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January transfer window 2016

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I’ve heard a lot about Patrick Roberts. He’s burdened by enormous expectations, compared to the greats since shortly after his 17th birthday. Manchester City moved 2 starts and 17 substitute appearances into his Fulham career – £12m on the basis of 399 minutes football.

He’s here to force his way into the team between now and the end of the season, and be ready for the European challenges ahead. I think we’re going to enjoy watching this lad.

We saw around 80 minutes of Erik Sviatchenko on Sunday. As I said yesterday, he’s probably our best defender, not that that is taking enormous liberties. In Virgin van Dijk we managed to recruit a dependable defender who wasn’t scared of the ball, and was first to organise those around him. If Erik’s near that standard, he’ll do well.

Ryan Christie (20) is a No. 10. We need a No. 10. He’s 12 years younger than Kris Commons, the only comparable player in the first team squad. Kris has been our MVP for more seasons than anyone else currently on the books, but we’ve been far too dependent on him, which has become acutely evident recently, when he’s out injured.

There’s an argument that we could have done with another No. 10 during our European campaign but it’s far from clear Ryan would have got his chance. We’ll see a good bit of him before the end of the season.

Many of the things I could say about Colin Kazim-Richards I alluded about Carlton Cole when he signed. He’s a physical presence, not easily intimidated, should be an effective foil for Leigh Griffiths.

Colin joins with an actual rap sheet. Online comments yesterday recalled the reaction the day Griffiths signed. At the time I wrote that it’s important for Celtic to affirm positive values in Leigh’s life. The player hasn’t looked back, he’s every inch a positive role model. It’s now important the club and Colin work to ensure a similar result.

Aidan Nesbitt (18) is also a No. 10. He’s the player you’re most likely to hear development and youth coaches talk about. The next stage of his development required him to play against men. Four months in the Premiership playing for Partick will achieve this.

Farewall Nadir Ciftci, who is off to Turkey until the end of the season. I described Nadir as less like a Ronny Deila player than any other I’ve watched and known Celtic to be interested in. He has a touch and is a better player than we’ve seen, but he was built from different material than practically all other Deila signings.

Last month’s business will hopefully mean we have a settled and secure defence for the qualifiers, something missing at the beginning of this season, something missing on Sunday afternoon.  The Kazim-Richards signing could go a number of different ways.  The player will get his chance to live up to his own expectations.

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  1. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Bankiebhoy

     

     

    Shortie missed the rugby tackle on Craig and their highlights didn’t catch the griffiths penalty incident at 1-0

  2. I can’t remember but we were struggling personel wise for the game and Efe put himself forward.

     

     

    Mikael Lustig really needs to up his game a lot more than Efe, IMO.

  3. bankiebhoy

     

    heres the impartial gary ralstons take on it

     

     

    However, Rovers were cursing ref Euan Anderson when he penalised Toshney for a robust but fair aerial challenge on Dean Shiels at the edge of the box.

     

     

    He blew for a free kick just as the ball broke to Panayiotou, whose right foot volley into the net had the home fans going from cheers to jeers within seconds.

     

     

    The ref’s call did seem harsh and although Rovers could hardly have argued the merits of an equaliser, Rangers were far too sluggish in the second half.

  4. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: “One point away at Arsenal is a good result. To get a good result you need to be lucky and we had that on our side. We had good defending and great goalkeeper. But we needed to create more.

     

     

    “He is a fantastic goalkeeper. Sometimes you think you can’t score because he is massive. Maybe today was his best performance. We are happy he is the keeper of Southampton.”

  5. Is anyone confident our CEO would make a successful appointment if we were to dispense with the services of RD.

     

    He has systematically diminished our playing talent and ambition since 2003.

     

    Sure RD makes mistakes but he is not the problem at our club.

     

    The guy with the heated driveway is along with our absentee major shareholder the problem.

     

    I listened to the Homebhoys podcast and found it cathartic after Sunday.

     

    They discussed revolution and the the spirit of 94 when we got rid of the old board.

     

    Unfortunately for us that spirit and fervour amongst the support seems to have died along with our ambition and vision.

     

    Nowadays supporters are just not going to games.

     

     

    I fear for a lost generation.

