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. Coupon gubbed, horses beaten,Murderwell and the sheepies


    breathing down our ankle’s……..I’ve had better Saturday’s.

  2. The deidco are introducing a double entry accounting system.


    Three CA’s in: three players out

  3. Billy Bhoy supports wee Oscar on

    The bookworm



    Must be mistaken identity, mate. He can’t have bought a ST for Mordor. He’s just snuffed it!

  4. St stivs



    In a week where GCC and Celtic came under heavy fire over State Aid claims and the remarkable East End Regeneration and Commonwealth Games programmes which have been centred around Celtic Park and it’s close proximity within the Parkhead area, incredible plans to build a new airport called ‘Glasgow City Airport’ have now been leaked and apparently there will be massive benefits for Rangers.



    The new inner city airport is a highly ambitious project, but it will undoubtedly cause controversy since it will require the relocation of a 170 year old cemetery, four churches, a bus depot, a massive biscuit factory, dozens of small businesses and hundreds of residential properties including their residents.



    When questioned on the viability of all this relocating to clear land of residents, businesses and historical buildings, a source in Glasgow said that it’s just a continuation of what’s been going on for years in the Parkhead area when he stated:



    “You just need to look at certain Parkhead streets where the residents were relocated to sell the land and of course, there’s the issue of London Road Primary School. The Edwardian building is a B class listed building and should perhaps have been restored and developed into something of benefit to the whole community.



    “Instead of that, we thought it was more prudent to systematically allow it to rot and go to ruin over a ten year period so that eventually there could be no argument about knocking it down and selling the land to the lowest bidder.



    “That ten year period is nothing. The Parkhead regeneration programmes have been in the pipeline for three decades, but really went into full swing in terms of funding when Parkhead won the bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games





    Keen to get back to the subject of the new airport, the source was asked about timescales for the project and replied:



    “We were hoping to have the new airport completed in time for the Games, but it’s looking as if it’ll be a wee bit tight for time, so we’re going to focus on completing the extensive Edwardian building renovation works we’ve been doing in the Parkhead area as part of the Parkhead Townscape Heritage Initiative



    “Once we get the Edwardian Primary School flattened, we’ll then help with the landscaping of the Avenue of Heroes that’s planned because that will immediately tart up the Celtic Park stadium entrance once the school’s out of the way.



    Clearly then, it’s not an immediate, but a long term project involving significant planning and relocation works well beyond the end of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, but interested to know how any of this was going to benefit Rangers the source was asked about that and simply replied:



    “For decades Rangers fans have been coming to an underdeveloped, smelly and dirty Parkhead area for Old Firm fixtures, but in the future they will be coming to an overdeveloped, sweet scented and clean Parkhead area which will make for a more pleasant matchday experience. Overseas Rangers fans will also be able to fly directly to Parkhead.

  5. Tesco’s high street store in Hell………..


    “Maggie, Sharon, what’s the label price on that lying stock of Pinochet Grigio???”………….




  6. Paul,



    You said at the time of the Nevin interview it was ‘astonishing’.



    Why are you still sitting on it mate?



    Are there some legal issues……hmmmmm?

  7. Ex Israeli Premier Sharon will indeed be looking into Dante’s inferno.



    He will have lots of other ex Israeli Premiers for company tonight.

  8. ryecatcher



    17:17 on 11 January, 2014





    You said at the time of the Nevin interview it was ‘astonishing’.



    Why are you still sitting on it mate?



    Are there some legal issues……hmmmmm?





    Think it is the next CQN Magazine

  9. Aiden Mc Geady superb signing for the blues !!! Two Champions league trips next season ! Get in !


    Martinez doing a fine job at the Republic of Goodison Hail hail and NSNO !

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    SSB managing Celtic again….fuds

  11. I am totally fed up reading about how celtic are now a selling club and NFL is working with one hand tied behind his back. sorry but its a nonsense, I can think of only one occasion in our recent history when we were not a selling club and that was the very brief MON years.



    the thing about football is players come and go, with only a handful of exceptions. it is NFL’s job to ensure his team goes through these transitions (player sales) as best as possible aided by the biggest budget in Scottish football.



    the only real change is the emphasis placed on bringing in, nurturing and selling young players. I honestly believe that should be at the core of our club anyway, as did tommy burns. celtic need to find a way to communicate the positives when bringing in and selling players i.e. the next big thing etc… and move away from the: ‘we have to sell’ and ‘we are a selling club’ nonsense.



    celtic should crunch the numbers in the board room and put out only positive p.r and spin. I mean how many seasonal businesses, for example, tell you come here, we don’t have as much as last year but we’re alright?




