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The worst way to end a bad week was for a loose-mouthed agent to pitch up at Lennoxtown on Friday before setting off on a rant because Brendan Rodgers was not available to him at a time he wanted.  We had a remarkable week of distractions in and around the dressing room.  These things often correlate with a poor result.

Brendan would be pleased to get his players out of the country yesterday, giving him two days to focus the squad on the matter in hand – tomorrow night’s Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens.  This is where the manager earns his money.

Only a unified squad will have a chance of getting the required result against AEK.  The better players in the first leg against AEK were these settled at Celtic for the long-term – McGregor, Brown, Tierney, Ntcham, Forrest.  Tactical conversations will be needed, but the first thing Brendan needs to infuse into the squad is a laser-like focus.

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  1. I said on the last item,I have never in the past paid any attention to Celtic Boards.When I started going to the games with my Father,he ranted and raved about the Kellys,and the Whites,as did his mates,much like many do on here about the present Board.As I grew and started going with my mates,to every game,I can never recall any conversations about Board matters,right up until Wee Fergus appeared.After that ,same again,only ever interested in watching the team,Taking great enjoyment from it.Heartaches and great joy.Seems the Internet has thrown up many thousands of Celtic fans who now ,no longer seem to take the same joy of Celtic,but would rather wallow in their angst over the politics of the club.

     

    The younger fans,I can accept,to a degree,but the older ones,who went through the late 50s,early 60s,and the sheer ineptness of the Boards of those days,astonish me.Again from the middle 70s for a decade we were run abominably.Think back to the transfers of those days.Horrendous.

     

    I still dont remember the kind of vitriol aimed at the present Board,being in evidence for most of these years.We just got on with following the team we loved.Different times,and no Internet,I know,but some should follow the line in the song a bit more,

     

    “If you know the history”.

     

    Maybe things wont look so black to you.They dont to me.

  2. Alasdair MacLean on

    AIDEN BHOY on13TH AUGUST 2018 1:38 PM

     

    Regarding Steven Caulker.

     

    I know someone who has spent a lot of time with him since he has been up in Scotland.

     

    From what he has told me Celtic should be going nowhere near him.

     

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    CQN clickbait??

     

    Gies a hint!

  3. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Just having a wee squint at the English papers

     

     

    Raheem Sterling holding out for £300,000 @ week

     

     

    Wilfrid Zaha turns down £125,000 @ week at palace

     

     

    Abdoulaye Doucoure (?) just signed a new 5 year deal at Watford and states he is committed for the next season and will review things next summer

     

     

    And we think we have problems, still think we will get through tomorrow

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    SFA Judicial Panel Protocol 2018-19, Annex C, Section 4 PART F: RULES REGARDING SUSPENSIONS FOR SERIOUS FOUL PLAY (A1), VIOLENT CONDUCT (A2) AND SPITTING (A3)

     

     

    1.1 “A Recognised First Team Player sent off in a First Team match (other than in a Specified Cup

     

    Competition) will be suspended for his club’s next two First Team matches, irrespective of the

     

    competition and including Specified Cup Competitions, as applicable.”

  5. mullet and co 2 on

    Read the following then have a look at the teams who have qualified for this years champions league already.

     

     

    I would forecast our turnover to be getting over the £100m mark this year and with that we get ever closer to the lists below.

     

     

    If we want to grow again and have a chance of competing we need to pick up champions league football this year and the £50m prize and pick up coefficient points that mean we don’t need to run the qualification gauntlet in future years.

     

     

    http://en.calcioefinanza.com/2016/11/24/champions-league-competitivity-important-turnover/

     

     

    The first figure is coeff and second turnover.

     

    Spanish teams continue to do well in both despite the enormous difference in tv money in England.

     

    Real Madrid (ESP) 162.000. E675m

     

    Atlético Madrid (ESP) 140.000. E273m

     

    Bayern München (GER) 135.000. E588m

     

    Barcelona (ESP) 132.000. E648m

     

    Juventus (ITA) 126.000. E405m

     

    Paris (FRA) 109.000. E486m

     

    Manchester City (ENG) 100.000. E528m

     

    Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 22.500 unknown

     

    Borussia Dortmund (GER) 89.000 E333m

     

    Porto (POR) 86.000. E90m.

