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Indisputable mood to bring in the New

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If you were lucky enough, like me, to enjoy a long Christmas holiday, I hope you had a good one.  I’m sure few of us are delighted to be back at it today but there’s an indisputable mood on the blog for bringing in the New.  A fresh start is needed and fortunately we’re at the start of the transfer window.

For Celtic most attention will be directed towards recruiting a striker who is capable of doing the business in the Champions League, not to overlook the important point of doing the business in Champions League qualifiers.  20-year-old Icelandic striker, Holmbert Fridjobsson, finally joins the club this month but although we’ll hopefully see plenty of the player this month he is surely considered ‘one for the future’.

One prolific striker does not solve all of Celtic’s issues, however.  The club remains acutely dependent on Kris Commons’ creativity (as well as goal scoring), which will become increasingly less-effective as opponents setup to inhibit him.  He needs a foil.

Since the annihilation in Barcelona Celtic have offered greater protection from midfield but with both full backs encouraged to overlap the midfield anchor role, previously occupied by Wanyama, becomes crucially important.  It also offers support to the strategy of allowing Commons a free role as an attacking midfielder.

Over the break, Archie MacPherson, Scotland’s greatest ever broadcaster, wrote an article for Celtic Quick News comparing two of Scotland’s greatest ever managers.  These debates are, of course, subjective, but the article provides a few objective points for consideration.  Archie has a totally unique range to deal with this question and is in no doubt as to who the master was.  Look out for the article next week, you’ll enjoy it – no guessing now.
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  1. Steinreignedsupreme on

    charles kickham 13:51 on 3 January, 2014

     

    Steinreignedsupreme 13:40 on 3 January, 2014

     

     

    “Whatever happened to the requisitioners?”

     

     

    they are having a night out tonight in the auctioneers – just off George square

     

     

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    That’s going to be some staring contest when it comes to putting the ole hands in the pockets to get a round in.

  2. Understand that Celtic have the ‘Investors in People’ quality award/accreditation but cannot seem to locate an organizational chart re Celtic FC/PLC………

     

    Appreciate any guidance re. Thanks.

     

     

    Regards & Hail Hail

     

    TBM

  3. Happy New Year to Paul67 and to CQNrs everywhere. Been in since the beginning and used to need at least 3 fixes of CQN a day but been giving it a rest lately as the tone had changed – too much argument and abuse for my liking. But I’m back for another go.

     

     

    My ever-tolerant wummin says I sound like Geo Osborne on speed shouting “CUTBACK! CUTBACK!” when we get to the byeline. We don’t score enough from cutbacks or shots from outside the box although we have the players who can hit them from distance. I was probably spoilt by what I saw in the Stein years. The ball is a lot lighter nowadays and can be more easily manipulated that the heavy leather versions from the stone age so why so few attempts?

     

     

    Just a thought.

  4. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Understand that Celtic have the ‘Investors in People’ quality award/accreditation

     

     

    -Sevco have a new world record for the ‘Investors in We are the People’ quality/award accreditation.

  5. South Of Tunis on

    Italian rumours —— { for what they are worth }

     

     

    Kaka to Manchester United

     

    Andrea Pirlo to Real Madrid

     

    Balotelli to Galatasaray

     

    Vucinic to Arsenal

     

    Quagliarella to West Ham

     

    Juan Mata to Napoli

     

    Higuain to Chelsea.

     

    El Sharaway to Liverpool

     

    Cambiasso to Manchester United / Chelsea

  6. A striker who scores goals in the Chsmpions League would be great.

     

    I’ll settle for one who will score goals in domestic games!

  7. South Of Tunis on

    Investors in People ?

     

     

    Memories of a mate who worked in an FE College . College was applying for IIP status and he was chosen for interview . Interviewer asked what he thought of College Management -his- ” that would be a good idea but maybe it’s a bit radical for this place “- didn’t go down well..

     

     

    Same guy sat through a Powerpoint presentation re IIP by 2 whizz kids armed with heuristics ,etc and when it came to the any questions thing ,enquired ——- ” Do you have to throw a 6 to start ? “.-that didn’t go down well either.

  8. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘heuristic’- Of or relating to a usually speculative formulation serving as a guide in the investigation or solution of a problem

     

     

    =on that basis Celtic’s midfield on Wednesday also came armed with heuristics.

  9. If we bring another striker in Balde will go on loan as will Bangura again.Failed policy or what?

  10. On Chris Sutton, I was watching the St. Johnstone game on BT TV and he was one of the summarisers. Reading between the lines you were left with the impression that he would have enjoyed playing against Efe!!!

  11. Would love to see Sutton join. In either capacity!

     

     

    At the risk of scunnering fellow CQN-ers who went back to work today I just ‘discovered’ an extra day’s holiday. I go back on Monday. But till about an hour ago I was labouring under the false belief that today was Saturday already!

