LWYRUP. Youth recruitment. Newco cave


John Beaton was the man who put pressure on referee Don Robertson earlier this month, not Brendan Rodgers.  Robertson had already awarded Celtic a penalty in the game against Hearts when VAR Beaton recommended he rewatch a high boot by Yang, who had already been cautioned for the incident.

Right then we knew the chances of a referee awarding Celtic a penalty, then declining to change his decision after a VAR recommendation was non-existent.  Beaton was left helpless at the Celtic penalty, there was simply nothing he could do about it.  The Yang incident, though, that was an open goal for him.

Celtic arrived at yesterday’s hearing LWYRUP, which was material to the SFA Disciplinary Panel’s decision to award the manager only a one game touchline ban, which he will serve on Sunday against Livingston.  Disappointing, though this is, Brendan will be available to continue his dominance at Ibrox the following week.

The CIES Football Observatory this week issued a report on the average age of recruitment of first team players over 10 transfer windows (to July 2019) for over 800 clubs in the world’s top 48 leagues.  It’s a fascinating read and documents a period after an incredible change at Celtic.

The Red Bull stable are unwavering in their commitment to The System.  RB Salzburg top the table (ave. age 20.93 yrs) and RB Bragantino (Brazil) are second.  Also in the world’s top 30 are RB Leipzig and New York RB.

Salzburg have taught the world how to recruit on a budget.  They sign lots of young players, develop them through a collaborative network, then bring their graduates to the first team, before selling them on and promoting the next generation.  The only UK clubs in the top 30 are Liverpool and Brighton, two impressive examples of how recruitment should be done.

Scotland’s highest entrants were Hibernian (41st) and Celtic (59th, ave. age 23.53 yrs).  59th out of over 800 is a high placing.  It would be higher still without the likes of Kolo Toure and Scott Sinclair.  I know what you’re thinking – don’t say a word against Scott Sinclair.

Scott was a stand-out in the Celtic team which won the first of our Quadruple Trebles; without him, one of the most historic periods of our history may not have happened.  But there is a cost of this success.  While we were spending money on Scott’s wages, Salzburg were signing hordes of teenage talent.  Most of those would not make the grade (few as spectacularly as Kolo at Celtic), but this is always the way in football.

Apart from that Quadruple Treble, our most common 21st century reference point is the Martin O’Neill era.  Martin transformed us from always-underdogs to always-favourites.  He remains an inspiration.  But Martin recruited old men with no notion of what tomorrow would bring.

Sign them at their peak and let them leave when they’re done.  It was exciting, but despite all the trophies and European runs, we lost money every season Martin was here, as we marched a pace behind David Murray’s Rangers towards the cliff.

Change came just in time.  Spend was curtailed and the club built a recruitment strategy which did not rely on Match of the Day.  Murray’s Rangers, gloriously, stepped over the edge alone.

This season has seen us commit to a plan Salzburg would endorse.  We are not as good as them (yet), but honestly, if you think there is an alternative strategy that would better serve our interests, you have an unhealthy need for short term fixes.

Celtic and Newco have agreed to allow around 3,000 visiting fans at their games after Celtic insisted on having a safe segregated area of Ibrox or nothing at all.  After years of torment, Newco reduced Celtic’s allocation to 800 tickets (Celtic responded in kind).  Celtic fans were left vulnerable in a corner of Ibrox and had to egress from the area through usually unhappy Newco fans.  In the stadium, Celtic fans were subject to missile attack from above, while the journey home was far from pleasant.  Eventually, Celtic decided it better to have no visiting fans at these games than allowing an unsafe situation to continue.

There will be some satisfaction at this decision, however, the devil is in the detail.  I have been going to Ibrox since the days we got half of the old enclosure but only a third of the stand above; missile attacks from above have been around that long.  Make it safe or don’t have Celtic fans there.

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  1. GFTB



    got it



    (and I know you are a massive tim)



    But if the huns went under for operating an illegal remuneration system



    Why are the people that benefited from that not getting hit for illegal earnings



    And why are we allowing them to sit on the national broadcasters (that some of our license money must go to)



    Can you imagine if it was the other way around??



    If you can, then you know what happens (statement o’clock x 10)



    Which begs the question, why are we sitting on our hands?

  2. Clunks



    Maybe am getting old … my Celtic never have to win everything, am delighted the Huns cheated and they actually celebrate cheating … 55 :-) my hole !



    I would be devastated if our Celtic ever cheated



    My old man passed in 1995, I never asked him about him going to games something that annoys me, I was the “runt” my two older brothers in their 70s my two sisters in their 60s … me in my 50s (the accident in 1970) …



    Enjoy what we have …. I love VAR … as I said in the pub yesterday … we have had the most penalties this season that we have ever had … nearly ALL after var, not given to start with … embarrass the Huns & officials into trying to be fair ….



    Mon the VAR 🍀

  3. GFTB



    A bizarre response to my question about the huns cheating



    and more importantly why Celtic allow them to sit on the national broadcasters couch to the tune of £985,000 without raising a question



    and “I would be devastated if our Celtic ever cheated”



    Am not talking about celtic cheating, am talking about our response, or lack thereof of the huns cheating



    the feck was the runt story about?



