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The general reaction to reports that a £1m bid has been received for Leigh Griffiths is that the figure undervalues the player.  Early in the season the story was different.  Leigh, who joined in January last year, was behind new arrivals John Guidetti and Stefan Scepovic.  His perceived value was close to zero, alongside most players sitting on the bench or in the stand.

We were panicked on 31 August last year.  Having signed Amido Balde and Teemu Pucki a year earlier we were desperately short of a striker, the arrival of Scepovic, then Guidetti was cause for celebration.  Neither brought much to the club, we would have been better, with more money available for the next window, if we’d prioritised Leigh and given chances to a youth player.

If Celtic choose to sell Leigh this summer, it will not be for £1m.  He’s worth much more than that, probably more than Leeds United can afford.  He’s under contract, first choice and scoring goals.  But Celtic will also put a great deal of effort into recruiting a striker in the coming weeks.

There are no guarantees Leigh will get an extended run in the team next season.  Celtic should sell players at peak value, when they have reached the point they are no longer developing, before they become an overhang on resources.  Leigh is probably at peak value, and unlikely to further develop, but he’s no overhang.  That scenario won’t happen until a couple of new pretenders have proven they are better fits than Balde, Pukki, Scepovic and Guidetti.

Keep an eye on Frank McGarvey’s 1985 Scottish Cup Final shirt, which is being auctioned to benefit Maryhill Food Bank.  It closes just before 8pm tonight.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Sun’s oot. So were my fags!

     

     

    It was like a scrum oot there,full of fair-weather smokers.

     

     

    Sorry about that,JAMESGANG.

  2. Sounds like, with a bit of luck, we might actually be prepared for Europe this year!

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    LIVIBHOY

     

     

    I’m not convinced by Ciftci to be honest. But he could play a Sutton-like role for us.

     

     

    In which case,bang goes the one up front.

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Whit,suntan lotion and everything? Lilos,beachtowels and everything?

     

    New players and everything?

     

     

    Tbh we canny be any worse prepared than we were the last two seasons. I’ll take any improvement.

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    Neither am I.

     

    See no point in either. Henderson will do the cover job for Brown and if we are going to buy a striker I would hope he would be better quality than Cifti. Best striker in the league this season was Rooney. If a player from the premiership who would be signed as a striker is being brought in I would rather have Rooney.

     

     

    LB

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

    12:05 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Whit,suntan lotion and everything? Lilos,beachtowels and everything?

     

    New players and everything?

     

     

    Tbh we canny be any worse prepared than we were the last two seasons. I’ll take any improvement.

     

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    None of the above paraphernalia required by me this year as I will be holidaying in Scotland and already have a cagoule capable of withstanding assault from the North Sea!

     

     

    On yer 2nd comment – good point!

  7. kevinlasvegas on

    The Utd raid. Is a non story. No source from either club has been quoted. Slow news day.

     

     

    Good to see LG get a call up.

     

     

    KLV

  8. LiviBhoy

     

    12:10 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    Neither am I.

     

    See no point in either. Henderson will do the cover job for Brown and if we are going to buy a striker I would hope he would be better quality than Cifti. Best striker in the league this season was Rooney. If a player from the premiership who would be signed as a striker is being brought in I would rather have Rooney.

     

     

    LB

     

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    Somone with a better memory than me pointed out that not many of Rooney’s goals were open play. Not sure if that’s correct?

  9. Burgas Hoops on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

     

    I’m not convinced by Ciftci to be honest.

     

     

    He likes the Hoops check out his faceache page -)))) (Bingolspur)

  10. kevinlasvegas

     

     

    True mate.

     

    It’s a boring day tho. It invokes some chat.

     

     

    LB

  11. What are Police Scotland up to exactly?

     

     

    As we know the Govt pass criminal law and it’s up to Police Scotland to implement those laws. Some laws are deeply flawed from the outset and others are not but ultimately the lawmakers don’t control what’s happening on the ground.

     

     

    Now we all know that the Police are being particularly heavy handed with OBFA.

     

     

    What about the removal of the license of the Arches? There’s a post on the petition about that decision from a “specialist nightclub medical provider” that has been working there. He states that because of their presence and the well trained security that it’s probably the safest environment where anybody could have a “misadventure”. Now those kids (as that’s what they mostly are) will be spread out among other venues many of which make no attempt whatsoever at caring for their clients.

     

     

    Certainly it seems that Police Scotland left the licensing board with little option but to take the decision they have.

     

     

    This is yet another of many issues the Govt are going to have to deal with over the next 12 months because several unconnected groups are questioning the draconian way that the laws are being implemented and this is either being done with or against Govt wishes.

  12. Police Scotland are a joke, but a very dangerous animal, I doubt if this government can control them, and I’m being honest, they are a law Antonio them selves and care not a jot who sais what, House would be a top man in North Korea.

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WEEMINGER

     

     

    Certain elements within Police Scotland seem intent on making law rather than enforcing it.

     

     

    There are numerous examples. None of them good.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TONYDONNELLY67

     

     

    You and I are gonna have to stop agreeing wi each other. People are starting to talk!

  15. kevinlasvegas on

    We missed a trick with Johnny Russell. Think he is better Than cifti I also think Rooney is a better player. Target man is RD thing by the looks. Hold the ball up player.

     

     

    Wilson can be a great player if coached right as well.

