The players “who got us there” for Sunday


Neil Lennon left us a teaser after Sunday’s victory over Kilmarnock, informing us that the players who got us to the Scottish Cup Final would get their chance to represent us in the Final, not necessarily those who transformed our play in the last two games.

We can safely discount Forster, Simunovic, Arzani (yes, I’d forgotten too), Hayes, Bayo, Bolingoli and Shved, all of whom were part of this Scottish Cup campaign but are no longer at the club.  James Forrest is not fit and Leigh Griffiths is currently fourth choice striker, so unlikely to be considered unless/until we need a late goal.

That leaves five possibilities: Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic, Olivier Ntcham, Scott Bain and Scott Brown.

Christie has  unfinished business in the Scottish Cup after suffering multiple fractures to his face in the 2019 semi-final that kept him out of the final.  I expect we will see him instead of Jeremie Frimpong at right mid.

Conor Hazard has not put a glove wrong in his two outings and there is no reason to believe that would change on Sunday, but Neil may prefer Scott Bain, or, conversely, give Vasilis Barkas his Scottish Cup debut.  No idea how this will go.

I would be amazed if David Turnbull did not start.  In the space of a week he has made the central attacking mid position his own, Hampden specialist Tom Rogic is there if needed late in the game, although perhaps not for penalties.

Hampden is a big pitch and Ismaila Soro has the energy to cover it.  He suffered cramp against Lille but his two outings last week will fortify him.  Still, I expect the captain will get the nod.

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    KEVJUNGLE on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 8:53 PM




    Did one of the bloggers not prove that this £35m spend was a load of bollocks?




    No, he ignored what we spent in the last window.

  2. Gene-are we reduced to players we might have been interested in now 😉


    I know it’s only Tuesday and it’s slow 🤔

  3. Don’t think about it lennie, just select.



    Soro will soak ’em up and the bull will tear ’em apart.




    nope,the 35 million is bang on.BR got just over 30 million.Looking at the Celtic transfers,I added it up to 38.5 million,2 or 3 times.

  5. Hide the reasonable, feasible, rational and perhaps unpalateable in as much sleekit guff an’ keech as possible………a genuine fake – at it.



    At it.

  6. CELTIC MAC on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 9:20 PM




    We stood for something alright, we didn’t have a choice.

  7. JACKIEMAC on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 9:18 PM





    Please try to understand. They’re all in it together.

  8. prestonpans bhoys on

    TURKEYBHOY on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 9:20 PM



    Good grief £38.5m and not capable of having one shot on target against the Huns

  9. GENE-not our player so I don’t care🤷🏽‍♂️


    More points dropped at home is not good.🤔


    Has the manager the backing of the board 🤔

  10. PRESTONPANS BHOYS-pretty sure our CEO said the £35m was the most they’d spent in a season.


    To get us to this 🤔


    Impressive 😉

  11. As a matter of interest. Anyone else not really bothered that much in X in Ordine? I get the historical relevance alright but surely a moment to take stock…………… enjoy the young hungry wolves making an impression on the field is more than a light relief?


    Ajer could be the next Tommy Gemmell …albeit at a at a push, in a right direction.


    Soro, hungry like a lion, but needs the temperance of Brown.


    Turnberland Tim…..Gaining his feet assuredly in a jersey the makers cant make any fitter. Some shots on target wouldn’t go amiss.


    Kamala……wonderful trainer, busts his gut every second of every day. Needs to calm doon and score a few more goals.


    Mikey Johnstone…..welcome bak ya bawbag. Dont let the NFL doon like that again.


    If we’re not sorted for ten, we’re sorted for going forward. If you had to choose……… which would you rather have?

  12. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on




    In the last financial statements to June 20; it states



    Acquisition of player registrations of £20.7m (2019: £6.2m), so 26.9m over two years in purchases.






    Gain on sale of player registrations of £24.2m (2019: £17.7m) so 41.9m in profit on sales of players. I cannot finalise the proceeds receivable figure until Celtic publish full accounts, but lets assume the players values on the books at the time of the sale was nil for simplicity



    So for 19/20, a net income in the year of £15m


    In respect of player trading.



