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31 Dec 2017 14:08:01
Wanted to get back to transfer activity as the mad month approaches. Is there any transfers we know are likely coming our way. I have said I'd of liked a decent centre back, even better right back and a left winger to challenge or even out do Sinclair on the opposite wing. Saying that we've got one centre back coming in (unsure of the quality and Europa league cup tied) and news on a right back? How about musonda?


1.) 31 Dec 2017 15:21:36
Don’t want Musonda if it’s a loan

Sign permanently or stay a prospect in the EPL reserves.

2.) 31 Dec 2017 19:37:14
Hate loans unless u can buy.

3.) 31 Dec 2017 21:19:59
I'd take a player on loan for 18 months if it's to benefit our chances in Europe. It's not always about making money on player but progressing as a team at a competitive level.

4.) 01 Jan 2018 01:47:54
A right back? Bring back adam matthews. Recently watching the team at throw ins has been brutal.

5.) 01 Jan 2018 10:22:36
PMCF I liked Matthews but I'm sure he scrutinized the club when he left. I think we could do better.

6.) 03 Jan 2018 03:24:57
We need to be more dangerous from set plays, but I don't think Adam mathews is the answer.

7.) 03 Jan 2018 23:16:12
If we hadn't played 10 games more than any other team in SPL . We would have 30 full days to train and practice set pieces . I am sure that would make us more dangerous from them.




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17 May 2018 17:22:08
Just for the sake of conversation let's say dembele does go in the summer and we accept an offer of around £20million. We know how the board works and out of that we'd be lucky to see £10 million out back in the pot and if the board are likely to be generous we may get a £15 million budget including all transfer fees.

Who do wee realistically see as a capable £6million replacement for dembele. For CL competitions?


1.) 17 May 2018 17:39:35

2.) 17 May 2018 17:44:24
I can honestly see us making a splash this summer just to keep the orcs in there place. I also think we will smash out transfer record for the right player, maybe even twice.

3.) 17 May 2018 19:47:37
I'd hope for a lot more than £20mil for dembele that's for sure, it's time we stooped up our transfer fees and get what we deserve imo!



03 Feb 2018 22:01:56
Stoooop! With all the negativity. You'd think we've forgotten we have a significant lead at the top. We haven't been as clinical this season but nonetheless were still by enlarge the best team in the country.

I think that as mentioned earlier the pitch didn't do our guys any favours and the injuries done us no good. But on a whole a below par performance, the lads need a balling for that.

As for the complaints on recruitment. Yes I'm gutted that we've still got one or two areas needing strength but on a whole, playing a squad with an average age of 24. Even better 21 minus two of the old heads. To me that is evident to what BR is planning. If we get 3-4 season's CL football for 16 guys by the time there 25 heading to their peak they'll have plenty experience at that level. (Even if 4 left you'd still have 12 guys with that experience) this can only be a good thing.

With regards to plan b. We've been messing around with the formation for the last couple of games this is is trying to work out different formations. It worked against hearts let us down today, with such a massive lead in the league it's worth a gamble every now and then.

Disappointed but realistic we learn from this and move on. Expect better next week.


1.) 03 Feb 2018 22:36:22
But is the point not, if you find a formation that works, shouldn't you just keep it, until it comes undone, and you get forced to try another one, and then you try some others till you find another one that works, don't see the point of finding one that works, and then the next game saying, "think we had better try something else for this game, just to see if it works as well",

2.) 03 Feb 2018 22:52:54
8 points isn’t really a significant lead in my view.

3.) 03 Feb 2018 23:08:56
It was 12 points this morning. Was there not a comment earlier about sitting static and other teams catch up we constantly need to try and improve.

The other option is with the likes of zenit around the corner knowing your options is better than going into to the game with 1 plan and untried alternatives. I'm not blind to say BR got it wrong today but i think it's to harsh to question the teams ability with 2 domestic defeats in two seasons.

4.) 03 Feb 2018 23:47:42
4 leaf that's far too sensible a post in the aftermath of our 2nd domestic defeat in 70 odd games, you should be posting stuff like we"ll be lucky to win the league and we"ve no chance of back to back trebles. Some on here need a reality check, they over react when we win and do the same when we lose, in their eyes we are either world beaters or we're pish . The reality is we are a very decent young side that is only going to improve and are streets ahead of anything else in Scotland. In Europe
we come up short for the same reason the rest domestically come up short against us. Money.

