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Watching the central defender space

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I have been keeping an eye open for whispers on the central defender front. Although we have already brought Marvin Compper in this month, Brendan could be tempted into trading a few (cough) of the existing squad, so there could be more arrivals.

Reports in Poland this morning suggest Arsenal’s 20-year-old central defender, Krystian Bielik, could be heading on loan to Scotland, despite Legia wanting to loan back their former player. Celtic have worked the academy system at PSG and Manchester City recently, would not be surprised if we were scouting Arsenal too.

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP28) with former Celtic director Tom Grant

Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic’s ex-director, Tom Grant, who offers a fascinating insight into the running of the club in the 1980s and 1990s.

Tom Grant explains exactly why Celtic refused to complete the Mo Johnston transfer in 1989, and lifts the lid on audacious efforts by Billy McNeill to recruit Peter Beardsley and Steve Bruce.

Tom Grant also dissects his relationship with Fergus McCann, and the impact of the ‘Celts For Change’ movement in overturning the ‘family dynasty’ board in 1994.

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  1. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Field of Dreams , there was a furore about Michael Bates playing an Indian in it ain’t half hot mum

     

     

    Technically , it could be said he was Indian as he was born there . He ended up being able to speak Hindi and some other dialects from the sub continent . I’m sure he was also an officer in either an Indian regiment or the Ghurkas .

  2. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Adi Dasler, was that George’s brother , John ?

     

     

    If it was , what potential he had . I thought George was very skilful but John was even better.

     

     

    I saw him score great goals against Germany and England u/15’s .

     

     

    I’m sure he had to give up football as he had. Blood clot in one of legs, which was a travesty. He had so much talent.

  3. In excess of 12,000 emails have now been sent to our elected representatives. Absolutely phenomenal!!!

     

     

    For those of you who have still to do so the link is below, it’ll only take about a minute.

     

     

    https://t.co/h8iG8Zh6TX

     

     

    Supporting your team is not a crime.

  4. DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS on 11TH JANUARY 2018 8:49 PM

     

     

    Correct. I played against Celtic BC – was younger but he scored three goals – 2 with left foot & 1 with right .

     

     

    To me better than George ( but like everything else potential as I never seen or played agaist George).

     

     

    HH

  5. ADI_DASLER

     

     

    ‘Friar’ McCluskey was regarded as the ‘better’ brother and yet another of Holy Cross High School pedigree such as ( EuroChamp67, Paul McStay, yada yada yada )

     

     

    Knee injury for poor John I believe? saw him play down by the ole school yard

     

     

    I was Sherlock Holmes’s smarter brother CSC

  6. DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS on 11TH JANUARY 2018 8:49 PM

     

     

    Yes

     

     

    One of best players I played against as youth.

     

     

    Another was a guy called Brian Corner ??..

     

     

    Played with C BC

     

     

    Think he went to Ipswich… All Saints Barmullich…if I remember

     

     

    HH

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Adi Dasler , thanks for reply.

     

     

    I only saw John play for Scotland under 15’s and he looked great and there were high hopes for him. George had made the breakthrough to our first team when John was playing under 15’s for Celtic Boys Club.

     

     

    George was a very talented player who could be frustrating at times but was a regular scorer for us.

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Adi Dasler , Ipswich took a number of Celtic Boys Club players , Alan Brazil being one.

     

     

    The Ipswich team built by Bobby Robson were fantastic to watch, Frans Thisjen in particular .

  9. about his hair?

     

    DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS on 11TH JANUARY 2018 9:04 PM

     

     

    Yes. Holy Cross were quite dominant then…My sis went to holy x. Im sure a guy called Gilmour went to Man U from the school ???

     

     

    The decline was when St Aidans beat u …..:)

  10. Just read John McGlashan passed away at only 50, i think he was part of the Scotland U15s who won that famous game at Wembley along with The Maestro, pretty sure he was with Celtic too.

