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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

    ACEILERGONOFRUST

     

     

    It’s just one incident after another,bud. Like a bloody treadmill and we canny get off it.

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 26TH JULY 2016 3:37 AM

     

    ACEILERGONOFRUST

     

     

     

    It’s just one incident after another,bud. Like a bloody treadmill and we canny get off it.

     

     

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    Mate.

     

    We just voted for that precise reason.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MACJAY

     

     

    Good to see you back,mate-thought you’d flounced!

     

     

    I doubt the Japanese incident was committed by a new arrival. But be that as it may,I can’t see Brexit making a huge difference to net migration to the UK.

  4. Acgr

     

    Hi mate will drop yi a text b4 Astana game as I dont know if I will be in Glasgow for return leg.hope your good

     

    :-)

     

     

    MarcCRC I am goin to try get to the admiral on wed afternoon.

     

    Keep laughin :-)

     

     

    HH

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 26TH JULY 2016 3:50 AM

     

    MACJAY

     

     

    The gentleman`s not for turning (or flouncing. . :-)….)

     

     

    For me , it`s not migration that`s the problem , it`s having the right to decide who may be permitted to migrate.

     

    There`s the rub.

     

    And to decide who must be deported without the unwanted intrusion of some foreign entity .

     

     

     

    Japan is , in all probability , copycat.

     

    Not the same motivation, but , for that reason , not unrelated to the I.S. crimes.

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MACJAY

     

     

    I genuinely doubt he was influenced by them in any way. The world was full of nutters long before IS.

  7. I think we Can win in Khazakstan. ;))

     

     

    Even if we Won in Khazakhstan, it wouldn’t mean we are through. There is a mighty fine chance Howevaaaaah of progressing.

     

     

    I’m sure Brendan will allow the Kids to break through.

     

     

    Building our Own is the Future, not Buying players – The market is just ridiculous. I’m All for Brexit but 1 simple comment from Nicola/SNP about the TV deals and the slight discrepancies between the populations/viewers would be worth hearing about, being a Football fan?

     

     

    Getting the best possible deal for who exactly?

     

     

    It is interesting that Brexit voters consisted of Welsh and English voters, giving All of Scotlands (working class) a fair share of the pie… i.e. bring them into the lavishes of paying Football players over £200000 a week.

     

     

    I reckon most people just want to Njoi the Silence.

     

     

    Now about that Offensive Behaviour Bill.

     

     

    Obviously we have to buy players, Kolo should be an excellent addition to the squad.

  8. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 26TH JULY 2016 4:43 AM

     

     

    You may be right about the influence.

     

     

    Nutters.

     

    Yeah. But they were our nutters.

     

    :-)

  9. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 26th July 2016 4:43 am

     

     

    MACJAY

     

     

    I genuinely doubt he was influenced by them in any way. The world was full of nutters long before IS.

     

     

    ………:….:………………………….:….:………………………………………………………………:…….:………………………

     

    Heaven Forbid Wizards

     

     

    The Sentiment is guid though. ;))

  10. Petec –

     

     

    I agree. We can beat the Kazakhstanis. My only fear is Efe back in central defence. I love the guy but he can’t be trusted in high pressure games against sharp forwards.

     

     

    When will we stop having dreadful luck with injuries?

  11. Auld Tam,

     

     

    If I could have one player in the trenches with me that is playing for Celtic, I’d always go for Efe – (KT is getting there, quickly though), I also think he is a sensational footballer. Better than just about Everyone in Scotland. And those Imbeciles @ Tynecastle tried to ridicule him – he soon shut them up.

     

     

    I’d like to know if Brendan tried to sign him, as there was speculation of him moving to Liverpool not long after he had joined. ;))

     

     

    I’d rather he played Midfield, defensively.

  12. Good early morning from a dry, calm-ish but grey clouded (again!) East Kilbride.

     

     

    Jobo’s on the road again (well, the rails actually) and today’s it’s a wee trip to Liverpool and back for a meeting. Just the 13-hour working day with about 9 of them travelling. So hope the ole CQNrs are on form today as carrying a phone is much easier than carrying a big book.

  13. Couldn’t sleep so just thought I’d ask what everyone is basing the ultra confidence on.

     

    I haven’t seen so many, I don’t know why but I just think we’ll win posts since before our trip to Malmo.