5.) 03 Feb 2018 23:51:46
I agree, but unfortunately there is some of our supporters that aren’t happy unless their moaning., having said that believing that we will win everything in a canter is wrong too, if Aberdeen had had taken something from us or sevco, they would be breathing down our necks, and we seem to have lost our spark this year.

6.) 04 Feb 2018 00:36:08
And if we beat all our draws and losses then everyone would be happy and if our women didn't need to sit down when they went to the toilet theyed be our boyfriends it's a league get over it 38 games most points wins not who got points here there and were!

7.) 04 Feb 2018 09:03:04
So your happy that we will win the treble this year at a canter then, no problem my concerns are over bigsammy has said everything is great.

8.) 04 Feb 2018 09:19:15
It’s not about losing a game. It’s about the complete lack of any threat. The complete lack of any co ordinated approach to trying to deal with Killie playing deep.

The performance against hertz was one if the best and yesterday one of the worst in the last year

The injuries knocked us but, we should still have had enough.

One shot on target shows you how poor we were. Nobody could beat a man. AlwYs taking the easier backward or sideways pass. Not until Eddy came on did we pick up a bit

I thought overall Hendry looked ok and time will tell if he can help makes us less porous.

Piss poor performance and gives us all something to think about. I’m hoping it was another one of those days. Too many of our more creative players created absolutely feck all.

A real worry now is facing Zenit with an even worse defence than we went into the window with if Ajer doesn’t make it.

Musonda was surrounded by three players at all times. Releasing the ball in those situations is the best move as they have too many players committed and we failed to exploit that.

A disappointing window was lessened by a great pwrformance on Tuesday. I think that formation is our best hope and Charly and Forrest should be the only swap if one is to happen.

Need to get our confidence back because if they play like that against them we haven’t a hope.

Any news on how bad the injuries were? Especially to Aje.

9.) 04 Feb 2018 09:53:13
I'd agree that well win the league easy. Cups are difficult a bad day at the office for one team and another team at there best means a cups anyone's game. But were mentally a much stronger team since the Ronny days. Again when we get the opportunity and it's a game we can risk it's sometimes best for BR to try something with the team he believes will work and might be the next step to us progressing yesterday obviously didn't work well get back to normal and not take risks again till were in the safe zone again.



17 Dec 2017 12:07:52
Seen a lot of MSSM commenting on the Mousse being sold in January. I completely understand the big guy wanting to move onto bigger challenges, making a bigger salary and getting his name across world football. He's used us for the platform he needs and so far has done us well. But to be linked to average teams like Brighton for £18 million. Is shooting himself down and I'd tell Brighton to gtf anything less than £25 million with 20% sell on; if they don't want sell on I'd say £30 million and we've got a deal. Money could be reinvested for 2/ 3 key players to the squad.


{Ed007's Note - Even if there was any truth in the story I can't see Dembele being interested in joining Brighton.}

1.) 17 Dec 2017 12:20:05
I'd hope not. In terms of club stance moving to the likes of Brighton is a step down. Yeah he'd be in the PL (as over rated as it is) playing for a team that's aim is to avoid relegation isn't going to provide him with the goalscoring opportunities that will get him known. Plus if they're relegated he's back to where he started in the championship. He should wait for a top 8 standard English team. Or even a decent Spanish, french, Italian or German team. I'm sick of substandard English teams being able to attract players solely based on money when they have no ambition.

2.) 17 Dec 2017 13:33:26
I think Dembele has already proven he isn't a money chaser and want's to bide his time for something better than Brighton and with the money splashed around down south why would we accept a piss poor offer like that if it has any substance to it.

3.) 17 Dec 2017 14:38:44
if he is to move in Jan; I would hope it was to the continent and not to a struggling EPL team. Unfortunately, I think maybe the valuation and reputation built last season, may have decreased due to his injuries and lack of impact this term.



05 Sep 2017 11:48:44
Thought I'd bring a discussion up for today. Seen over last two weeks la Liga are calling for investigations into financial fair play. Bit ironic considering the likes of Real Madrid started crazy spending. This has came back to bite them.

I do agree with them, that the money is ruining the game it's causing teams without the financial power to fall out the game. Look at the likes of Celtic, Benfica, Ajax, Porto etc. Great teams with European pedigree can't hold onto star players long term never going to be able to compete for European prizes unless a run of luck.