  11. balornock bhoy on

    Stairheed- what’s that film called? And what channel was it on please. My dad worked in the shipyards in 1949 and would love to see it

  12. Holy cross Hamilton was my school,we also had Allan McManus in my class ,when he could be bothered turning up:-)))

  13. balornock bhoy on

    TONTINE TIM

     

    we must be of a similar vintage or certainly i must be with BOONDOCK SAINT

     

     

    i played the year above Gerry Britton at West Park Boys Club in Bishopbriggs and he was a standout as a young guy.

     

    Dugald McCarrison i played against for when he was at CBC and he was a tank! Won the Scottish with Lesmahagow High School too i remember.

     

     

    Gerry Creaney i met on holiday in Ibiza in ’91 and knew after that holiday that he would not go the distance at Celtic.

     

     

    Of the three i though Dugald was the best

  14. balornock bhoy on

    Bada Bing

     

     

    Maestro is about 53 so not sure John McGlashan played in same Scotland team,but may have been at Celtic with him

  15. STAIRHEEDRAMMY on 11TH JANUARY 2018 7:38 PM

     

     

    They were a bit tongue in cheek about the co-star apprentices name though- who would believe someone called Tim would get a job in the yards.

     

     

    *worked with a hud carrier fae Rhu called Tim, a good bit older than me and would introduce himself as “Hi my name is Tim and I’m no one” lol.

  16. Dallas Dallas

     

    (Technically , it could be said he was Indian as he was born there .)

     

    You will need to help me out here, I was under the impression if you were born in a country you were a national of that said country……..No :-)

     

    HH

  17. FIELDOFDRAMS on 11TH JANUARY 2018 8:21 PM

     

     

    My kids definitely didn’t know what to make of it. But Michael Bates, and the chai wallah and the punka wallah, did a decent job of showing how the occupying power could be stymied by simple locals! I thought Mr Lah di Dah Gunner Graham did a great job of conveying absolute hatred of Sgt Major Shutup.

     

     

    *been led tae believe that the Indians invented curry so they could serve the raj spoiled meat.

  18. The cheek of some folks, back in early November I sent someone out an order they had bought from me, a couple of weeks later they messaged me that the addy they gave me was wrong, they put France instead of Spain, told them to take it up with the site people, tonight she has asked me for a refund, jeezo, some people, got to admire their brass neck :-)

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    The Exiled Tim, sorry I didnt phrase that well.

     

     

    What I meant to say was that any child born of British parents in places like India , Kenya for example occupied and dictated to by Britain , did not refer to themselves as Indian , Kenyan but British.

     

     

    The horrors perpetrated by ‘civilised ‘ Britain to those countrues who had the misfortune to be colonised , will never be fully known.

  20. Next time i’m in Bothwell, i might wander into a wee restaurant, and hit the manager over the head with a Budweiser bottle, i’ll get off with it no problem…..won’t i …?

  21. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    DelaneysDunky

     

     

    Hope you’re OK. Been missing the posts. If this continues somebody will have to phone The Atlantis.

     

     

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

     

     

    BigPacky

     

     

    Laudrup.

  22. DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS on 11TH JANUARY 2018 8:29 PM

     

     

    I used to go to a number of reserve and youth team games in the eighties . There were always a few players who stuck out . Dougie McGuire was one of those , unbelievably skilful but , to me, did not have a lot of football intelligence .

     

     

    *He was another one that used tae baffle me, St Michael’s Kilwinning FP tae.

     

     

    Gerry Creaney impressed me with his finishing when I saw him in the youths/reserves. He scored a spectacular goal against Motherwell reserves, he was up against Tom Boyd, a volley from about 25 yards out. Gerry was not everyone‘s cup of tea but he had a great record scoring in big games once he broke through to the first team.

     

     

    *true but somehow he never fulfilled the promise he initially showed, a bit like Mark Burchill.