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Toure’s ocean, The Pink Pound

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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. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    JIMTHETIM53

     

     

    That’ll do for me,bud. The Philippines contact will also be invoked.

     

     

    This isnae a time to be choosey.

  2. Looking forward to CL final next year when we win it on our 50th anniversary of Lisbon 1967. Can but hope.. Bring on the the various Neganons and their dismal outlook on life.

  3. The Battered Bunnet on

    Islam Feruz will be 21 years old in a few weeks, and has been a professional footballer since signing for Chelsea aged 16.

     

     

    In the intervening 5 years he has accumulated around 90 minutes of senior football, encompassing 28 minutes at OFI Crete, 16 minutes at Blackpool, and 6 sub appearances at Hibs.

     

     

    It’s unusual for a footballer’s career to be measured in minutes.

     

     

    Dunno what the issues are with the guy, but his career to date can be filed away under U for Underwhelming.

  4. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Auldheid. Sorry. I was referring to your post at 1.46pm.

  5. The Battered Bunnet on

    Auldheid, if you can be bothered checking…

     

     

    Article 14: ” …to another entity within its own administrative group… ”

     

     

    Is this the current wording of Article 14, or the wording in the Articles applicable in June 2012?

     

     

    NB Sevco Scotland Ltd was NOT an entity within the administrative group of Rangers plc (the SFA member) or its parent company MIH Ltd.

  6. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    When I moved to London and was looking for a flat in South West London, an estate agent was showing me a few flats and we got talking about football. He told me about this young guy who was on Chelsea’s books who wanted to rent a rather nice flat that they were marketing – after being in the flat for one week and having a “party” that trashed the flat this young footballer moved out of the flat forfeiting the £6k deposit and a month’s rent of £3k. The young footballer he was telling me about was Islam Feruz.

     

     

    This all came from an estate agent so there is a high probability of embellishment and BS, but would it would surprise me if it is true. Money ruins young footballers. It’s a wonder any of them make it at all.

  7. “What channels are showing Rangers v Stranraer and Celtic v Barcelona?”

     

     

    Taken from the DR – kinda nicely sums up today’s state of affairs

  8. traditionalist88 on

    Watched Feruz for a Celtic XI a few years ago, hogged the touchline, didnt track back, beat his man a couple of times and struggled to kick the ball as far as the penalty area from his wide position.

     

     

    The only reason I was slightly annoyed when he left was due to the time Celtic and in particular Tommy Burns invested in him. As far as his actual ability goes probably be a good futsal player along with everyone else whose football careers are over,

     

     

    HH

  9. The Battered Bunnet on

    I hear Aberdour is in fine condition ahead of the CQN Open on Friday.

     

     

    Certainly, it’s getting well watered these days…

  10. The Battered Bunnet on 25th July 2016 2:11 pm

     

     

    Islam Feruz will be 21 years old in a few weeks, and has been a professional footballer since signing for Chelsea aged 16.

     

     

    In the intervening 5 years he has accumulated around 90 minutes of senior football, encompassing 28 minutes at OFI Crete, 16 minutes at Blackpool, and 6 sub appearances at Hibs.

     

     

    It’s unusual for a footballer’s career to be measured in minutes.

     

     

    Dunno what the issues are with the guy, but his career to date can be filed away under U for Underwhelming

     

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    BringhimhomeCSC

  11. HRVATSKI JIM on 25TH JULY 2016 1:58 PM

     

    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

     

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    Interesting post, St Christopher the patron saint of athletes. I never knew that, but we all know that St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers. I wonder why his feast day no longer appears on the Catholic callender.

     

     

    Many believers and even non believers carry a St Christopher medal with them when travelling. I hope he is watching over all travellers today.

     

     

    My thoughts and prayers go out little Dawson and his family. Our medical people are exceptional and consistently produce their own miracles on a daily basis.

     

     

    Without doubt our NHS is the most inspirational institution of our times. Many of us just don’t realise it until we need it.

     

     

    Hail, Hail to all, and what really matters.

  12. Feruz, would he have ‘made it’ at Celtic anyway? Let us hear it from the’ long-term resident experts on all things ‘Celtic’ without hindsight

  13. It’s not the safety certificate that’s the problem over at Monkey World, it’s the fecking STENCH.

  14. Ron Bacardi on 25th July 2016 2:50 pm

     

     

     

    Feruz, would he have ‘made it’ at Celtic anyway? Let us hear it from the’ long-term resident experts on all things ‘Celtic’ without hindsight

     

     

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    His talent was evident at youth level

     

     

    Clearly, he doesn’t have the attitude to make it at the top level. Less talented players are more likely to make it than Feruz if they are willing to act like a professional and improve their game by working on their weaknesses.

