Juranovic, Giakoumakis, then Abada


I see a bit of chat on Liel Abada in the Latest News section of CQN this morning.  I have been impressed with the player from his early outings last year.  Although a winger with a prodigious assists record, it is his ability inside the box that impresses most.

He understands when to arrive in the danger area and has the speed and touch to be effective once there.  With the right tutelage, I think he may end up as a striker – you will recall, the Great Swede played on the wing until arriving in Glasgow as a 26-year-old, when an opportunity opened to play through the middle.

I sense little resistance to the potential sale of Josip Juranovic.  He had a stellar World Cup, at 27 he is in his prime and we have already recruited a replacement.  There is less unanimity when it comes to Giorgos Giakoumakis.  Gio is enormously popular and brings a different threat to any other striker at the club.  However, at 28, we know the script.  His age profile and backup status mean that he is available for the right price.

Liel does not always make the starting 11 but he would if I was picking the team.  His age and contract profile are such that we are under no pressure to sell.  But I need to ask myself what I really want from Celtic and how to get there.

I want us to be a competitive Champions League team, not the cannon fodder we were this season.  To get there, we need an excellent recruitment regime and an aggressive trading policy.  I’ll back any plan that aims for this target, anything else is conservative and unambitious – I don’t know about you, but I’m neither.

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  1. Ange isnae happy.



    I wisnae there so cannae comment.



    I’ll be doing at least over 3.5 Celtic first half goals to get value in a Celtic game.




  2. Over (3.5)


    Over/Under First Half Celtic Total Goals 3.5 / Celtic v St Johnstone


    Cash Out


    Stake for this bet: £10.00


    Potential Returns: £210.00


    Total Stake




    Total Potential Returns















    Who Curtley Ambrose if I get Lucky. :))

  3. AoW



    Losing your Mum & dad and what has happened to your good self … it’s been one cnut of a year mate … but you actually always make a wee joke of every situation … probably as I know you just to try and keep your self going … you take care mate and trust me both parents know want that wee daft AOW done for them x 🍀💚

  4. The ever more greying Souness has a pop in the media shop at Dibu Martinez, the colossal Argentine keeper. Martinez has said that the gesture he made with his trophy was towards the French supporters who had jeered him during the match. Nothing was said about that in the media. I suppose it’s like McGeady or Lennon in Scotland, it’s alright to boo him because he’s Argentinian. Funny how it’s the all inclusive, we support diversity countries like Holland, UK and France who are the most vitriolic towards the Albiceleste. Our moral guardians, aye right.



    Let’s just say it all started in 1966 at Wembley when Argentine captain Rattin was sent off by a German referee….for questioning decisions. Alf Ramsey called him an “Animal”. Don´t think he was in that band. Imagine that! Referees again.



    Lineker and his Parisian chums effuse about Qatar being the greatest ever final but they forget two of the other best finals; 1978 and 1986…both featuring Argentina…coincidence? No it´s not a coincidence that they don´t give Argentina credit because they esteem the European dream and would never give los muchachos credit for anything.



    The celebrations in La Pampa and all over the country with all generations together celebrating the triumph with friends, family and neighbours and welcoming back players to their villages with no politicians involved would have been shown in UK media? Not a chance. With “Do They Know it´s Christmas ?” no 1 for the fifth time there´s plenty to be finding out about. Maybe we should have seen all this coming. Without Scotland there the fans who won over the Qataris were the Argentinians with their affection for football. Not surprising then that the haters like Sourness are going after them.



    Let´s see if our bonny bhoy Bernabei can inject us with some of their cold blood, because to do well at the highest level you need to be able to let the blood circulate and then you can make the ball circulate easier. But especially we need that cold blood in front of goal. Giakou ticks all the right boxes for me but I don´t watch Celtic week in week out to know if Kyogo is the better option.



    I suppose it´s inevitable that big players will move out under Ange but I agree with Paul that we need to be more ambitious to create greater success on the field…and off as well. Until then, never let the pundits get you down!

  5. Tom McLaughlin on 23rd December 2022 8:11 pm









    An optimist by nature, I am a tad concerned about the possibility of some of our players departing. Sure I get the financial return, not daft, but surely Ange in particular must be a bit pissed off, while trying to get a good side together, is held back by greed by our board.









    Which players have the board sold under Ange’s nose? Or are you just believing everything you read in the red tops?




    Exactly ,you wouldn’t have thought Sir Peter Lawwell, in the January Window in 2010,sold McManus,Caldwell, Robson and Mc Donald…..under the nose of the Manager,and we spunked the League 10 points clear…..yeah but lets bring back a total failure into the Club….. can only hope that this post has pissed off a few parsimonious ,timid,compliant guys

  6. Melbourne Mick 10.11


    I agree ,Joe Mcbride the best striker I have seen in a Celtic jersey ,and I have been watching for over 60years .HH

  7. Fanadpatriot


    Yes. McBride was a prolific striker who would have set upbeatable records had he not been injured.


    He scored 54 goals in 55 league appearances. Who can match that kind of scoring rate today?

