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When the Champions League shop window is a bit too clear

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We’re getting to that time of the transfer window when clubs with money and who are either underperforming, or who have silverware in sight, often make desperate decisions.

It is a remarkable statement of the times that three Celtic first team players have attracted interest from English Premier League clubs, at valuations that a year ago would appear eye-watering. It’s just as remarkable that we’ve not locked the suitors in a room until they emptied their wallets.

Seven months into the season, five credible Champions League performances and 27 peerless games in domestic football and our 34-year-old goalkeeper attracts a higher bid than would be achievable by any player at a Scottish club other than Celtic.

Not that I’m agreeing with all this ‘What we have we hold’ business. Every playing asset has a price, to borrow a regular CQN phrase from 2005.

I hear Peter Lawwell was spotted earlier buying tickets for tonight’s showing of T2 Trainspotting for himself, Brendan, Craig, Erik and Moussa. “Unreal” wage offers can turn a player’s head.  Better get them to the movies with their phones switched off.

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    SUMMA OF SAMMI…. on 31ST JANUARY 2017 12:30 PM

     

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    THINDIMEBHOY on 31ST JANUARY 2017 10:17 AM

     

     

    Could someone recommend me an employment lawyer ?

     

     

     

     

    Been recently dismissed and I am now looking for an employment lawyer can’t go into details but I believe I have a strong case so someone who would consider a no win no fee arrangement would be ideal.

     

     

     

     

    I live in Glasgow

     

     

     

     

    Cheers

     

     

     

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    If it at all Possible Do Not Go with Any No Win No Fee..

     

     

     

    I had a case where Employer (Manager and CEO) admitted Full Liabillity in 3 Trials .. MRI’s clearly showed My Injury countless independent Surgeons from both sides.. concurred ..

     

     

     

    Yet my. Case went on Nearly 11 Years .. My last trial in the Supreme Court.. I had QC.. Junior QC and my Lawyer at Circa $18k a Day.. 4-6 days they said.. Lasted 11 Days.. 4 days arguing a ‘Point of Law’ I was sent home for that Part.. They (My No Win No Fee) had tried many times to get me to take a Deal.. unfortunately (For them) by this time it wasn’t about money for me..

     

     

     

    Nearly 11 Years for a so called Open and Shut case..

     

     

     

    Second last day of 3rd Trial my 3 Briefs Practically begged me to take a Deal..while arranging weekend golf trips with the Insurers Lawyers..【ツ】 their bill by then was $476,000 I told them in Court to ‘Go F@ck themselves’ and gave the QC 2 Barley Sugars as he would get tired with Low blood sugar in the Afternoons.. lol

     

     

     

    Basically they didn’t give a Hoot about the Law.. My Case.. All the Work we all had done.. Nothing.. they Just wanted Paid.. and by taking the case the Full road I was gambling with there Wages..

     

     

     

    In the Year after my case was Finished I was advised by my Bank.. A Government agency and my Super Annuation fund.. to Sue my Lawyers..

     

     

     

    If You think You have a Good case.. try and get the Funds somehow.. or Read Forums on No Win No Fee.. it’s Shocking..

     

     

     

    Ps.. For the Record.. My Lawyer was a Italian Girl and we fought like an Old Married Couple but after it was all Finished (And she got Paid) Ha Ha.. She actually called me and spoke for about 20 Mins and said she was Proud of My stiking to my Guns and Principals.. Pps.. I still twitch Alex Higgins stylie when I see a No Win No Fee Advert ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

     

     

     

    Ppps.. Sorry for the Rant.. but I would hate for someone to go through what I went through for Justice.. Fighting a Enemy within..

     

     

     

    Summa of AmbulanceChasersCSC

  2. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Afternoon Celts

     

     

    Rumours: Steven Fletcher 5yr deal, Pukki to return and Zheng Zhi:)

     

     

     

    HH

  3. MARADOMINIC on 31ST JANUARY 2017 12:33 PM

     

    we should have been strengtening this window for qualifiers… Dreadful for a club with money to spend… then to let Christie go when LG is injured and Now Dembele is just stupid. We cant do much about getting some players out that don’t want to go.