Anyhow for a wee bit of discussion. Thought I'd hear some of your thoughts on how to curb ridiculous spending? Do you think big guns like la Liga will be heard by UEFA or be brushed off like kids saying it's not fair because we don't have as much money now?


1.) 05 Sep 2017 12:33:07
Thing is 4leaf I think they really only want to stop clubs outspending them or buying the best from their league. to truly curb it and have true ffp they have to limit everyteam to the budget of the poorest team involved in all respective leagues.

2.) 05 Sep 2017 12:49:13
DRB I'd quite like to see for the likes of European competitions that to enter the CL you couldn't a register a side that cost more than £50 million say in one season. So straight up would rule out the EPL registering squads with players total £50 in a season. PSG wouldn't be allowed to field Neymar in the CL for over a year. Would curb crazy summer spendings. And teams who are in European competitions might be able to hold onto their best due players wanting to compete in the CL.

It would mean teams like Celtic with £60 million CL revenue and say sell a player at £15 million. £75 million along in these profits teams could gamble for a season. It might pay off it might not but at least everyone stood a shot at the competition.

3.) 05 Sep 2017 12:51:36
UEFA haven't helped, I get frustrated that the Champions League is still called the "Champions League" the Champions league should be for the Champions of each European Country, I find it disrespectful that ourselves and other Euro countries Champions have to play qualifiers to gain access to the completion. Suppose that that competition format doesn't make as much money than the one they use now.

4.) 05 Sep 2017 13:13:40
I think a lot of our fans only think the money is ruining the game because we're not getting a big enough slice of it. There's an attitude that comes with being a Celtic fan where we don't consider clubs "big clubs" unless they won European Cups etc. in the 60's and 70's before money was as prevalent, but even the historically big clubs need crazy money to do anything in today's game. Just look at Real Madrid and Man United.

5.) 05 Sep 2017 13:31:42
UEFA definitely haven't helped the sport with the focus on money over the variety of European football styles.

Only thing being if all champions qualified automatically it would mean teams from Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Wales would automatically gain a space and some of these countries don't have fantastic teams or even full time players.

It would be appropriate that the winner of the CL and Europa league are only teams to gain automatic qualification. Champions of nations are in the play off round (not against one another) and the rest play qualifiers to make the group stages. It would improve the equality of the competition and if the likes of a 4th place EPL or Italian team are good enough they'll beat champions from a country.

I think the comp definitely needs a revamp as it's becoming the competition of what league has more money and you can now try buy a trophy. Whatever happened to great footballing sides management, skill and tactics winning these games.

6.) 05 Sep 2017 13:47:13
If we had a multi billionaire throwing money at us would ffp be an issue? 😁.

7.) 05 Sep 2017 14:11:26
Probs not as bad as we're making it but for the sake of football yeah it would be. Look at the way stein worked on his team's. Taught them physical side of the game the tactical side of the game and pure motivation.

I once read that jock went to see his opponents and sat in the stand with a piece of paper with a drawn out football park. He would colour in the park where his opponents had the ball most and would understand where they defended and attacked so his team would be well prepared. Ahead of his time.

Now all you need to do is spend £200 million for the best LW in the world and not need to worry so much about tactics. This is my idea of ruining the game.

8.) 05 Sep 2017 14:21:10
You can't just stop clubs spending to give us a chance. Should we stop spending more than SPL sides?

The issue is businessmen and tv money providing a level of cash from nowhere to leagues and making small clubs rich also.

Clubs should be entitled to spend what they earn by winning tournaments and filling stadiums.

A cap should be put on tv money and businessmen handing warchests.

9.) 05 Sep 2017 14:22:51
Money rules football and that will not be stopped. Uefa themselves are all about maximising profits, so I cannot see how clubs can ever be meaningfully restricted in terms of who they buy.

What really annoys me is the way TV revenue is split. The likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich may well come from larger countries with enhanced TV exposure, but they always need an opposition to play and TV money should be split 50:50 as far as I am concerned.

Clubs with larger stadia and better commercial and advertising / Kit contracts would still to be able to earn more.

10.) 05 Sep 2017 15:11:23
4LC there was a bit earlier on Christian purslow talking about how this is only phase 1 of the revenue deal that the EPL have hand how the money in 4/ 5 years the EPL teams will have will totally dwarf anything that any country or club has to offer it's a really sad state of affairs! Yes part of me is jealous but then I'd rather our club was ran within its means it HAS to burst sooner rather than later.

