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Jozo’s Achilles, McGregor, McGeady, succession for Scott

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You can be sure Peter Lawwell was not working on contract renewals for Scott Brown, Jozo Simunovic and Callum McGregor last month, as the transfer window reached is climax, but 14 days after it closed, all three have signed new long-term deals.

Scott’s keeps him at the club until he turns 34 in two years. Jozo is contracted to 2021, when he will be 27, while Callum this morning also agreed to stay until 2021, when he will be 28.

Callum is a fascinating case study in player development. After making a substantial impact on the right wing, his form faded, but he has been reborn in central mid. More than anyone else at the club, he has an ability to instantly bring a difficult pass under control. This affords him that valuable commodity: vision.

I’m not going to tell you Callum is as good as the PSG players we saw on Tuesday, but he is the only player we have in the mould of their midfielders. They also fire the ball around with precision and control. Aiden McGeady had this ability in abundance (none of his Celtic contemporaries did). I’d like to have seen the Green Garrincha in a central role.

My sense is that we may have struggled to re-sign Jozo if questions didn’t hang over his knee. His ability is comfortably worth an eight-figure transfer fee and far higher wages than Celtic could afford. The player’s proverbial Achilles heel may bestow long-term stability in Celtic’s defence.

Celtic gambled on signing him two years ago – and let’s not forget the comments pages here were full of angst, as a regional Guardian journalist expressed astonishment that we’d gone for what he viewed as such a limited talent. We are in a place where we need to take a few chances. This one paid off.

I fully expect Scott Brown will sign one more Celtic contract to see him through his mid-30s, when thoughts at the club will turn to succession.

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  1. I have copied this post from the other thread and I make no Apologies for doing so.

     

     

    BIG JIMMY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:09 PM

     

    TURKEYBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:00 PM

     

     

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    I agree mate… I also fear the worst.

     

     

     

    When the Hun at ibrox ran on towards Scott Brown in May…..I do NOT remember ANY Celtic fan or poster on here asking ” What age is the Hun invader who was trying to assault Broony”….that Huns age was irrelative to ALL of us I would suspect ?

     

     

    If that Hun invader HAD assaulted Broony and was found guilty in Court….would anyone on here have sympathy for him, had he also LOST his job… no matter what his age was ?

     

     

     

    Somehow, I doubt it.

     

     

    HH

  2. TURKEYBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:15 PM

     

    I said a couple of weeks ago,that I thought Celtic should change their policy on wage structure.The 20 or so,top players,according to Brendan,should be getting paid the equivalent of at least,Championship players.I thought that Brendan would be pushing for this.With the re signing recently of some players,it seems this is what is happening.We wont hold on to everyone,but its going to take top EPL wages to lure our players away.

     

     

    Great news on Calum and Jozo.

  3. Gene,

     

    I read the article, scrolled down and saw there were no comments. i had actually delayed jumping straight in when I saw P67’s post of the new article, as I’m definitely not a Podium Chaser any more…..not after the first one :-)

     

    i had time to sharpen my pencil, write, spellcheck, and post comment and there was STILL no-one here.

     

     

    Celticrollercoaster – got your reply to my mail, thanks. Will definitely catch up after the game on Saturday.

     

     

    HH

  4. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    Bateen Bhoy

     

     

    Replied to your email. Maybe see you Saturday post game for a few beers?

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  5. The implication of what Paul says is that Calum should have started d against Psg. I agree. Play an extra midfielder and leave out one of the wIngers.

  6. Pitch intruder…

     

     

    CQN says Jail him , sue him , sack him.

     

     

    Has anybody on here NEVER done anything they didn’t regret due to excessive alcohol intake or other illicit substances ?

     

     

    Did he physically hurt anyone?

     

     

    He cried in court which suggests he was ashamed and remorseful of his actions .

     

     

    It’s like FOX NEWS in here at times

  7. Ridiculous interview once again by the Sun,with the “Lunatic Dreyfuss”.

     

     

    “I dont know where we are in the league,I dont look.I only look at the points,and goals we have.I dont know or care what other teams are doing.”

     

     

    Cast your mind back to the abuse RD got from the SMSM,and compare it to the fawning over the words of this certifiable lunatic.The rest is unbelievable.

     

    He treats his players as more of a family than his own.He is interested in their families health,their private lives,even if they are moving house,or building a new one he is involved.He follows up every day on these things.

