Squad downsizing though not as you think

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Signing a 21-year-old Argentinian for a few million pounds breaches the box-office threshold around these parts.  If left back Alexandro Bernabei clears his medical and joins Celtic, he will be the kind of addition to the squad that will have fans looking forward to the new season with renewed confidence.

I have seen too many bogus YouTube clip editions to pay any heed, we learn nothing there.  What we know is that he has been scouted through our recently appointed resource and meets our criteria as a potential Champions League player.

He is still young and Parkhead is a long way from Rosario: the language, the food, living away from home, the weather, will all present encounters that will make any early performances a challenge.  Fortunately, we all know signing 21-year-olds is not about the first month.

One of my strategic concerns about the Celtic squad is height.  Last season’s excellent defensive stats were achieved with small central defenders and full backs.  Bernabei is 2” shorter than Greg Taylor, who at 5’ 9” is an inch taller than Josip Juranovic.

Taylor is a couple of inches shorter than Kieran Tierney, while Mikael Lustig had a 4” advantage on Kieran.  That’s a very real downsizing in a few years, albeit not in the common use of the phrase.  We have plenty of ability middle to front, but not a lot of height there either.

Two years after Shunsuke Nakamura scored the only goal of the game against Manchester United to put Celtic into the knockout phase of the Champions League, the player was benched when the teams again met in the Champions League.  Gordon Strachan spoke to Shunsuke before the game to explain the team was vulnerable at set plays due to a lack of height.

Naka was not short, but Gordon went with Barry Robson, who had a slight advantage and was more accomplished in the air.  If I was facing Celtic next season, I would play for corners and free kicks.  I expect we will see lots of this in the Premiership.

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  1. Bizarre dismissal at the cricket – batsman drives the ball but unfortunately it hits the other batsman’s bat and goes straight to a fielder. As ball never touched the ground he’s out, caught.

  2. Gene and Neustadt.

     

    One more, if you please:

     

     

    Rise in precision,no need for car plant (5).

     

     

    – u – c –

  3. I see McBurnie has been charged after the end of season pitch invasion. Added to that incident when he stiffened a young lad and broke his phone, why have Sevco not bid for him yet?

  4. Tom McLaughlin on

    GENE

     

     

    I’ve seen a batsman strike the ball only for it to hit the bowler on the ankle and bounce high and be caught out.

  5. GENE on 23RD JUNE 2022 4:28 PM

     

    Thanks.I would never have got that one !!

     

     

     

     

    `GENE on 23RD JUNE 2022 4:29 PM

     

    Neither have I and I umpired for many years

     

    In between my ukip meetings.`

     

     

    Tres Drole :-))

  6. rimtimtim on 23rd June 2022 4:15 pm

     

     

    SCULLYBHOY

     

     

    Maybe lost in translation.

     

     

    His position is defined in Spanish as “lateral”, which literally means side player and could stretch to what we used to call a wing half

     

     

    However the classic left back position is often translated as “lateral izquierdo”

     

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

     

     

    Thank you.

  7. Politically the main thing that differentiates pensioners, as a group, from others is that they are more likely to vote.

     

     

    I’d be wary of indulging in identity politics or culture wars regarding any age group. There’s enough people already only too willing to do that, particularly in Scotland.

     

     

    The most refreshing thing about the RMT strike is that Mick Lynch is talking unashamedly about class based politics. The only division that really matters.

  8. And the interviewer hadn’t a clue who Connolly was. Says a great deal of the standard of British journalists today.

     

     

    He has made mincemeat of that wank Morgan, the odious Burley and several more media Tory propagandists these last few days.

     

     

    If only Starmer had a fraction of his intelligence and desire to fight for workers.

     

     

    Fat chance!

  9. ERNIE LYNCH on 23RD JUNE 2022 4:58 PM

     

     

    “The most refreshing thing about the RMT strike is that Mick Lynch is talking unashamedly about class based politics. The only division that really matters.”

     

     

    To him and his union, undoubtedly.

     

     

    I’m not sure it’s in the countries best interests to be promoting division along class lines, whatever they are these days.

  10. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Stuck record time but NewsNow is just dreadful.

     

     

    “Mass murdering sadist lived next door to Celtic supporter”

     

     

    “Sevco hand wash supplies successfully replenished while Celtic set to lose out on £50m rated star”

     

     

    Click and Collect at it’s worst.

     

     

    You click.

     

     

    They collect.

  11. Mick Lynch has done a great job of delivering a very straightforward message. He has shown up the popular media and their m.o. and agendas. He’s very skilled at it

     

     

    It’s what we see and it’s an important part of his job but it doesn’t tell us anything about his strategy and negotiation skills. Making the media look stupid doesn’t pay the members wages. We’ve all seen what happens when the unions get it wrong.

     

     

    There’s no comparison between being the head of a union and the leader of a major political party. He’d be even less electable as leader than Corbyn

  12. There’s no comparison between being the head of a union and the leader of a major political party. He’d be even less electable as leader than Corbyn

     

     

    CELTIC40ME

     

     

    I’m not advocating that but at least having a socialist as the head of the Labour Party isn’t too much to ask.

