Janko, concentrate TV money on 6, not 42 clubs


The assembly of Celtic-2015-16 continued apace yesterday with the arrival of Saidy Janko (19) from on a four year contract.  Saidy spent the second half of last season on loan to Bolton Wanderers, under Neil Lennon, in one of the game’s most bizarre transfers.

Manchester United were happy to allow Janko to go to Bolton in the winder transfer window but his absence would have left their U21 team short.  They needed a defender so Bolton offered Andy Kellett.  Kellett had only been in the field a total of 85 minutes in his Bolton career and had been farmed out to Portsmouth earlier in the season.  So it came as a surprise when Neil Lennon called to say “Pack your stuff, you’re going on loan to Manchester United”.

Saidy arrived in Manchester from Zurich as a 17-year-old right back but now plays all right-side positions.  There are things I like about this transfer: he’s been watched by the manager and scouts and was high on the wanted list. The success rate of players who have been well-scouted is vastly better than players who arrive after glowing references from respected names in the game, but where the Lennoxtown guys have only seen rare glimpses of the target.

It’s heartening to read glowing references from those who have watched him in England but references don’t mean he’ll make it at Celtic.

The use of New St Mirren Park by Celtic for a friendly game was not in itself controversial. Before being liquidated, Rangers used the same venue for youth games, and Celtic have often used Excelsior Stadium Airdrie for the same purpose.

But when photos emerged early yesterday of Celtic livery above the club shop, temporarily stocked with Celtic merchandise, it stirred something within St Mirren fans. They don’t mind their stadium being used by another club in return for cash, but for some, sensitivities need to be observed.

I can’t say I was remotely bothered by Commonwealth Games livery at Celtic Park last year, nor would I have raised an eyebrow to the Celtic Superstore being handed over for the sale of Commonwealth memorabilia, very few of us were. However, I have some sympathy for St Mirren fans. We were in a position of strength when we agreed to the Commonwealth deal, St Mirren have just been relegated and most fans expect their stay in the Championship to be more than a single season.

Yesterday’s livery was an indication of St Mirren’s place in the world, not so much a Celtic competitor, more a facilitator, who survived for years on a dividend from Celtic fans’ TV subscriptions.

Paisley is big enough to support a vibrant community club, but it’s too close to Glasgow to build an independently resourced competitor, they are not an Aberdeen, Dundee United, Dundee (maybe still), Hibs or Hearts. We have a handful of economically viable tier one football clubs and should nurture them accordingly, while aligning community clubs to focus on what should be their strengths.

Imagine, for a second, TV money concentrated on six clubs, not 42. These clubs would harvest the talent from a community feeder system and have the opportunity to build a sustainable businesses.

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    Bit of Buster Keating going on here.



    PAUL67 posts new article at 1104,first post at 1102.






    Nice one,FRANKMARKER!!!!



    And a very warm welcome to Saidy Janko.

  2. I heard there was a Pocahontas McClumpher in darkest Port Glasgow. True story apparently.




  3. leftclicktic on





    11:02 on 2 July, 2015




    Was there ever any truth in the Glasgow twins named Armani and Versace McClatchie?



    Heard about it many times but possibly just bull poo




    Google it:)))


    Versace is on FB

  4. BMCuWP



    I was just going to post that, 4 posts before Paul67 issues note at 11.04



    This being the case, I’m giving the podium to Embramike :-))



    Oh Paul67 a 6 team league, not for me :-))





    Versace should contact Argue & Phibbs. And sue her parents.





    And none from PHILVISRETURNS or his worthy successor BOGNORBHOY!



    You nearing a return to work yet,bud? The better half will be glad to see the back of you-and you’ll have to think of another excuse for insisting that she cuts the grass!

  7. Slight mistake Paul, Kellett was at Plymouth not Portsmouth, a common error, they’re only 180 miles apart…. But they sound vaguely similar and both have big grey ships!

  8. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    As it seems current



    Tesco’s Car Park Scam


    Subject: Tesco’s Car park Scam




    This is an old scam that has started up again….




    This is a warning to men who may be regular Tesco or Asda customers. Over


    the last months I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping.


    Simply going out to get a few odd’s and ends has turned out to be quite


    traumatic. Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your





    Here’s how the scam works:



    Two very hot 25-26 year-old girls come over to your car as you are packing


    your shopping into the boot. They both start wiping your windscreen with a


    rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy little


    T-shirts. It is impossible not to look.



