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During the game on Saturday we had a conversation (it was that kind of game) about defenders in general, and left backs in particular, available for selection in the CQteN Dream Team (have played since July 2004).  Consensus was that Izaguirre, van Dijk, Ambrose, Matthews and Lustig should feature high on the list.

The real concern was the lack of genuine competition for Emilio Izaguirre’s place over the decade.  We have two excellent right backs, with Darnell Fisher showing lots of promise, but have had little genuine talent on the left.  Mulgrew and McNamara (both used there occasionally), Naylor, Danny Fox, Braafheid, Mo Camara and Ulrik Laursen were at best fillers for the position.

Neil Lennon has talked for over a year about adding a new left back to the squad but I don’t think we’ve come close to signing someone for this position.  The problem is not limited to Celtic, either, lots of clubs at the highest level (budget) have struggled.

I read during the week that Izzie has achieved more assists this season than any since he arrived four years ago.  His form is good, so there is not a compelling need to recruit, but form and fitness are fickle.  He is also one of the few from the squad who will spend the summer in Brazil, interrupting preseason preparations.

Izzie arrived after World Cup 2010, where he put in enough of a shift in two appearances to convince Celtic to move, without shaking the game to its core to the extent he was snapped up by an English or German club.  If the groundwork has been done ahead of this summers’ tournament, I’d be happy to recruit another solid performing left back from a small Latin American country.  I’d not be averse to shopping there for a striker either, instead of Europe, England’s lower tiers, or the Israeli league.

Seville – The Celtic Movement:

“As I recall, I was sitting at the table when I got a shout from some friends to come to the bar where they had engaged in conversation with the owner of the restaurant – Luis – who was originally from Lisbon. At the bar, Luis introduced himself and quickly handed me an official postcard complete with a place for a stamp and a message although this particular card was blank and had never been sent.

The Picture on the card was the Estadio Nacional on the afternoon of 25th May 1967 at the precise moment when Stevie Chalmers turned the ball into the Inter Milan net for the winner. Luis had been in Lisbon that day and he had kept this postcard as a memento of the day and had held it for 15 years as his own wee homage not so much to Celtic as the Celtic fans.”

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  1. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    philbhoy

     

     

    12:08 on 31 March, 2014

     

    thom….

     

     

    I think they are waiting for the New Article.

     

     

    Podium

     

    ******

     

    Weans. What are they like, eh?

  2. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Can I Have Raspberry On That Champions League Ice Cream

     

     

     

    nah ye canny.

     

     

    badlooser.csc.

  3. DjYNWA67

     

    12:24 on

     

    31 March, 2014

     

    jamesgang

     

    12:08 on

     

    31 March, 2014

     

    I posted in the early hours of Sunday morning about how great a time I’d had at the Kano function on Saturday. Many thanks again to you Sannabhoy and to the CQN greats at my table.

     

     

    Naturally as one of them the very great BRTH he was seldom anywhere to be seen as he was doing his own impersonation of a social butterfly in cowboy boots! If you’re around BRTH can you fire the tenner into the Kano coffers and you get stand a Guinness in Jinty’s one night in terms of (wonga rate!) interest.

     

     

    Speaking of which. BBC webpage carrying a story about the ‘challenges’ facing Southampton as they have £27m outstanding on unpaid fees.

     

     

    Victor?

     

     

    Weird looking back at the FOD debacle around unpaid fees for jelavic and Wallace. Miss your payments on a 500 quid telly and bigger boys come and take it off your wall. Miss multi million payments on a fitba player and….,…well nothing really…..?

     

     

    Don’t think Southampton be too worried ’bout that as they got between £80 – £120 milllion to look forward to in the close season.

  4. By Brian McLauchlin

     

    BBC Scotland

     

    31 March 2014 Last updated at 10:24

     

     

     

    Lawyers for Hearts’ failed parent company have been told the club will face liquidation if a deal to take them out of administration is not agreed in the next few weeks.

     

     

    ++++++

     

     

    So it’s back to THE CLUB that get Liquidated? Not “The Company” Brian? Oh yeah, that’s right, one rule for one company/club, one rule for the rest (of the world).

  5. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    SWINDONBHOY

     

     

    Nae luck,bud.

     

     

    But a silver medal,not bad.

     

     

    You available for the match on Saturday,in The Tap?

  6. Bobby,

     

     

    Wont be able to make tge Tap, its my birthday weekend and have a few things going on.

  7. I think CFC taking the Lions to Lisbon for this year’s CL final will bring a tear to many an eye.

     

    I hope plenty of pictures will be taken. How many will feature in our MSM?

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    PAUL67

     

     

    I foresee two problems from The World Cup.

     

     

    One,that if any of our players perform well-and I genuinely hope that they do-they will immediately become an asset. We know from bitter experience how that goes.

     

     

    Two-if we spot a player and are lucky enough to sign him,by the time he is ready to join us,the qualifiers will be over.

     

     

    And so,tbh,could be our season.

     

     

    To be honest,I cannot remember Celtic ever building from a position of strength,so this board is no different to their predecessors.

     

     

    But they were rightly castigated for their short-sighted approach,which cost us time and again.

