Martin O’Neill, Yaya Toure


I remember John Robertson crossing for Trevor Francis in Munich in 1979 and a year later, Robbo scoring against Hamburg Madrid.  Brian Clough and Nottingham Forest were irresistible.  Martin O’Neill was injured and on the bench for the first of those European Cup finals against Malmo, but played as Nottingham Forest retained the trophy a year later.  Forest were everyone’s second team.

We should have beat them in the 1983 Uefa Cup.  We bossed the first leg 0-0 in Nottingham, but Clough knew what Ferguson knew at Aberdeen – soak up pressure from Celtic and hit them on the counter.  The Celtic team of the 80s knew only to attack, it was our repeated downfall domestically and in Europe.

When Martin came to Celtic in 2000 as manager, everything changed in Scottish football.  We have lost only five titles since – by a combined points tally of 12, whereas we have won 13 titles, most of them by double digit margins.  For this, Martin will always be royalty.  Only Henrik Larsson comes close to the esteem he is held in by Celtic supporters.

So I’m fond of Forest and adore Martin, but the latter has let his heart rule his head in becoming manager at City Ground.  The game as moved on spectacularly from when Martin arrived at Celtic.  His achievements at Ireland are better than many give credit for, but you could see the echoes in Ireland on how we used to play.  It will not work in England.  Forest may bounce on the sheer enthusiasm Martin will bring to the club, but this appointment will not end well.

Yaya Toure responded positively when asked if he would like to join Celtic.  The big guy has achieved more in the game than anyone currently at the club will, but the warning signs are writ large.  “Contract terminated by mutual agreement”, the statement which accompanied his departure from Olympiacos last month,  is seldom a sign of a bargain.

We are not in crisis; we are not desperate for cover in central mid.  If the big guy can bring over the best young talent from Ivory Coast, go ahead.  Otherwise, stick to plan.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    Brexit is now becoming the Clusterf******’s Clusterf***.







    George Armstrong Custer had a better strategy.






    Stage one.



  2. Hearing that Alloa are in for Jack Aitchison, not done deal yet.



    Anyone up to speed on young Jacks progress, will he be good enough to play every week for Alloa?




    EC lose round one.



    Ergo UK win round one.



    Wish it was that simple Macjay.its not.



    It omits the modern day interdependence,needs and wants of companies operating in a global market.the supply chains of multi nationals are in chaos.


    Brexit is akin to baking a lovely cake then being asked to remove flour.



    It also highlights in the UK how inexperienced members are in our parliament as well as showing how they negate duties when questions by people are put back to them to sort out

  4. succulentlambstinks on

    If we can sign all the apparent forwards we’re linked with we could play 10 strikers upfront.


    Still no RB or CB’s yet ? No worries plenty of goals with a 0-0-10 formation hopefully.

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AN TEARMANN on 16TH JANUARY 2019 2:18 AM




    Point one.


    It`s all about money and trade.



    No it`s not.



    Point two.


    British Parliamentarians are not fit for purpose.


    Some are. Some ain`t.


    May is not. She lacks judgement and doesn`t know when she is hopelessly out of her depth .


    A trier.


    God willing she resigns.

  6. Good morning CQN from a freezing Garngad



    So the photo of Ya Ya Toure in Glasgow yesterday was fake news



    Ah well, another day another rumour.



    Let it commence



    D. :)

  7. I have 2 questions? With all the rumours/stories about players coming and players going.



    1) Will we exit this window stronger in our playing personnel


    2) Or will we exit this window weaker in our playing personnel



    Going on past windows, I have not got a feckin clue.


    Surely we should be aiming to improve our squad every window, even with departures.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  8. From the impartial BBC `Gossip`:



    ” Brendan Rodgers has been installed as favourite to replace under-fire Claude Puel at Leicester City. (Scottish Daily Mail) ”




  9. ….and here are all the others for those who enjoy a `rumour or two:





    Brendan Rodgers has been installed as favourite to replace under-fire Claude Puel at Leicester City. (Scottish Daily Mail)



    Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie is set to sign a pre-contract agreement with Wigan Athletic. (Scottish Sun)



    Celtic could be set to snap up English striker Josh Maja from Sunderland, with defender Jack Hendry moving to the north-east on loan as part of the deal. (Scottish Sun)



    Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill could hamper Rangers’ title bid by recalling Joe Worrall from his Ibrox loan spell following his appointment as Nottingham Forest chief. (Daily Record, print edition)



    Terry Butcher, the former Rangers captain, believes that opposition teams will deliberately target Celtic’s rearguard in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign after their unconvincing display in the 1-0 loss to their city rivals. (Herald)



    The US-based owners of Dundee and Dundee United have joined forces to shoot down claims the respective clubs are on course to merge. (Scottish Daily Mail, print edition)



    Celtic are set to pass up the chance to sign Yaya Toure despite the Ivory Coast legend leaving the door open for a possible move to Parkhead. (Daily Record, print edition)



    Hearts manager Craig Levein intends to give teenager Aidan Keena a chance in the first team after recalling him from a season-long loan at Dunfermline.(Edinburgh Evening News)



    Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk says the club must back Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market, with Rangers posing a serious challenge to their title hopes. (Daily Record)



    Latest Dundee United signing Ian Harkes believes his all-action style of football will be a hit in Scotland with the Tangerines. (Courier) ”




  10. David66



    The short answer is no-one on here knows because….



