Toure’s ocean, The Pink Pound


The capture of Kolo Toure (35) on a free transfer following his release by Liverpool, goes a long way to addressing one of my key concerns for the coming season. In the last 12 months we’ve spent £6.5m on three central defenders: Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko. They joined Efe Ambrose and Charlie Mulgrew, but the mix was far from right.

Dedryck and Jozo are both long-term injured. Jozo may yet establish himself as a top defender, but Dedryck has already caused performance concerns. Charlie is now out of contract, and with the arrival of Kolo, I don’t expect he’ll re-sign.

Efe put in an excellent performance against Leicester on Saturday (aside from his first 30 seconds) but his consistency and susceptibility to make crucial mistakes in important games, makes him unsuitable for anything more than a backup.

The manager needs someone he knows he can rely upon and who can bring an ocean of experience to help develop what is otherwise a young central defence.  Kolo will do that and more, just as soon as he’s match fit.

The Pink Pound.

I’m unfamiliar with fashion blogs but if the debate on the pink shirt is a guide, maybe I’m missing out.  Third strips are fashion items, the football strip equivalent of bling.  They’ve been so since someone invented the need to invent a third strip every season.  It was never in case your first two strips clashed with an opponent.

I remember a similar reaction when we released a third strip with tartan shorts a few years back.  Despite some heavy weather on release, the shorts sold out.  In it’s online coverage the pink shirt already has a higher profile than most of its predecessors.  Bet it sells well.

I had a brief chat with some people at New Balance last year and the colours we use at Celtic cropped up.  There’s green, white, yellow, black and silver/grey.  Before the 1970s it was pretty much green and white only, then the palette boundaries were pushed.  The New Balance people were all from England, so the nuances of orange, which was used as trim on a well-received black away strip, were lost on them.

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    The grandfather of this child is a good friend of mine,and also of a few other CQNers.




    I am not entirely sure he will thank me for this,but if anyone would like to utter a plea for intercession,well,I know he’d be grateful. Even if he disnae admit it!




    It’s what we do.




    His first grandchild,a young couple’s first child. He’s already been baptised,so uncertain is his future.





  2. KJam on 25th July 2016 11:58 am



    I can’t see Ibrox being given its safety certificate unless it was okay.



    I would imagine the situation to be one where it is in need of constant repairs, i.e. constantly being patched up rather than a more long term solution. This is a bad situation however, as these costs will only increase over time and the your asset is devalued as more and more as more and more major work is required. Proper property asset management would employ a ‘spend now to save later’ strategy but you need money to do this.



    I would imagine they are doing what they need to keep it safe and functional in the short term, individually these costs are probably not too substantial but do add up. It’s kind of like having a lots of credit card debt, making minimum payments and kicking the can along the street, but is ultimately very costly in the long term and huge liability hanging over you.





    Exactly. A stadium can be in a shoddy state but be just safe enough to meet legal requirements



    We all know that the Scottish media are compliant with PR coming out of Ibrox. However, I really don’t think they’d turn a blind eye if lives were at stake,

  3. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Celtic game on Wednesday will be live on Premier Sports from 2pm with a 3pm KO.

  4. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Italian ref Paolo Mazzoleni in charge of Astana v Celtic on Wednesday


    BILLYBEAR 1203



    Second is nowhere. You’re gonna have to get used to the latter,I’m afraid…





    Makes sense.



    Ambrosia was the food of the gods.

  7. I’d happily have Paddy McNair in on loan. Still holding out hope that Denayer will sign though!



    As I stated earlier, I’d like Celtic to punt another 7 players with maybe another 3 players in.



    Shoogly peg: Forrest, Commons, Ambrose, Rogic, Johansen, Allan, Fisher, Ciftci, Armstrong, GMS



    I’d like to a see a new striker and a new central midfielder.



    My team for Astana: Gordon, Lustig, Sviatchenko, O’Connell, Tierney, Broony, Biton, Rogic, McGregor, Griffiths, Dembele



    Flat 4-4-2 with Broony on the right (it used to work really well)



    I don’t want to go in too lightweight. The central midfield would be the only worry but we’re struggling there whoever we pick.





    I read about that couple and their baby yesterday.I’m not the praying type but my thoughts are with them.

  9. AuroraBorealis79 on

    DAVIDOPOULOS on 25TH JULY 2016 12:03 PM


    We all love talking about strips…




    Third Strips…




    Strip the titles…….



    You’re just a wee strip tease








    Every thought in an upward direction counts,I’m afraid. I could say more about his current situation but suffice to say it is not as good as reported yesterday.



    But I’m sure he’ll fight his corner. If he takes after the carnaptious oul’ bugger who is his grumpy Gramp,that’s a certainty!




    when he was at ‘boro i remember hearing people say he looked good enough to make it at chelsea

  12. AuroraBorealis79



    I was going to mention the Gaza Strip too but didn’t want to kick off any political debates…wanted to keep it to comic strips…

  13. Looking at recent European results. Beaten easily by Legia, Malmo, Maribor. Six games in the Europa last season without a win. Beaten by Red Imps. There is no evidence to suggest we will get past Astana. BR doesn’t have the tools as we ain’t a CL team. If he can get us there it will be a great achievement. He needs time to build a CL team.




    Poor wee mite, hoping for the best for him and his family.

  15. Wow, where have I been – just found out that Davie Moyes is the new Sunderland manager. I’m delighted he’s not the Celtic manager, but good luck to him.

  16. Excellent!



    The theme of this thread allows me to climb back up on my soapbox to say…



    Our change strip should be a RED and green combo to commemorate our first badge on our first strip.



    So there!




  17. !!Bada Bing!!



    Sounds like Aston Villa moving the goalposts





    That explains the poor performance of their strikers…

  18. BABASONICOS71 on



    “BR doesn’t have the tools…”



    And we’re up against Asta(w)na. ;))

  19. Our third strip should be greyscale to commemorate the black and white photographs in the club’s history books. Sevco could take inspiration from that and have the world’s first digital strip to commemorate the era in which their club was born.

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