     

     

    Anyway 3-1 to the Champions tomorrow.

     

     

    Please God

     

     

    HH

  6. BETTING ALERT

     

     

    Paddy Power offers the following betting (among others) on cards tomorrow night

     

     

    For those unfamiliar you get 10 pts for yellow card, 25 for straight red, max 35 per player for 2 yellows/red

     

     

    4/9 Celtic over 10 points,

     

    11/8 Celtic over 20 points

     

    6/5 Celtic more card pts than Aberdeen

     

     

    6/1 Celtic red card

     

    13/5 penalty awarded either side

     

    7/2 either side to score a pen.

     

     

    WE ARE WATCHING YOU, McLEAN

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Blantyretim, its good to see you posting.

     

     

    You are right about Southampton’s return to better form since Fraser’s return.

     

     

    What has puzzled me is the lack of comment on sky , the BBC and BT , about his return . They only seem interested in Joe Hart and Jack Butland.

     

     

    I know some of us , understandinly, lose interest in former players and their careers but I like to see them doing well, especially down the road, as it reflects well on Celtic.

  8. Captain Beefheart on

    No point getting rid off Ronny. I doubt he signed the chumps. Nobody to replace him anyway.

     

     

    Next season could be very troubling. Don’t care about the league cup – of more concern is Europe and our duds.

  9. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Burghbhoy

     

     

    You suggesting PL not worth £20k/ week?

  10. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    What’s the chances of someone giving hayes a right good punch on his sore hand like every team targets any injuries our players are carrying

     

     

    No .. I doubt it will happen too .

  11. TBJ – come on matey, that’s to be expected!

     

     

    ……..they would will us into a defeat as much as they can and mitigate all or any circumstances to show us in as poor a light as possible.

     

     

    Dougie-Dougie Donnelly Broadcastin’ Corporation.

  12. Petec @ 10.12

     

     

    Correct re Lustig – but don’t think he’s fit enough to play the ‘Ronny game’

     

     

    If he was a CB or a RB that didn’t have to be an attacker, his form would settle down, at the moment he’s

     

    out on his feet.

     

     

    Come to think of it? – Keiran Tierney is even burnt out in most games.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  13. the_huddle on 2nd February 2016 10:13 pm

     

     

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: “One point away at Arsenal is a good result. To get a good result you need to be lucky and we had that on our side. We had good defending and great goalkeeper. But we needed to create more.

     

     

    “He is a fantastic goalkeeper. Sometimes you think you can’t score because he is massive. Maybe today was his best performance. We are happy he is the keeper of Southampton.”

     

     

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    A lot will be angry that we are becoming a feeder club for Southampton, seriously though, what can we really do otherwise?

     

    I know, build a side that is Home Schooled.

     

     

    It is a Tony Yeboah, in my view.

     

     

    Mair Kieran type players, where they always seem to make the right decision, and always fight for a goal, even if they are getting beat on the Scoresheet.

     

     

    You are always playing against the Referee when you are a Celtic player, as TV……. and it is becoming less visible but a lot more selective,….. Another HMMMMMMMM about the Hun Control.

     

     

    Please Celtic, introduce the Tribute act as such, you can be less colourful in the language.

  14. Delighted to see Southampton and, particularly, big Frazer getting big reviews tonight.

     

    Met him a few times post match. An absolute gent and a giant of a man.

     

    More importantly for me, since watching the hoops since 1960, the best goalie I’ve seen wearing a Celtic top. Yep, even beats Ronnie and the holy goalie.

     

    Praise indeed.

     

     

    Good on ye, Frazer. Hope your progress continues.

  15. eddieinkirkmichael on

    A lot of Celtic fans raving about KT recently and rightly so IMHO.

     

    When he has 2yrs or his contract he will go down south and quadruple his wage. Is that PL fault?

  16. bournesouprecipe,

     

     

    If ever the Celtic Support needed Patience, it is now.

     

     

    Looking into the abyss, as it is.

     

     

    Come on those Christian instincts.

     

     

    Interesting the Swiss are having a Referendum on giving every adult $2500 every month.

     

     

    Leftfield

  17. Cultsbhoy

     

     

    Big Pete has not only weakened our team with constant downsizing , he has even more worryingly crushed the life out of many in our support.