    We don’t know who our genuine targets are but we are hungry to feed ourselves with wild rumours from the equally ill-informed. We will then blame the club for dropping hints and failing to deliver.



    We don’t know which of our genuine targets will come or whether we will get gazumped by a bigger club



    It’s mid-January and there are still 2 weeks plus of business to conclude.



    When it ends (and I always hope it ends soon because it is never CQN at its finest in July or January) the posters inclined to be glass half empty will declare it a failure and disgrace, the optimists will declare it a success and the pragmatists will wait to see how the signings perform for Celtic before rushing to judgement on Jan. 31st.



    As always it is an aim to improve the squad each window. Like a well intentioned shot at goal, you sometimes miss. But it is rare for the striker to be accused of deliberately missing the goal, that’s the big difference.

  11. mullet and co 2 on

    Steve Clarke would make an easy transition to Celtic if Rodgers decided to go now. Neil Lennon has been over the course before but burnt his bridges with his stance on transfers and Deila.



    Interesting that Craig Burley has softened in recent weeks.

  12. traditionalist88 on




    EC lose round one.



    Ergo UK win round one.






    There are no winners here.

  13. I particularly liked Terry Butcher`s apparent comment.


    We have scored more and conceded fewer than everyone else in the League. maybe he should also mention that ` opposition team will deliberately ` shut out Celtic`s shot shy attack who also gave an unconvincing display against Sevco ?




  14. Celtic losing our 7 out of 7 trophy manager to Leicester would be nothing short of disgraceful imo.



    Rodgers needs backed this window and he has a right to expect more from a £100,000,000 turnover football club.

  15. Good morning – Enjoying the mild winter, it’s a Grand Day in the Chilterns…



    AN DUN @ 9:18 AM,



    Agreed, the fact that this “SMSM Joke”, is now a real and present danger is a disgrace. No one could blame Brendan Rodgers, yet the repercussions would be dire…



    Hail Hail

  16. Impeccable source…………..



    As seen in Big Peter’s limited edition, emerald green, tooled-leather and vellum-swathed Illuminated “diary”……………



    Thursday –



    9.00am -meet with auditors.



    9.05am – Brandy and Cigars with the Board.



    10.00am – Haircut and Shiatsu ( Mandy at 67 Kuts).



    11.15am – Brunch with Ya – Ya, James McCarthy and Stormy Daniels. (Rogano)



    1.30pm – Quick call with Big D. (inner sanctum)



    2.50pm – Bobby Lennoxtown for a steam-bath and massage with ” Hard Hands” O’ Hanlon



    3.45pm – Offski – ( WFH rest of the day)





  17. 50 shades of green on

    Its in the papers it must be true………



    So if the bookies have Brendan as favourite for a job thats not available, what does that tell you?????




  18. HOT SMOKED @ 9:36 AM,



    It’s this…



    Underachieving EPL Clubs, at least in the mind of their supporters &/or owners, will sack their managers.



    They will attempt to lure away Brendan away from Celtic.



    Obviously Brendan’s vision for Celtic is very different from the Boards value “plan”, so a project down south and let’s face it, he always said he intended to return to England, must be far more tempting than it was during May’s celebration.



    Hail Hail

  19. Traditionalist88 –



    If Jason comes back, I insist that he’s given the nickname ‘Climate Change’.

  20. traditionalist88 on

    PETETHEBEAT on 16TH JANUARY 2019 10:05 AM



    hahaha. Or go the whole hog and call him Donald Trump?!




  21. Incredible the amount of kite flying by the msm doing the rounds & being considered serious targets by our club by some. I can see Glasgow Airport being shut down by the amount of Kites flying around



    Lazyjournalism csc

  22. Now, keen observers of this Dear Green Place will doubtless have realised by noooo, that when one / wan..


    …daily rekord daily sleekit acolyte takes a wee brek to rejuvenate his / her kreative writin’ skills that so many ither challenging pop-up personas make an obvious effort to keep up wi’ the decidedly downbeat take on all things Celtica.




  23. A few up early today.What happened,beds and panties wringing.Thats what you get for listening to every lunatic who claims they know Celtics transfer targets.For people who claim never ever ever to read the SMSM,you all seem able to regurgitate their crap on here.


    Brendan to Leicester now causing a bit of incontinence.Dear God.

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