  12. Googybhoy….



    Thanks for the info mate.



    I remember Paul commenting,on the night of the interview,that BRTH found the conversation with Nevin ‘astonishing’…….If BRTH uses such a word then it should grab anyone’s attention.

  13. Aaaaaaaargh,,,,,



    CQN Coupon:



    AWATR: Burnley – WIN



    BT: Wolves – WIN



    GL2: Albion Rovers – WIN



    Jobo: Partick Thistle – LOSE (throwing away a 2 goal lead)



    LB: Brentford – WIN



    POG: Colchester – WIN



    PF: Scunthorpe – WIN



    TTT: Huddersfield – WIN



    *hangs head in shame*…….


    67 HEAVEN



    I always try to respond if I think I can be of assistance.



    I also try to respond when I think I can throw a spanner into the works,as you may have noticed!



    It’s a blog,all good fun….

  15. Re the Nevin interview, I recall after it (and i`m paraphrasing) BRTH and Winning Captains, I think, one of them asking the other, “do you think any of that was bullshit?” The reply being “No, none of it”


    So should be interesting if the right questions were asked. By the sounds of it wee Pat`s Scottish media work could take a substantial hit.

  16. Aiden McGeady an interesting signing for Kenwright’s bargain hunters at Neverton.



    Can’t imagine there has been much of a fee paid to buy out last 6 months of his contract.



    His move to Moscow was good for Celtic but not very good value for Spartak.



    Aiden might prove me wrong,but I think his best days are behind him now even for one so young.



    Yep,Neverton is about the best he could hope for now.Bye bye to CL football for him.





    Nae luck,mate.



    Wish I had known that you had tipped Thistle.



    I wouldnae be ripping up my betting slip now!





    Au contraire,bud. I think Aiden will be a revelation in England.



    He is confident enough to have made sure that he will be played to his strengths-which he rarely was at CP-and will prove his potential.

  19. boaby



    You joined yer mates in the other boozer now??? :)



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.





    Who was their star striker in the days of Scorcher n Score?



    Bobby summat,IIRC.



    Apart from that,flummoxed!

  21. BMCUWP……



    We agree to disagree matey.



    I think Aiden should have come back to Celtic for footballing reasons.



    He reminds me very much of James McFadden,ability wise,and his lack of pace exposed him at Everton as I think it will McGeady.

  22. thezombieslayer on

    If only parkhead was somewhere as lovely as ipox is situated what with the motorway , the sewers the derlict buidings and wastelands around it not to mention the high class tax areas of govan and cessnock ^^





    Nipped into the local gay bar first,believe it or not. I always get space at the bar in here for some reason!



    About to join them for a wee sesh of English and Spanish fitba’.



    And the occasional glass of falling-down juice.



    Don’t bother to ask me the scores on the morning….

  24. glendalystonsils on




    can’t agree that Aiden’s best days are behind him. I’d have been delighted to see him back in the hoops. I think he will have matured a lot in Moscow and will be a hit at Everton.







    Time will tell,no point in arguing about hypothetics.



    I wish him every success,and another seven or eight years as a top class player.

  26. boaby



    D says she is glad you went into the gay bar before you were p@@@@d. Or were you??? Hahaha.



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  27. Just like to thank everyone who said prayers, lit candles and sent good wishes for my niece and her daughter, who were injured in Tenerife.


    Her daughter will be fine surgeon said he will be able to cut away dead skin and graft it, she must stay out of the sun for a year .


    My niece is out of the induced coma and off the ventilator .


    She is also talking now and she will be flown home in a few days.


    Big thanks to everyone.

  28. Off oot soon to see hopefully a decent game of football, and swithering what to bet on afore I leave, as I don’t have a clue, Mrs TET reckons 3-2 for Barca, so a few bob on that, it could be anything in reality.



    Half price drinks to boot, so can’t be bad >}




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