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Neil Lennon’s next decision, marquees and sunshine

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I hope Neil Lennon takes the Hibs job. He’s a talented coach who has achieved far beyond the expected mark of a 44-year-old. After leaving Celtic two years ago he gave Bolton a temporary respite, rescuing them from immediate relegation before the inevitable happened a year later.

Bolton were on the slide and needed a miracle worker. Hibs, on the other hand, can surely only go one way. Managing a second successive failing club would be difficult to recover from. Easter Road has also allowed Alan Stubbs to enhance his managerial stock, despite not reaching the play-off final in either of his two seasons in charge.

Right now Hibs are a great opportunity for Neil.

No harm meant to Colin Kazim-Richards but the sight of him going through a medical in Brazil was welcome. He was one of a large number of players acquired over the last two seasons who never looked like a Celtic player, on paper, or on the field. It’s best for player and club he moves on.

What kind of times are these? Marquees deployed to protect scores of Celtic season ticket applicants from sunburn. Surely some parallel universe.

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    If NL didn’t get Hibs up in 1 season,he would be finished as a manager,big Yogi seems better suited to me.

  2. O.G.Rafferty on

    BGFC

     

    Verona is well worth a visit but if you are driving round be careful crossing bus lanes. You’ll be getting a £70 reminder in the post on your return.

     

    A bit further south Mantua is a neglected gem and on the way there stop off at Parco Giardino Sigurtà, a stunning (can be steep) gardens/park, that you can whizz round in golf buggies – my kids thought it the highlight of their holiday. They weren’t wrong

     

     

    http://www.sigurta.it/photogallery

  3. Afternoon bhoys and Ghirls, from a hot and sticky Glasgow.

     

    Typical – I lurk for years, seldom post, and when I spend the best part of half an hour typing out random thoughts, it gets posted just after Paul starts a new article, thus ends up tagged onto previous blog. (Best place, some might say!). Anyway, I repost…

     

     

    I use this site for perusing all things Celtic, mostly enjoying chats/opinions around team performance/opinions on players performances/ team selections etc.

     

     

    As I sit here, I felt inclined to post some of the many thoughts swirling around inside my head. If you’re as bored today as I am, you may feel inclined to read on. If time is a premium for you today, maybe best to scroll on by. :-)

     

     

     

    As the season drew to a close, I couldn’t wait for it to end. Performances were inconsistent. Players/team were underachieving. My beloved club seemed to be on a downward spiral, with CL group matches a thing of the past, and seemingly getting harder to reach.

     

     

    I dreaded the looming uncertainty of who our next manager would be…what would he change? All in all, feelings were downbeat and disheartened.

     

     

     

    Read initial reports linking us with Keane, Moyes and Rodgers…all predictable given they each had a connection with the club. Didn’t get excited, as the 1st didn’t inspire me, and I didn’t expect the other two to entertain any (hypothetical) advances from our club.

     

     

    Knowing DD had (reportedly) previously offered Keane the job, I feared he would do so again. Whilst I enjoy watching Keane’s forthright views being spouted in his punditry role, I have no confidence in his ability to man manage a dressing room. Managers should be calm and collected IMO – hardly Keane’s MO.

     

     

     

    Moyes, IMO, was waiting for an EPL offer to arise, and I would only expect him to open discussions after all EPL vacancies were filled, possibly not til July/August – again, hardly desirable for us.

     

     

     

    I expected Rodgers would be outwith our financial reach, both in personal salary and player budget on offer, and I had my doubts about his willingness to come to the SPFL.

     

     

     

    So I was incredibly surprised, and delighted to see us capture Rodgers.

     

     

    He is as good an appointment (and more) as I could possibly have expected. As much as I willed Ronny to succeed – I was hoping we didn’t go for another lesser known “name”.

     

     

     

    At a stroke, my downbeat “when will this season end?” mood was transformed into a “when is our next game?” enthusiasm!

     

     

     

    Judging be season book sales, I’m not alone!

     

     

     

    This is the point weren’t natural “realism” (some would say pessimism) comes to the fore.

     

     

    I fear we are not in the market, player wise, to compete with England’s overpaid Championship sides – as such I don’t expect any “names” from south of the border to pitch up in Paradise. If they are below their Championship level, will they be good enough for us?

     

     

    Foreign scouting may be our best recruitment model. Find another Izaguirre/Biton/Kayal type and hope they improve under Rodgers coaching.

     

     

    I also hope to see existing players improve under Rodgers. We have a few who could blossom under the right coach – I hope Brendan is that man.

     

     

    As far as reducing the squad size goes, I’m sure Brendan has identified those he is willing to lose – but getting them off the wage bill won’t necessarily be that easy. These players will want their wages matched (at least) by their prospective new employers – and may haggle for a sweetener from Celtic, for ripping up their contract!

     

     

    Acquisitions can also prove tricky.

     

     

    Anyway, ramble over (and over)

     

     

    Upwards and onwards bhoys and Ghirls HH

  4. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    BROGAN ROGAN TREVINO AND HOGAN SUPPORTS OSCAR KNOX, MACKENZIE FURNISS AND ANYONE ELSE WHO FIGHTS NEUROBLASTOMA on 7TH JUNE 2016 2:45 PM

     

     

    In a similar vein, I would add John Cage’s 4:33. A bit light on lyrics but the sentiment is there !

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEFKFiXSx4

  5. EL your wee fishing trip is’nt going to well,a few wee nibble but no really big bites. you really do hold your fellow Celtic supporters with an unhealthy degree of contempt. there must be some positives for you supporting Celtic and posting on this blog, you should try displaying them occasionally. Love and Peace Hebcelt

  6. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Difficult to see where NL might go next. Not sure he’d be too much in demand in England – unless at a very low level. Hibs would be a good move for him. Try to re-establish a reputation.