     

     

    Same feeling as you very occasionally used to get when you found a fiver in your jeans as you put them into the wash !!!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  12. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    cuchulainn

     

    14:58 on

     

    3 January, 2014

     

     

    Natknow @ 14:18

     

     

    And we wish you a happy 2014.

     

    2013 is so last year. ; )

     

     

    I’d like to think of a smart-arse response that suggested I meant the 2013 comment. But I don’t have one!

     

     

    Happy New Year – whatever year it is!

  13. Celt55 Sutton would toast Efe.

     

     

    Sutton or Hartson versus VVD – now that would have been a contest to savour! Throw Bobo into the mix – ouch!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  14. Gordon J @12.38

     

     

    Read the article re the honours system -which I entirely agree with- and would add that I would prefer it if no Celts accepted such an honour.

     

     

    But on a point of ( possible) correction I think the highest honour is not the CH but the OM ( Order of Merit) which is limited to 24 and is very much seen as being the personal gift of the sovereign. Only given to Academics, Politicians and distinguished figures in the ‘High’ Arts. So none of you riff raff film, pop or sporting types. Oh and you can’t be dead to get one.

     

     

    I was going to announce my own 24 drawn from the worlds of Celtic, Sports, jazz, movies, rock music, literature and, er, ‘talent’. I am sure I could design a medal.

     

     

     

    Jimbo67 supporting Oscar Knox

  15. I think the point is neither NL,JM or GP were strikers or prolific scorers.He could also teach a few how to head a ball in both boxes.

  16. When we were flush with CL money and sales of Hoops, Vic and Wilson the most we spent on one player was circa £2m.

     

     

    Can’t see Lawwell spending more than that now. Also with a 1 in 6 success rate recently there will be much concern about more slip ups. So Fletcher is extremely unlikely.

     

     

    However there is 20 mil CL participation at stake and 30 mil the following season, so hope Lawwell can think strategically and take the right decision.

  17. roy croppie

     

     

    I knew that. I was trying to remind the guys that advocate signing someone because he was a good player for us, that we should maybe look at their credentials. A guy who leaves coaching, after 7 months in early 2010 and does nothing until entering the realm of punditry almost 4 years later, has not shown credentials.

  18. traditionalist88 on

    20-year-old Icelandic striker, Holmbert Fridjobsson, finally joins the club this month but although we’ll hopefully see plenty of the player this month he is surely considered ‘one for the future’.

     

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    Why? He’s not 12. If he’s good enough at that age he’ll be in and around the first team immediately, allowing him time to get his fitness up to scratch of course.

     

     

    Of course, players do improve after the age of 20 but they have to have a certain level of ability to build on and we will know relatively soon if he has it, rather than at some point 3/4 years down the line.

     

     

    He’s 20, most of his development has been done. He’s not going to morph into Pele. He’ll either be good enough or he won’t be.

     

     

    If he’s as good as he tells us he is would you prefer he was kept in reserve?! ;)

     

     

    HH

  19. South Of Tunis on

    SFTB @ 15 08 .

     

     

    He was Manager at Lincoln City . He resigned -stated reason was ” family reasons “.

     

     

    I’ve seen Chris Sutton playing cricket , in a village blacksmith stylee.

  20. setting free the bears supports Res. 12 & Oscar Knox

     

     

    Joining the coaching staff to work on a specilaist position is entirely different to managing a team.

     

     

    Our success with forwards is lamentable.Cant All be bad choices.

     

     

    Compare with the relative success stories in midfield/defence.

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    JIMBO67

     

     

    An order of merit was awarded this year,cannae remember to whom.

     

     

    He obviously deserved it though.

  22. Since the annihilation in Barcelona Celtic have offered greater protection from midfield but with both full backs encouraged to overlap the midfield anchor role, previously occupied by Wanyama, becomes crucially important. It also offers support to the strategy of allowing Commons a free role as an attacking midfielder.

     

     

    What I have been saying since the Hearts,Well games.Playing the diamond with Biton/Charlie as the anchor,allows the two full backs the chance to bomb forward at will.You have Broony,Ledley tucked in just behind Commons in a free role,and two strikers.

     

    Since those two games,Lenny has reverted to playing wingers.The full backs are more inhibited as we then only have two in the midfield.We have the players to play the “Diamond “really well,as we witnessed,but I fear Lenny has his favourites,which amazes me.How he can watch the team play so well,in a system they really enjoyed,then change it to punting the ball up to Sammi again,and 20 odd passes sideways and back,is beyond me.

     

    Cantseethelightattheendofthetunnel,CSC.

  23. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........FC not PLC on

    Turns out there were three awarded!

     

     

    Jings,don’t want one of them. One in eight members die every year….

     

     

    Stats,eh?

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