Tactically aware athlete needed


I don’t know anything about Stefan Johansen, who is one of several central midfield players Celtic are tracking, but I’m pleased we’re scouting for this area.  There’s no question we are missing a penalty box predator but you could make a case that the sense of calm and control exerted by Victor Wanyama in the middle of the park is a more telling absence.

Nir Biton has all the potential to get there eventually but it’s going to take him time.  He reminds me of Ki, who a couple of seasons ago was fifth choice central mid for Celtic, behind Brown, Wanyama, Ledley and Kayal.  This season I’ve watched him collect and distribute, close space and bring shape to a struggling Sunderland team.

I’ve also watched a bit of Barry Robson since his return to Aberdeen.  Despite his advancing years he remains one of the most intelligent footballers in the game.  His arrival in the Celtic midfield six years ago changed Celtic into a winning team.    You don’t need Pele for this role, just a tactically aware athlete.

How many accountants does it take to tell you that losing circa £1m per month is not a good idea?  Lots, apparently.
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  1. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on



    13:45 on 11 January, 2014




    I think I’ve just wet myself! :-)))



    Hail! Hail! PMTYH

  2. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    The idea that Sevco’s rise to the top is dependent on the qaulity within their squad is a misnomer. That has happened regardless.



    The millions are necessary to keep the bears onside with the spivs. To squeeze an orange it has to look squeezable in the first place.



    Clearly we will see a cycle of bare faced scams the the authorities and Celtic plc ..resolution 12 pending…to allow them to parisitically be paid for doing what no legitimate businessman can be involved with.



    It will be like Eck McLeishs, Cardihun and Salarys tenure continued.




  3. tommytwiststommyturns on

    jamesgang – thats far more important than talking players and tactics on here. Enjoy your quality time with your bhoy!






  4. shoonsky,



    The original facade from the old main stand is built into the current stand. It is listed – built in 1927. Doesn’t prevent us from extending the stand though – the plans have been in place for a number of years.



    Hail! Hail!




  5. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5 on

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, can’t hide my delight with Eoghan O’Connell getting his debut. Would love to see one youngster playing in every SPFL game from here to end of season. I’m smiling when I read the posts from the Amido & Pukki fan Club, there was hardly a post in their favour whilst they were getting slaughtered on here past few months. Personally I trust Lenny, he is watching the entire squad in training every day, he will know if Amido is ready for a sustained run on the team. With the young Icelander already signed and a few more signings mooted its going to get even more difficult for the likes of Pukki and Amido to get game time.

  6. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles 13:49 on 11 January, 2014……….



    At least you got the joke comrade……. Considering my (poor/slightly crude) attempt at humour seemed to go whoooshtt!!!!



    No piss-take intended re the initial A.BaldeT.Watt comment……..just couldn’t resist the obvious schoolbhoy type humour read on the wordplay……………..



    Regards & Hail Hail



  7. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5



    13:58 on 11 January, 2014



    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a



    Would love to see one youngster playing in every SPFL game from here to end of season.





    That would surely make up for the sustained negative media attack the club had to endure this past 7 months.

  8. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on



    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPY BIRTHDAY to the boss of the house:))



    Till later all





    Re the manic nature of opinions. It isn’t just with the players though. After the 7-0 and 5-0 wins the team were wonder. But just a few weeks later and ONLY winning by 1-0 and 2-0 a few times the pendulum swung again.

  10. TinyTim



    13:36 on 11 January, 2014



    If Neil Lennon is to be believed we signed VVD to play alongside Kelvin Wilson.



    I was not a fan if Wilson when we signed him.


    He more than won me over.



    His pace and power were a real asset in European football.



    It therefore stands to reason that Neil Lennon still feels that there is room for another natural central defender in our squad.



    Add to that , that it is likely that VVD will attract offers from clubs with more spending power , in the next wee while.



    Then we should be looking to recruit a natural central defender now , and possibly a second to replace VVD.



    We are a selling club.



    It is part of the business plan, whilst we remain in Scottish football.



    We will never build a side that will give us 3 seasons if keeping our best players and adding to them.



    It is what it is , but we could be so much more if we moved out of the SPFL.



    The board must strive for an exit strategy .



    Creative thinking and drive are required .



    Until then , we need to look to replace the spine of the team.



    A Keeper , a couple of CH’s, a couple of midfielders , a couple of strikers.



