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New contract for crucial Callum McGregor

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Callum McGregor (25) burst into our consciousness as a winger under Ronny Deila but has found his true calling as a deep-lying playmaker this season.  From there he establishes the pace at which Celtic play.

I previously heard Kieran Tierney say he enjoys full back better than the left-mid position he played as a youth, as he can see the game develop more from there.  The same is true of Callum, who is crucial to Celtic’s performances.

The key aspect he has is the ability to send and receive passes drilled to feet with pace.  Success in the modern game is increasingly about how fast a pass you can reliably control or make.   That close, intimate, control, Callum has permits him to play at the very highest level.

I am delighted he has signed a new contract, securing him until 2023.

Having secured the result at halftime, Celtic strolled the second half, no doubt with an eye on conserving energy in this most draining of months.  Injury to Odsonne Edouard was as predictable as it is regretful, but what a performance from Mikey Johnston.  I am sure he will not become a striker, but the lad has talent.  Delighted also for Anthony Ralston, who marked his return to the team with the opening goal.

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  1. Going to make a prediction, if we can win our next three games, i think we’ll definitely go on to win 8 in a row.

     

    Massive effort required, these next three games are huge.

  2. RON67, do you remember on the front of the dalzeils bag, a good roll does satisfy. with a horse rolling on its side.hh.

  3. SID

     

     

    You are right i think we all recognise the next three games are crucial

     

    my feeling is that we’ve had our stumble with Hibs probably because

     

    of our European exertions, but our players realise this as well and will

     

    do the business.

     

    H.H Mick

  4. SID on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 9:57 PM

     

     

    In principle we should not be looking beyond the 3 points on Saturday. I do however agree with what you’re saying and also looking at the three matches after the break, which are all at home to mediocre opposition, we have an opportunity to take control of the League over the next half dozen matches.

  5. RON67, yes mothers pride, ron are you from the brigg as you know im from that lovely little village glenboig.hh.

  6. Got to go now ghuys, down to our local youth soccer club.

     

    Our pre season starts again 10th Jan, new shelving to erect

     

    bibs, training gear etc laid out, no rest for this auld coach.

     

    But it’s all worth it when i see our young bhoys with the hoops

     

    on running about that park it’s energising to say the least.

     

    H.H Mick

  7. FB67- guy who played it in bar via Spotify, was not a fan of the song but i really like that version mate HH

  8. RON67, my best mate from school st augustines was from shawhead,, willie mcafferty,.anyway bedtime calling speak with you tomorrow.hh.

  9. For all you Roll nostalgics- the horse with ‘a good roll does satisfy ‘ was Morton’s trademark

     

    However – the next three games go a very long way to the Championship- the bhoys need to be ‘well fired’ up for them!

  10. CELTIC chief executive Peter Lawwell is about to receive a bumper £2.3m Christmas bonus for his performance in running the club for the past two years.

     

    The 59-year-old who succeeded Ian McLeod as chief executive 14 years ago, is due to receive the sum on New Year’s Eve.

     

     

    It comes over and above his £1.17m annual salary package – which included £17,720 ‘benefits in kind’ – and entrenches him as the club’s biggest boardroom earner. The ‘long term performance pl

     

    In the Celtic plc financial accounts for the year to June, 2018, Mr Lawwell’s plan bonus rose by £516,000 (58%) from £890,000 in the first year to £1.4m in the latest year.

     

     

    The Long Term Performance Incentive Plan (LTPIP) rewards him for company and football performance, including when Celtic qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. Celtic made the group stages in both years, but failed to qualify this year.

     

     

    According to the terms of the plan, payment can only be made if Mr Lawwell remained with Celtic on December 31, 2018, which is when he is due to receive his bonus.

     

     

    The overall salary costs of Celtic’s board of directors has risen from £1.57m to £1.60m .an’ bonus has accrued over two years since the scheme was brought in in 2017.

     

     

     

    In the Celtic plc financial accounts for the year to June, 2018, Mr Lawwell’s plan bonus rose by £516,000 (58%) from £890,000 in the first year to £1.4m in the latest year.

     

     

    The Long Term Performance Incentive Plan (LTPIP) rewards him for company and football performance, including when Celtic qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. Celtic made the group stages in both years, but failed to qualify this year.

     

     

    According to the terms of the plan, payment can only be made if Mr Lawwell remained with Celtic on December 31, 2018, which is when he is due to receive his bonus.

     

     

    The overall salary costs of Celtic’s board of directors has risen from £1.57m to £1.60m .

     

    Club chairman Ian Bankier (above), 65, has seen his salary rise by 60% in a year from £50,000 to £80,000.

     

     

    Financial director Christopher MacKay, 42, whose salary package rose from £234,467 to £246,206, is also due to get a further £100,000 by way of two years in another long term performance plan.

     

     

    Non-executive director Sharon Brown, 48, who is chairman of the club’s audit committee, who arrived at the club halfway through the financial year to June, 2017 and received £14,126 remuneration is now receiving £30,360 for the full year.

     

     

    The club plc’s full annual report which highlights a pre-tax profit of £17.3m – nearly double the previous year – states that its remuneration committee takes account of financial packages with other comparable companies and sectors, particularly large football clubs.

