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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Lullabies and Battle Cries on 6th January 2018 5:46 pm




    Big Jimmy, 07;10 this morning on previous item.







    Backed your two Henderson horses, nice wee profit with that double.





    Hope you backed them.




    .Yes I backed them at the early prices of 01/11 and 7/2.Pity about Hendersons third horse today in the big race ?


    Anyways 2/3 aint bad.


    I also had Godoplphins only runner today ( which I didn’t mention this morn) which won at Kemptons 6.15 tonight at 11/4. I had that at an early price of 0/30, along with the two Henderson winners.


    I’d settle for 3 out of 4 every day.


    I did suggest that





  2. I remember Wallace getting slaughtered for saying they had first class breakfast at Murry Park

  3. From post above.


    I dsid suggest that the fact that Hendersons NO.1 Jockey was NOT riding for him in the Welsh Gran




    National at Chepstow, but rather one


    horse in Sandowns 3.35, was maybe a tip in itself ?


    It certainly seems that way,,,especially when Call Me Lord bolted up under Jockey Nico De Bonville.


    That’s defo one of Hendersons to watch out for in March at Cheltenham ?



  4. Dallas


    All going well. All the better for having your imprimatur on Charlie of the Arsenal. What a twat.



  5. Donald Trump now wants to ban free speech in the USA following Michael Wolffs book which portrays him as an incompetent idiot. Hh

  6. just thought of another one, george o boyle ex st johnstone, c,mon am i the only one participating in this debate good mind to put my old wheeltappers and shunters dvds on.lol.

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gearoid, I need to stop letting Nicholas annoy me, but its very difficult.



    The ex Celts in the media who were Celtic fans as boys are the ones who are the most annoying for whatever reason . Nevin also falls into this category.



    Tom Boyd is a notable exception which explains hee haw media work.

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Big Packy, ex hun and Thistle player, Alex O’Hara .



    Jon Daly , the current Hearts coach



    Current youth team player, Liam Burt



    Michael O’Halloran



    They had a youth goalie called Liam Kelly

  9. Dallas.


    Tracey says thank you very much for your kind words. Aye I can see Tony ‘s face at you saying you’re supporting Bankies. I’m have a wee laugh here.


    Big Jimmy. Yes. Call me Lord very impressive carrying top weight, especially on such heavy going.


    I had a frustrating day, had a three winners but not together. Call me Lord being one, I had Buywise at 20/1 with Hills this morning and Toriano 4s.


    Anyway thanks for advice. I’m back to work on Mon, for a day, then off for 2, that’s just to annoy Gerryfaethebrig. :-)))


    Hail Hail to all.

  10. DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS. blimey dallas you mean daly and o halloran are of a different persuasion or just huns.hh.



    Disappointing result for Cumbernauld after eventually getting the game on , Girvan game called off again , seems to be one area of the pitch that’s troublesome , fingers crossed for a game next week !

  12. Gearoid-was watching ss and watched him say ‘my team’ I just laughed and said you’re feking welcome to him:-))

  13. Dallas.


    Pollok tweeted Today’s Southside classico attendance 1,125.


    Fairly impressive, I would say.


    Hail Hail

  14. here is the problem, to spend lets say 20ml on three players plus wages (40 to 45) per wk.



    we would have to win spl every year and quilify for the cl group stages.



    i think it was here or kerrydale st. that our profit was 7ml last year,i am sure someone here can confirm or get the figure right.



    my point is we can afford the 20ml but watch our wage bill go through the roof. imo.

  15. Park Rd 67.


    Thanks. Pitch held up well.


    I met, by chance, the chairman and secretary this morning in Costa, they were really looking forward to it but that’s football.


    It was 4.0 at half time, who would be a goalie, the poor soul, remember he was MOM in last game against Beith, today was just not his day. Honestly he should have saved them all, after the first I think his confidence went. Hopefully he will remember how well he played last time rather than today. That’s why I always have that bit more time for goalies, their mistakes are accentuated, whilst outfield players tend to get away with their mistakes the majority of the time.


    Hail Hail

  16. Dallas-my sister in law is best pals with Tommy’s sister,the night after MON treble win was Tommy’s night in the Thistle hotel,we had Tommy’s dad in our room singing Celtic songs.Brilliant night so it was

  17. Yogi Hughes/ Tontine et al



    Re the Jinky: Henderson issue.



    The main point I was making is that it was not ALL based on religion.



    Willie Henderson was a good player- international class- before Jimmy was – he was also 8 months older. Henderson had over 10 full international caps before Jimmy was first “capped” (for the under-23 side in February 64- he did not get a full international cap till Oct. 64). That reflects their form in 62 and 63 when Henderson was better.