    When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ‘No’ and instead ask you


    for a ride to another store. You agree and they get in the backseat. On the


    way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat


    and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.




    I had my wallet stolen May 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th &


    24th. Also June 1st, 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 24th, three times


    last Saturday and it’s very likely to happen again this coming weekend.



    So tell your friends to be careful.



    P.S. Woolies have wallets on offer for £2.99 each.

  9. I enjoyed the public training session last night which was more about fitness than anything else.



    Also good to know that we still have –






























    Sub – Stokes



    – to come into the reckoning for the next couple of friendlies before the real action starts




  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Surprised that none of the “St Mirren supporting” journalists had anything to say about it. Or maybe they don’t really support St Mirren…..

  11. Tom Logic?








    Welcome “Slim”…




  12. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    ….and the pies last night were £2.10 ……. Hahahahahahaha

  13. Paul 67


    Are you saying that ringers fc should not be getting tv money ?





    Every cqner should get at least one podium ;-))

  14. ThompsonTwin on

    Joe Cundy


    11:20 on


    2 July, 2015


    Slight mistake Paul, Kellett was at Plymouth not Portsmouth, a common error, they’re only 180 miles apart…. But they sound vaguely similar and both have big grey ships!





    There is always someone waiting to spring and correct something that has no bearing whatsoever on the substance and relevance of a piece and/or post.



    Look, stop ‘nitpicking’ it matters not a jot who Kellet was been ‘farmed out’ to earlier – the point of the story is that a young man with little or no experience at Bolton, was to be loaned to Man Utd, and is in the context of us signing Janko.



    We have not only the ” I’ll give you a running commentary on every mundane aspect of my life, and let’s get together to shout down anyone who doesn’t meet with our knitting bee at CQN corner” CLIQUE – we also have the ‘nitpickers’ CLIQUE.

  15. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    Awe Naw… So traumatic…. I’m currently driving hastily to my local supermarket?. Denim shorts you say?



    No you did not.. I just imagined it..



    Nice one..



    On matters footi..



    Great to see Lustig back….




  16. I wouldn’t praise the scouts at Lennoxtown too much until they work out what a striker is.

  17. BMCuWP



    Off for another 2 weeks & Grass ? What Grass, all replaced with that Astro turf stuff .:-))



    I see Lenny is favourite for the Liecester job ?



    Right I’m off oot to Tesco car park :-))



    Hail Hail

  18. thompsontwin – it matters if you live in Plymouth! I don’t post nearly often enough to qualify for a clique of any sort……..yawn….

  19. Paul67



    The minute you bring common sense into football you risk being attacked as a hater of ” Diddy”clubs.



    Such an approach would require clubs and supporters to pull together to head in a particular direction, which is as likely as a drpp of mercury not spattering into a million droplets on hitting a table.

  20. Morning all.



    A very warm Celtic welcome to Saidy Janko.



    Have a feeling the bhoy will do well.



    Think Ronny may have a cunning plan to play him in the Jason Denayer role if/when VVD leaves.




  21. Auldheid


    11:48 on


    2 July, 2015





    you sure on them numbers… someone’s bound to contest!





    Nitpicking,is it?



    I once told a hun mate in Kilwinning to stop being pedantic.



    He accused me of being a smartarse for using big words. So I asked him if he knew what it meant.



    ‘Of course’ he replied. ‘Nitpicking and pernickety.’



    I congratulated him on his knowledge of the language and suggested he learn how to count.








    Careful wi the barbecue,mate.

  24. West End of East End on

    Read some criticism of the referee’s performance during last night’s game, I thought he had a decent game given that it was a pre-season friendly and he didn’t want to send anyone off. Understandable in the circumstances, he took a few of the cloggers aside and told them to calm down, the full back didn’t come back out in the 2nd half, probably through choice after GMS tore him a new one…



    Good to see Rogic getting a start, I think there’s a player in there who with the right coaching could give Nir a run for his place…

  25. Thunder Road on

    Ronny must have his work cut out trying to get/keep Rogic, Forrest, Lustig and Boerighter fit!


    Seems to think he has cracked it with Forrest and now Rogic……guess time will tell.

  26. Was Clancy the ref last night?



    He was poor.



    Nae change there then.




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