Celtic are happy with progress made.

     

     

    I was sure Tam Rogic wasn’t going to sign a deal and he ended up doing so. I’m confident we’ll keep Armstrong.

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