    Henderson earned 23 of his 29 caps between 62 and 66, and he only had 1 cap after 1969.



    Jimmy’s record by year was :-



    64:- 2


    66- 2


    67- 2


    68- 1


    69- 2


    70- 2


    71- 4


    72- 2


    74- 6



    So, the SFA were slow to appreciate Jimmy’s abilities but, as Jinkyredstar said, 1974 was his best year for Scotland appearances and how much of his non-appearnace in the 3 WC games that summer was down to religious bias or the douce Sunday Post attitudes following on from the Largs boat affair is up for debate. I suspect that Willie Ormond had no religious bias but was capable of being overruled by SFA blazers as he was with the Kenny Dalglish, successive Scotland appearances record. I would not excuse the blazers of the charge of religious bias.

  18. We must have faith in our youth academy and play our young bhoys regardless. It’s the future I tell you. That and a return to our favoured 442. Hh




    That’s pretty good so I have ammended the instructions after number 7.






    2. Click on comments



    3. At bottom of your screen on the toolbar click the 2 box icon



    4. Then click the + sign at the bottom of the page a new page should come up



    5. Type you tube into address bar at top of the page. You tube should open



    6. Click the search icon and type Billy Joel Piano Man. Choices should come up



    7. Click your choice of song. Song starts playing



    8. Click address bar were it says you tube. It changes to show the link.



    9. Then press and hold the address bar were the link is and a menu appears on screen



    10. Click SELECT ALL a new menu appears.



    11. Click COPY



    12. Then click CANCEL. It is at the right of the address bar.



    13. Then click the 2 box icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. 2 pages come on your screen.



    14. Then click on the CQN page



    15. Then click the comment box.Then press and hold the comment box



    16. A small menu should appear. Click PASTE.



    Your chosen song link should appear in the comments box.



    Just post your comment as usual and the link to the song should appear on your post.




  20. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX hh.sftb hope you dont mind me jumpin in as nobody wants to talk to me.lol. im 100 percent sure it was jimmys religion that held him back, the same way my old man had to go down to newcastle in the 60s to get a job because of his religion people say to me you should be proud to be scottish i cant answer them.hh.

  21. BIG PACKY…



    Servefd my apprenticeship with a bloke called Paul Priest …. He played in a flute band as a drummer… I kid you not.

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Big Packy, sorry I misread your question.



    Ignore all on my last post to you apart from Alex O’Hara.



    The big steak of pee , Lafferty , is one.

  23. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Sipsini and Big Packy, there was a guy in Clydebank called Francis McGowan, with the map of Ireland on his coupon , who was an Orangeman.



    As you say the keepers’ mistakes are always highlighted , hope the boy bounces back next game , Girvan should be playing next week ,Cumnock have artificial pitch,unless there’s 2 feet of snow up there should be ok lol ! That’s good news about your good lady !

  25. SIPSINI. DALLAS DALLAS WHERE THE HECK IS DALLAS. hey bhoys you just never know with names.hh.

  26. NegAnon2 on 6th January 2018 6:42 pm



    Oh dear. Celtic making a big fuss over the Lewis Morgan signing. Paul having a “special” article about who will tell Lewis what to eat. Earth shattering stuff.



    Or perhaps a sign as to quite how little incoming transfer activity there is going to be at Celtic. Once again a stunning lack of ambition appears to be on the horizon.







    Less than six days into the transfer window and Violet Elizabeth Bott starts to scweam and scweam and scweam….




    My first job I worked with a hun called Francis O’ Rourke




  28. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul, I hope Tracey does not suffer any long lasting after effects of her illness.



    Tony , with a smile on his face , called me a rat when I told him at Big English’s memorial , I was supporting the Bankies in the sectional league cup final the following week. I didnt make the game as my dad passed away on the day of the match.



    Fairhill Bhoy, that must have been some night. Tommy Boyd is definitely one of our most underrated and under appreciated players of the last 26 years.

  29. Park Rd.


    Girvan are doing all right back in the big league. Hopefully another 3 points next week.


    Cumbernauld have Petershill at home, earlier in the,season inthe away tie, Paddy was booed before the game, seriously tannoy announce says, number 7 Paddy, boooos from the Petetshill fans. He’s still to go to Larkhall this season too. :-))


    Hail Hail

  30. SETTING FREE THE BEARS FOR RES. 12 & OSCAR KNOX. only my opinion sftb but i think it was, maybe wrong of course not unlike me to be wrong. hh.

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