    For 20/21 so far, purchases of Ajeti, Barkas and Sullivan. Let’s call that £12m, and no sales to date.



    So in summary, a net investment in the playing squad of £39m,which was funded by selling players for £42m. A net receipt of 3m.







  13. FB


    Don’t think Vale has much option but to stick with the current manager – he’s a bit like Lenny – poor with substitutions.

  14. KEVJUNGLE on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 9:08 PM:


    Deleted your earlier post where you posted with an emoji, bad taste.


    Also the next time you come on and call anyone associated with this blog or Celtic a green hun, you’ll be red carded.


    I have left that post up and that of SFTB as he was replying to your original post.


    Your first couple of posts on your return were measured but you have resorted to insulting posters and those associated with Celtic. You have been two faced in two of your posts today, showing concern on one hand and then insulting.


    Keep the name calling out of it, especially the term I mentioned above.

  15. Just to be clear


    Peter claimed Celts c have spent £35m in past 16 months ( he quoted June 2019 as starting date


    What he failed to state


    We had banked £9m in the Feb for the release of our professional management team


    Then got £25m for the sale of Kieran Tierney


    & £300k for the sale of Lewis Morgan.


    We then had let go


    Craig Gordon


    Fraser Forster (ok he was a loan)


    Jozo Simonuvic


    Maurirz Bauer (Loan)


    Johnny Hayes


    Scott Sinclair


    Jack Aitchison


    Marvin Commper


    Yousuf Mulumbu


    Mikael Lustig


    Emilio Izaguire


    Christian Gamboa


    & Dorsi De Vries




    Dedryck Boyata & Scott Allan, both went in the May



    So did we need to spend ?


    How much was our Net Spend ??



    It’s all about how you want to spin a Yarn



    Hail Hail

  16. I must have been typing that when our very own finance guy (a real FD), has printed actual figures.


    CRC didn’t show the player turnover in the 16 month quoted by PL


    And reason Spend was required

  17. MODERATOR 2 on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 9:52 PM




    Consider this my resignation. Oot.

  18. It’s easy to understand what he was saying if you take 2 minutes to Google it



    In the 14 months from 1 July 2019, over 3 transfer windows we spent £35m on transfers.



    5 minutes on Transfermarkt suggests the numbers are correct

  19. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on




    The proceeds for Brendan and his backroom team would not be included in my analysis as it was based on player trading.







  20. The financial statements for 2019 and 2020 don’t cover the 14 month period



    The financial years are for different periods

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    Thanks bhoys for your financial inputs, from what we have seen this season we are not getting value for money. There will be various reasons for that as has been well aired on here before.



    On another subject East Lothian back on level three, that didn’t last long😱 three weeks ago was 45 per 100k now 129😈

  22. How much of the Spend was after we had failed for the champions league qualifiers this past 16month window quoted ??


    Answer that one PL

  23. Celticrollercoaster supporting The Walk With Shay Legacy Fund on




    Glad to see someone’s awake. Turnbull of course.



    Re Duffy and Laxalt, if you are talking wages, we can only compare with savings made on the players left, pay increases etc when the accounts are available for 20/21



    If we have paid any loan fees, these are likely to be capitalised and written off ( amortised) over the loan period. Again, we can review further when the info is available



    My spend/proceeds analysis is from July 19 onwards.



    What I would say IMO , it is slightly misleading to quote spend of £35m, without recognising proceeds from sales.



    Hope you are good?







  24. TIMALOY29 on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 3:59 PM


    AN TEARMANN on 15TH DECEMBER 2020 3:51 PM



    So who is on the ‘wantaway’ list?



    If you can tell us who is not on list you could tell who is? Alternatively if nowt is known say nothing




    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Christie, Ajer, Edouard and Ntcham all want away.



    Otherwise, they would be signing new deals on improved terms.





    The genius comes in not putting it across as a fact when its guff.Cqn remember.not windaehinginbettynooz :-)