     

     

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    Hahaha and so it begins.

     

     

    a) Dembele hasn’t went anywhere yet

     

    b) Christie doesn’t play as a number 9 and we did fine without him at the weekend

     

    c) LG’s injury isn’t long term

     

    d) We have signed Kouassi Eboue and have (touch wood) retained the same squad that qualified last season. I’m super confident about the qualifiers next season.

  4. Pretty sure we’re all done for transfers. This is one deadline day where I’ll likely check back tomorrow morning, and F5 keys around the country will breathe a sigh of relief.

  5. And Patrick Roberts is a #9? LG has been injured all season on and off. We should be improving the team. Boyata? Is dreadful as unfortunately you will see against Aberdeen tomorrow… McGregor scored a good goal but is a ball watcher when we don’t have possession. A liability defending.. Can we improve team? Yes. Do we have money? yes. Ask BR why he said the board had 6 months to get players in.. We will get usual rubbish about how we nearly got xxx over the line but ran out of time. hopefully no one major out the door but punt KC and Ambrose

  6. medtim on 31st January 2017 12:31 pm

     

     

     

    Hi Auldheid,

     

     

    Small world eh?

     

     

     

    Thanks for the link,some interesting stuff.I wonder if the Windsor team the author writes about is the one based in the Windsor Bar at Bridgeton Cross.What a shower they were.

     

     

    We played them in a midweek cup tie at Queens Park.

     

     

     

    It was shortly after they had beaten Cowglen and the result was in the Rangers News that Windsor Rangers had beaten Cowglen Celtic!! i don’t think that went down well with the bluenoses in the Cowglen team.

     

     

    They brought a large crowd of knuckle draggers for support with full regalia on show.

     

     

    It didn’t do them much good as we beat them 2-1 with yours truly getting the winner (ah the memories).

     

     

    A full scale riot ensued with many a dull yin administered.

     

     

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    Yup that was Windsor, proof that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

     

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    I know Pat McLuskey well and knew big John McIntyre (who sadly passed away at a very young age) and Joe Pirret as well.I bumped into Gordon Smith last time back in Glasgow.My wife thought he was absolutely charming and wouldn’t believe he was an utter thug on the park,as well as being a more than decent player

     

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    I knew John had been taken too early, very sad. So you knew both Joe and Gordon, tell L I can vouch for your view on him. :)

     

    Small world indeed.

     

     

    Off for a beer with three Norwegian ladies of my vintage, along with my good lady for protection.

  7. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    Red Telephone

     

     

    From previous thread—–

     

     

    “Steven Cafferty is a mate of mine …….. and stays in High Wycombe”etc etc

     

     

    The man is a professional Robert De Niro impersonator —- he may or may not be in The Circle of Trust at any given time!

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GLASSTWOTHIRDSFULL on 31ST JANUARY 2017 11:47 AM

     

     

     

    Not sure where I stand on the Moussa situation. If there has been an offer of £30m+ it’s certainly tempting. We have maybe missed out on big fees for players in the past – Boruc, Kayal, Bitton.

     

     

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    Spooky,do you work at GCHQ? I just said as much to my sister earlier!

     

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    I liked your reply,that pen came from Paddy Power,I’ll have you know!

     

     

    It’s the only return I get from them for my investment these days…

  9. The only fundamental question for me is on how our CEO is compensated.

     

     

    We have allbut won the league, qualified for the CL and have a domestic trophy in the cabinet. His pay and bonus are assured.

     

     

    Does he get more if he sells/monetizes a player? If so, he will consider it.

     

     

    Unless it is jaw-dropping, we’ll keep Dembele until he’s worth more.

     

     

    Only Gordon (probably a once-only offer) and Erik (we are covered in CD) should be considered sell-able.

     

     

    I hope they both stay. HH.

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    Dear..Moussa ‘Slick Bhoy’ Dembelle & Graig ‘Spud’ Gordon..

