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Why we can attract top French youth talent

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Olivier Ntcham stole the show with a stunning free-kick goal for France under-21s against Bulgaria last night. Celtic’s midfielder came on as a 75th minute substitute, not long after teammate Moussa Dembele was subbed off.

Olivier has been capped by France at every age group since under-16. It is a mark of the expectations we have for him, and Moussa, that they are exposed to the demands of the Allianz Arena, despite Olivier having less than 50 senior games under his belt, and Moussa having less than 100.

At similar stages of their development, expectations of Kenny Dalglish and Henrik Larsson were considerably less, while contemporaries, Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic took years to reach peak form.

What we have seen from Olivier, and to a lesser extent Moussa, is a glimpse of their potential. Playing for Celtic, with its unique mix of expectations to win every domestic game, indifferent domestic opponents, and regular Champions League football, provides a great opportunity to polish potential into the finished article.

Young players will get first team opportunities in less demanding games, while 18-year-olds like Anthony Ralston will be asked to get stuck in against PSG. I doubt any other club can offer a better environment to develop talent, which explains why we can attract Moussa, Olivier and Odsonne Edouard.

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  1. Park Road 67- this guff feeds the hun hordes on a daily basis, can just picture the’big hoose’ numpty,salivating on every word that is read out to him….

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GER57

     

     

    Mailed you-and other Ayrshire Bhoys-re train tomorrow.

     

     

    1152 from Ayr arrives 1240.

     

     

    Hope that suits your itinerary(!)

     

     

    Btw,home about 1930. Means I should be in the house for 2017,though knowing my luck wi trains I’ll be lucky to get home this year at all!

  3. JNP from other article

     

     

    its reaching its orwellian pathos!

     

    every one of them all up to their knees now in meejah,

     

    5 years of non stop guff,

     

    cheating ex Dead fc players given some authority by whom?

     

    They are cheats.

     

    Beeb you dont handle liquidations well..trust statement jist disnae cut it

     

    ultimately they brought it all on themselves

     

    thats the beauty of it .Sir David of cheat did it.

     

     

    hope your good.:-)

     

     

    HH

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Moussa is a star already,but recurring injuries are a concern. Olivier is still nowhere near the finished article,but his potential is there for all to see.

     

     

    Oddsonne? Not seen enough-but FourFourTwo have. They placed him in their World Top Teenagers list the other day. How much is the optional fee we negotiated with PSG?

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    TEUCHTERARLA

     

     

    Sure intend to,old bean! Will raise a glass to absent friends,and you’re definitely included. Hopefully meet up again in the near future,you can help fill in one or two wee blanks from that week!!!

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    !!Bada Bing!! on 10th November 2017 12:08 pm

     

    Alex Rae makes Derek Johnstone sound like Brian Glanville……

     

     

    Would wonder who would win a game of chess between the two…………”does the horse move in a L shape or something ” Rae would say……

  7. WEE BOBBY COLLINS

     

     

    The dogs ( rough and tough terriers ! ) are whimpering like babies . . None of them can cope with thunder and lightning — the pit bull has taken to cowering inside an old empty wardrobe that lives in the basement.. Sicily specializes in extreme weather -w-owee sun or wowee rain –

     

     

    Bless The Weather –

     

    https://youtu.be/qs8z1XZu2Nc

  8. BMCUWP

     

     

    I picked her and aschoolfriend up from the airport just after 11;00pm.

     

     

    The journey home was quiet and I put this down to the long day.

     

     

    When we got home she ran past her Mum, without a word and went to her room.

     

     

    When we got there she was lying on her bed sobbing her heart out!

     

     

    We had a tough hour or so with her as she described her day through sobs and tears.

     

     

    Difficult to say more as I’m welling up.

     

     

    Harrowing and heartbreaking experience for her, her words.

     

     

    She will talk to you tomorrow.

     

     

    Lest we forget.

  9. If Humpdung is in such a sad state of repair and costing a thick wedge to run, why on earth would the SFA opt for the bigotdome to hold Scotland games, why???. It’s worse than humpdung. Ah, Eureka, got it!!!

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  10. PRESTONPANS BHOYS on 10TH NOVEMBER 2017 12:28 PM

     

    !!Bada Bing!! on 10th November 2017 12:08 pm

     

     

    Alex Rae makes Derek Johnstone sound like Brian Glanville……

     

     

     

    Would wonder who would win a game of chess between the two…………”does the horse move in a L shape or something ” Rae would say……

     

    …….

     

     

    More likely to say “SNAP”

  11. Any young French centre halfs available? Preferably one who can stay fit for more than a couple of games!

  12. I’ve been remiss in not posting this link

     

     

     

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sQRFX2vOWUvkaeRAEEYL3vzMqdXGFE8T/view?usp=sharing ;

     

     

    to a BBC Sportsound podcast earlier in the week.

     

     

    It covers a discussion between Darryl Broadfoot and Paul Goodwin of the SFSA on the published results of the independent survey conducted by the SFSA.

     

     

    One interesting aspect is DB’s reference to Supporters Direct as the voice of Scottish Football Supporters and the obvious flaw in his defense of the latter .

     

     

    The obvious question is what confidence can be placed on SD given they are funded by an organisation no one trusts and why don’t they merge with SFSA and seek independent funding?

     

     

    Let’s be clear. None of the nonsense since 2011 by SFA/SPFL could have happened if supporters had any meaningful input.

     

     

    I’m not saying SFSA is the perfect solution but it’s a start of building a platform on and through which trust in the govenance of Scottish football can be restored.

  13. Hunderbirds, sorry for the loss of your good friend Dougie, prayers said for his wife and family. THE TOKEN TIM , think me you might have a mutual friend Sean B married to a school teacher

  14. weebobbycollins on

    Anyone else think Ryan Jack was immense last night?

     

    Anyone else thin Matt Phillips looked like a proper centre`forward last night?

     

    Anyone else think Malky MacKay was talking proper, immense mince last night?

     

    Or is it just me?

  15. It’s all gone twitchy over on Fester Fester. They have gone from ” No way do I want Derek McInnis” to ” Why have they not got him signed up yet, what’s taking so long”. Silly Billys :0). :0)

  16. WBC- Mackay didn’t know Regan ruled him out of the Scotland job till after the game, was all over the media in the afternoon, that’s the guy who heads up Scottish football.

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