     

     

    Pedro the builder,CAN YOU FIX IT

     

    YES I CAN.

  8. 67 European Cup Winners on

    The owner of PSG (he has a few quid I believe!) was impressed with the Celtic experience

     

    I wonder if he will be talking up the Celtic to one or two of his rich mates

     

    Could DD get a call ??

     

    And more importantly would we want that call

     

    I have never been convinced about Arabic Russian Chinese ownership

     

    But I do envy the money available to the super rich clubs

     

     

    67ECW

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 11:05 AM

     

    TIMALLOY29

     

     

     

    If AR is deemed first-pick RB by the manager,I’d expect his contract to be upgraded and extended. Hopefully he won’t be going anywhere for quite some time.

     

     

     

    Though seemingly the vultures are circling already.

     

     

     

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    Agreed. How many teenagers start regularly in the EPL? Something Anthony would need to ask himself.

     

     

    If he moves down south it’s a step back into development squad football.

  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Great news about all three players, Paul. Particularly Callum who I rate really highly.

     

    Not sure about the comparison with Mcgeady. I think Aiden had a tendency to hang onto the ball too long at times. McGregor is always looking for a quick pass. Vital to prevent teams getting re-organised defensively.

     

    Love the way he is always looking ahead to see what is on BEFORE he receives the ball.

  11. DBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:36 PM

     

    Pitch intruder…

     

     

     

    CQN says Jail him , sue him , sack him.

     

     

     

    Has anybody on here NEVER done anything they didn’t regret due to excessive alcohol intake or other illicit substances ?

     

     

     

    Did he physically hurt anyone?

     

     

     

    Since when did the excuse,”I was pissed,or,I had taken far too much dope”ever been considered in court to be a legitimate excuse?.

     

    “Yes your honour,I was pissed out my brain when I crashed my car into the bus queue killing the 8 people,so not really my fault”

     

     

    “Did he physically hurt anyone”

     

    No,but he tried to.To say he was so drunk he did not know what he was doing is bollox.To get from where he was,jump obstacles,evade stewards,and run the length of the park he did,is not the actions of someone paralytic drunk.Anyone else,including myself on occassions in that state find it hard to stand up straight.

     

    The drunk excuse is guff.Led away smirking at other fans which caused the REAL fan to lamp him.

     

    Jail the Bassa,preferably in a Turkish prison.

  12. 79CAPS on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:33 PM

     

    The implication of what Paul says is that Calum should have started d against Psg. I agree. Play an extra midfielder and leave out one of the wIngers.

     

     

    That might be the set up for Anderlecht away..

  13. I haven’t posted in a while. This whole SFA stitch up still riles me. Well done to everyone that are doing the digging.

     

    Having read JJ’s site this morning to find out Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was earning £8500 a week and this did not flag up any concerns among anyone at the SFA especially Sandy Bryson makes the mind boggle. Did he think he was playing for the love of the jersey? Id love to know what the de Boers were on before EBT. I think it’s common knowledge our “big players” were earning around £25k a week at the same time. Anyway, good luck to our online detectives in unearthing the truth.

  14. He was crying in court, oh boo hoo hoo, that’s called consequences most ejects start bawling’ when faced with the consequences of their eject behaviour..

     

     

    Self pity as much as remorse..

     

     

    Can’t believe people are trying to defend this clown..

     

     

    Maybe the guy who attacked Neil was just pished as well eh..

  15. DBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:36 PM

     

    Pitch intruder…

     

     

     

    CQN says Jail him , sue him , sack him.

     

     

     

    Has anybody on here NEVER done anything they didn’t regret due to excessive alcohol intake or other illicit substances ?

     

     

     

    Did he physically hurt anyone?

     

     

     

    He cried in court which suggests he was ashamed and remorseful of his actions .

     

     

     

    It’s like FOX NEWS in here at times

     

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    FFS show me ANY of my posts where I clearly state that this Chump Invader SHOULD lose his job ?

     

    That invader Chumps ONLY regret was getting feckin caught.

     

    Explain why a law abiding Celtic fan has landed in Court BECAUSE of the pitch invader who is NOT wee boy/lad in the eyes of the Law and Society…but a feckin grown MAN aged 22 /

     

    I will ask you also, cos NO ONE on here has answered my earlier questions as yet ” What if this Chumps invasion leads to Celtic Park being closed in some sections ?

     

    What if this Chump had INVADED your HOME…..would you be okay with that on finding out that he’s ONLY TWENTY TWO ?

