Watching the central defender space


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.


Order Jim Craig’s new Lisbon Lion Diary – Right Back to 67 from and you will receive a signed copy from the man himself plus a FREE copy of That Season in Paradise – Ten Months of Celtic Heaven signed by fellow Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld! Simply order Jim Craig – Right Back to 67 and the second book will be sent automatically. Stocks are running very low so hurry!

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  1. Bobbio



    Might the secret of your parents’ long and happy marriage lie the in unequivocal acceptance of who wears the breeks??






    Your dad is a gem of a gent. So much loved by all who know him.



    HH jamesgang





    Dunno,bud. It sure beats the hell outa me,but it’s worked for 56 years and given them two smashing daughters and two smashing grandchildren.



    And,of course,me. Because into every life some rain must fall.



    Which is when my Dad and I dive into a pub cos it’s raining!!!





    Much appreciated,S. As was your good synopsis the other day.




  4. Bobbio



    I’m doing what CCB does!!



    Specifically, off to get her a beer!!



    HH jamesgang

  5. Thanks Bobby you are an encyclopedia of knowledge on birthdays, e-mails & general info re the CQN Community.


    By any chance do you know anything about Mattresses, inclined to get a bit of a pain in the hip when in bed disappears once I get up, well you know everything else so maybe you might know the name of a good mattress.


    Just to make your task a bit harder, I’m a big ‘Buy Irish ‘ fan so it has to be Irish made. LOL.

  6. Another wee message to pass on…



    Hi David



    I just wanted to send you a wee note to say thank you for your very kind gifts of the books, gin and M&S vouchers. They were very much appreciated.



    My family and I have been slowly working through the book. Lots of great memories and memorabilia in there.



    I just wish Willie was here to see all the celebrations that are still taking place 50 years later.



    Thank you one again.



    Ruth O’Neill

  7. AWE…SHUCKS….You guys…whit are yous like ?


    Thank you all so much for the belated Birthday wishes. No family etc, no wife or burd….so the ONLY present I got was from my local pub Landlord bought me SIX Pints of Beer that day, so with those six freebies and what I bought…I was a wee bit tipsy…I blame the ongoing flu and medication !


    He’s a good Celtic man !



    “My wife has gone and left me…Gee but I feel blue……………HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….Gee, but I feel blue !


    George Chisholm around 1967 ?”



  8. corkcelt,


    I work in that area, Try looking for a tufted Geltex mat.


    You would need to decide on softness , I would go firm or medium firm.






    I will arrange to meet you at your local on my next birthday, if you don’t mind.



    You can say to your pub landlord that I will happily settle for 4 free pints!



    Belated happy birthday wishes to you!

  10. Was on bar duties at the cricket club for a funeral yesterday afternoon. Few chaps discussing who would be the next Stoke manager – started of by wanting Brendan and couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t want to leave a mickey mouse league. I put them right.

  11. Thanks notaclue for the advice, mind you , your moniker is not too reassuring but I will research your recommendation.


    WITS seen a programme about Mattress Mick, he seems a total nutter.

  12. What is the Stars on




    A nutter maybe



    But he runs a very successful business ( Irish Made also)

  13. NotaClue, Your moniker is very misleading you are extremely clued in.


    Just reading up a bit on Geltex does seem the way to go.


    Sincere Thank You.

  14. !!BADA BING!! on 12TH JANUARY 2018 9:12 AM








    Caution DR link, but you have to see this guff, a Primary 6 kid writing a school project could do better than this.




    This is the worst piece of journalism,I think I have read.Every single fact he has put up as proof the team he adores are in rude health,is a lie.Bare faced lies.Waffles on in La La Land,omitting every negative fact surrounding that disaster area of a club.


    I know we just laugh at these morons with Laptops now,but this guy has taken the crap up around 50 notches.Sheer unadulterated nonsense.A truly mindboggling piece.





    There is a Factory Shop for Airsprung Beds in Trowbridge. Just down the road for me,and I change my mattress every six years or so.



    Apparently I tunnel into it then give it a kicking by turning over all night.



    Canny say I’d noticed,myself(!)



    Anyway,I swear by them,luxury and change from £80.



    Anyway,a few years back,a rather nicely turned out lady was upset that her purchase couldn’t be delivered till Tuesday. When they were in the area.



    “But my daughter is back from university and I’ve been doing her room up for her,and she needs a bed,she’s back tonight. What a surprise that will be!!!!”



    I told her to chuck it in the back of my van,I’d follow her home.



    Which had a gardener and a butler-or someone opening the door and calling her Ma’am!!!



    The butler and I manhandled the items upstairs.



    Rather nicely,she offered me a wee bung of £15. Not allowed to accept it,company vehicle.



    Rules. Do what you like as a favour,but not allowed to accept rewards.



    Bummer,really. I’m doing THREE people a favour tomorrow. My first pint will be afternoon. There’s a change.

  16. Wolves 745 Pulsating


    Good luck everyone


    Thanks to WITS for the heads up on the lucky last at Fundalk last night, my man.

  17. Diesse des Bieffes 2.40 Kempton



    Good luck to all



    A tip from last night associated with a WITS source, good enough for me.