     

     

    I’m fed up with it. Allow our manager to build a team.

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    SWINDONBHOY

     

     

    Birthday weekend?

     

     

    That’s just showing off to us oul’ bassas who don’t celebrate them-at all!-anymore.

     

     

    Hope you get blootered and canny remember a thing,bud-AKA have a great one!

  10. 50 shades of green supports wee oscar and his family.h.h.wee mhan on

    Celtic to take the lions back to lisbon. Good stuff well done.

     

     

    Meanwhile over at the bigotdome not to be outdone the deadies have inducted elbows rickson and novo into thier hall of fame ( should that not be hall of infamy). :-) :-).

     

     

    Nuff said i think

  11. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on

    Serious Bun on bun fighting

     

    Over the use of fighting fund money:)))

     

     

    Magiccsc

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS .........Praying for our WEE HERO! on

    50 SHADES OF GREEN

     

     

    Rumour has it that their Hall of Shame pictures are stuck up with ‘No-nails’ as using conventional methods may be an asbestos hazard.

  13. leftclicktic we are all neil lennon

     

     

    12:52 on 31 March, 2014

     

    Serious Bun on bun fighting

     

    Over the use of fighting fund money:)))

     

     

    Magiccsc

     

    I heard something about this yesterday, what’s that all about?

  14. onydonnelly67

     

    12:32 on

     

    31 March, 2014

     

     

    Mrs Mols

     

     

    Damn! thon hallion adds a whole new dimension to the phrase “WAGS”

     

     

    Wives & Gimps.

  15. 50 shades of green supports wee oscar and his family.h.h.wee mhan on

    * bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers ………praying for our wee hero!

     

    12:54 on 31 March, 2014

     

     

    50 SHADES OF GREEN

     

    Rumour has it that their Hall of Shame pictures are stuck up with ‘No-nails’ as using conventional methods may be an asbestos hazard.

     

     

    Nice one :-)

     

     

    Thought they would be using ” blue-tack ” myself :-)

  16. Reflecting on the Leigh Griffiths video and thinking how lucky Jimmy Johnstone and company were, living in an era when there were no mobile phones or video threats to capture their ‘adventures’.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    billy bhoy 05

     

     

    10:08 on 31 March, 2014

     

    Quatar World Cup

     

     

    1,200 workers/slaves lose their lives.

     

     

    4,000 The Predicted Final Total!

     

     

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

     

     

    Utterly disgusting…….words fail me…….FIFA …….STOP THIS………NOW

  18. A 2 year old club and it already has a hall of fame , really puts us to shame !!

     

    However the likes of elbows and ratcho being in any hall of fame associated with fitba is scraping the barrel

  19. The Battered Bunnet on

    Full backs in the modern game are difficult to find. The blend of athleticism, speed, technical skill and game awareness is prerequisite, and few players can provide all of them. Many top full backs were formerly wingers or forwards in their youth, such is their technical ability. Think of Alves, Roberto Carlos, Kirk Broadfoot…

     

     

    Gareth Bale spent his early years as a left back because… he was perfect for the role, the fact that he could be used to great effect in a more forward position notwithstanding.

     

     

    Left back is the most difficult position in a team to fill, given that of those players who can meet all of the criteria, 90% are right footed. You’re not just looking for a hens tooth, but a hen’s molar.

     

     

    Alex Ferguson reckons the £5M he paid for Patrice Evra is amongst the best business he’s ever done. Few argue with Swalex.

  20. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Looks like good news for Hearts. Could be headed for liquidation. This means a vote will take place on whether to put new Hearts into the top league. That’s the process, isn’t it?

  21. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    tonydonnelly67

     

     

    12:54 on 31 March, 2014

     

     

    It was a load of the usual in-fighting shoite on rm…..this time their Fighting Fund (pardon the phun) ….rfff

     

     

     

    “This was sent to the chairman of the RFFF

     

     

    “The RFFF voted today that in the event of litigation against Craig Houston, arising from content on the Sons Of Struth Facebook page, a proposal to provide financial support will be taken to a general meeting of fans.”

     

     

    Below is the NARSA (North American Rangers Supporters Association) response to the above statement by the RFFF (Rangers Fans Fighting Fund) from Wednesday March 26, 2014.

     

     

    NARSA hereby demands that the seven members of the RFFF who voted in favor of the motion to support the above proposal resign their positions on the RFFF Committee by Friday, April 4th. NARSA feels these seven persons have failed in their duty to use the funds in the manner befitting the original purpose or in the best interests of Rangers FC and the RFFF.

     

     

    Should any of these seven individuals remain on the RFFF Committee by end of day Friday, April 4th, 2014, NARSA and its Member Clubs will demand the immediate return of all monies donated.

     

     

    In addition, we propose that, as NARSA raised and donated funds in excess of $80,000 USD, we have official representation on the RFFF Committee going forward. Our representative would be the sitting President of NARSA, by default.”

     

     

    Sent on behalf of the NARSA Executive

     

    Sunday, March 30th, 2014

  22. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    glasstwothirdsfull

     

     

    13:12 on 31 March, 2014

     

     

    Hahahahahahaha….and we’ll all vote YES…… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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