     

     

    In explaining its boardroom rewards policy, Celtic plc secretary Michael Nicholson said: “The main objective of the company’s remuneration policy remains to attract, retain and motivate experienced and capable individuals who will make a significant contribution to the long term success of the group whilst, taking account of the marketplace.

     

     

    “Specific corporate and personal objectives are used for executive directors and certain senior executives. A similar appraisal system is also applied to most regular employees throughout the group.”

     

     

    Mr Nicholson added: “Given the importance of the chief executive to the consistent and successful performance of the company, the board determined that the chief executive shall participate in the LTPIP, the purpose of which is to link the performance of the chief executive to performance targets which have the objective of improving company performance, the football performance of Celtic FC and generating shareholder value.”

     

     

    The Parkhead club’s also showed year-on-year increase in overall group revenue from £90.6m to a record £101.6m.

     

     

    Meanwhile, the total wage bill, including player pay, rose by 13% in the year from £52.2m to £59.3m, having increased by 41 per cent the previous year.

     

     

    Mr Lawwell in his review said the club object was to “invest everything we can into the football operation without putting the club at risk”.

     

     

    Even though there was “disappointment” at not qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League this year, he said “we have the financial reserves to rely upon as we continue to look to the future with ambition and optimism”.

     

    How can I get my snout in this trough?????

  11. soukous on 20th December 2018 11:58 pm

     

     

    Meanwhile, the total wage bill, including player pay, rose by 13% in the year from £52.2m to £59.3m, having increased by 41 per cent the previous year.

     

     

    How can I get my snout in this trough?????

     

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    Become a football player :O)

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUKOUS on 20TH DECEMBER 2018 11:58 PM

     

    How can I get my snout in this trough?????

     

     

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    Let`s see your CV first .

  13. Melbourne Mick sitting in the lounge at Melbourne Airport waiting for our flight to Singapore, what a great country you live in, we’ve had a great time here. Meeting up with you and Paddymacoz was an honour, as I’ve said before you are both great ambassadors for Celtic, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Hail Hail Hebcelt also best of luck with the coaching

  14. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    SOUKOUS on 21ST DECEMBER 2018 12:18 AM

     

    My CV ,I have a c in Higher Accountancy gained about 47 years ago hope this will do.

     

     

     

     

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LxaY_mxYflg

     

     

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    Don`t ask me.

     

     

    Ask the Celtic gravy train .

  15. Home made soup!!

     

    Many years ago when I was young apprentice engineer we had an old helper who always spoke about having ” a lovely plate of remand soup”, This intrigued me until I was given the explanation ” soup kept overnight”. Old hands will know but being on remand was being kept in the cells overnight before going to court. Still a lovely plate of 2nd day soup.

  16. Bobby Murdoch was like a metronome.

     

    He made the game of football look easy.

     

    Easy enough that we all thought we could play the game at the highest level.

     

    In defence he could instinctively find wee Jinky with an outlet pass to turn the attack around.

     

    He was deceptively strong in the tackle and quickly dispatch a seemingly impossible pass to a team mate.

     

    Despite effusive praise from the likes of Helenio Herrera, Bobby and Jack Charlton and the inimitable Hugh McIlvaney, he didn’t impress the SFA who only awarded him a dozen or so caps.

     

    I spent some time in Middlesbrough in a computer meeting in the late 80s, and spent much of the time discussing Bobby’s impact with a bunch of Borough fans who were unstinting in his praise.

     

    The man with the curled up winkle pickers is a true Celtic legend.

  17. So that’s why there was no John McGinn.

     

     

    Cheated trophies remain unstripped, whilst the architect’s of the Old Firm £49 deceit, get fatter.

     

     

    Bah hun bhugs.

     

     

    Get me oot ae here, or they’ll take me to hell with thum!

     

     

    Nurse! Nurse!

     

     

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  18. Good morning, friends and a Big Happy Friday from a damp but mild East Kilbride. 1 / 5 / 8 more sleeps to go ;-)

  19. Talking of soup ( earlier), a wee cafe on Springfield Road ( Near the London Road traffic lights and opposite the pub and William Hill) sells a smashing, home made soup. Ideal pre and post game at this time of the year.

     

    It is not a classy joint but it has a feel of the old Glasgow about it.

     

    Cheerio for now,

     

    JJ

  20. 50 shades of green on

    Morning Tims.

     

     

    Last nights chat,,,,,a few talking about bread,,, and a few not using their loaf…

     

     

     

    Congratulations to Cal Mac.

     

     

     

    H.H

  21. Good morning CQN from a damp and mild Garngad

     

     

    This international thingy where players are going to play for their country rather than who pays their wages is a pain in the erse.

     

    TR is the classic, he has been injured, now training, BR rests him to keep him for the games on 26th and 29th and lo and behold he is going away to play for Australia… Frustrating as feck.

     

     

    I know players want to play for their country’s, I just hope we can come to a compromise.

     

     

    Regarding the winter soup debate, home made vegetable/broth with a ham hock in it. Just the way my auld Mum made it and now Mrs David66

     

    Mothers pride outsider for me.?

     

     

    Might get the soup pack when I’m out, now in the mood.

     

     

    Taking my lovely wife, who is 3 years out of Breast cancer for a scope this morning as she has not been feeling well for a while, any prayers would be welcome.???

     

     

    God Bless

     

     

    D. :)

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