     

     

    KLV

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    TONYDONNELLY67

     

     

    Darn right. I’ve still not forgiven you for effin off fae The Brazen before I turned up one Monday about 18 months ago.

     

     

    Nor the git that tipped you off!

     

     

    Mind,I still had a grand time.

  17. weeminger

     

    12:20 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

    What are Police Scotland up to exactly?

     

     

    As we know the Govt pass criminal law and it’s up to Police Scotland to implement those laws. Some laws are deeply flawed from the outset and others are not but ultimately the lawmakers don’t control what’s happening on the ground.

     

     

    Now we all know that the Police are being particularly heavy handed with OBFA.

     

     

    What about the removal of the license of the Arches? There’s a post on the petition about that decision from a “specialist nightclub medical provider” that has been working there. He states that because of their presence and the well trained security that it’s probably the safest environment where anybody could have a “misadventure”. Now those kids (as that’s what they mostly are) will be spread out among other venues many of which make no attempt whatsoever at caring for their clients.

     

     

    Certainly it seems that Police Scotland left the licensing board with little option but to take the decision they have.

     

     

    This is yet another of many issues the Govt are going to have to deal with over the next 12 months because several unconnected groups are questioning the draconian way that the laws are being implemented and this is either being done with or against Govt wishes.

     

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    I was out for a drink with a few mates on Friday, one of whom is a copper. His response would be that this goes all the way to Mr. House at the top. Now a lot of people would answer that “he would say that , wouldn’t he?” but he gave me a number of examples of the kind of control freakery that can only come from soemone with an inflated sense of their own importance. Officers carrying firearms while nipping into Waitrose is another example. It appears Mr. House has carte blanche to do as he pleases and ignore any oversight from government. Not a good situation.

  18. tonydonnelly67

     

    12:37 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

     

    Celtic sign a five year dear with Dafabet?

     

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    Is there a “t” missing from that? :-))

  19. Try this.

     

     

    CELTIC have today signed a five-year deal with Dafabet that will see them become the club’s official international betting partner.

     

    As with numerous football clubs and their supporters across the UK, overseas Celtic fans will have access to a wide variety of markets to bet on with some of the most competitive odds in the industry.

     

    Dafabet will offer supporters a range of promotional offers and competitions with the chance to win money-can’t-buy prizes – as well as the chance to attend Celtic games throughout the season.

     

    As part of the partnership Dafabet will be offering translation services to the club to help extend their reach further into Asia.

     

    Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Dafabet. This is a major commercial deal for the club and we are sure both parties will enjoy a highly successful association over the next five years.”

     

    John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be signing up with Celtic who are one of the most recognised clubs in football.

     

    “The club’s fanbase is huge, no matter where you go around the world you always see a Celtic shirt such is their worldwide support.

     

    “It will be a proud moment to see the Dafabet brand in Celtic Park, one of the most famous stadiums with some of the most passionate fans there are in football.

     

    “We’ve already seen how much work goes on behind the scenes, so we have no doubt we will form a mutually beneficial partnership”.

     

    Dimitris Karatzas, Managing Director of Online Betting and Gaming at Dafabet, said: “We had the aim to increase our presence in football from the 2015/16 season and partnering with such a prestigious club as Celtic will help us achieve that aim.

     

    “Celtic need no introduction, such is their worldwide following, it’s a proud moment to partner with a side steeped in such tradition.”

     

    Founded in 2004, Dafabet is a significant investor and operator in the online gaming industry with a proven track record offering sports book services that covers over 5,000 live events from across the world on a weekly basis as well as a wide variety of the most popular and enjoyable casino games and promotions on the web.

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    NATKNOW

     

     

    Sadly,that is pretty much my understanding too. Pretty sure a disaffected officer sent a very heavily researched dossier on House to his bosses a few years back.

     

     

    Nothing came of it,it was buried without investigation due to its source.

     

     

    I’d be very surprised if it didn’t contain enough proof to damn him but he is bullet-proof.

     

     

    There are a lot of people who once thought they were bullet-proof. And weren’t. Hopefully he will be another one.

  21. Moonbeams WD. Wee Oscar’s our Bhoy and Kano’s our mhan. The Vow – Critically Rebuked by 45% of this fine nation.

     

    12:36 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

     

    Does Stephen House still stay at the Hilton occassionally while his wife is at home?

     

     

    It is a very manly undertaking by all accounts.

     

     

    MWD said AYE

     

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    Think the press are sitting on that one until he retires

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    CELTIC have today signed a five-year deal with Dafabet that will see them become the club’s official international betting partner.As with numerous football clubs and their supporters across the UK, overseas Celtic fans will have access to a wide variety of markets to bet on with some of the most competitive odds in the industry.Dafabet will offer supporters a range of promotional offers and competitions with the chance to win money-can’t-buy prizes – as well as the chance to attend Celtic games throughout the season. As part of the partnership Dafabet will be offering translation services to the club to help extend their reach further into Asia.

  23. natknow

     

     

    12:39 on 18 May, 2015

     

    tonydonnelly67

     

    12:37 on

     

    18 May, 2015

     

     

    Celtic sign a five year dear with Dafabet?

     

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    Is there a “t” missing from that? :-))

     

    My first thought too, lol.

  24. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MWD

     

     

    Had to smile at that one. A scurrilous and unproven suggestion of impropriety of course.

     

     

    However,wasn’t one of his,wen,close friends parachuted into a top job but with no relevant experience?

     

     

    Only to be vetoed as that wisnae the kind of experience the job required…