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Shuggie Edvaldsson, character and experience

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It is almost impossible to explain the excitement generated ahead of Johannes ‘Shuggie’ Edvaldsson in 1975.  He was the first non-Scottish born Celtic player in my lifetime and his arrival marked a philosophical shift at the club; the development plan that secured the European Cup only 8 years earlier was no longer fit for purpose.

1975 was also the year we lost the league for the first time since Jock Stein arrived a decade earlier, almost certainly prompting the manager to broaden his search for reinforcements after the retirement of Billy McNeill and release of Jimmy Johnstone.

His first season at Celtic brought the harsh experience of Rangers winning the treble; the glory years were well and truly over, but Shuggie tasted glory as part of the double winning side in season 76-77.  Kenny Dalglish’s departure that summer dealt the club another blow as it finished fifth in the Premier Division, failing to qualify for European competition just 11 years after reaching the summit, but Edvaldsson was one of that campaign’s highlights, finishing top scorer at the club.

Season 78-79 is remembered for its climatic conclusion, but it was a dogged campaign.  Celtic were poor for much of the season with painful reversals, exactly the kind of attrition Edvaldsson had the character to overcome.  He was provided crucial experience to a young Celtic team who beat Rangers 4-2 with 10 men on the final game of the season.

It was good to see him back at Celtic Park with visiting Motherwell teams in the 80s and good to remember him today, may he rest in peace.

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  1. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Let’s not kid ourselves either than BR would have stayed only for Lawwell’s interference.

     

     

    He was always going to jump ship as soon as he got the EPL gig he wanted.

     

     

    And that’s fine with me too. Its the failure of the board to properly plan after and build upon BR’s short legacy that really riles me.

  2. onenightinlisbon on

    BHOY FROM THE BOYNE on 26TH JANUARY 2021 9:51 AM

     

     

    Totally. Cheap/lack of ambition option from Celtic more often the case.

  3. Sevco are going to win the league make no mistake about that ,and to be honest and it’s not sour grapes our lot from top to bottom are the ones to blame ,for them being so far in front in points, firstly a manager who threw some players under the bus ,but he doesn’t take any responsibility and not for the first time ,so say the players downed tools and I believe that ,and what really got to me was when. Lennon publicly criticised Griffith’s as being unfit and overweight,Well I said to my self what a statement to make ,goodness sake take a look at yourself you would have thought he has been on the bevy for a few months a beer belly and looking overweight, he is supposed to be a coach how on earth can you allow yourself to get unfit,and you wonder why we are a shambles of a club, no wonder they are top of the league and having a good run in the Europa League,and we are not ,so the sooner he is away from the club the better, and as a bonus a few directors being shown the door.

  4. Brendan wanted Castagne at Celtic.Let’s not throw out the facts.We WERE trying to sign.We were quoted 9 million,still we asked.It turned out he was not interested in the SPFL,and said so.Just how that is anyone’s fault is beyond me,but a lot of selective memory comes into play on here.Then,once again,Mc Ginn.Dear God give it a rest.

     

    The simple facts are,PL gave Brendan 30 million,a whole lot of it squandered by him.Lenny has also had 30 million!and we are where we are.

     

    Laying all the blame at PL door,does not wash with me,especially when its just agenda driven and facts ignored.

  5. BhoyfromtheBone,

     

    Just exactly what was Brendan’s legacy?What great players did he leave behind?What long lasting benefits did he leave.

  6. Gene

     

     

    Biddulph if I remember?

     

     

    Once these restrictions are over we’ll get together for a game

     

     

    Stay safe

     

     

    HH

     

    Slabhoy

  7. Big name, or potential big name players will not sign for a 2nd rate manager.

     

     

    Clubs like PSG will not let valued players go on loan to a 2nd rate manager.

     

     

    BR was a safe pair of hands in this respect, we require a manager of the same status.

     

     

    Prior to the pandemic we were in a small group of clubs with a turnover of > £100 GBP.

     

     

    Let’s act like a top club and appoint appropriately.

     

     

    HH.

  8. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    TURKEYBHOY,

     

     

    1. Champions League qualification 2/3 seasons taking club revenue to 100m.

     

    2. Increased value of existing players while also revitalising key senior players.

     

    3. Brought a new level of professionalism to Celtic Football Club in training methods/sports science, data analytics & media management.

     

    4. Achieved back to back trebles while cementing foundations for achievement of quadruple treble.

     

     

    His recruitment being his weak point and obviously his choice to leave us during the championship run in, which I consider unforgivable.

     

     

    I feel that Brendan Rodgers legacy can be summed up in NL’s ‘awe’ of Lennoxtown changes during his first press conference back in late Feb 2019. I feared for us that day listening to NL and possibility of him getting the full time gig.

