Why Morgan was bought now instead of on a pre-contract


What’s the difference between Celtic signing Lewis Morgan now, then loaning him back to St Mirren, or simply signing him on a pre-contract agreement to join the club on 1 June? Primarily, it is about the player’s training regime.

Celtic are paying St Mirren for the privilege of telling them how Lewis should train, what dietary rules he should follow and what developmental objectives to prioritise. He will train, rest, eat and sleep according to guidelines Celtic set out.

The cumulative effect of sports science is difficult to quantify, but it forms the basis of much of what the technical staff do at Lennoxtown.

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

A Celtic State of Mind presents its 29th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.

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.


Jim Craig made two of the three goals in the 1967 European Cup Final. There’s a great wee video below for you to enjoy. Get Jim’s new Lisbon Lion Diary – Right Back to 67 from CQNBookstore.co.uk 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.


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  1. Good morning CQN from a cool, clear and breezy East Devon.


    How many caps did the Lisbon Lions get between them? Say no more. Corrupt!



    “RATHER BE” at Plumpton’s 1.05……it’s early price is 1/6.


    I don’t have a spare £20,000 lying about, so I’ll be giving it a miss.



    Tomorrow’s another day.



  3. 3 days ago, my Flu symptoms were getting better and I started a 2nd course of anti biotics.


    se and headaches largely gone, so much s that I had a few beers on Thursday and Friday.


    I woke up yesterday Saturday and all the sneezing etc is back again, and it appears to be the same this morning.


    This is Murder Policeman !



    Ive never known Flu like it.


    Looks like yet another day of being dubbed up in the hoose to try and shake this off.


    Hope anyone else suffering is actually getting better…I aint .



  4. Cosy Corner Bhoy on

    Big Jimmy: I have heard it said that antibiotics and alcohol don’t mix.Not having had antibiotics can’t verify that:) .



    yes I know that alcohol and medications don’t mix, and I did largely refrain from taking both when I was out on Thurs and Friday.


    I felt better on Thurs, and I didn’t start to take the 2nd course of antis until Srday morning.


    Anyways…I am sick of being sick !


    I know that there are many a lot worse off than I am health wise, and I wish them well.




  6. IanBhoy929 on 7th January 2018 6:59 am




    .The Lisbon Lions ONLY got 117 international caps between them….a National scandal back then and it still is !



  7. Deary me.Have these people either ,no brains,or no shame.The SMSM now reporting that The Huns are considering a “Swoop” for Jason Cummings,from Forest for around 1 million!!!!!!!!!!!!.Will they be using the 1 million they dont have that was earmarked for Murphy,or have they discovered another 1 million they dont have.

  8. I saw my lovely Phsyio mandy on Friday lunchtime.


    She gave me a brand new walking stick for use.


    After watching me trying to use it..she took it back off me, as she said that I wasn’t using it right !


    Now I know I can be daft sometimes but, are am I the ONLY person who doesn’t know how to use a walking stick ?



    She said that due to years of lack of mobility, I walk very stiffly and even stiffer when using the walking stick and that she will have to loosen me up asap ?



    Sounds very promising….or very painful…and it all starts this Thursday morn.


    HELP !



  9. Maybe they use the £50 Million that they will get for Pena ?


    This mankie mob really should be brought to heel…likewise those so call Journos who’s edtors give them a licence to print utter tosh !



  10. Hoots ma boab ?????


    HELP ma boab !


    I have never heard any Scottish folk talk that way apart fro The Broons and OOR Wullie.


    Tory bassa’s the lot of em




    I am watching Aw Marr asking PM May Tory bitch NOT answering questions on the NHS problems.


    Did that Tory Minister Damien Green get sacked at Christmas…I must have missed that.





    Jamie Murphy….



    It’s understood Brighton’s legal team wanted to do due diligence and a credit check on Gers being good for the whole fee agreed, including add-ons, before they signed off on his clearance.




