Moussa’s violation


When the players arrived at Lennoxtown for training yesterday morning, Brendan Rodgers had no intention of allowing Moussa Dembele to leave the club.  Such was the player’s behaviour over the following two hours, the manager’s view changed to “Get him out of here.”

Yet again, the days ahead of an important game were clouded by distraction, but this time it took the form of insubordination against the manager.  Brendan’s view changed from not wanting to be left with only two strikers, to insisting the player was shipped out of the club.

One photographer, there for the press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game, told the manager, “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and never seen behaviour like that.”

You and I have seen many come and go over the years, so losing one is nothing new.  Receiving £20m also breaks a barrier in what we can ask for our players in the future, but the manner which this came about is a source of regret.  Moussa is a great player, one who delivered for us when it mattered most.  His goals and swagger were a joy to watch.  Now, the memory of his achievements have been violated by his behaviour.  Having a go at the manager on Twitter, where he talked about being lied to (utter rubbish) and ‘Liked’ a comment from Chris Sutton saying he was targeting Brendan, all while playing to “Bhoys and Ghirls” is deplorable. I’ll get over it and applaud politely when you do the Paradise Windfall 15 years from now, but we’re not buying it, Moussa.

Lots to say on the transfer window, but I’ll pick up on it more next week.  We have a game tomorrow against an outfit who think they can win the league.  This is a day for Brendan and Scott Brown, Dedryck, Kieran, Callum, Tom and the others to do what they do so often against Newco.  It’s a day for you and me to lift the team and paint Glasgow green and white.

Last month was traumatic, but it was also cathartic.  We are a united club with a bit of an edge right now.  Do your thing, Celtic.  Spank this lot one more time.

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  1. Last month was catharsic?



    Of all the absolute garbage you’ve written in the last two months, as this disaster has been unfolding in front of us, that is the worst by far.



    Catharsis; the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.



    Absolute bollocks. If you think a lot of our fans are just going to put this in the rear-view mirror you are kidding yourself on. The consequences of this window haven’t even STARTED to reverberate yet.

  2. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Remember the video of Brendan with Sterling when he spoke back to him



    Manager will reaffirm his rule and restore order on and off the pitch tomorrow



  3. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    @ LENNYBHOY on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 12:16 PM



    The only area of the pitch you could argue with certainty that we came out stronger than before the window was the defence. We didn’t sell anyone and we got two players in. One may be a starter the other is much needed back-up for KT. Of course, this is caveated by the fact the potential starter is a loan player and the back-up cost nothing as well, so not exactly a lot of investment; and further, we didn’t get a right back which seemed a priority to both manager and support alike.



    However, I don not think there is a cogent argument that we have strengthen further up the pitch, in fact, I think we are weaker:



    We are down our star striker. We are weaker in that department.



    In midfield, we sold a player for £7m and replaced him with a free agent on the last day of the season (obviously not in high demand). Mulumbu may provide cover, but you can’t argue we have improved in this area.



    On the wing we lost Paddy back to Man City, a player worth a supposed £10m and now on loan in La Liga. He is replaced with a Scottish Championship player costing £300k and a young Aussie player who cost Man City £250,000. A player worth £10m v two worth a combined £0.5m. It’s very difficult to argue that we have improved in this area, unless we are allowed to play with 12 men and Morgan and the Arzani on the wing at the same time.

  4. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    “Lots to say on the transfer window, but I’ll pick up on it more next week. ”



    Once we have hopefully beaten Sevco and the garden is rosy and we can all forget about it and move on?

  5. Wee Robertron developing into. A top class left back. Another assist. Great to see a left back playing a forward path :-)

  6. A wee correction on last blog, thanks to overseasbhoy



    NORRIEM on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 12:46 PM


    Turkey Bhoy



    You like to claim you are stating facts on Brendan’s spending



    Line 1 in your list Moussa Dembele @ £5m



    Let’s get facts right then



    Moussa Dembele was £385k



    Fact ???

  7. glendalystonsils on

    I’m sure many fans ,like myself , approached the transfer window which just closed , with excitement and anticipation.


    I’m equally sure many will approach the next window with suspicion and a glaring watchfulness .



    If Lee Congerton is still chief scout (a big if) he will have a lot of reparation to do.