     

    He must be removed before our club is over run with apathy

     

     

    HH

  18. eddieinkirkmichael on 2nd February 2016 10:30 pm

     

     

    A lot of Celtic fans raving about KT recently and rightly so IMHO.

     

     

    When he has 2yrs or his contract he will go down south and quadruple his wage. Is that PL fault?

     

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    Can we start blaming PL for it now?? Come on we so need to blame more things on PL :O) The greatest fans in the world demand the best

  19. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on

    EDDIEINKIRKMICHAEL on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 10:24 PM

     

    Just heard a rumour, Celtic fans to join the real world.

     

     

     

    Just a rumour though.

     

     

    ===============================

     

     

     

    Delighted with that news, Eddie

     

     

    Looking forward to a real manager, with a real board with real ambition in this real world, ha , ha.

     

     

    You asked for that :-)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  20. Eddieinkirkmichael,

     

     

    Re Keiran, don’t think he’s anywhere near good enough, YET, for the 1st team let alone englandshire – clock how teams target him from kick off etc – he is dealing well with it but, if you want to attack, Izzy is ten times the player at the moment.

     

     

    Fraser Forster, caught yer interview, well done big man.

     

     

    Cultsboy – Baaaaaaa.

  21. *An Gorta Mor Glasgow*

     

     

    An Gorta Mor Glasgow are a recently organised group who are planning to build a permanent memorial in Glasgow to remember those who perished or became part of the mass migration from Ireland as a consequence of the Great Hunger. To achieve this a number of fundraising events will be held throughout 2016.

     

     

    The next event is a quiz night to be held on Friday 11th March in The Squirrel Bar just off the Gallowgate followed by live music.

     

     

    Tickets are £5 for each team member and can be purchased from Angortamorglasgow@gmail.com or alternatively contact me at hamiltontim88@yahoo.co.uk

     

     

    #WeAreBuildingIt

  22. Ronny Deila is building an actual Family Unit and without any of the New Age ‘Self’ growing sh!t.

     

     

    He has a powerful Doctrine.

  23. Petec

     

     

    They can afford it.

     

     

    Big Roj just done his self-assessment, and they’ve flogged some Old Masters they ‘found’.

  24. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Burghbhoy

     

     

    We may already be too late…

     

     

    What gets me about Lawwell taking £20k a week out of our club is:

     

     

    1) it’s morally wrong when you object to living wage as he has done

     

    2) it’s so far removed from the values of the club it’s obscene

     

    3) it’s highly inconsistent with the active downsizing he is leading elsewhere

     

    4) I’m unclear what performance measures it is tied to as the team is getting weaker and performing poorer, bums on seats are diminishing, turnover is reducing etc

     

     

    I could go on…

     

     

    Bottom line is he is not leading any kind of growth strategy, he has an unenviable opinion of our fans and his time has past. Time for a £10k a week leader with ideas. He is a bean counting manager. Managers are paid to do things right. Leaders are paid to do the right things.

     

     

    A difference Lawwell will never comprehend.

  25. What is the Stars on

    Petec

     

    Are you drunk or bonkers

     

    The abyss? ? No I don’t think so.

     

    Switzerland? ?

     

    Only contribution to world culture, the cuckoo clock ( actually they got from the Germans in return for minding nazi gold)

     

    As for Oor ronny, he will get a result tomorrow and will be well on here until the next hiccup.

     

    Such fun

  26. Who was Hodgson’s lady friend :O)

     

     

    Schmeichel is a big guy yet still looks tiny compared to his dad

  27. beatbhoy,

     

     

    The word on the Street is there are gonnae be more Helicopter Money Drops across the World.

     

     

    The guys holding Gold will be Wealthy in No Time.

     

     

    I’m more worried about the Food on the Table, than the precious metal in your pocket,

     

     

    These are the most Strangest of days.

     

     

    JC – and that is Jeremy C has asked for people Quantitave easing and he is not the only one. ;))

     

     

    There is something afoot.

     

     

    I certainly have to laugh about it all.

  28. TCR

     

     

    A guy playing with plenty of confidence.

     

     

    Not many these days would have attempted that shot, far less converted it.

     

     

    Played some lovely football at times too, Leicester.