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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  1. thetimreaper on

    For what’s it’s worth i think if we can get past Astana we will make the group stages. It will be a massive boost to confidence and we will have a few extra players for the next qualifier. This one is a huge for so many reasons.



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






    It’s still showing Celtic v the imps on my planner but I’m sure they said the game would be on.

  3. I hope BR reads this blog. If so, here’s a player that might be available (maybe on loan). He is a pacy right back that likes to attack, but who doesn’t even make the bench at West Brom, the only reason I can think is because WBA is managed by Tony Pulis, who plays at not losing. He was great with Costa Rica in Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iLA4mn-_h4

  4. Henrik Dylan on

    Just went on to the Evening Times website on my lunch to see if there was any info re the ‘tic – journey to Astana – new signings etc what with us being Scotland’s sole reps in the Champions League



    So they have on their home page links to 17 football stories – 1 about thistle, 1 about the juniors, 1 about Celtic and 14 about Sevco

  5. Paul67



    Good bit of business signing Kolo Toure ( Man of the match in the Europa Cup Final )



    As reported by Malorbhoy Charlie Mulgrew says he hopes to sign for Celtic, I don’t think


    we’ve seen the last of Chico, man of many positions.

  6. Having spent far too much time, looking into the new club – old club thing, it would appear to me that FIFA/UEFA allow a new club to take over the “brand” of a died club.



    The new club don’t get any coefficient rights of the old club but can claim the history as a “reincarnation” of the old club (see Rangers, Derry City, Fiorentina and many others on UEFA website) – but there is a clear break in the history.



    So on this basis they will defined The Rangers as a new club who are a reincarnation of Rangers who died in 2012. As such, I’m afraid, UEFA/FIFA will refer to them in terms which sound like same club. They will print things like “Rangers will play their first game in Europe since their reincarnation after financial meltdown” on the UEFA/FIFA sites. UEFA have already given them the died club’s history on their website. To those that don’t know it will seem like the same club!!

  7. glendalystonsils on

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 25TH JULY 2016 12:41 PM


    A striker who doesent score goals? Now there’s a concept.





    Aye , we’ve had a few goes at signing those but this one seems the best yet.-))

  8. Truth_Beauty_and_Freedom on




    Hi BMCUW,



    I am sorry to hear of the condition of little Dawson and the anguish of their Parents Ross and Carla. However, as you plead in your fitting podium, with God first, anything is possible.



    As someone who’s prayers for intercession have been answered, I am now duty-bound to bring to your, and the Blog’s, attention the remarkable and powerful help of praying a Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus. For those who don’t know, St Jude Thaddeus is the Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes. No need for me to go into details here other than to say ‘Prayers Answered! Thank you God, and Thank you St. Jude Thaddeus!’



    I for one shall certainly pray to St. Jude for young Dawson and his Parents.



    Given Celtic’s heritage from the days of Brother Walfrid, it amazes me that Celtic does not have a Patron Saint, either official or unofficial! May I be the first therefore to propose that St. Jude Thaddeus be adopted as the Patron Saint of Celtic Football Club? In a sporting sense we sing of ‘Hope in our hearts’, and talk of the need to never give up and to always chase ‘lost causes’. In a Celtic Community sense however, how often do we see amazing things happen when this Celtic Community comes together to fight the impossible fight?



    (Worth noting the Forces of Darkness’ attempts on here to divide and conquer us and have us fighting amongst ourselves!)



    I would ask therefore that those who believe and can, that they offer up a Novena Prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus for young Dawson and his Parents?



    Yours in Celtic,







  9. IBROX SAFETY – Anyone who thinks that they wouldn’t get safety certificate is mad. they get anything they want.. Possible danger? who cares!

  10. Admission to league for new club, Do you have a stdium? No!, Players? No! nevermind here it is!

  11. You are associate member with no voting rights? Let s change the whole structure of SPL/SFL to give you same rights as other clubs/companies

  12. You must pay SFA fine to get license…. let’s forgot about that..no one will notice

  13. Other clubs will complain? Wi e can fix that at next lodge meeting don’t worry we wwill keep them quiet

  14. Will Celtic complain about stolen trophies? Money? New club being admitted? You must be fuc**** joking!

  15. The safety of Ibrox should be of no concern to any visiting supporters of any clubs if the Glasgow Health and Safety folk apply the same rigour to awarding a certificate as they did awarding one to Celtic for safe standing.



    As I recall the H&S were very difficult to satisfy.



    In an area where the “jobs worth” culture is dominant I don’t see H&S being any less rigouress but they should be asked by the SPFL on behalf of all visiting clubs, if only to protect the league and clubs from any possible future claims.





    I’ll be honest,I didn’t want to invoke St Jude. I don’t see Dawson as a lost cause.



    I understand your point entirely,I obviously did as I considered it!



    I genuinely hope yer Man can wait for another intercession. This one is down to medical science and faith.



    There’s a sentence I never thought I would write…







    et al



    My grateful thanks. They all count.

  17. I hope we sign Patrick Bamford, a young hungry striker keen to get his career back on track after a disaster at Chelsea, reminds me of someone else:))

  18. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Well Celtic tried hard to bring in a Wild Card player for Wednesday but unfortunately despite all there efforts it did not happen.So we will just have to go with what we have and hope it is good enough.Good Luck to Brendan and the Bhoys.H.H.

  19. Hrvatski Jim on

    Interesting idea about a Patron Saint. Got me looking up Wiki. Only sports/sports people I can find with a patron saint are:



    James, son of Zebedee – equestrians



    George – equestrians, horsemen



    Christopher – athletes



    Ann – equestrians,



    Lidwina – ice skaters




    How come ice-skaters have a patron saint but footballers don’t?



    This must be rectified so I propose St. Jinky.




    Maybe Phil could pass on this lead to his colleagues in the Scottish Media:


    Catherine of Alexandria – stenographers (or maybe they would prefer St. Catherine of Imola)



    Safe travels to everyone today on flight VIP117

  20. Celtic tried to get someone in? Are you joking? Ronny was on heis way at Xmas. We need to qualify for CL and have done nothing to have players in on time

  21. starry plough on 25th July 2016 1:52 pm




    I hope we sign Patrick Bamford, a young hungry striker keen to get his career back on track after a disaster at Chelsea, reminds me of someone else:))






    Islam Feruz?

  22. You don’t throw new players in for these qualifiers.



    Virgil had a poor game against Shakter Karagany but turned out to be our best player for the next couple of years.



    Don’t listen to the numpties. We need to get through these games with the players we have. Neil Lennon was able to do it.

  23. Bobby, I know a family who had a very poorly little boy. The worst was expected. But the grandmother asked everyone to pray to Padre Pio. That boy was the Champion at this years gala day! DG.

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