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. TURKEYBHOY on 16TH JANUARY 2019 10:59 AM


    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





    Funny I was thinking the same. Seems very sleekit to me that many who denounce the SMSM seem to be very knowledgeable of it.??

  2. Bada Bing



    Maybe they have signed Will Gregg to boost the staunch Norn Irn contingent.



    Will they get it csc ?

  3. Murdoch Auld and Hay


    Good to see you post


    Hope the trials go well





    Good to see you post also,best wishes




  4. Jim Whyte broken exclusive on talkSPORT there sayings he’s been told meeting at Parkhead the now to confirm 4m right back from Olympiakos and McCarthy on loan

  5. AN TEARMANN on 16TH JANUARY 2019 11:31 AM



    Hey D.


    I hope you are well.


    Luke D has signed for Arbroath, a good move for him, at this time.


    Hopefully he will be playing in the Championship next season.


    Hail Hail

  6. Jimmy not Paul



    Doing grand JNP thanks :-)


    ,that’s good to hear,he done well at Stranraer and hopefully the move up will do likewise for his confidence.


    Thanks for update


    Hope yir goin good yourself




  7. The Hands-White said an hour ago,we are in for McCarthy,and the RB from Olympiacos,meetings ongoing just now…..

  8. “Chick White can exkloosively reveal that today at some point somebody at Celtic Park will potentially have a discussion and mention possible transfers during that discussion…………at that potential meeting, potential transfer targets include, a guy from Aberdeen, Andres Iniesta, John McCarthy, Jim McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy and a guy potentaily called ” Randy” from America…….”



    What is certain that given the provenance of this guff, one two or all of the above are sure to at some point SNUB Celtic following these unlikely discussions while over at ranjurz anither Carlos Fandango jets in………to seal his dream move.




  9. succulentlambstinks on

    Fell out with your Manager ?


    Career going backwards ?


    Can’t get a game for your club ?


    Injury prone ?


    Hit a dead end ?


    Young and inexperienced ?


    Over 30 yrs old ?


    *Peter Lawwel NEEDS YOU NOW*

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