  8. Auldheid@10:02


    Does this mean that we will no longer see the Res12 being used as a stick to beat the board?


    If so, is it possible you could write a leader for Paul explaining the significance?


    Does it also mean UEFA definitively regard the Hun as a new club?


    Not that we will see that in the MSM.

  9. CHAIRBHOY on 23RD DECEMBER 2022 9:33 PM


    BOGNORBHOY @ 8:50 PM,



    ‘What a great gesture, with the FSR,’


    Can you please say what FSR stands for?



    Happy Christmas


    Hail Hail

  10. Good morning from a dark North Staffs



    I thought res12 was all about bringing the SFA to account for their cheating in allowing oldclub entry to Europe when they had failed to declare the wee tax case.


    As far as I know the SFA are still the same Hun led organisation who continue to favour 1 club. Rules may have changed but not the arbiter thereof.

  11. Hello again all you young rebels



    From a beautiful sunny Melbourne suburb.


    Weather warming up nicely for Christmas Day in the garden.


    It’s all a bit weird really, with inflatable Santa Claus’s melting in


    the summer heat, last week he’d have been floating away down


    the road.


    Just getting the turkey and the ham ready so I can settle down


    later and watch the bhoys.


    Personally I won’t concern myself too much with missed chances


    after all the bhoys have proved they “ don’t stop “ and the 3 points


    will be delivered as per.


    35 degs expected for Boxing Day on the beach, where all the


    ham, roasties, turkey, stuffing, and covered in gravy, will be double


    wrapped in tinfoil, will be placed on the red hot sand ready to devour


    after a day of frolics in the surf.


    Don’t think I ever did that down at Saltcoats 🤣


    Time now for a wee Christmas rid biddy.


    Have a great time everyone.


    H H. Mick

  12. Don’t think I ever did that down at Saltcoats 🤣




    Come on , Mick. It was often 35 degrees in the summer in Saltcoats…….though that was before we spoke in Centigrade .


    Anyway, I`ll be departing a gloomy Arbroath for a dazzling Paradise in a couple of minutes.


    I don`t suppose Ange and the players feel anything re regularly playing after Sevco but I think it makes some supporters a wee bit nervous. Irrational though it is, I am one of those supporters.

  13. ART OF WAR on 23RD DECEMBER 2022 9:53 PM


    Something happened today which made me very happy and grateful.







    It was my dad’s funeral and after the service at St Ninians I was approached by two gentlemen. Step forward An Tearmann and Bigrailroadblues…







    To think that they would take the time to turn up and show their respects to a stranger like me (and my dad) has left me humbled and grateful.



    Love you guys, John.




    I’d give you both my turkey legs a slice of honey glazed ham and


    two roasties just to be with you again, shouting on the bhoys. 🇮🇪


    H H. Mick

  15. paulsthroughball88 on

    Wullie Collum in charge of VAR this weekend as he’s the only one who can be getting on with the Christmas dinner while watching the screen behind him.

  16. Good morning, friends and Happy Christmas Eve Matchday.


    Following today’s game voting will be open as usual but will be extended until 10,00am on Monday morning. The results should be out around Noon on St Stephen’s Day. SENCELPOTY@GMAIL.COM

  17. Good Morning Celts – Hope You All Have A Great Time Over The Festive Period



    GINGERNUT @ 7:09 AM,



    The FSR is the follow on from the UEFA FFP, financial fair play regulations



    It stand for Financial Sustainability Regulation,



    Now of course this is a European wide initiative to make football clubs sustainable using their footballing income.



    The Res12 ghuys caused such a stink that UEFA paid special heed to Celtic’s input into the regulations



    They are fully aware that small associations such as the SFA can find it difficult to impose sanctions against large clubs they are beholden too, in this case Rangers



    UEFA have taken direct action against newco Rangers and put them of the FSR monitoring list, this means their finances will be overseen from UEFA and if they are in breach of the regulations they will be banned from Europe



    It is why newco Rangers had to put any profits from their recent European exploits and player sales back into the Club to make it financially stable within the regulations rather than spending the money on players



    Hail Hail

  18. I had no idea that English refs were prohibited from officiating any World Cup final involving Argentina and not even a poss Arg V Eng, due to any possible whiff of bias against the Argies.



    Can’t this and what happens in England with no refs officiating where they used to support a side give us a precedent to lobby for the same rule in Scotland. Sorry if we already discussed this on the site but I missed it.



    I’d be prepared to forgive Mr Lawwell his former ‘compromises’ if he were to assure that 100% cleanskins only could ref all domestic games and administer the SPFL’s VAR machines.

  19. Still no VAR reviews of contentious incidents going against Sevco, I don’t think we have seen anything yet, the media, broadcast and written is in their pockets and other clubs say nothing.A recipe for getting away with cheating but in a different way.




    Great minds think alike.


    If we don’t call it out or campaign against it, it will become embedded as common practice.


    Can’t understand out club’s reluctance. Unless, of course, they’re not as concerned or paranoid about it as we fans are.

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