    Did the huns cheat with ebts



    and why did the people that benefitted from the cheating not get pulled up



    If you cant answer that (with all your years service to the crown) then maybe you should keep your stories about your dad and what you said in the pub out your reply, cause it doesnt answer the question??

  4. GFTB



    Seems like a nonsense argument



    We can agree to disagree (apologies for my “crown” comment – that was crass)



    Hope you and your family have a great easter



    And we pump livi



    Hail Hail mate

  5. Clunks






    We all take the crowns money mate … if you have ever had a fiver, tenner in your pocket did you ever say am no having that … play the game mate



    I was trying to explain (badly) that the Huns liquidated and the tax avoiders won’t get pulled until 125yrs after their “payment” … it’s not difficult mate

  6. Clunks



    Not one offence taken mate …



    Probably ma own fault for opening up … am a lot quieter in real life :-)



    I appreciate the replies 100% 🍀

  7. GFTB



    Watching Jim McCann, there is a certain strength/power about the man?



    Did you watch the docu about the IRA that was posted earlier this week?

  8. Mad that was in our (or our parents) lifetime



    And how lucky we are to be born one or 2 generations and 60 or 70 miles apart from it



    But still, it echoes thru our DNA/Ancestory and helps define who we are and why the people that came before us fought for us



    In order that we are lucky to be born in the era we are



    Mad fecking docu mate



    defo get it watched

  9. Clunks



    Read about it in here but not watched it yet



    Some Mothers Sons … with Dame Helen Mirren is actually really good …



    By the way I might have put this on CQN a few years back but around this time (the new tax year) we sent out by post P2/P6s the new tax codes … nearly all from Derry all stipulated Londonderry … obviously when that was on their tax records I knew what foot they couldn’t kick with … straight away nipped in and took the London out of Derry … childish but when William McWilliam got his letter fae His Majesty it was Derry not Londonderry …. :-)



    Childish but so fulfilling

  10. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Majestic Hartson on 30th March 2024 7:05 pm


    BURNLEY78 on 30TH MARCH 2024 10:58 AM


    Meaningful competition and rivalry are key for any sporting entity to survive and thrive.






    Well competition and rivalry sounds okay unless you end up operating at well below your potential to maintain the ‘rivalry’ because if you reached your full potential you would be so far ahead of your ‘rival’ that there would be no meaningful competition with them because their potential is nowhere near yours.


    So you might be surviving, but you definitely wouldn’t be thriving.


    Not that anything like that would actually ever happen, obviously!

  11. Good morning right up and at em boys.



    Oh ma heed..



    This will be 3rd day in a row on swally after being off it for a good number of weeks and I better be celebrating come 1.45 is today.



    D. :)

  12. BURNLEY78 on 30TH MARCH 2024 10:58 AM



    Meaningful competition and rivalry are key for any sporting entity to survive and thrive.







    Unfortunately true. Recent history has shown that with the top tier being covered with tarpaulins.


    I sooo wanted them gone, but the reality is it bad for business not having meaningful competition and rivalry.



    Many will disagree, and the challenge will always be between the heart and the head.






    Ps : Look at the number of posts yesterday about our nearest rivals.

  13. DAVID66 on 31ST MARCH 2024 8:33 AM


    Good morning right up and at em boys.







    Oh ma heed..







    This will be 3rd day in a row on swally after being off it for a good number of weeks and I better be celebrating come 1.45 is today.




    Careful now DAVIE BHOY……You will be the ” NEW” BRRB, if you keep that up ?






  14. Anyway COYBIG.



    PS : Slightly sad that the biggest thing for me on Easter Sunday will be our game and Easter Eggs. How times have changed.

  15. How BRRB’s manages his ” hobby” should be the 8th wonder of the world.🙂🍺🥃🍾

  16. I have THREE CORRECT SCORES up from yesterday….all SPL games….I am now hoping and praying that I have also predicted the Correct Celtic scoreline Today, to give me FOUR outta Five correct scores on a ” Lucky 31″ Bet ?


    So far Hearts let me down by NOT winning 2 – 1 yesterday.



    IF….and its a ” BIG IF” my predicted Celtic Score does comes up Today….I will win approx £1,250 from the Bookie for my £3.10 bet ?



    I ALSO have those Correct Scores in my ” SUPERBRU”, and I always put Bets on my Superbru Predictions every week, in Singles, Doubles, Trebles, Foursomes etc etc…




  17. Majestic Hartson on

    3 points and a good performance today please. We’ve hit a bit of form recently so I’m hoping we keep that going and don’t just scrape a win.



    Enjoy your day Bhoys 👍

  18. DAVID66 on 31ST MARCH 2024 8:33 AM




    I can NOT make it to your local Pub Today for the Celtic game, as Ive been rather “unwell” since the Beers on Friday.


    I will watch the Celtic game in ma hoose, cos I cant venture too far from a Toilet ….LOL


    I hope to catch up with you soon ?


    HH Mate.

  19. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Perhaps Hibs can ask Crawford Allan what rules of the game were broken to award that penalty yesterday 🤔