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30 Jul 2020 13:01:57
If we don't have another JF, KT or Cal-mac etc coming through; I would much prefer us to concentrate overseas during transfer windows.
Not just because the English market is so over-inflated and competitive, but because we have previously done very well in places like Scandinavia, Holland, Eastern Europe, South America and even Naka from Japan.
The prices quoted for English mid league players and the subsequent wages are ridiculous as well.
Another thing I was wondering was, did we not have an arrangement with other clubs like Barcelona in the past where we were offered development 'projects'?

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30 Jul 2020 13:30:32
How do we know Connell or Robertson won't develope we didn't think cal would turn out as good.

30 Jul 2020 13:37:12
As I said in a previous post the Development Squad looks the most potent that I've seen in a while. I reckon there'll be another 2 or 3 making appearances. Maybe Luca Connell and Stephen Welsh can be seen as development projects and I believe they're at a standard of anyone else coming in from abroad in similar positions.

{Ed007's Note - Welsh will be part of the first team squad this season from what I'm hearing, Stengo.}

30 Jul 2020 13:50:51
Good to hear Ed, but he'll still be a development project. Come to think of it, everyone at PH is a development project.

{Ed007's Note - I agree with you regarding the Development Squad as well mate. I don't see them much at all these days but from what I've seen and read we have a bunch of youngsters that are chapping at the first team door and could save us millions into the bargain.
The only worry for me is that the Celtic support aren't the most patient when it comes to giving youngsters a chance, they bleat on about how good the DS players are but when they do get the odd chance they're written off as soon as they make a mistake. Only these days it's not just at the ground and the youngsters will see it all on social media.}

30 Jul 2020 14:12:13
A agree. Some of the comments about Mikey johnston are a bit over the top and he is deemed good enough by management for first team. If these guys are to come through they have to earn it. Connell and robertson are up against Brown McGregor Ntcham Christie Soro and Biton. They may well save us money when it comes to replacing Brown and Ntcham inevitably leaves but right now that lot will take some shifting. Best option is surely to get some game time out on loan otherwise they will end up 22-23 without playing much senior football and will never develop. If they are better than we have got they will play.

30 Jul 2020 15:39:21
Henderson . Welsh are spl ready now mcinroy connell dembele Robertson oconnell not far away. seen some highlights of the boy afolobi during his loan very raw but a big battering ram of a boy another loan would do him well.

30 Jul 2020 14:15:17
Its a dream of mine to see a 1st squad built entirely from our youth development one day.

Ed did you see what Dundee and alloa have done. A partnerships thing?

We should be doing that with teams as every level in scotland and maybe couple down south. Get everyone of the bhoys that are at a level to good for development squad but not good enough for 1st loaned out to play proper football.

{Ed007's Note - Definitely, Kev 👍

30 Jul 2020 15:56:33
Think the young crop look excellent and need more involvement with the first team, especially in the cup games, think O'connor will be good after his return from loan, afolabi should be definitely loaned again to get him up to speed for next season.
Could have some future team coming from youth system as we move forward and having the likes of cal mac and JF in and around them will show them that the opportunities are there if they put the hard work in.

30 Jul 2020 16:46:06
So with Welsh being apart of first team I take it no ch will be bought.

30 Jul 2020 17:48:17
And it's the quality in the under 17s as well pushing the Dev Squad on which increases competition. Just need to look at who some of the coaches are in the Academy - George McCluskey, Mark McNally, Miodrag Krivokapic and John McStay.

Sevco have a couple of decent youngsters coming through - Nathan Young-Coombes and Josh McPake.

30 Jul 2020 17:49:46
Rich t. we have Julien ajer biton hamed welsh. if we get one better than those mentioned great go for it. if ajer stays . imo strong enough for spl probably cl quals. problem arises if a massive bid turns ajer / boards head .

30 Jul 2020 17:56:18
Kev, I reckon that's 17 players in the full squad who have come from Celtic development. Mark Hill (if he's still here) , Daniel Church, Karamoko, Scott Robertson, Jack Aitchison, Barry Coffee, Ross Doohan, Anthony Ralston, Ewan Henderson, James Forrest, Ryan Mullen, Brody Paterson, Conor Hazard, Stephen Welsh, Calmac, Mikey Johnston and Robbie Deas. A couple of the above, Coffee and Hazard were brought in from Irish clubs but still were part of the development process. 14 of the above are Scottish.

30 Jul 2020 20:55:54
jack aitchison is he still here, i heard he was upset at not getting more opportunities and was intending to look elsewhere.







 

 

 
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