     

     

     

    “Choose Celtic life. Choose a Celtic job. Choose a Celtic career. Choose a Celtic family. Choose to Score on the ******* big television screens. Choose Scoring machines, Choose good health, (See Ronny) low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. (see Peter) Choose a starter home game Choose your friends. Really Choose your friends Choose Celtic leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. Choose life Choose The Champions League.. Look what Joey Barton Choose.. He Choose Begbie..

     

     

    Summa

  11. Ernie-Auldheid- another reason for creating Transfer Windows, was to stop richer clubs buying their way out of trouble late in the season. I would do away with them, false markets and hyped up prices are created, and you wouldn’t see Sky desperately trying to make a personality out of that fud Jim White.

  12. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    GCCTIM

     

     

    Erik is a better player than Jozo and Boyata.

     

    I will be gutted if he is sold.

     

     

     

    HH

  13. MARADOMINIC on 31ST JANUARY 2017 12:47 PM

     

    And Patrick Roberts is a #9? LG has been injured all season on and off. We should be improving the team. Boyata? Is dreadful as unfortunately you will see against Aberdeen tomorrow… McGregor scored a good goal but is a ball watcher when we don’t have possession. A liability defending.. Can we improve team? Yes. Do we have money? yes. Ask BR why he said the board had 6 months to get players in.. We will get usual rubbish about how we nearly got xxx over the line but ran out of time. hopefully no one major out the door but punt KC and Ambrose

     

     

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    Patrick Roberts did a good job there against Hearts. We also have other options such as Sinclair who has played a lot of his career as a striker and young Jack Aitchison looks a great player. We’ll be fine tomorrow.

     

     

    McGregor is playing a number 10 so I’d trust him with Biton and Brown behind.

     

     

    You are absolutely seething with negativity. We just made history last week and won 4-0. If you can’t enjoy life right now when can you?

  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    A wee reminder that you can get tickets for the unique Nir Bitton signed shirt with The Celtic Foundation Crest here:

     

     

    http://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/matchworn-signed-celtic-shirt-with-celtic-charity-foundation-logo-nir-bitton-153619704.htm

     

     

    Only 99 tickets and each £19:67 goes a long way to feeding the 265 kids of the VOA1 academy in Liberia and funding the ongoing initiatives of the Celtic Charity Foundation.

     

     

    Please buy one if you can.

  15. I am not negative.. but the club is. If they were positive and went out and signed better than we have then great .. But so often we get close to having a good team then they sell our best players and take a punt on someone cheaper. Why not try to improve team then sell the player who has dropped out. if Roberts is leaving the we should have been looking for right winger this window.. HH ! :-)

  16. Phyllis Dietrichson on

    Ernie Lynch – re the transfer window. Having a window lessens the influence of agents, which in my opinion, can only be good for the game.

  17. Transfer Window closes at 5pm in Germany, Red Bull Leipzig cutting it fine , to increase the £6mil bid to something a bit more realistic for Mackay.

  18. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Quonno

     

     

    Fans always want signings, thats what we do.

     

    Hope we can pull a sneaky one off before the window crashes shut:)

     

     

     

    HH

  19. mullet and co 2 on

    So far this window we have had

     

     

    Dembele at between 20m and 40m

     

    Tierney at 10m

     

    Gordon at 4m

     

     

    Apparent interest in Sviatchenko who I imagine would fetch north of 6m.

     

     

    Given those numbers Scott Sinclair is an inflationary bargain akin to Lubo

  20. MARADOMINIC on 31ST JANUARY 2017 1:11 PM

     

     

    I am not negative.. but the club is. If they were positive and went out and signed better than we have then great .. But so often we get close to having a good team then they sell our best players and take a punt on someone cheaper. Why not try to improve team then sell the player who has dropped out. if Roberts is leaving the we should have been looking for right winger this window.. HH ! :-)

     

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    You decided to slate McGregor and Boyata after good performances. It’s negativity and nothing else. Nowhere in your posts do I see you give anybody any credit despite the success we’re having this year.

     

     

    True, Celtic would probably like to sign another winger in January and that’s why we have been trying to sign the lad from Belgium. We’ll see what happens with that one.

     

     

    However, Roberts isn’t an automatic starter for Celtic. He tends to be behind Forrest and Sinclair in the pecking order. Secondly, there is no guarantee that Roberts won’t be at Celtic next year. We know that City are open to the possibility of a permanent deal.