  8. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on





    Gone are the days when the window was exciting


    Now windows are about holding onto our best players


    Next summer will be KT again if not January

  9. Ntcham, Brown and Calmac please tomorrow to dominate the midfield and control the tempo. Lafferty will be right up for it, watch out for the theatrics /cheating / penalty dives.


    I think it will be tight, can’t see them folding even if they go behind. Completely different team from last season.


    I’m stating the obvious, but we will need to take our chances at a higher rate than we have been doing so far this season. McGregor, on form, is a hard keeper to beat.

  10. I wonder if mousse will have a crack at unsettling our other 2 French guys , they were all very close . I can see it happening . If I were Brendan, I would watch the situation closely , and this time prepare early for it .

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    As I understand it, free agents require to have been “freed” before the relevant transfer window closes. Those freed afterwards cannot sign for another club until the following window.

  12. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Players agents are invited to negotiate with suitor clubs, was it BR who gave permission then changed his mind?


    I seriously struggle to believe that.



    Is it the CEO’s attempt to make-up for the loss to turnover (which affects bonus) due to the failed gamble on CL qualification? More believable since only the CEO could give permission to players agents to court suitors.



    Jeez its no any great mystery when you apply simple logic.

  13. To be honest i haven’t read Paul67’s leaders in months.


    Celtic news not lazy journalism is a great slogan.


    I come on here for the posters opinion.


    The old Celtic View has a contender .

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    What if they are mutually consented are they not then free to join/look for another club?

  15. Celtic Champs Elect on

    We brought in 2 players yesterday we also tried to bring in gabbiadinni from Southampton



    To the all the negs what the feck do any of you know about the game or for that matter the transfer business ABSOLUTELY FECK ALL

  16. glendalystonsils on




    Judging by the mood on here after this transfer window , I think there’s only so much the fans will take if we keep losing our best players without replacing them.

  17. Norrie M, behave…! HH from Glasgow airport en route to Dubai, then Melbourne. The Dubliner for tomorrow.

  18. glendalystonsils on

    JIMTIM on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 1:07 PM



    I would hope that Ntcham and Edouard have a bit more about them than Dembele , who has let himself down badly as a person. Money can do strange things to people though.

  19. A terrible apologist article Paul


    we should have bought better we would be in the champions league


    What are we going to do for a centre half in the summer


    Boyata off soon


    Lawell and the board have a lot to answer for


    Reeks of the willo window

  20. Repost.


    My friends in Celtic.



    In the real world, every single one of our players is for sale. Our next door neighbours fling crazy money about. They can also offer treble what we can pay. It is that simple.



    Reading back, ” we could have built a team round McGinn ” . Possibly, but if he excelled a crazy offer would have inevitably followed.



    To reitterate what has been stated many times: we are a massive club with a massive support and a distinguished unbroken history, but we are not classed as a major player in financial terms.



    Deep down we all know that, we deal with it then move on.



    However we have training facilities and a youth set up to rival the best. This is where we are entitled to ask; Are we getting enough from our investment?



    HH and COYBIG tomorrow.



    PS: How about writing into contracts ” Social media participation is not permitted at this club”

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    BT – I’m not an authority, but my understanding is that the contract requires to be terminated before the transfer window closes, following which they can register with another club at any time thereafter.



    If the contract is terminated after the window closes, they cannot be registered by another club until the window reopens.

  22. Glen


    Not sure how representative of the Celtic support CQN is




    I am one of the know nothing brigade but that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed. I do appreciate its not like buying and selling cars

  23. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Stick 25 p each way on mythmaker at Beverley Races 14.45 if you’re stuck for something to do!!!!!!

  24. The hands cant hit what the eyes cant see on

    !!BADA BING!! on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 1:09 PM



    We played59 games in season 16/17. KT only played 40 of them. He missed 19. Would you have made the argument at the beginning of last year that we were no weaker if KT left (on account of his injuries)?



    We played 61 games last year. LG missed 22 games. Same argument applies.



    Because a player is injured for a period and hasn’t been able to contribute as much as he did previously, doesn’t mean we are no weaker if he leaves.

  25. onenightinlisbon on

    Disappointed with the “let’s move on”, “Cathartic” leader.



    The transfer window has made the club a laughing stock, nothing more, nothing less. We have gifted our enemies the chance to “close the gap” but maybe that was the plan all along. After all, our board just love the “Old Firm” cash don’t they?

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