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.


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  1. I think it’s safe to say by the time the transfer window closes we will be getting naebody that isn’t a project a has been or a kid on the cheap

  2. Paddy Gallagher on

    BIG PACKY on 6TH JANUARY 2018 10:10 PM


    talkin about chapmans the two pubs in our village glenboig both belonged to chapmans wines and spirits.ktf.



    As a Glenboig man, do you Dom McDade from the village?

  3. KevJ


    At least you’re consistent.


    I can separate the two things – supporting Celtic and wanting justice. I still support the team but want justice for the cheating.


    We don’t have an authoritative and influential fan group so campaigns won’t work but I would give up supporting the team for a game or more if it forced the hand of the club.


    Unfortunately without a central supporters voice it’ll won’t happen, especially when we’re winning.

  4. PADDY GALLAGHER. went to school with john mcdade, cant recall dom mcdade must be related tho hh.

  5. Dallas-holy cross was no to shabby:-)))we also had a good snooker player who was ment to be in geography class:/))

  6. “Stranraer captain Steven Bell has been transferred to League One rivals Ayr United as the Stair Park club continue to shed players amid financial woes.”



    Isn’t it strange how some clubs can be “amid financial woes” yet there is nothing to see at a certain other club which is actively pursuing administration options?

  7. Anyone else remember the Govan Fair?



    Both parents were Govanites and both sets of Grandparents lived there until the end. Govan Road near the Pirece Institute & Summertown Road near Harkins Scrapyard.



    Although we lived in Castlemilk, we took the 34 bus to Govan Cross every Saturday for the weekly visits.



    The Govan Fair parade was like the Notting Hill Carnival (minus the half naked wummin).



    I can still remember the lorries with folk on them flinging sweets to me(& others)on Langlands Road.



    Last time I was in Govan, it was a ghost town.

  8. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    CELTARELLA on 6TH JANUARY 2018 10:25 PM


    I think it’s safe to say by the time the transfer window closes we will be getting naebody that isn’t a project a has been or a kid on the cheap







    Good Evenings Cinders



    Hope you are well?



    Surely, we could also be in positive net funds as well, after VVD sell on clause?







  9. Celticrollercoaster supporting @WalkWithShay on

    JOHN51 on 6TH JANUARY 2018 10:42 PM


    Anyone else remember the Govan Fair?






    My Dad was manager of the local tailor shop in Govan for around 15-20 years! This closed around 1985 if my memory serves me well!



    So I will ask him about the Govan fair.



    We also lived in Croftfoot, so my Dad got the same bus at times to work when car less.







  10. Caltontongues-my dad has always said you can never ever have a Celtic player making the most consecutive games in a row,was Kenny no on the bench

  11. CRC






    My Dad worked in Fairfields & Stephens of Linthouse so he took that bus from the top of Castlemilk Drive every morning for years.




  12. “Anyone else remember the Govan Fair?”




    The sheep’s heid, all the pictures of the parade and jollity in the Govan Press…


    Madame X and Imitation of Life a double bill at the Lyceum – for ever.



    On another topic – can Brendan put out a wee statement to say that it’s too warm for him to go to Stoke (my hometown club, by the way) – his move to the Potteries won’t happen until hell freezes over.

  13. Philippe Coutinho is set to join Barca for €140 million. The question is not why but how is he is so good. Wgs put it down to genetics which was utter bollox. There was a period in time when Scotland produced some of the best football players on the world. Wtf happened. Oh aye now I remember. Andy Roxburgh, Craig Brown, the SFA, Walter Smith, the Scottish media and general anti Celtic bias. Hh

  14. Fairhill Bhoy & SFTB,



    SFTB, Kenny was on the bench that night, think it was against Wales, and was not brought on.



    Can remember watching and screaming DOBS at the telly

  15. On buses – the bus from Govan to the Celtic match was the number 65, which dropped you off at Brigton Cross – very exciting, and great for practising your invisibility procedures.

  16. Big Packy



    It was Dunoon for us at the Glasgow Fair.



    No choice in dates as the yards closed down for only those two weeks.



    Train from Central to Gourock then the steamer to Dunoon pier with kenneth Mckellar belting out the pier tannoy as the boat docked.



    I developed a great affection for sandy beaches after childhood holidays on the stones of Dunoon beaches.

  17. SFTB,



    SFA & Ormond’s shame.



    Then they compounded it by leaving Jinky out against Zaire (Think 10 penalties) and they played that auld cnut Law who could hardly move but, he’ll have played at a WC on his CV….

  18. Fairhill



    It was a big thing for many Celts of that generation.



    We were beginning to think that things were changing and then KD was brazenly dropped. His form in many preceding games for Scotland could have justified his being dropped but, on that occasion, there was no justification. He was in rich form for club and country- it was a blatant message about who was still in charge (they thought).

  19. CT Agree. Willie Ormond for me was one of our greatest football managers. He was ahead of his time. A forerunner for Ferguson and McLean. However he had a drink problem and was a bigot. Willie Ormond epitomized Scotland at that time. Hh

  20. JOHN51. forgot to mention dunoon used to go there also . kenneth Mckellar lovely singer happy memories.hh.

  21. Gordon64,



    Don’t know about him being a bigot but, he did what he was told, Stein or Ferguson would not have done it.



    As for a drink problem, sure half the team had one :-))))

  22. have to agree with kev j with this board we will never seetrue justice about the cheating and sfa compliance in it celtic will for ever be lost due to gutless leaders




    True, gave up supporting Scotland then …Ma Da was laughing at me – he never ever supported them.



    Now, lets start on they Scouse cheats from 66: -))))

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