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. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    With the Ashkalert away game confirmed as a 5pm Glasgow time and so 8pm in Armenia, the sun will be going down and according to Accuweather, the forecast for 10th July is 29 C during the day dropping to 14 C at night.


    Even allowing for forecast changes in the next 19 days it sounds like temperatures around 8pm will be approx mid to upper 20s at most. So 40C was a just a bit of scaremongering !

  2. What is the Stars on

    I still haven’t forgiven him for going up for that corner when he played for Hearts

  3. Argentina,


    plan A get the ball to Messi


    plan B get the ball to Messi,


    repeat til you get to plan Z

  4. What is the Stars on

    If Argentina are knocked out do England automatically become champions?


    Home in time for Wimbledon





    Good news about your sister,bud. Keep it coming.




  6. Tell you what, for a small nation, Croatia don’t half churn out some players. Real Madrid players coming off the bench.

  7. If we cant get better than what we have then we dont do the deal, better players have options so we have to wait and see.



    The other options is to add to the 30+ players we have in our squad without adding the quality



    BR said he wants to improve some areas, how does be benefit from stating which areas? Answer, he does not!



    Lets wait and see where we stand in 6 weeks time




  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Not watching this evenings game. Just can’t handle listening to Mark Lawrenson’s summarising. Hates football, hates modern life, truly a depressing man, with limited insight. It is actually hard to believe he was able to carve out a career in professional football. I am ages with him, Lord only knows what younger viewers think of him.



  9. mike in toronto on

    Happy for my pal, Hrvatski Jim…. but I would be happier, if I hadn’t picked Argentina in the pool!






    betcha Modric never has to buy another drink in Madrid, if he knocks Messi out of his last world cup.

  10. Ps thats how you end up with Doris DV, Gamboa, Bitton, Allan and hayes to name but a few



    I bet celtic spend 100k a week on players who are nowhere near it


    Taking the piss now. Total mismatch in the second half.





    Correct,a cowardly assault on his opponent. It could have seriously injured him-had he connected,it might have broken his neck!

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