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20 May 2018 12:48:37
Ed have you heard anything about Ki coming back to Celtic?

{Ed007's Note - Yep but it'll be the same place you did.}

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20 May 2018 13:00:13
Good player but will he get a game or improve our team?, i’m Not so sure .

20 May 2018 13:18:18
I’m not one in favor of return players, it rarely works out and spoils the memories of what they originally were.

20 May 2018 13:41:11
He'd be an ideal replacement should Armstrong leave and would really suit out style. Can't see it though. He left in pursuit of the EPL and I fancy Fulham to get there.

20 May 2018 13:57:15
I think Mcginn is a better replacement for Armstrong and at his age fits better with our signing policy.

20 May 2018 14:29:07
I'd have McGinn as a replacement for Armstrong Andy.

{Ed007's Note - That would be my shout too, JT.}

20 May 2018 15:13:32
I thought this was the Johansen thread sorry 😖. I wouldn't take Ki to be honest.

20 May 2018 15:04:00
I don't think he's going to take us to the next level next season Ed (talking Europe particularly, here) . But as a squad player with the view to him improving and establishing himself in time, absolutely.

{Ed007's Note - He's more than capable on the domestic front and under Rodgers we know he'll improve, how far would be up to McGinn himself imo.}

20 May 2018 15:47:15
I definitely wouldn’t take Johansen back, was never a fan of his, one of the most careless passers of a ball I have ever seen .

20 May 2018 17:51:50
While I think Armstrong is a brilliant addition to the team with his forward runs, always though Ki was the opposite, was glad to see the back of him, thought he slowed play down, and was bad for the whole team.

20 May 2018 20:11:54
If we ate going for McGinn we need to do it this window. We have a few px deals available that may work for Hibs so the deal should be doable. Armstrong definitely away and Brown won't last forever but what about Kouassi? What do we do with him. He was bought as an understudy to Brown. Is he going to be sold Rd or do we bypass McGinn.

21 May 2018 11:01:01
I think Kouassi will remain understudy to Brown at CDM Johnny. I don't see McGinn playing that anchor role. He'll be the box to box/ creative passer that Armstrong is.

{Ed007's Note - That's how I see it as well, JT. McGinn is more like Armstrong and Ntcham playing the box to box role whereas Kouassi will do what Brown does and sit in protecting the defence.
For Europe next season I would play a 4-3-2-1 with Brown and Kouassi both playing CDM in the 3 allowing Ntcham to get up and down the park while giving us extra protection at the back.}

21 May 2018 12:39:51
That's a good shout to be fair Ed. Kouassi looked great against Zenit in there and we'll need all the protection we can get in the CL groups should we get there.

{Ed007's Note - We'd look something like this:

I've put the ?? in the CAM positions because I do think that line is somewhere we need strengthened, the lack of creativity - and more importantly our goals tally for this season is a cause for concern. Sinclair if he can get back to form would need to come into contention and if LG could calm down with his shoot on sight policy could do a good job in there imo with his speed and trickery.
We all know we're never going to win the CL and we've been very unlucky with the draw the past 2 seasons but I don't think we're that far away from being at the level of teams just below the 'big elite' clubs.}

21 May 2018 13:20:03
Three positions ticked there for me that we need to sign straight away mate. Would really like an attacking wide man better than Forrest to offer width at times though. 4 quality players should not be too much to ask this season and I think it well get us to that level you talk about.

I like LG as a cult hero and he's exciting at domestic level but for me we need to look beyond him, if we aren't already with Edouard. LG will never be selfless and there are just better focal points which as underdogs we need. People see tying scarfs round goalposts over the footballer sometimes me thinks.

Rogic will get the shout next season at CAM. Good ones don't come two a penny. If he breaks down though then that's it for me. I gave the decision the give him a bumper contract the benefit of the doubt because there's a player in there. Probably heart over head. That said we could still do with somebody to come on after an hour when he's blowing out his arse.

Anyway I'm waffling. On the whole I like that shape for Europe yeah.

{Ed007's Note - Next season is a massive season for Rogic, he needs to step-up and show that he was worth getting his bumper new contract. He doesn't score enough goals or create enough assists for me. It's his main job to create chances and show the skills to break down stubborn defences and as this season has shown we, as a team, never done that enough but he has to shoulder a lot of the blame for that imo. It's all well and good scoring at Ibrox and in important cup games but he needs to start being more effective in more games, 0-0 against teams like Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Dundee simply is nowhere near good enough.
If Rogic spends a lot of the season next year injured that'll be it for me and he should be punted next year.
We conceded the same amount of league goals this season (25) as last but we scored 33 (106 last year and 73 this year) less than we managed last season. You see for yourself on the live chat, JT how many times we talk about needing to find a way to break down stifling defences well that's guys like Rogic and Forrest's job and in my opinion neither of them have done that enough and/or consistently - did Sinclair's fantastic season last season mask the problem?}

21 May 2018 19:06:56
Neither Rogic or Forrest have done it consistently Ed no. Hopefully Rogic can add that but Forrest I'd quite simply like to see replaced. Fair point about Sinclair masking it. He's another that hasn't quite hit the standards he set last season but the difference in team goals isn't just down to him either mind. Ach you've almost got me after another CAM now. We might be in the market for a squad CAM now though with Musonda heading back.

{Ed007's Note - I'd have McGregor starting as our No.10 but I don't see Rodgers doing that now Rogic has signed the extension.}



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