    Although the initial fee was around the £1million mark, it is understood the Seagulls are eventually looking for a full return of the £1.7m they paid Sheffield United for him.



    The arrival of Murphy is a coup for Graeme Murty as he looks to strengthen his options and add goal threat to his squad ahead of the second half of the season.



    The former Motherwell man has struggled for game time with the Premier League newboys this season but has been a prolific scorer in his four previous seasons down south.



    FFS…How embarrassing is it that one of the Biggest Clubs in the World…The Ranjurs…is subjected to a CREDIT CHECK by another club….far less the Mighty Brighton and Hove Albion, and the ranjurs MUST have FAILED that Credit Check as the permanent sale did NOT go through !











    BANKIEBHOY1 on 7TH JANUARY 2018 10:08 AM



    if he answers you then yir dead.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Morning all



    One of those reminders that you are getting old.



    I was out after the game last week and during the chat my friends and I remarked that at least Madden had not really influenced the game that much unlike the prevous Derby match at Celtic Park. We got to talking about referees in general and who the worst were.



    Now I am not a great believer in the conspiracy theories surrounding referees. I do not doubt that more of the referees will have supported Rangers than Celtic in my time but think we probably do, historically, get more dodgy decisions than other Scottish teams. RH Davidson was a terrible referee who may well have hated us- but I know that the supports of two othet clubs hated him and dreaded him. The clubs? Rangers and Hearts.



    One referee was I think unacceptably biased and that was Tait. An absolute Hun. JRP Gordon (Newport-on-Tay) probably was too but even with him I would temper that with the knowledge that when he gave us a penalty at Pittodrie a ref ran on and attacked him.



    But this Gordon was the prime mover in the most bizzare incident I ever witnessed arva game.The infamous goal by John Greig that led to Celtic refusing to take the kick off for several minutes, me being hit on the shoulder by a half-full beer tin and mass chants of ‘Off! Off” from the Celtic end. It was one of those moments where unprecedented mayhem – on and off the pitch- seemed likely though mercifully it did not really materialise. Later in the game Gordon denied us as blatant a penalty as the one he had not given us in the first half. What a Gareth Hunt.



    And it was 40 years ago today. Which is kind of depressing because urbane, jazz loving, Proust reading, liberal-minded sophisticate that I am I still bear a grudge from that day.




  14. Marrakesh Express on

    Deidco teams of 67 CWC final and 72 battle of Barcelona CWC final, both ‘won’ more caps than the best Scottish side ever.





    Still lodged firmly in my memory as the worst display ever by a ref. And Grieg was offside when he scored anaw.


    Sleeping pattern completely screwed up by a few days off during the festive period,I hit my cot early doors last night,wi the plan of getting up in time for MOTD.



    Delighted,I was. Switched it on just in time for the credits.



    It was only about halfway through when daylight started streaming through the blinds…






    Anyway,a fine read-through from last night. Still concentrating on the fitba’-it won’t last.

  17. So disappointing to see such a skillful player like Jozo leave without so much as scratching a mark.

  18. PARK ROAD 67


    Saturday 7 April.The Celtic game will be shown at Rosie O’Grady’s in Northbridge,Perth. Ask for Cathie,mention CQN and she will call me over.Be a pleasure to buy you a beer.HH.

  19. Marrakesh Express on

    Tait is a self confessed hun. He drank or maybe still does, in a Kings Park boozer where its well known..


    He’s proud of it too…fact.


    One of many examples of what we’re up against .

  20. BMCUWP



    He probably was! I was at the 70 Final with RHD but to me that 78 game was even worse.




  21. My friends in Celtic,



    The last meaningful survey in 2017 stated that > 72% of over 16’s residing in Scotland were not religious.



    I would imagine this also reflects the footballing fraternity .


    Times have changed. Can the demography of CQN acknowledge this ?






    Ps: Foxes 1 – Tally_Ho Spivs 0.





    I didn’t get to the ’70 final,my first final was Thistle in ’71. I saw us in every LC cup final after that till at least 83. Saw us win twice,I think.