  9. Weebobbycollins on

    If you were an up and coming footballer and you were wanted by both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, which one would you choose?

     

    I think that’s an easy one to answer…(sorry Neil)

  10. Greenpinta,

     

    You could also add,big name players will also not sign to play in a second rate league.How many big names did Brendan sign?.How many big names have been attracted by Gerrard?

     

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  11. Reading through the side article ‘Deal or No Deal’ re possible comings and goings see this in relation to Scott Brown, 36 in June and out of contract at the end of the season;

     

    “…..the smart money is on the inspirational on field leader being offered a 12 month extension”

     

     

    No no no and no again. Scott has been a major part of our success since being brought in by Gordon Strachan, he is now a major part of the problems we now face at Celtic, and it is now time for him to take up pastures new, maybe Neilly will take him to his next club, or consider taking up coaching, again at Lenny’s next club.

     

    Thanks for the memories.

  12. Fess – Weather report from the Garngad was in after your crazy Paul Lambert post early doors.

     

     

    Have a nice day now.

     

     

    D :)

  13. BhoyfromtheBoyne,

     

     

    I am not down on Brendan,but I have to say,some of your examples of improvement seem to stretch it a bit.Just what players,that he signed,improved the side that Neil took over.In fact we were in a bit of a bind when he left.My point was that most of the 30 million he got was poorly spent.

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    If you look at the share price when BR was here compared to current share price you will see the fall

     

     

    This is what concerns our board more than the product on the pitch .

  15. From Celtic News Now, the following link to the Scotsman

     

     

    “Celtic tipped to sell duo to fund rebuild to challenge Rangers”

     

     

    It appears we’re having to sell to challenge a club that has not won a major trophy (yet). The decline of the once decent Scotsman and Herald is sad, but this is hitting depths that Das Boot couldn’t reach.

     

     

    I don’t know who we’re meant to be selling, this week, as I didn’t hit the clickbait button.

  16. St Tams,you may be right,but answer me this,who did BR sign with his transfer money,that compares to Turnbull,and Soro. I am really struggling to think of anyone he signed,that is worth mentioning.If you do,please let me know.Great manager,I am not decrying him one bit.

  17. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    TurkeyBhoy,

     

     

    Sinclair, Edouard and to an extent Dembele, although Dembele was scouted by Celtic before BR arrived.

     

     

    His recruitment on the whole was poor, I don’t disagree.

     

     

    But he got the existing bunch – Brown, Forrest, Armstrong, Lustig, Boyata moving up a level or 2, even Griffiths to some extent.

     

     

    I can’t think of a single player who has progressed under NL in his second stint. You could argue Ajer, but how much is NL responsible for that. Aside from selecting him weekly to his credit.

  18. If our supposed,money orientated Board,like every other Board,can’t see the money spinning chance that Lampard would bring to the table,then their stupidity is even more pronounced than was previously evident.

     

    By the way,from supporters point of view,I think he would be great for us.

  19. BLANTYRETIM IS PRAYING FOR THE KNOX FAMILY on 26TH JANUARY 2021 10:54 AM

     

    If you look at the share price when BR was here compared to current share price you will see the fall

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is what concerns our board more than the product on the pitch .

     

     

     

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    The fluctuations in the share price are of little consequence if you have no intention of selling for the time being, particularly when you know that it is within your power to take action that will cause the share price to rise again.

  20. What about Lampard for manager, Sounness as Director of football, Gordon Ramsay to cook the food and Jimmy Bell as kitman?

  21. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    TurkeyBhoy,

     

     

    I said earlier it wouldn’t surprise me if Desmond makes enquiries to Frank Lampard people if he would be interested in coming up to Scotland to manage Celtic.

     

     

    Frank Lampard is an intelligent guy with 2+ years EPL/EFL experience. Plus he has worked under the sporting director / head coach model that club are rumoured to be pursuing.

     

     

    He will also feel he has something to prove now, natural after being sacked in last club. He might well emerge particularly given DD’s track record of approaching EPL/ex EPL managers.

     

     

    That is all fine with me so long as Celtic conduct a proper, wide scale & professional search befitting to our club. If Lampard is considered the best candidate at the end of that search, then so be it.

     

     

    Just no more of this ‘CV’s in desk drawer’ pish. That approach cost us 10iar IMO.

  22. Lampard is a hun.

     

     

    He’s not coming to Celtic.

     

     

    Thankfully.

     

     

    Please stop posting rubbish.

  23. TURKEYBHOY

     

    Sinclair and Eddy.

     

     

    Do you think we would be as far behind as we are if Soro and Turnbull had been played earlier?

