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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. Pretty sure LHR has free WiFi – but not sure what kind of bandwidth you’d get for free or if there’s any limit on data usage

  2. CALIBHOY on 25TH JULY 2016 9:23 PM

     

    I don’t have anything further to what I posted a couple of days ago. Sinclair looking good and another Midfielder and Striker but no names.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  3. Joe Allen says of his move to Stoke – “It eas relatively out of the blue – things moved quickly”.

     

     

    Money makes things move quickly!!!

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

    Thunder Road on 25th July 2016 9:26 pm

     

     

    Just let me know

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  5. The Tim Reaper and Bada Bing – thank you kindly. In the past at airports I couldn’t be bothered signing up and registering but if that’s the only way to get the game then it’ll be different this time.

     

     

    Still keen to know about the data used up in watching a full game mind you in case I’m ever ‘in the middle of a field’. I get 2GB a month but checked my account and haven’t exceeded 500Mb the last 3 months so I’d be as well using the 1.5Gb (? Back to the Future?) on something.

  6. Thanks Lennybhoy. I was just curious as the wildcard deadline is moving closer.

     

     

    HH,

     

     

    CaliBhoy

  7. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    Delighted on the Joe Allan nonsense has been put to bed

     

     

    Great player but not the dirty hard B we really need

     

     

    Love

  8. GUYFAWKES@9:30

     

     

    “an ocean of experience” and he does look a wee bit like Billy ” When the going gets tough…….etc

  9. Thunder Road on

    CRC

     

     

    Will do.

     

    Struggled to see any action this season so far and have only managed to see the last 15 minutes of a friendly.

     

    Would need to get away early to get home in time for K.O. anyway and i don’t want to go through the same fruitless, frustrating efforts again to find a stream so the pub and a few beers with some of you bhoys sounds a much better option!

  10. BT really gushing tonight.Wonderful Joey Barton,brilliant Krancjar,and you would have thought the substitution of Rossiter was the Second Coming.Stranraer so useless it was beyond belief.

     

    In saying that,the Huns could take 2nd place.They are as strong as the rest.

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    Jobo

     

     

    Take your charger and plug it in. Video streaming (if you get it) will burn your battery in no time.

  12. TSOAL….9:43pm

     

     

    Not exactly phrased poetically…..but……

     

     

    100% accurate.

     

     

    Please find a new Bertie Auld!!!

     

     

    HH

  13. What is the best kodi addon for live UK/Irish TV? And are the subscription ones much better then the free ones?

     

     

    HH,

     

     

    CaliBhoy

  14. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP

     

    Big money windfall for all clubs particpating in the ICC

     

     

    http://en.as.com/en/2016/07/25/football/1469477831_579008.html

     

     

    According to this article …

     

     

    … the biggest names in European football such as Real Madrid, Barça, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Each club pockets four million euro per match with the assoctaied costs of travel and accomodation covered by the organisers

     

     

    Other teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Atlético, Juventus, Inter, Milán, Borussia Dortmund and PSG earn “just” three million euro per match.

     

     

    So if we are in the 2nd bracket, we will earn €9m from our 3 games (about £7.5m at current rate)

  15. EMBRAMIKE SAYS “THE HUNS ARE DEID” on 25TH JULY 2016 10:13 PM

     

    INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP

     

     

    … the biggest names in European football such as Real Madrid, Barça, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Each club pockets four million euro per match with the assoctaied costs of travel and accomodation covered by the organisers

     

     

     

    Other teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Atlético, Juventus, Inter, Milán, Borussia Dortmund and PSG earn “just” three million euro per match. So if we are in the 2nd bracket, we will earn €9m from our 3 games (about £7.5m at current rate)

     

     

     

    *dearie me and its all the “bonus thief’s” fault, we could have been playing Stranraer the night.

  16. Embramike, That is some great money for 3 games. Plus the exposure and ancillary sales of merchandise, etc. For us it is just bad timing with the CL qualifying going on concurrently.

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

    TR

     

     

    Looking forward to it

     

     

    HH

     

     

    CRC

  18. Delaneys Dunky on

    G64

     

     

    Crabbit cause I have returned fae 33 degree Spanish sun tae this. Work is shecht too. :)

  19. AH mucker,gotta work to pay for the hols am afraid,

     

    you in the local for the game on Wednesday

  20. Say PL has negotiated around £15 million deals with ICC, Dafabet, Magners and New Balance this season, and in his twelve years in charge, has brokered deals worth at least £70 million – and all this before a season ticket is sold, or a ball kicked.

     

     

    The financials at Celtic are solid, honest and beyond reproach in a time when much of football world is gorging 7on almost obscene TV money.

     

     

    Added to this, his tenure has produced the most successful period in Celtic’s 128 year history,with the exception of the Stein years – the stadium has been upgraded and a world-class training facility built.

     

     

    So I say to all the Lawwell-haters – what level of salary would you pay someone like this?

  21. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    Colin.

     

     

    I would say so what.

     

     

    I could do those deals.

     

     

    Its not sharp suited.

     

     

    Its daily business.

  22. Saint Stivs says SACK THE BOARD on

    PS.

     

     

    Lennoxtown is not world class.

     

     

    Its bog standard for English 1st division clubs.

  23. So the diddys won a diddy game. There is only one team who will win important games.

  24. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Mats Nilloc on 25th July 2016 9:45 pm

     

     

    Thanks for that. I completed every wee stinker Monday crossword when they were difficult but was nowhere near that today.

     

     

    I was expected to drop the apostrophe and the s. Ok, I suppose. Today was a straight defeat for me. Zabadak!

  25. There is absolutely no way you will get a decent live tv stream on the meagre bandwidth provided by an airport’s fee wifi. Sorry.