    My Dad and his mates were at the ’70 final. If you want to see my Dad’s wee brother go off on one,just mention that match. Always reminds me why I -affectionately-call him The Growler.





    I don’t think we are defending our religion,which as you rightly state is becoming largely irrelevant. We are pointing out where bigots attack us based on their own prejudices.

  24. BMCUWP



    That 70 final was, like the European Cup Final 25 days later, one of those events that was almost character forming. I never trusted refs after the first and with the second have never been surprised by supposedly unexpected reversals- in life not just football- since.



    But JRP Gordon was worse. Refuse to believe he was acting impartially that day.




  25. South Of Tunis on




    7/1/ 78 .



    I can still raise a wee smile at the memory of a prat who was ” Scotland’s best Referee ” allowing Kennedy to take the kick out while there were several Celtic players in the Deady Bears penalty area .Bumptious clueless buffoon at best

  26. Greenpinata at 11.15am



    Out of curiosity what survey are you highlighting?



    Is it this one?



    Commissioned by the Humanist Society Scotland, a Survation poll of more than 1,000 Scottish adults found that 72.4% of them were not religious.



    Gordon MacRae, chief executive of the Humanist Society Scotland, said “It’s possible people said they were, for example, Roman Catholic, even if they never attended church.”



    Helpfully the article ends ‘and they’re far better off without religious dogma infesting their minds.’







    Till Later…




    Also why are we talking about small money for Erik when we paid £2.5m and he is under Contract until 2020?



    Till Later

  27. South of Tunis




    That same refeee- ‘Scotland’s top whistler’ as he was also described- was of course banned from reffing after accepting ‘gifts’ from AC Milan.





  28. just reading back, has anyone mentioned mr wharton, and the famous handshake picture with john greig.

  29. Been great reading the reflections of the last couple of days.I can certainly relate to those of Big Packy-we must be of the same vintage.I attended St Charles,Newton -60 to 67-and I saved a few ‘black babies’ at 2s6d a card.And a Royal Scot biscuit with tea after Mass on the First Friday of each month.


    As for Celtic,my first games were during the Wilderness Years.The riot at Ibrox as a six year old;the hope of the Cup Final in ’63 quickly followed by the despair of the replay;MTK.


    Haffey MacKay Kennedy Crerand McNeill Price Chalmers Jackson Hughes Divers Byrne.55 years have passed but do we ever forget?


    And then came that glorious day in April ’65 and Big Billy’s wonderful header.The roar was incredible! My first Cup Final victory with my dad.

  30. prestonpans bhoys on

    Now all we need is for a journalist to grow some balls and report the Murphy “transfer” as it was………Sevco have failed Brighton’s credit check and since they have totally destabilised the player he’s off on loan until the season ticket money comes in thereby enabling Sevco to pay.



    There you go, just one simple sentence does it all..

  31. BMCUW,



    Imo .



    Dinosaurs with their prejudices associated with football are dieing out. Eventually to the point of irrelevance or a figment of fun and contempt.



    As a society we have come far. Generational change has been immense.


    The bus is truly open to all, but the back seats are always available if desired.



    Like yourself, mixing with peoples from all backgrounds I do not believe there is an anti Celtic bias nowadays; Indeed some may say we are the new establishment club.



    Prejudice associated with football in 2018 is mainly confined to history.



    Embrace the future , the future is Green and White for all.




  32. GREENPINATA on 7TH JANUARY 2018 11:15 AM


    My friends in Celtic,



    The last meaningful survey in 2017 stated that > 72% of over 16’s residing in Scotland were not religious.



    I would imagine this also reflects the footballing fraternity .






    Despite the source of the data’s inevitable agenda what has always struck me has been the high numbers of people I’ve met over the years who have proudly proclaimed ‘i’m not a Christian/religious but I am a Protestant…’



    I’m met mercifully few bigots in the context of churches, of any denomination. (My unrepentant Boston Celtics jacket smoked out a couple!!!)



    HH jamesgang

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