  24. David66

     

    Sorry I missed your “frosty” report from the Garngad, totally thrown by who “Paul Lanbert”was. Like trying to figure who MM (not Melbourne) talks about. ;-))))

     

    HH

  25. Weebobbycollins on

    Ernie…why is Lampard a hun? You can’t go calling anyone a hun unless you are really sure…😜

  26. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Ernie

     

    The PLC are interested in the share price , CQN used to have it on the header , not sure if it’s still there because it takes me enough time to get onto articles .

     

     

    High profile managers increase the share price and the profit to be made by DD if and when he gets fed up and cashes in .

     

     

    High profile managers also increase attendance and make it easier to gain better sponsorship deals

     

     

    I agree re lampard

  27. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    Weebobbycollins,

     

     

    Seemingly Lampard was at Manchester riot final with a hun top on.

     

     

    Who know, Slippy was self confessed Celtic ‘fan’ before he get into bed with zombies.

     

     

    I personally wouldn’t want Lampard myself.

  28. Following the CQN magazine article, on our ‘disappointing season’

     

     

    In my opinion

     

     

    Vasilis Barkas: May 31, 2024……………………………….punt

     

    Scott Bain: May 31, 2023…………………………………….retain

     

    Conor Hazard: June 30, 2023………………………………retain

     

    Shane Duffy: May 31, 2021 (loan)……………………….return

     

    Christopher Jullien: June 30, 2023………………………punt

     

    Kristoffer Ajer: May 31, 2022………………………………retain

     

    Hatem Abd Elhamed: May 31, 2023……………………punt

     

    Diego Laxalt: June 30, 2021 (loan)……………………….return

     

    Greg Taylor: June 30, 2023………………………………….retain

     

    Boli Bolingoli: May 31, 2023………………………………..punt

     

    Andrew Gutman: June 30, 2022…………………………..punt

     

    Jeremie Frimpong: June 30, 2023…………………………punt

     

    Anthony Ralston: May 31, 2022……………………………punt

     

    Manny Perez: June 30, 2022…………………………………punt

     

    Nir Bitton: May 31, 2023………………………………………retain

     

    Ismaila Soro: June 30, 2024………………………………….retain

     

    Luca Connell: May 31, 2023………………………………….punt

     

    Callum McGregor: May 31, 2024…………………………..retain – make Captain

     

    Olivier Ntcham: May 31, 2022………………………………punt

     

    David Turnbull: May 31, 2024………………………………retain

     

    Scott Brown: May 31, 2021…………………………………..retain – as development coach

     

    James Forrest: May 31, 2023………………………………..retain

     

    Ryan Christie: May 31, 2022…………………………………punt

     

    Tom Rogic: May 31, 2023……………………………………..retain

     

    Mohamed Elyounoussi: June 30, 2021 (loan)………..return

     

    Mikey Johnston: June 30, 2025……………………………..retain

     

    Karamoko Dembele: June 30, 2022………………………retain

     

    Odsonne Edouard: June 30, 2022…………………………punt

     

    Albian Ajeti: June 30, 2024……………………………………punt

     

    Patryk Klimala: June 30, 2024……………………………….retain

     

    Leigh Griffiths: May 31, 2022………………………………..punt

     

    Vakoun Issouf Bayo: June 30, 2022……………………….punt

     

     

    Length of contracts some cases e.g. Ajeti and Barkas? Waiting a long time on Mikey Johnston under

     

    contract till 2025.

     

     

    Every single player under contract for sale shirley?

     

     

    No wonder its called disappointing CSC

  29. Bhoy From The Boyne on

    I read that Lampard hun top story somewhere when Slippy took over zombies and they were being compared in their 1st managerial jobs. I think Chelsea reach 2008 CL final so unlikely to be true.

  30. It’s not always down to who you sign but more likely what you do with them.

     

    A couple of classic examples in the current squad.

     

    1. Ajeti only 5 starts for 5 goals Eddy only has 7 goals and 3 in one game.

     

    2. Klimala a total of 342 minutes of first team action. 67 minutes of that in the first

     

    game against deadco.

     

    3. Barkas only played 13 games.

     

    If we are going to buy people you have to play them, otherwise why bother?

     

    Are we advertising to players – sign for us and if you don’t make it in your first

     

    90 minutes forget it.

  31. Dexter P. Bampot on

    I’m assuming that Lampard will now be coming in to Celtic as assistant to Benitez? The only fly in the ointment would be if Zidane became available, obviously….

     

     

    The transfer window has been brilliant so far. We’ve managed to keep a hold of loads of underperforming players, which is nice.

     

     

    Eddy will probably be sold to EPL to make up this and next season’s Covid shortfall (not the Champions League dosh- that’s basically in the bank as the players and club have assured us that they are now, soon, going to go on an unbeaten run till season’s end and Sevco, with such a clearly inferior squad and still-rookie manager, will collapse)