    All required to keep the conveyor belt going.








    I’m hoping a few players get Celtic the way Sammi got us. Unfortunately, you are right, we are definitely a selling club whilst playing in Scotland.



    I’m ever hopeful that we will see a homegrown team playing at the top levels of the Champions League. Tommy Burns wanted to grow Champions League players, he instigated it and it does indeed take a lot of Time and meticulous effort to churn out players of this quality. ;)



    In Neil I trust.

  11. Could Conor Wickham do a job for us? Currently on loan from Sunderland to Sheffield Wednesday. Big, strong, quick, brave and talented. Worth a thought.

  12. .






    When the Come back with their 53K Supporters..and CelticFC go back to 63K Supporters..


    it will Make CQNers 96% (Never want them Back) and roughly..(Roughly) 33% ‘I Will Never go back to Parkhead’ Look a Bit Foolish..



    Or it will make My Estimate that CQN Roughly (Roughly) represents 0.3% of a Celtic matchday Attendance look pretty Accurate..;-)



    Summa of NewOldFirmCSC

  13. .





    14:06 on


    11 January, 2014





    Re the manic nature of opinions. It isn’t just with the players though. After the 7-0 and 5-0 wins the team were wonder. But just a few weeks later and ONLY winning by 1-0 and 2-0 a few times the pendulum swung again.



    7-0..5-0..Avec Charlie Mulgrew..



    1-0..1-0..2-0..1-0..Charlie Nada Mulgrew..



    Do the Math..




  14. corkcelt- SUPPORTING THE DAM 5 on

    Summa, You are correct that CQN only represents a tiny fraction of the Celtic Support. Whether CQN is a microcosm of the general support or whether the fact that most on here are bampots to start with has tilted us out of kilter is open to debate.

  15. roy croppie



    is it true albion were doing a pay what u want at the gate today with a minimum of a pound?

  16. a light insanity on

    Burghbhoy : spoil her just now as they get older and vegetate on your couch and irritate you… (2 teenage daughters blues)

  17. roy croppie



    gud on them and glad its worked out weather and crowd wise



    it will never catch on tho!

  18. The 5 ex-Rangers first team players debate the rights and wrongs of the Ibrox circus.



    Good objectionable debate

  19. sammi



    No chance, I just get a wee bit peed off on here sometimes. It’s good to see the name calling and bullying has eased off for the time being. Incidentally, Paul 67 has just tweeted he’s in the Merchant City. :) How are you and the family, here and in Oz? :)



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  20. Billy Bhoy supports wee Oscar on

    Hi Guys,


    Is this offer of £1 to see us clinch the first part of the Treble tomorrow genuine or a con?


    Saw some debate last night but no conclusion.

  21. notthebus



    14:41 on 11 January, 2014



    The 5 ex-Rangers first team players debate the rights and wrongs of the Ibrox circus.



    Good objectionable debate




    Shouldn’t that be “debate the Rights of the Ibrox Circus”

  22. The five Best ever Rangers football players I lived to see (in no particular order)



    Jim baxter


    Alfie Conn


    Ian Durrant


    Paul Gascoigne


    Brian Laudrup

  23. An FFin’ scandal and that’s just the spelling:



    “Loving Cup Ceramony


    Shown just there



    Somers, Easdales and Stockbridge gleefully guzzling from it.


    Like spitting on the past with these chancers near it”

  24. .






    Aye Wee are Great..Too Great l have Feeling l Shouldnae be this Happy..and coming Home in late Feb..



    One Bad thing tho..Weather Mon-Fri next week..41C-44C-44C-42C-43C..a Horrendous Week ahead for Most People and Pets..



    Summa of SummaDownUnderGetsHotCSC

  25. Barry Robson



    Was a thorn in our side when he played for DU – did he not just miss a header in in a 2-3 game which might have cost us dearly.



    But he was a ‘Teaky Brammer’ when he signed for us – loved his mix of dig and guile.



    And giving a certain Dailly the ‘message’ in the first few seconds of a Derby is a personal favourite highlight…



    Was a bad mistake to sell him, remains so today. Gutted when he left.





    Palace player with ideal opportunity to put them one up at White Hart Lane.



    Worst penalty I’ve seen since Pat Nevin’s delicate wee chip into the goalie’s hands.



    Worth staying up for MOTD just to hear the reaction from all those pros who never missed one in their lives,aye right!

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