     

     

    Andrew Robertson wasn’t the most talented or athletic boy at Celtic but he always asked his coaches “What do I need to work on?” and actually followed their advice. A novel idea.

     

     

    He also chose to go learn his trade at Queens Park rather than stay in the cushy surroundings of academy football.

     

     

    Hunger goes a long way.

  15. HRVATSKI JIM on 25TH JULY 2016 1:58 PM

     

     

    More to the point, how come equestrians get 3?

  16. traditionalist88 on

    Ron Bacardi on 25th July 2016 2:50 pm

     

     

    Think you need to revise your opinion of the word hindsight. Some of us did see the boy play.

     

     

    Not sure where his arrogance came from. He was probably the best or one of the best in his age group at u14 level or similiar. It becomes a problem when you age a couple of years, others your age are starting to break into first teams, and you still struggle to hit the penalty area with a cross from out wide.

     

     

    In an age when unfortunately very few players come through the ranks, I wouldn’t have bet on Feruz making it at Celtic. Hibs, maybe, but then again…

  17. TIMALOY, was disappointed when Feruz or maybe his family from finacial inducement from Chelsea decided to leave us. He has probably made enough money by now to pack in playing football for a living.

  18. maybe, but then again…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ron Bacardi on 25th July 2016 3:23 pm

     

     

     

    TIMALOY, was disappointed when Feruz or maybe his family from finacial inducement from Chelsea decided to leave us. He has probably made enough money by now to pack in playing football for a living.

     

     

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    That’s true.

     

     

    I’d say that’s a symptom of his poor attitude rather than the cause. He continued to be an excellent player at youth level for Chelsea.

     

     

    However, he has barely featured in his loans to other clubs. He seems unable to cope with the business of being a professional football and the focus that surrounds it.

     

     

    He’s young so maybe he can find himself again but he needs to change everything. If I was his agent I’d suggest he drops down the leagues.

     

     

    Find a lower league club that will give him a chance to play like AFC Wimbeldon or Crawley or Coventry City

     

     

    If he shows he’s grown up a bit then a bigger English club will come calling.

  19. Hrvatski Jim on

    Barney67

     

     

    I was think that too. I expect that they were referring more to military horsemen or nomads rather than sports but, if you throw yourself over 6 ft jumps on a horse, you probably need 3 saints watching over you.

     

     

    It is interesting to look at some saints and how many causes they are associated with. Here is the link I looked up (sorry for the Lazy Journalism):

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_patron_saints_by_occupation_and_activity#Z

  20. With mention of Feruz and recently Tony Watt I think there should be some one at Celtic to have this role.

     

     

    When a young player starts to get first team games and attention of the press, they should get the lad and his parents and take them to a game..

     

     

    Hopefully on a wet November night when the Celts are playing in Europe, take the lad away to Arbroath or Berwick to show him the last great youngster that had his head turned by the lure of a quick buck. It may not have an effect on the lad but it may on the parents…

  21. Auldheid,

     

    I am Always in awe of your meticulous attention to detail, when exposing the falsehoods, some would prefer us to believe, here in Scotland. Football fans in Scotland should be eternally grateful for you, for your sterling efforts.

     

     

    TBB,

     

    Late fitness test passed this morning, so all is well for our annual sclaff round Aberdour this Friday. I see we follow The Token Tim, Rubicon and BJMac. I do sincerely hope they don’t hold us up too much this year. We want to be in for Paul’s words of wisdom , so maybe you can set Murray to fire a few reminders up their way! Also where are Johnnybhoy and Gold-star?

     

     

    Eurochamps67

     

     

    42or24pointsthisyearCSC

  22. yorkbhoy on 25th July 2016 3:39 pm

     

     

    With mention of Feruz and recently Tony Watt I think there should be some one at Celtic to have this role.

     

     

    When a young player starts to get first team games and attention of the press, they should get the lad and his parents and take them to a game..

     

     

    Hopefully on a wet November night when the Celts are playing in Europe, take the lad away to Arbroath or Berwick to show him the last great youngster that had his head turned by the lure of a quick buck. It may not have an effect on the lad but it may on the parents…

     

     

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    I hear what you are saying

     

     

    However, to a certain extent it’s all down to the player himself. You can pass on little pearls of wisdom all you’d like but some lads will never change.

     

     

    Even Sir Alex Ferguson knew when to get rid of no-hopers. The guys who would never listen and knuckle down.

     

     

    I have heard Tony Watt referred to as “uncoachable”

  23. In response to an email from Celtic , I have been trying to buy my ticket for the Astana game online but the stadium, apart from a handful of dots around 415-417 is being shown as full. Any suggestions?

     

     

    JJ

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