     

    I also remember 2 and 3 nil wins predicted regularly before trip to Molde.

     

    None of these posts however mentioned Gibraltar(was that just two weeks ago?) or our away record in Europe.

     

    They also failed to mention how it looks like we will line up with a makeshift midfield and defence.

     

    Yet again our preparation for these games is abysmal let’s hope our failure to strengthen the central defence isn’t punished like letting the window close last season with one functioning striker.

     

    Will Lawwell strike it lucky again?

     

    Apologies if this post is construed as a tad negative, I am forced to reside in the real world.

     

    Let’s hope Brendan can work his magic, was going to go to the pub but as its early kick off I’m preparing a spot firmly behind the couch.

     

    Cmon the hoops.

  14. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Just been reading about a solar-powered aircraft which has circumnavigated the earth.

     

     

    In sixteen months.

     

     

    Ffs,it’s a fair bit short of commercial success,innit?

     

     

    Fifty miles a day,I could do that on foot. If I could stay out the pub long enough.

  15. BOBBY,

     

     

    Sounded like an Indian when interviewed, I doubt they have the same inclination to drink alcohol like Scotsmen/Women. I have no idea really.

  16. Sid –

     

     

    It’s a sad day when Celtic supporters saying they think Celtic will win a game of football is regarded as “ultra confidence”.

     

     

    I’m basing my ‘quiet’ confidence on our last 3 performances against Wolfsburg, Red Imps and Leicester. We have got over the shambles of Gibraltar and have improved dramatically.

     

     

    I’ll be happy with a draw tomorrow, but feel we can indeed get a victory.

  17. antipodean red on

    MacJay,

     

     

    What would have happened to all of us starving Irish at famine time if no one would have accepted us?

  18. antipodean red on 26th July 2016 6:14 am

     

     

    MacJay,

     

     

    What would have happened to all of us starving Irish at famine time if no one would have accepted us?

     

     

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

     

     

    If these are the End Times, That Generational Number of Israels Rebirth, surely worth Looking @ Christian Eschatology, and I don’t think we are there yet. I see ISIS/Sunni’s trying to instigate their eschatology to a Timeline, things are indeed happening quickly but Israel is not involved at all yet.

     

     

    I’m hoping for Celtic Sell Outs Every game this season.

     

     

    I think we will get them. ;))

  19. jimthetim53 on 26th July 2016 6:36 am

     

     

    Petec, just for you my friend:

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJsAjEgTShI

     

     

     

    ……………………………………………………………………………..

     

     

    Thank You.

     

     

    Having bad hearing I can’t make out things sometimes/most times. Thanks for the included lyrics.

     

     

    Powerful.

     

     

    HH and Respect.

  20. Auld Tam on 26th July 2016 6:36 am

     

     

    Petec –

     

     

    The world isn’t a computer game, thankfully.

     

     

    …………………………………………………………………………….

     

     

    You are so right. There are other things outside Computers.

     

     

    My own Son is playing less and less Computer games, he has spent most of the Summer out playing fitba, spending long hours out playing the beautiful game.

     

     

    Praise the Lord.

  21. Auld Tam

     

     

    No probs, two home friendlys and a home win against LRI doesn’t constitute grounds that we have made vast improvements imo. More evidence required.

     

    I thought I would add a little caution, away games in Europe we have struggled in the past, even when we have played well at home in the past.

     

    Let’s hope you are right, although I would bite your hand off for a draw right now.

  22. When will Celtic stop getting these terribly bad injuries? My answer to that is, why are so many of our players running around with bandaged hands? I noticed Ajar now has one in the post game warm down against Leicester, what’s that all about eh? I’v never seen a team with so many hand injuries, even in basketball, it’s a strange one indeed, just a thought.

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ANTIPODEAN RED on 26TH JULY 2016 6:14 AM

     

    MacJay,

     

     

     

    What would have happened to all of us starving Irish at famine time if no one would have accepted us?

     

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    What I said was this.

     

     

    “For me , it`s not migration that`s the problem , it`s having the right to decide who may be permitted to migrate.

     

     

    There`s the rub.

