West Brom-Celtic row: it’s about Rekeem Harper, not Oli Burke


There is a subtext to the unedifying comments by West Bromwich Albion technical director, Luke Dowling, concerning Oliver Burke’s care at Celtic last season: Rekeem Harper.

Dowling told the Daily Record, “Once Brendan [Rodgers] left to go to Leicester the treatment he got from the manager that’s in place now is something we don’t expect for one of our players.”  Short of curbing Burke’s playing time, as Brendan Rodgers also did, there were no issues between Neil and Oliver.

Rekeem Harper is a completely different matter.  The 19-year-old central midfielder is out of contract next week and Celtic can sign him for Training Compensation money.  He is coming off a breakthrough season at West Brom, where he made 12 league starts since his first in December.  Celtic are monitoring the situation, while Dowling is doing what he can to persuade the player to stay in the Midlands.

These comments are all a bit transparent.  They are not based on reality and I would be amazed if they convinced Rekeem Harper he should sign a new contract with West Brom.

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  1. Fool Time Whistle on

    Since his name is in Paul’s article title today…



    MSN report that Rekeem Harper is a signing target of three clubs – none of which is Celtic.



    Juventus, Liverpool & Spurs are all competing for his signature.



    He might get more first team football with us, but if they are really interested in him then we will be lucky to get a sniff.



    Unless someone produces a photo of him aged 10 – wearing a Celtic shirt…




  2. Good morning CQN from a dry and humid Garngad, bring on the sun later???



    Regarding David UTurnbull, if he has an issue with his knee, then we cannot pay £3mil, I would however take a punt on the bhoy, he played for Murderwell last year so his knee can stand up to so many games. How much do we pay??? I will leave that to the club. Whatever we decide to do, do it quickly and move on. This is turning into a soap opera.



    Thanks again to all for the best wishes regarding my wife.



    Chairbhoy- your buddy was in my prayers last night.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  3. And another thing before I go and get ready for work…


    I see the Arses no not Sevco the English football team that are interested in KT, are reportedly coming back with another offer of £19m. Tell them to double their initial offer and then we might speak. Simples. Take any heat and bad press away with one sentence/statement to any suitors.


    This is all just unsettling



    D. :)

  4. Luca Connell saying it would be an honour to represent Celtic.


    Kid is on verge of making full International debut with Ireland, would have got game time in last competitive game against Gibraltar but picked up a knock, Never seen the guy play but Mick McCarthy & Robbie Keane are hugely impressed with him & are anxious to secure him as an Irish registered player as obviously he is eligible for both Ireland & England.


    He would also be a big hit with our younger female fans & give Ajer & Tierney a bit of competition in that field.


    We can get him for peanuts, hope we do, well worth a punt.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I hope we get the Julien deal done, he looks like a dominant CB,with a bit of presence, although i geta bit wary when it’s out in public, and he’s not signed….

  6. quadrophenian on



    Thats what I queried; why we hadn’t dismissed it out the park.


    Glad for your positive home news. HH

  7. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooood morning







  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Corky- another guy,who’s name has been out there for a few weeks now, why do we not do our business early? Gives other clubs the chance to move in.As we have found out, the ‘Celtic ‘ card,is not as strong a suit as it once was….

  9. I know Bada, maybe other Club’s fans feel the same but it seems that every Celtic transfer takes an age to complete.

  10. Big Joe – Ponca as in Santa? Me and my extended gang are heading there on Saturday for a week.

  11. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Brechin City website confirms Celtic Colts are in the 1st and 2nd draw of Challenge Cup today. We’re unseeded in South section so it’ll be Queens Park(a) followed by Annan Athletic(a) as per usual.



    Good luck to our bhoys for their new season.

  12. Some saying we have offered 750K for David Turnbull, as he needs an op



    wonder if that’s why the Norwich deal died.





  13. JOBO BALDIE on 26TH JUNE 2019 8:25 AM


    Big Joe – Ponca as in Santa? Me and my extended gang are heading there on Saturday for a week.



    I mate, the very same wan…………………..



    The heat has ramped up 32/33 all week mate

  14. Big Joe – can’t wait? So you’ll be the guy on the front shouting “boat trip, boat trip…..”? Not too good on the water myself mut might just let my 8 companions join you ;-)




  15. Well It’s the return of Celtic to pre-season action, just 4 weeks after our tense SC final win and the treble Treble.



    It’s also the first chance to play pre-season bingo on the CQN comments section. A Full House if the following are all typed:-



    First look at Shved- he’s a donkey



    We should refund all travelling supporters



    We need a completely new back 4



    We need a complete overhaul in the team



    Karamoko Dembele will end up playing for Auchinleck



    Lenny has no plan B



    Lenny’s team selection is bizarre



    Lenny’s subs are bizarre


    Our shies are rubbish



    Our corners are rubbish



    & double points for:-



    If we play like this there’ll be no 9iar/ quadruple Treble/ CL qualifying- not even the Europa



    Eyes Down!

  16. JOBO BALDIE on 26TH JUNE 2019 8:44 AM


    Big Joe – can’t wait? So you’ll be the guy on the front shouting “boat trip, boat trip…..”? Not too good on the water myself mut might just let my 8 companions join you ;-)



    We might still be around then, but we are planning on heading back to Ibiza, to meet some friends, its all weather dependent, but if we’re about, we can arrange something.




    You forgot……………………………………………



    Never Celtic class……………………………….

  18. Go tell the Spartim on




    I think it was meant to be included in SFTB bingo list and not actually his or hers thoughts

  19. traditionalist88 on

    TIMALOY29 on 26TH JUNE 2019 9:48 AM



    “Bayo is a complete donkey”





    It all started to go downhill when the ‘Boom Boom Boom’ chant was allocated to Weah




  20. ” aye, dodged a bullet wi’ that wan”



    ” waste ae a jersey”



    ” a man short ”



    file under – ” never Celtic Class”

  21. for angrycelts.org




    ” ur yoo watchin’ this Liewell yoo &8%4…yoo utter &&&&&&&&&, and heres &*&%$£ tae ra’ PLC, am ragin'”

  22. DAVID66



    Not on much these days but glad I looked in this morning.



    Wonderful news about your good lady!



    Best wishes to you both!

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    If this blog is still going in 10 years time,a raging cert is still going to be



    ‘ oor shies are still $#!te…’

  24. in ither news…………..




    ” subject to medical”……….



    3 little words that may haunt the bullish heid bummer at the Mothers…..

  25. Caught the STV sports bit with Bawbag last night – a strange one. The piece with Mothers coach…….odd.

  26. Go tell the Spartim on

    Is it coincidental that we are being portrayed badly not only in Scotland (thats a given) but also in Engurland, with both footballing giants, Norwich City and West Bromich Albion having sly digs. You expect STV to pursue other angles first if it can show Celtic in a bad light, hence the Motherwell interview, but its a bit of a shift from the usual English jibes about scottish football in general. As for Arsenal (the real establishment team as well as Tomkins real team) and Ornstein of the BBC pay up or shut up for KT.

  27. `GG ! 1:29



    A fine article. This gives a flavour of it to anyone who gas not yet read it:



    ” There isn’t another player in world football that you’d least like to come up against than Scott Brown, the living, breathing death-eater that has sucked the life out of the dreams of every other team in Scotland for the last decade.”




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