     

    Manchester United (ENG) 82.000 E676m

     

    Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 81.000 unknown

     

    Napoli (ITA) 78.000 E201m

     

    Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 67.000 E356m

     

    Roma (ITA) 64.000. E218.2m

     

    Liverpool (ENG) 62.000 E424m

     

    Schalke (GER) 62.000 E224.5m

     

    Lyon (FRA) 59.500 E160m

     

    Monaco (FRA) 57.000 unknown but must be E150 to E200m

     

    CSKA Moskva (RUS) 45.000 unknown

     

    Valencia (ESP) 36.000 E160m

     

    Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) 33.000

     

    Club Brugge (BEL) 29.500 unknown but not in top 30 clubs in terms of turnover E90m estimate.

     

    Galatasaray (TUR) 29.500 E162m

     

    Internazionale (ITA) 16.000 E179.2m

     

    Hoffenheim (GER) 14.285 unknown

  6. I don’t think that’s an elbow from Scott Brown and neither did Naismith. If he did he’d have gone down rolling around like a stuck pig…

     

     

    Scott puts his arm out and slightly up anticipating the bang from Naismith which duly comes his way. Forwards do it all the time when backing in. There is no intent to make contact with the elbow.

     

     

    HH

  7. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    If you think the Honest Mistake season was bad, then you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

     

     

    Hold on to your hats.

  8. weebobbycollins on

    GFTB…the greed is obscene. One month’s wage would set most of us up for life…there are honest players giving their absolute all every single game who won’t earn that in a year…if it wasn’t for my addiction and love for Celtic I think I could easily turn my back on the game. I used to love football as a sport, now it goes no further than the Bhoys…didn’t watch any EPL this weekend…

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DAVIDOPOULOS

     

     

    Ah,so sent off in a cup game,suspended only in that competition. Sent off in a league game,suspended regardless of competition.

     

     

    Gotcha. Cheers.

     

     

    Wouldn’t have mattered anyway,they’d have made it a ten-game ban if necessary.

  10. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    A further quirk in the rules:

     

     

    If sent off in a cup competition for an offence meriting a two-match ban, then the player serves one match in the next competition match his team plays and one in the next cup competition match his club is involved in.

     

     

    Overly complicated if you ask me.

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DAVIDOPOULOS

     

     

    I’m sure the old rules only applied to your next game. Life was so much easier in the 20th Century!

  12. MadMitch

     

     

    My take from previous blog:

     

     

    AULDHEID on 13TH AUGUST 2018 11:54 AM

     

    JAMESGANG on 13TH AUGUST 2018 11:03 AM

     

     

     

    https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2018/08/13/celtic-commit-a-classical-error/#more-12194

     

     

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    It seems to me that if we have a commercial director bringing in £10m a year from Databet and a football manager increasing the value of the footballing operation by a similar or greater amount each year then its worthwhile trying to find a solution that makes the best of both their individual talents.

     

     

    However as Phil points out the commercial wins ride on the back of the footballing wins, but the footballing wins need commercial wins for a stable platform to perform on.

     

     

    In strictly business terms the incentives for both BR and PL should recognise the inter dependency between the two and that should be written into what produces their bonuses.

     

     

     

    Personalities will always clash at some point, but if the reasons for clashes can be minimised by reviewing the rewards system then we supporters might be saved the “WTF?” natural reaction every third or second season.

     

     

    The Chines say every crisis (big or small) is an opportunity and this one provides such an opportunity.

     

     

    This is a business issue, the business is football and division is bad for business.

     

     

    This situation requires a bit of business analysis to propose the best way forward and that might have to mean changing some aspects of what has worked in the past to secure a more stable future.

     

     

    Stability is good for business so its good for football.

     

     

     

    (Stability means more than financial stability btw, it involves relationships, communication inwards and outwards, good administration management and the internal business structures need to enable and promote and continually encourage all of that.)