     

     

    He’s taken on the Tories and their media which is more than Starmer and his lackeys will ever do.

     

     

    I wish Mick was the head of my union.

  13. CELTIC40ME on 23RD JUNE 2022 5:27 PM

     

     

     

    The division along class lines exists.

     

     

    That division is real, and it matters.

     

     

    As for ‘the countries best interests’. Would such interests, as if by magic, align with the interests of a particular class? Which class would that be?

  14. “Ottoman Empire”?Where’s me Turban,have you seen it? Yes you Missus,me Turban,have you seen I?

     

     

     

    FastShow CSC

  15. EL @ 4.58

     

     

    I definitely do not want to get into identity politics — much like yourself.

     

    Not sure if age based segmentation is full on identity politics but it is now to me part of class based politics.

     

     

    Pensioners in the UK are now behaving / voting in a manner that suggests they are becoming a class within society – their viewpoints and attitudes are crystallising around of set of values that are based on their current situation and not their economic / political past.

     

     

    That would be their destination as pensioners rather than where they came from either economically or politically.

     

     

    The voting patterns south of the border are incredible in comparison to the voting patterns of younger age groups and it scares me to think why that has come about — some low level vox pop scuttlebutt seems to point towards a lot of them carrying a chip on their shoulder regarding the current situation in the world and what was available to them in the past.

     

     

    Current situation — technology / financials / health / benefits are better now than what they had growing up so they have become greedy to hoover up all that they can and to hell and beyond for the younger generations that will need to pay for all this largesse.

     

     

    Then there is the issue that the world is changing faster than they can cope with and a narrow / limited / reactionary mindset is the easiest way they have to respond — and guess what the Tories are more than happy to inflame these grievances and give them what they want.

     

     

    So I blame the Tories / property porn on the TV / Forger’s Gazette / Daily Express.

     

    They have been decimated by CoViD19 and yet they luv BoJo for the laughs he brings …

     

    Strange world.

  16. ML and his JC love making it into the mainstream media.

     

    Sounds good at one level but I fear their will be pushback from the establishment.

     

     

    Facebook adds will be pushed out to decry him as some sort of GPO groupie.

     

    Interesting to see how it all plays out.

  17. Willie Miller 5’ 10” ; Charlie Nicholas called him ‘the waiter’ as he never dived in and won clean tackles once you committed either side

  18. If Mick Lynch was the future of the Labour Party it would scare the hell out of the Fascist Tories in Government.

     

    Someone who, like the late Tony Benn, knows where the corruptions lie and is not afraid to stick up for the Working Class in ways that are simple to understand.

     

    Judging by some of the comments on here the Tory’s and their anti-union bias need watching.

  19. VALE BHOY on 23RD JUNE 2022 5:18 PM

     

    ‘And the interviewer hadn’t a clue who Connolly was.’

     

     

     

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    I’m not sure that’s entirely fair based on the clip I saw. She let him explain who Connolly was, presumably for the benefit of the audience, which is what a good interviewer would do,I don’t think she actually said she didn’t know who he was.

  20. Not a chance Taylor is 5’9″, more like 5’5″ or 6 , O riley Turnbull Giokumakis are all big units who can help defend set piece crosses.

  21. VALE BHOY on 23RD JUNE 2022 5:43 PM

     

     

    A socialist leader of the Labour Party would mean years more of Tory rule. We were lucky that the Corbyn disaster coincided with the rise of Boris. I don’t think that’s happening again anytime soon

     

     

    As a member of the Labour Party I don’t want them in the wilderness

  22. ERNIE LYNCH on 23RD JUNE 2022 5:44 PM

     

    CELTIC40ME on 23RD JUNE 2022 5:27 PM

     

     

     

     

    “The division along class lines exists.

     

     

     

    That division is real, and it matters.”

     

     

    Ok, Che. We all see the world from our own perspective

     

     

     

    As for ‘the countries best interests’. Would such interests, as if by magic, align with the interests of a particular class? Which class would that be?

     

     

    No. The country is divided on much more complicated lines than class, it’s old politics.

     

     

    No issue with Mick Lynch doing whatever it takes to do what’s best for his members, and strong unions are essential for the capitalist system we live in to function effectively, but don’t confuse what he’s doing with something bigger

  23. Celtic40me

     

     

    You don’t want a socialist as leader of a socialist party? A leader who isn’t a socialist would be lying to the electorate

     

     

    As much as Blair and Brown’s legacy is besmirched among socialists due to Iraq/pensions/college fees; they were hard working socialists who tried to make things better and were electable.

     

     

    Jeremy does not deserve to be called a ‘disaster’ after the press put the boot in. When presented to the public before that in 2017 he did well

     

     

    Michael Foot didn’t deserve what happened to him either; slick PR was new and it crushed him

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