Tom, Dedryck and the money sloshing around England


There is always a worry when your players go to the World Cup.  Every scout on the planet watches every kick of the ball.  Some will have databases, some work from spreadsheet, but most have notepads full of scribbles.

Eyes will be drawn to previously undervalued talent – you bet Iran’s players will be well researched today.  Eyes are also drawn to players with little time on their contracts, which is why getting Tom Rogic signed up before the tournament was so important.

It is a truism of the game that fortunes can change quickly for players.  Three months ago Dedryck Boyata struggled to find support, apart from Brendan Rodgers, who assured us he “would improve” following a difficult afternoon at Ibrox.

Today he is the defensive pivot of one of the tournament’s fancied teams.  He also has one year left on his Celtic contract.  There will be interest in him.  Such is the market in England (on ending his Aberdeen loan spell last year James Maddison played 44 lower league games for Norwich before Leicester bought him for £24m), anything could happen.

I hope Dedryck has a great tournament and I hope he signs a new long-term contract at Celtic when he returns.  But there is a lot of money sloshing around English football right now, let’s hope it all heads to Iran.

CQN Golf Annual Charity Open

This year’s CQN Open is set for Friday 29 June at the first class Aberdour Golf Club once again.  It is a day of sport, entertainment, Celtic chat and is always good fun.

After the golf, we head up the road to the CQN friendly Woodside Hotel for our evening meal. We’ve the usual round up of all things Celtic by Paul67, and our very funny after dinner speaker is Willie Allan. Then musical entertainment from Scoogz, who you may have seen if you’ve been to Celtic Park entertainment nights. Plus all the usual prizes and charity fundraising, for the Petrov Foundation this year. Cost is £40 night only and £80 all day including golf. Please contact cqnopen2018@outlook.com if you’d like to attend this fun event.

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  1. NEWRADBHOY on 21ST JUNE 2018 2:02 PM


    I think LEKKY for Australia looks quite good.




    He’s been good, but some of his moves have some just fizzled out at last moment.

  2. LeckieSounds a bit Hunnish.Cue tomorrow’s Record”Gerrard in for World Cup star.


    John Terry.Don’t know if any truth,but one of the all time great defenders.Would be a great signing for us for a season.Positional sense,second to none.

  3. I said to my mate Celtic should be looking at Sainsbury when we watched the France game



    He now has 26 offers from Euro clubs now!



    Nice shot from Rogic btw. Schmeichel is one of the best keepers at the tournament though…

  4. John Terry WAS a great centre half, and a Celtic fanatic.



    Too old now to be a Celtic player.



    End of story.




  5. On Flanagan:



    He’s most likely a scumbag considering what he did to his girlfriend. He does deserve another chance at life.



    It’s cost him dearly now he has to play for that mob.

  6. I cannot believe Rogic has just been substituted. He’s been excellent this half.

  7. Italian commentator well-informed:



    “Celtic’s Tom Rogic being replaced by ex-Celtic player Jackson Irvine.”




  8. Young guy who came on for Australia, Daniel Arzani, looks a player. 19 year old. Hope Big Tam has a word!

  9. TALLYBHOY on 21ST JUNE 2018 2:40 PM


    Italian commentator well-informed:



    “Celtic’s Tom Rogic being replaced by ex-Celtic player Jackson Irvine.”




    Lucky you. We have to listen to cheekie Sally.

  10. FT 1-1.Aussies unlucky not to win, they were better team in 2nd half. Denmark now been outplayed twice and have 4 points. One of the more entertaining games so far.

  11. The sfa and refs will be kacking it if VAR comes in.


    If neutral (I know) people are viewing the VAR hopefully there will be no hiding place


    For dodgy decisions that only favour one team.

  12. Don’t really like the idea of aging players from the English leagues coming up in the twilight of their careers stating :- I’ve always wanted to play for Celtic.


    However if John Terry was fit enough, I would make an exception. His experience at the top level, his organisational skills and his knowledge could be exactly what we need for a season.


    It certainly would help us in the crucial CL games. To qualify for the group stages this season would give us a financial windfall never experienced before.




  13. VAR :- Who is Scotland would invite the referee to check the monitor if it was detrimental to the huns. ?


    The virtual assistant referee would be Bobby Madhun, Craig Thomshun or even a return of Hugh Dallas.????