     

     

    Did you and other on here have ANY symphony for the Hun who INVADED the pitch at Ibrox, and tried to get at Scott Brown….did you ask ” What age is the Hun” ?

     

    I bet you feckin didn’t !

     

     

    Did you ( and others ) on here, say and post ” I hope that Hun does NOT lose his job over his pitch invasion and attempt to assault Broony” ?

     

     

    Did ANY of you on here say about the Hun invader ” Its okay, cos I too have done silly things in my life” ?

     

    I do NOT remember ANY body on here having ANY Sympathy for that Hun….so why this Chump for getting MY Club Celtic into further trouble ?

     

     

    HH

  16. STARRY PLOUGH on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:55 PM

     

    He was crying in court, oh boo hoo hoo, that’s called consequences most ejects start bawling’ when faced with the consequences of their eject behaviour..

     

     

     

    Self pity as much as remorse..

     

     

     

    Can’t believe people are trying to defend this clown..

     

     

     

    Maybe the guy who attacked Neil was just pished as well eh..

     

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    Spot On mate.

     

    Good post.

     

    HH

  17. Brendan made the mistake on Tuesday.We should have had a 4 man midfield.Thats not being wise after the event.I posted ,I would be very surprised if BR does not play 4_4_2.Broony,Ntcham Mc Gregor,with Armstrong trying to help out Griff and Scotty.Not going as far as parking the bus,but a lot more defensive minded.

     

    I know Brendan has his philosophies on how he wants to play the game,but sometimes,you have to bite the bullet.Would it have made a difference?.No.Might have kept the score down.Anyway,we will soon know when we face Bayern,if he thinks differently.

     

    A load of nonsense being spoken about Ralston.The boy is as raw as a weans @rse with a nappy rash.Yes,he has a load of attributes,but they need a load of work yet.He is a million miles away from KT at the moment.

  18. TURKEYBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:50 PM

     

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    Also Spot On mate.

     

     

    I remember that child murderer Philpott and his ugly bitch TRYING to CRY on live TV when pleading for the Police to find whoever had started the house fire that murdered their weans….nuff said.

     

    HH

  19. GlassTwoThirdsFull on 14th September 2017 12:47 pm

     

     

    Totally agree, Aidans biggest weakness was decision making and the quality of the final ball. Getting what we got for him when he left was a fantastic deal in my opinion.

     

     

    I think with Aidan this is a prime example of absence making the heart grow fonder, he moved on so should we.

  20. I think the pitch invader (a one man invasion???) should either be electrocuted in a chair,hung,or at least serve every day of his life undertaking forced labour in a prison camp.And after his death he should be tortured.

     

    Then we should all have a mass and pray to Jesus (promoter of vengeance and suffering???) for his soul’s repose.

     

     

    REES-MOGGcsc

  21. BABASONICOS71 on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 12:13 PM

     

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

     

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    Aye okay then….lets see if you feel the same way If Celtic Park is closed and it DIRECTLY affects you…your family and/or your mates ?

     

    HH

  22. BABASONICOS71 on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 1:07 PM

     

    I think the pitch invader (a one man invasion???) should either be electrocuted in a chair,hung,or at least serve every day of his life undertaking forced labour in a prison camp.And after his death he should be tortured.

     

     

    Then we should all have a mass and pray to Jesus (promoter of vengeance and suffering???) for his soul’s repose.

     

     

     

    REES-MOGGcsc

     

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    As the good book states….” An eye for an Eye”.

  23. TURKEYBHOY on 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017 1:07 PM

     

    Keep the “Chumps”coming Big Jimmy.I lap them up.

     

     

    Brilliant.Right out of a Cagney movie.

     

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    james Cagney was/is my all time hero outside of football….however…..I wonder if he could have played Centre Half ?

     

    maybe not…but he sure would have booted that wee cheating Chump Neymar at every opportunity playing in midfield !

     

    HH

  24. Only trying to add a bit if balance to the discussion around this.

     

    Vast majority of posts have been calling for litigation,jail time or loss of his job.

     

     

    It’s an overreaction to say the least.

     

     

    Previous misdemeanours at CP had people calling for a severe punishment as a detterant.

     

    Why should the actions of other individuals have any bearing on this guys punishment?

     

     

    Actually I’ve changed my mind, the majority on here here are right.

     

     

    Who’s for hanging him?

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