     

    I think our last marquee signing was Markey Wilson?

  7. balornock bhoy on

    ALLYHUNTERSGLOVES on 7TH JUNE 2016 1:51 PM

     

    Ballornock Bhoy, left you a note on last article re parking.

     

     

    Left my thank you on the last thread but thanks again and to others who posted.

  8. What’s the lates season book numbers ?

     

     

    Also Iv read that we have also got Carlton Cole off the payroll .. Has that been confirmed ?

  9. PROUDBHOY on 7TH JUNE 2016 3:54 PM

     

     

    Online there are currently 15 seats available to buy in the lower tier.

  10. BGFC….

     

     

    Plenty of helpful and informative first hand accounts of beautiful Lake Garda.

     

     

    I would also add that a trip on the hydrofoil is worth considering. It calls into a number of the towns bordering the lake and you can travel the entire length from Desenzano in the south to Riva in the north (34 miles away). The north of the lake is just 2 miles wide whereas the foot, at Desenzano, is 11 miles across.

     

     

    Another option is to visit Malcesine (in the north east of the lake) where there is cable car which takes you to the summit of Monte Baldo which has stunning views.

     

     

    Whatever you do I am sure you will have a wonderful time.

  11. PROUDBHOY on 7TH JUNE 2016 3:54 PM

     

     

    In the upper tier I’d estimate 250-300.

     

     

    The ‘Special’ non TRFC games seats haven’t been released online yet, so it’s hard to quantify totals but given that they represent approximate 7K seats we must be looking at hitting the 52k mark.

  12. We might now have the money to sign Zlatan as M.Utd about to pay 32 million for Bailly :-)

  13. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Thankful for all of the advice folks!

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  14. MASTY on 7TH JUNE 2016 4:19 PM

     

     

    Main stand has 1 seat online. North Stand lower sold out, quite a few in upper.

  15. Celtic Rock & Roars

     

    Celtic Rock & Roars‏ @CelticRockRoars

     

     

    Waiting in the Q to get my boys ST, guy just asked for a ST in the north stand, girl told him they’re sold out in the NS & Main stand

  16. MASTY on 7TH JUNE 2016 4:29 PM

     

     

    I suspect they’ve allocated certain seats to online and other to personal callers.

     

     

    Main stand now sold out online, only block 101 in the lower (1 seat).

  17. Ok Paul67

     

    Ive taken the bait. Marquee is not referring to the awnings off Celtic way is it. You are suggesting the imminent announcement of a signing aren’t you?

     

     

    BTW if Carlton Cole was on a pay as you play contract, was he only on the pay roll for two weeks?

  18. Winning Captains

     

     

     

    mind keep 2 of those tshirts for me.thats 2 xl.

     

     

     

    HH

  19. Carlton Cole as visible as Carlton the Doorman from Rhoda and less effective.

  20. weeminger

     

    interesting your chat yesterday about waiting list,

     

    ol minty used to be full of the chat,all positive

     

    dapper hand at the ol ‘lever’/debt marketing

     

    then bang he would hit them for more money.

     

     

    worked every time

     

     

    HH

  21. You can’t trust that online ST map. Blocks that were marked as sold out are now available again, and vice versa. However it’s just single seats dotted about so I’m happy to call that as a sold out lower tier.

  22. “…….Speaking to the club’s website, which is where you will see the clubs Resolution 12 statement at some point this week”

     

    Please let this be true! One way or the other. Let it be true.

  23. Call me Gerry-

     

     

    Are you a hun?

     

     

    Welcome to the blog.

     

     

    Agree on spreading our scouting net further afield.

     

     

    A suggestion would be to employ ex-players such as Izzy ,when they retire, to scout in their own geographical areas.

     

     

    I believe we already employ Lubo in this manner?

  24. thetimreaper on

    Good news for us that Koeman has taken over at Everton. Hope that will be a trigger for VVD, Wanyama and Forster to leave as well. Their sell on clauses must be worth a few quid.

  25. My seat is in the WS2 area of the main stand and I’m very much looking forward to the new season. One thing blights an otherwise perfect location – the TV screens. They’re tiny and for much of last season they just didn’t work.

  26. My friends in Celtic,

     

     

    Observing the Eva Carneiro settlement.

     

     

    Unreserved apology from Chelsea and basically an admission of guilt. Never mind the money or reputational aspect ,what on earth was the CEO or owner’s representatives thinking of. ?

     

     

    For such a cash rich , well oiled machine of a club to get it so wrong is frankly unbelievable.

     

     

    A simple apology at the time or at the next press conference was too easy.

     

     

    HH. To all sunburnt hoops who have made the effort to get up to Paradise.

  27. squire danaher on

    Call me Gerry 3:39

     

     

    Good post

     

     

    You and I have spoken about the issue of getting some of our overpaid and underperforming types off the wage bill.

     

     

    Croatia is a magic place for a holiday. Scenery breathtaking. People lovely.

     

     

    Talk soon.

  28. It seems there are lots of number crunchers watching season book salea.

     

     

    But less considerung the impact of those season book sales on things like res12, cheating and corruption.

     

     

    The sound of silence indeed.

     

     

    Still the website that declares itself as not lazy journalism refusea to examine the disasterous celtic board performace.

     

     

    What is lazy journalism if it isnt that?

  29. Happy birthday to Pedrocanape….Pedrocorriefan..Pedrocaravanohmyhomeisontheroad…?

     

    ACGR’s wee bruv…a ghood ghuy.hh

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