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. glendalystonsils on

    Not sure what to think about loan deals. Big Fraser was the only loan deal I can think of who went on to sign for us ,but then we sold him anyway!


    I seem to remember somebody posting similar about Paddy Roberts recently……it would be great to sign him up but we would probably cash in on him first big offer we got!



    Probably better to rear our own , right enough.

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BBC showing more loyalty that Greyfriars Bobby, despite still being banned from Poundland,they are broadcasting commentary from the live BT coverage of the crunch tie with Stranrear,truly pathetic.




    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.



    TBB, I’d have to double check but don’t think the wording has changed… saying that I’m pretty sure the wording quoted by Auldheid was that current to June 2012.



    However I think your point re Sevco Scotland Ltd, was NOT the relevant clause. The SFA could not have used this as it would not have constituted a “Solvent Reconstruction”.



    I highlight in Bold the parts of Article 14 that I believed were/are relevant….



    14. Prohibition on Transfer of Membership



    14.1 It is not permissible for a member to transfer directly or indirectly its membership of the Scottish FA to another member or to any other entity, and any such transfer or attempt to effect such a transfer is prohibited, save as otherwise provided in this Article 14.



    Any member desirous of transferring its membership to another entity within its own administrative group for the purpose of internal solvent reconstruction must apply to the Board for permission to effect such transfer, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed. Any other application for transfer of membership will be reviewed by the Board, which will have complete discretion to reject or to grant such application on such terms and conditions as the Board may think fit.



    I e-mailed Stewart Regan asking him to confirm that Article 14 was infact used for the transfer of the SFA membership from oldco to Newco; this was his reply….



    Re: Challenges to Scottish Football



    Stewart Regan



    Mon 25/11/2013 10:22






    Dear Chairbhoy,



    Thanks for your considered comments below. In response to your specific question, I am happy to confirm that the Board of the Scottish FA did not issue a new membership to Charles Green’s consortium when they purchased the assets of Rangers FC. The application, well-documented in the press, was for a transfer of membership and this was granted under Article 14.1.



    I hope this helps.



    Kind regards


    Stewart Regan



    Stewart M. Regan


    Chief Executive


    The Scottish F.A.



    So, any challenge to the SFA on the legitimacy of Rangers FC PLC’s membership transfer would have to be, to this very robustly constructed clause…



    Any other application for transfer of membership will be reviewed by the Board, which will have COMPLETE discretion to reject or to grant such application on such terms and conditions as the Board may think fit.



    Just for the record… as you know I come to this from a concerned amateurs perspective, but I have always considered the Membership transfer an abuse of the SFA’s powers as the transfer was contrary to the stated aims and objectives of the Article.



    If you look at the (English) FA’s equivalent Articles, such a transfer would NOT be possible.



    Hail Hail

  4. BIGbones8867 supports MO'N and Ireland on

    Dia Daoibh uilig



    Admodum 7.50 Galway e/w



    Adh mór leis



    HH BB

  5. Gerry Braiden ‏@BraidenHT


    Been advised not to get Rogic in back of my new pink away top

  6. Thomas Rogic, is in last year of contract, and has of yet made no indication of re-signing


    Makes sense to move him on


    As it would with James Forrest, Efe Ambrose, Scott Allan, Nadir Ciftci, Kris Commons, Stefan Johansen, Nir Biton, probably even Emilio Izzaguire ?



    Clear the decks and let Brendan bring in his standard of player , and Not John Parks recommendations



    Hail Hail

  7. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    You will look dashing in pink







  8. It goes with my hair:-)




    I’m sure there is a market for it, but not middle aged baldy blokes.

  9. tictaewin on 25th July 2016 5:58 pm



    Cringeworthy antics in the transfer market re the ordinary Sinclair. Stop it please.



    Hats off to Stoke showing us how it’s done re Allen.






    I don’t know how Stoke can out muscle Celtic………………..



    Premier League clubs could bag £100m a year! How the new £5.1bn TV deal will be spent.



    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs could earn as much as £100million in TV revenue from 2016.



    PUBLISHED: 16:12, Wed, Feb 11, 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20, Wed, Feb 11, 2015



    BT Sport will pay £960million for their share of UK broadcasting rights


    BT Sport and Sky Sports agreed a £5.1bn venture to show live games between 2016 and 2019 yesterday, with overseas broadcasters still to make their bids.



    The domestic rights deal is worth £81m a season to each of English football’s top 20 clubs and foreign broadcasters are could haul that figure over the £100m line.



    In total, over 95 percent of domestic TV revenues will go directly to clubs.



    Here is a breakdown of how the full £5.1bn will be spent.



    – Under the current deal, 95 percent of the domestic TV income goes directly to the clubs. That would equate to £4.9bn spanning the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.



    – That figure would see an average of £81m per season going directly to the clubs, with money from overseas TV rights and sponsorship to come on top of that.



    – Premier League clubs currently spend around 70 percent of their overall income on wages – at that level it would mean £3.42bn of the money the 20 clubs stand to receive over the three years ending up in the pockets of players and their agents.



    – The Premier League says currently five percent of its domestic TV income – £56m a year under the current deal – goes to grassroots football, community projects and good causes. If the five percent is maintained for 2016-19 that would be £256m over three seasons or £85.3m annually.



    – Parachute payments for clubs relegated to the Championship stand at £62m per club over four years, but that is likely to increase from 2016.

  10. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    I came across the use of the letter ‘h’ to indicate an Irish accent recently – it’s in ‘The House by The Churchyard’ by Sheridan Le fanu, an Irish/ Anglo -Irish writer who is the dad of gothic/horror/surpernatural mystery writing. It was published in 1863. We see it all the time in ‘bhoys’ – obviously it goes back quite a bit !

  11. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    Yes I am







  12. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    Just saw the pink strip.



    Why oh why oh why.



    Nightmares raspberry looking.



    Sack the marketing team and new balance.



    Stick to our colours.



    What next purple with orange trims.




  13. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    Just been shown a BT Sport video promo previewing this seasons SPL


    with the tagline “Pure Dead Brilliant”


    Shows the Celts as “Pure”


    Guess who appears under “dead”


    Anyone else seen it?

  14. Paul67: Well said on the new third jersey. Cracking colour and will sell really well. Can’t wait to get mine.



    Pink is the new green

  15. COWIEBHOY on 25TH JULY 2016 7:12 PM


    Agree with all you m nation with exception of Scott Allan, think he deserves a chance.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  16. AuroraBorealis79 on



    Just been shown a BT Sport video promo previewing this seasons SPL



    with the tagline “Pure Dead Brilliant”



    Shows the Celts as “Pure”



    Guess who appears under “dead




    I guess thats another boycott for Huns

  17. Celticrollercoaster supporting Shay,our bhoy wonder along the way on




    If you fancy The Admiral on Wed to watch the game, give me a shout. Taking half day at work







  18. The official Celtic website is listing Stefan Scepovic in the first-team squad as on a season-long loan to Getafe.



    I was almost sure he had gone to Getafe on a permanent transfer.



    Am I wrong?

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