11.) 05 Sep 2017 15:24:48
Why not run salary caps? It works fine in NFL, MLB, NRL AFL! This ensures that teams cannot be loaded with the elite players and ensures free trade within the teams means!

Every now and then you do get breaches of the salary like the NRL team the Melbourne Storm and titles etc are stripped accordingly! This also leads to improvements in recruiting and ensures teams will not dominate for long periods such as the real madrids and chelseas of this world!

Teams such as Celtic could make this work as they have a very succesful academy which ensures the production of local talent!

12.) 05 Sep 2017 15:42:47
Perhaps with PL now on the ECA we might see something like 'you can only spend money if you play in green and white hoops'. I'm not sure what can be done to be honest. Clubs only spending what they earn is probably fair enough. If PSG are only spending x amount per year for Neymar, and they earn x per year, then that's their perogative. I just think the sanctions need to be more tough really, exclusion from European footy, points deductions, not a paltry fine or a transfer embargo that can be worked around.

13.) 05 Sep 2017 18:16:59
It's not to do with wearing green and white hoops. It's not to do with a Scottish team it's to do with the likes of Sky and oil rich investors turning the game into a millionaires hobby.

PR we put £8 million, and now if he gets a good CL run we'd be priced out a move for him. How are the likes of Celtic, Porto, Ajax etc. ever going to compete when the mega spenders come in and the likes of Everton and Southampton can price us out a deal for players we need for more serious competitions. It doesn't allow league such as the SPL, the eredivisie, jupiler pro etc. To get better when the quality of players dwindles through selling off. Just think massive revamp is now a the stage of being required.

14.) 05 Sep 2017 18:30:42
Pot kettle from Spain me thinks any time real Madrid have been in trouble the king of Spain writes off there debt.

15.) 05 Sep 2017 18:54:03
For a start, UEFA should get back to automatic qualification to the group stages for the CHAMPIONS of each member state.
Then we can start looking at the 2nd placed teams (and 3rd maybe) 4th place should NOT be given a place in the CL.
While I am blethering, I would like to see peace in the Middle East and Trump visiting North Korea.

16.) 05 Sep 2017 19:12:10
Easy solution for me is scrap transfer fees, if a player moves to a club on a 3 yr deal then he stays there after all its a contract.
If he wants to leave then he buys out his own contract, also have a salary cap so it doesn't get silly.
I know it prob won't happen but its the easiest solution for me.

17.) 05 Sep 2017 19:45:59
Thus annoys me. Is it not the same argument that spl teams can say about us? These teams get huge tv revenue so hench spend huge money. We have a huge following compared to spl teams so can easily outspend them. Im a bit on the fence about champions league football. Yes the money makes us a better team but we still should be comfortably better than the rest of the spl. I want the ten in a row but whst then? 15 20? With no challange? Does winning a league mean as much as before? Yes id say so. Does it feel the same as pipin the huns in last game? Definatly not. Do say we qualify for the champions league for next 5 seasons. Make us mabe 150-200million richer than any rival spl team. But an english team will still have generated a billion more than us. All that's really happening is that we are getting stronger and stronger than other spl teams. But weaker than other top league clubs. Something in football has to change. My outlook eould be a European league. Where teams like celtic rangers ajax psv feyenord leiga anderlect can play big matches every week.

18.) 05 Sep 2017 19:47:40
I don't like the way that money has hijacked the game in recent years, but in all honesty if s rich Arab country or individual decided they wanted to bankroll us would we refuse it?
I keep hoping that Sky and BT will eventually overstretch themselves and start to lose customers, if that happens they might start offering less for the rights to cover football and a bit of sanity might come back into the game.
I think that there is a fair way to go though before that happens.

19.) 05 Sep 2017 22:20:32
The US system of drafting players from college offers a potential model: here, the governing principal is that by taking the best college talent and allowing the lowest ranked teams in the league to contract them for the first time as professionals. The logic is that the league is therefore more competitive and surprising, and therefore more valuable to advertisers.

Obviously we don't have that uniform two-tier system to work with, but we do have football academies. If these could be induced to 'graduate' players, their first foray into the Champions League (say) could be be the subject of something like the inverse of the UEFA coefficient or whatever it is keeps landing us in pot 4.

The incentive for clubs to throw massive amounts of money at the younger players would disappear; we'd probably probably find that teams would have about equivalent resources, facilities, rostas. I can't think that a bit thing.