  14. I only saw the second half and, while I thought Australia were deserving of a draw, Denmark looked the better footballers.



    I presume Tom Rogic, whom I thought played quite well, ran out of steam, as he often has for us. I can’t imagine it was because of his playing, as I felt he was the only Australian with a real football brain.



    Hope I don’t have to listen to McCoist any more. He gets worse and worse in his analysis.

  15. traditionalist88 on

    adi_dassler on 21st June 2018 3:24 pm



    At CB, I think we need experience, leadership and positioning skills before pace.



    Last season we were far too open against the big sides, trying to play them at their own game and committing defensive suicide in the process.



    Now I’m not a fan of him off the pitch but if we had JT we might learn to play to our strengths and not push the defensive line high up the pitch against PSG. Rodgers needs to take a leaf out of Lennons book in that regard(yes I know Utretcht etc in the earlier days).



    And the benefits for KT and Ajer playing beside a guy that shows genuine leadership would be huge and maybe the clincher for me.



    That and the fact the next howler from Boyata is never far away.




  16. John Terry might be a very good signing for the SPFL and the qualification rounds of the CL but I can’t see him being able to cope with CL proper. If he can organise our defense, he will be well worth bringing in for a season, I feel, whether he has always been a fan or not. As long as he gives his best in the Hoops is my only criterion.

  17. ADI_DASSLER on 21ST JUNE 2018 3:24 PM



    In CL we lack organisation and leadership at the back. When we play these games the defensive line is 20 yards deeper than in domestic football as we are the team under pressure and not in possession so teams don’t get in behind us, they play their way through us.


    Whilst I agree pace is important, the above attributes are even more so in Europe. IMO.

  18. I thought Tom Rogic showed some deft touches and passes after lurking and loping around midfield in his languid style waiting for the pass that too often never came his way.

  19. Paul67 et al



    Scott Bain arrived at Celtic Park still wearing his Hibernian tracksuit, maintaining a tradition that goes back to the 1890s, but John Terry would turn up fully kitted out in the Hoops kit, boots dubbined (ask Thomthetim) and all.


    For that reason alone I would sign the big guy!

  20. Steve Bruce days after they’d signed him…



    “He’s got a special humility about him,” Bruce told the club website.



    “His football skills are there for everyone to see – you don’t play at the top level for that many years without being a very, very good player.



    “When you first see him go out there for training, you can’t help but notice his supreme physical condition. At 36, he’s fantastic.



    “I read an article this morning by Sir Alex Ferguson saying that if he’d been in charge of Man Utd, he’d have tried to sign John Terry.



    “It’s fair to say that John has had a huge influence already. He’s exactly what we were looking for.”




  21. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Auldheid- I think Rogic lacks a bit of confidence to take a game by the scruff of the neck, he has the ability….

  22. TRADITIONALIST88 on 21ST JUNE 2018 3:35 PM







    Same as KOLO TOURE ??



    Struggled in bigger games and he was an organiser.







  23. I think we played against a guy,playing for Malmo,who was 38,and absolutely outstanding.JT,as Bruce says,has kept himself fit.It’s his leadership qualities that have made him one of the greats.That and his fantastic positional sense.


    No idea if any truth in it,but if helped get us to our biggest ever payday,and 8 in a row,whilst bring on the likes of Ajer,money very well spent.

  24. From opinions expressed, it seems like the Cheeky Chappy ‘Coisty narrowly wins the WC title for inane comments, just surpassing the US contingent.


    I guess he got the gig after successfully leading Sevco out of the wilderness like a modern day Moses. Coincidentally neither of them entered the promised land.

  25. glendalystonsils on

    Rahman Bardwaj ….a Sevcophant. Strange one that. If his name had been Anderson McLaggan or Murray Struthers I could have understood it.

  26. Peru caught trying to play the ball out of defence. How many times do we see defenders trying to be midfield maestros instead of clearing their lines.




  27. weebawbabitty on

    See that dignity and tradition FC have signed a convicted woman beater absolute scum them and him BIG JIMMY great to see you back HH




    Hope I don’t have to listen to McCoist any more. He gets worse and worse in his analysis.





    I think the point is that he DOESN’T offer any analysis. He just mutters some inane remarks, stating the utterly obvious and, of course, getting paid for it! Buffoon of a man.

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