  13. Take a 2 match ban, ideal time then to call out the Morelos cover up, Broony needs a rest anyway

  14. weebobbycollins on

    And the BBC, banned from the hundome and yet still slavering and trying to get back in…Scotland’s shameless twins…

  15. THOMTHETHIM FOR OSCAR OK on 13TH AUGUST 2018 2:15 PM

     

    If you think the Honest Mistake season was bad, then you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

     

     

     

    Hold on to your hats.

     

     

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    Writing was on the wall last week when Morelos red was rescinded and the assistant referee who made the decision was banished this weekend. An utter disgrace and in no other jurisdiction would this be acceptable. Brown being cited today after the thuggish events at Tynecastle is of further concern.

     

     

    The SFA are pi**ing all over us because we have allowed them to do what the feck they want for long enough without holding them accountable. The SMSM wont do it, so we need to force the issue. As i said earlier, strong leadership is required from the top of our Club.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BADABING

     

     

    Morelos cover-up isn’t going to get called out. They’ve won five appeals in succession,it’s not going to stop now.

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    DAVID17

     

     

    Someone should inform UEFA/FIFA that a national football association has decided to ignore the universal laws of the game.

     

     

    We can’t influence them,that’s obvious. It will take action from the big boys to do it.

  18. What is the Stars on

    Nonsene

     

     

    Everyone knows Lawwell controls the SFA/SPFL and the scottish media is run from the vatican

     

    Thats why they have been anti Rangers for years and years

  19. Watched the Manchester City match yesterday at Arsenal, a comfy 2-0 win for them. However, what caught my eye was the number of mistakes they made on the ball in their own half, gk, defender, midfielders all giving the ball away in dangerous areas under little pressure. Arsenal weren’t good enough to take advantage and maybe it was just a bad day for Citeh, but it was incredible. Definitely food for thought when considering Jozo’s misplaced pass on Saturday.

  20. bournesouprecipe on 13th August 2018 12:29 pm

     

     

    That awkward moment when you’ve got to trust somebody called Jacques Lichtenstein.

     

     

     

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    Sounds like an alias used in a spy novel written by David Brent.

  21. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I mentioned a week or two back that the company contracted to show Scottish league football overseas, MP&Silva, was going down the plughole, and so verily, it has came to pass. Present owners paid way over the top for the company itself, when they bought it off its’ original, Italian I think, owners. There are some who would baulk at buying a media company from Italians, but your host will be glad to hear I am not one of them. Good news is the the SPFL contract was only for ten years, and by showing Heart’s performance at the weekend should have the buyers queuing up around the old proverbial block.

  22. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Weebobbycollins 2.18pm

     

     

    Totally agree … I realise we have to offer crazy money to average players that’s why the KTs & Broonys are appreciated (& I realise they are also on funny money)

     

     

    Turkeybhoy 1.08pm

     

     

    Exact same sentiments regarding any Celtic board don’t know any fans past (my father) or present who are pro-board … but I also think Peter Lawwell does a decent job for Celtic but I much prefer Brendan as it’s the fitba that matters most to 99.9% of our fans, the other 0.01% just will never be happy :-)

  23. Compliance officer has released his decision over the Broony v Naismith flailing arm:

     

     

    Penalty to Rangers.

  24. MILD MANNERED PEDRO DELGADO on 13TH AUGUST 2018 11:43 AM

     

    Anyway John McGinn would have walked over broken glass to be guaranteed a starting place at Celtic.

     

     

     

    We move on hail hail

     

     

    * I would have crawled over broken glass to be guaranteed a starting place at Celtic. Doesn’t make a Celtic-class player. Sadly.

  25. And another thing. If Broony does get cited can he claim that the Compliance Officer does not have the “competence” to rule on the question and that it “must” be referred to the CAS. That should work, no?

  26. AH @ 2.25

     

     

    Base point — football vs Commercial does not stack up.

     

     

    You talk about the commercial in absolute terms — speculation of £10miil this season.