20.) 05 Sep 2017 23:53:52
Agree totally with salary caps as it makes for a more balanced playing field as if you pay Neymar etc you cannot afford to have three or four other superstsrs on your books. can't see it happening though as sky and the big money teams which everyone wants to watch would never go for it. Its like i would love to see Celtic in the EPL but the clubs would never go for it as it takes money away from them. On the other hand there is something to be said for the underdog especially when he wins against all the odds.



24 Aug 2017 20:43:15
Looking forward to the groups. Let's all be honest the group is a tough one. A fantastic Munich and PSG side, Anderlecht will be a decent side to. If we're going by betting odds we'll be competing for 3rd.

It's the CL and it's football, favourites don't always win and when playing structured and up and running BR has us playing decent football capable of giving teams a game we don't bow out to any opposition's.

It's going to be entertaining, it's going to give the club some money and allow us to see how far we've came and how far we have to go what's not to enjoy role. on the first game.
Hail Hail!





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18 Feb 2018 18:48:51
Ridiculous statement, everyone's happy with Thursday then after a recovery half fielded (not even reserve now everyone's injured) team and a 0-0 and you can't see how we'll win the league. How about we see how we get on in Thursday let that result deal with itself recover then, field a strong team and smash the rest of them?




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10 Feb 2018 17:26:00
Agreed welsbhoy. The negative bulls**t coming from some posters is ridiculous. They talk about loans this loans that. Welcome to the new world of football we're Celtic FC we no longer can afford to break the bank on exceptionally talented footballers. Anything from the youth team is great and any players half decent we can tie down for 18-30months on loan is a bargain. If any fans like me want to see Celtic FC be a house hold name in Europe (at least participating in the comp ) then we need to accept that this is the way forward.

As for mousonda got a wee bit of learning to do but by far one of the most technically gifted players in our team and can offer that edge against European opposition.

I for one have complete faith in Brendan with only a handful of defeats. We still appear to be in a better position than last season with European football and a treble still available. Our squad is stronger when all players fit, I just hope we show up and play to our best of ability and take a result over to Russia.
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01 Jan 2018 10:22:36
PMCF I liked Matthews but I'm sure he scrutinized the club when he left. I think we could do better.




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31 Dec 2017 21:19:59
I'd take a player on loan for 18 months if it's to benefit our chances in Europe. It's not always about making money on player but progressing as a team at a competitive level.




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01 Feb 2015 10:22:39
This is a signing that Lawell needs to give it his all to get. This young man has the real potential to be something special, skill, speed and 100% pure ability. He needs to be nurtured in the right direction. If Diela is as good as he says he is at development then were on the right tracks. I think if we have GMS on the left next season and young Bakkali on the right then were having pace and skill both flanks then I think we can begin to see Deila's vision.





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09 Mar 2018 19:43:12
Absolutely buckled pmsl at Stevie's comments 🤣🤣.




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12 Feb 2018 22:11:40
GJ I know the point your trying to make that people are being unrealistic and that's causing all the complaints. I think that although nothing is ever certain. When you loose two games in the space of two seasons and still when playing poor are winning that's showing the mark of champions. I do think people have been over critical but don't let the expectations drop. If we take a treble this season we have walked away again progressing on last year. Footballs a game based on merits. If BRs side walk away wirh European football after Xmas with (fingers crossed) a treble its been progress.




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06 Feb 2018 18:20:41
Kev83 I quite like that line up I think Gordon's the strongest GK we have from the bunch but with him in that line up, that's arguably our strongest side but bring, Boyata, lustig, Gordon, Roberts, Rogic, armstrong/ McGregor and Édouard onto our bench with that outfield team and wee look a lot stronger. I think our injury list had let us down quite a bit.




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04 Feb 2018 09:53:13
I'd agree that well win the league easy. Cups are difficult a bad day at the office for one team and another team at there best means a cups anyone's game. But were mentally a much stronger team since the Ronny days. Again when we get the opportunity and it's a game we can risk it's sometimes best for BR to try something with the team he believes will work and might be the next step to us progressing yesterday obviously didn't work well get back to normal and not take risks again till were in the safe zone again.




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03 Feb 2018 23:08:56
It was 12 points this morning. Was there not a comment earlier about sitting static and other teams catch up we constantly need to try and improve.

The other option is with the likes of zenit around the corner knowing your options is better than going into to the game with 1 plan and untried alternatives. I'm not blind to say BR got it wrong today but i think it's to harsh to question the teams ability with 2 domestic defeats in two seasons.