     

     

    And to decide who must be deported without the unwanted intrusion of some foreign entity .”

     

    ==============================================================

     

     

    What has your question got to do with what I said ?

     

    ie Migration ,per se , is not the problem .

  24. BMCUW

     

    _________

     

    Thoughts and Prayers

     

    for wee Dawson and

     

    all who are close.

     

    Very sad stuff.

     

    YNWA.

  25. All this luck about injured players…

     

    Huns being allowed to play in a crumbling stadium….

     

    Looks like Brendan’ been deceived about his budget….

     

    I could go on but,….ye know what ?

     

    I’ve got this horrible feeling that, Karma has watched on

     

    with her head in her hands as, tens of thousands of

     

    innocent, well-meaning, faithful Celtic supporters have

     

    queued round the clock to give the Celtic PLC-Hierarchy

     

    all of their £millions of guid folks money that, I suspect

     

    that, from which, convenient fractions are being secreted

     

    away to be drip-fed to the so-called dying huns to keep the

     

    old firm gravy train alive and well.

     

    Ye see, I think that Karma is sinking her gnasher’s into Timdom’s

     

    erchie as a mark of disgust at, the Celtic PLC-Hierarchy’s coffers

     

    being filled by thousands of innocents who’s contributions will

     

    be deceitfully re-directed to a secret – Save The Old Firm Account

     

    somewhere in the sandy lanes district.

     

    Far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far,

     

    too much PLC-Looking-The-Other-Way is being condoned by Celtic supporters.

     

    Yeez had them on the floor then…………

     

    …..DD let loose the Brendan squirrel and, within days….DD had yeez all back in

     

    yer cages!

     

    Does Brendan think that……

     

    Dembele will be enough reinforcement’s up front ?

     

    Does he think that LG is Celtic class ?

     

    Does he think that Broony is the drawback in midfield ?

     

    Does he think that he can heal Efe as a defender ?

     

    Does he not think that CG is due an injury ?

     

    Is Brendan the Basturt in the dug oot that’s been needed ?

     

    Is Sinclair better than a, reconditioned JF under BR’s watch ?

     

    Why has Sinclair played for so many clubs ?

     

    Brendan’s Celtic will win on wednesday.

     

    Know why ?

     

    Coz, the Lord will be watching the length’s to which

     

    Jobo Baldie will go to see the game ;-)

     

    Brendan, if yer a lurker ?

     

    Park the bus in both legs of this game.

     

    Play JF as a floating winger on either side and, the magic

     

    will be yours.

     

    But remember, nane of this idealist pish trying to play with

     

    3 strikers away from home or,……ye’ll cop it from all the same

     

    folk who were, only weeks ago….telling us that you could walk

     

    on water.

     

    Brendan, there has only ‘ever’ been one man who could walk on water.

     

    And, know what happened to him ?

     

    A shower of feckers nailed him to a cross!!!

     

    So, ye’ve been telt…..

     

    Park the bus.

     

    Use wee JF as an oot baw.

     

    Take it fae there……

     

    God Bless All Celtic Supporter’s

     

    …..oot-laters……

  26. antipodean red on

    MacJay,

     

     

    In these modern, enlightened times and given the current circumstances, it’s highly unlikely that the people who have the ‘right” to determine who is allowed to migrate, would have allowed the starving Irish to migrate to the United Kingdom or Australia for that matter. Everyone is a migrant in Australia as you are well aware, who determined the ‘right’ for all of those migrants to arrive or invade as some others see it? Why should some who have migrated with ease, deny others the same right based on an outdated and prejudiced assumption that ‘we know better and are better than you’

  27. Macjay

     

     

    Did you link the Japanese tragedy with the brexit vote?

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  28. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    ANTIPODEAN RED on 26TH JULY 2016 7:39 AM

     

     

    Your assumptions.

     

     

    Things have changed in the last couple of centuries.

     

    Some attitudes haven`t.

  29. Carlisle already. Isn’t public transport great ;-)

     

     

    Liverpool today, Laaaandon Wednesday, EK (a home game) on Thursday, Aberdour on Friday seamlessly morphing into my future son in laws stag night on Saturday (venue undecided). So no much running this week. And glad that the ole Fat Bhoy Slim is in the past.