  21. Keen to keep Erik, TGMSSTB

     

     

    I trust Lawell to run the Club; I don’t ever trust him to put football logic before business logic.

     

     

    He’ll site Boyata, Jozo, O Connell and McCart (Lustig) as strength in depth, site that we are essentially only playing for the Scottish Cup, and his eyes would water at any 7M+ Bid for Erik.

     

     

    It was only yesterday that it occurred to me that today would be as nervy as it is.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  22. I lose my love of football more on this day than at any other point of the year…money,money,money,money,money.It’s nauseating and an example of the substanceless,jejune fakery that infects most of popular culture these days.To me the real,and only,beneficiaries are SSN and their cue card readers,perfectly demonstrated by the silly,shouty sycophant White.Sooner it’s over the better.

     

     

    FAUXHOLLYWOODPISHNOTFOOTBALLDAYcsc

  23. 50 shades of green on

    So thats the goalkeeper 2 centre backs a left back and a striker on the way oot.

     

     

    That midfield better get the finger oot naebody wants any of them bloody lot of non triers so they ur.

     

     

    We must be doing something right.

     

     

    Chip wrappers tomorrow will be full of ” naebody really wanted any Tims it was awe made up “.

     

     

    Meanwhile over at LA LA land zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  24. archdeaconsbench on

    Re. Moussa going to London. For a scan. On transfer deadline day. When Chelsea are reportedly interested in him.

     

     

    Sorry, bit like your burd going to with pictures with another guy and coming out with the ‘he’s just a mate’ line…..

     

     

    A sense of foreboding about this.

  25. £40m…… Uncharted territory for Celtic. Why now? Why this player?

     

     

     

    I have seen the comparisons with fees for Virgil, Fraser and Victor.

     

     

     

    Celtics ambition in the transfer market is to get interest from the top end of the EPL rather than the mid range teams. While Celtic have received the sell on benefits the larger fincial gain in recent times has been to Southampton. Celtic want to get the premium price directly. The aim is to cut out the middlemen where we can.

     

     

     

    Our ability to identify and secure the best quality potential will determine that top flight interest. The club seems focussed on seriously following this strategy, a strategy it should be said, which also anticipates participation in the CL groups.

     

     

     

    Our participation in the Spfl will almost never be enough to convince suitors to pay full price. As a strategy I approve but…..It must also be measured and organised to achieve yearly entry to CL groups and regular appearances in the latter stages. This means NOT selling out solely on the basis of the size of the transfer fees. There first has to be a significant level of quality players either already recruited and at the club or available to sign.Celtic have to be strongly determined.

     

     

     

    The CL will look different in the future and Celtic seem to be manoeuvring to make obvious to the big hitters their competitive European credentials. We are determined not to be overlooked. It’s the smart move but a real challenge and not guaranteed to work.

     

     

     

    As far as MD is concerned he is probably untypical of Celtics ongoing scheme. The reason the price has rocketed so soon was because he was already on the radar of the big EPL clubs who thought they had time enough to attract him once his Fulham contract had run down. For quite understandable reasons the thought of him ending up at Celtic never entered their heads. Their assessment of the player is probably as much based on his development at Fulham as what he has achieved at Celtic.

     

     

    HH (repost!)

  26. SOZ on 31ST JANUARY 2017 1:42 PM

     

    Sky Sports reporting that Dembele has travelled to London???

     

     

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    Reports that he was seen at a bus stop in Byres Road opposite Waitrose carrying a big bag of Portuguese custard tarts earlier on.

     

     

    So who knows what might happen next.

  27. Lennybhoy and catman

     

     

    Any info lads ? Comings or going ..

     

     

    Hoping we can get ambrose and commons off the books at least.

  28. THIRDS63 on 31ST JANUARY 2017 1:43 PM,

     

     

    It may also show the big clubs that Celtic is a worthy club to send youngsters to for development.

     

     

    If there is an offer from Chelski at forty million it would be hard not to accept especially if there is a customary sell on fee which would push it up even further

     

     

    HH

     

    gsu

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