     

    You then talk about the football in relative terms — £10mill improvement in squad value.

     

     

    Apples vs oranges to big up PL.

     

     

    The question you should have asked is the relative regarding the commercial element.

     

    What did we take in last season vs what we will take in this season.

     

     

    If We now have a notional or speculated extra £3 / 5mill in commercial income this season the question then becomes what do we do with it?

     

     

    Do we improve the squad or do we cut ticket prices for the support?

     

    Or do we store it away for a rainy day — surely not …

     

    We are currently doing a rain dance.

     

     

    As for the rest my thoughts are that the football element comes first.

     

    Commercial and of the off field activities come second.

     

     

    People don’t come to CP to stare at the grass / read a balance sheet / enjoy disco lights.

     

    We became a successful club because people stood on ash terraces to watch a football team.

  27. BOURNESOUPRECIPE

     

     

    I was one of the cqnrs you speak of , what brown did was cowardly , running across field off the ball , if that’s what he’s been ciited . for i said so at the time it was stupid , and to be honest I don’t think there was much in it …as we know , we are treated differently

     

     

    He didn’t do it in a challenge and if lafferty , Naismith , or any other opponent did it to one of our players he would get condemned and rightly so .maybe their just more cute , doing it when theres an excuse of … oh, , it was my momentum , or it was just mistimed , anyhoo meds needing dished out and sleep time .

     

     

    not my meds or sleep the wifes :)))

  28. CP at the moment = full on games being played.

     

     

    All this talk about the EuL being our level and how we should work towards it as a realistic challenge is based on the little green monster plus some toys being thrown out the pram .

     

     

    Incredible the way that the EuL angle is being worked.

     

    Some of it is Astro turf and some of it is the easily led.

     

    However it is a manufactured construct by the exec level at CP.

     

     

    Ties in with an earlier disagreement.

     

     

    If I am not getting my big sale this year then you are not getting your CL bonus.

     

    Through that single prism you can rationalise the last 6 weeks.

     

     

    PL has to go — it used to be over confidence and ego now it is personal.

  29. MADMITCH on 13TH AUGUST 2018 2:49 PM

     

    AH @ 2.25

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Base point — football vs Commercial does not stack up.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You talk about the commercial in absolute terms — speculation of £10miil this season.

     

     

     

     

    You then talk about the football in relative terms — £10mill improvement in squad value.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Apples vs oranges to big up PL.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The question you should have asked is the relative regarding the commercial element.

     

     

     

     

    What did we take in last season vs what we will take in this season.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If We now have a notional or speculated extra £3 / 5mill in commercial income this season the question then becomes what do we do with it?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Do we improve the squad or do we cut ticket prices for the support?

     

     

     

     

    Or do we store it away for a rainy day — surely not …

     

     

     

     

    We are currently doing a rain dance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As for the rest my thoughts are that the football element comes first.

     

     

     

     

    Commercial and of the off field activities come second.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    People don’t come to CP to stare at the grass / read a balance sheet / enjoy disco lights.

     

     

     

     

    We became a successful club because people stood on ash terraces to watch a football team.

     

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    I had no intention of bigging up PL.

     

     

    That is just a reflection of your core position that makes balanced debate impossible with you and I regret making the effort.

     

     

    Did you actually read what I posted that ended the business is football and stability is good for the business? Did you understand the point about the interdependence between both commercial and football operations and perhaps now is the time to review that balance?

     

     

    Or did it all get lost in your anti PL filter?

     

     

    I give up.

  30. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    BBC have the Brown “incident” on their website.

     

    Seriously? Is that it???

     

    Brown basically just blocks off Naismith.

     

    So I guess the thinking is with a bit of luck he misses the game against Stevengerrardsrangers or – more likely – he gets “let off”, “evening up” the MoreLoss appeal.

     

    Desperate stuff…..

  31. Dear God , Keith Jackson is the only living person I know that writes more tripe than I do at times

     

     

    Celtic , nae PL , can rescue the situation in the next couple of week buying two 9 or 10 million pound players .

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