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03 Jun 2021 12:20:10
John Hughes today being linked with a return to Celtic to take charge of the colts team. Could be a fantastic appointment and great for the development of the younger players. And if he is a success it wouldn't surprise me to see him get the managers job in the future.

1.) 03 Jun 2021 13:37:18
I'd have him I'm as assistant manager or first team coach to help the ozzie guy.



05 Aug 2020 15:29:06
Dont know if there's any truth in it but I've been told we want to bring in Toney and Ajeti with Bayo moving out on loan or permanent and Klimala going to Aberdeen on loan for the season.

1.) 05 Aug 2020 17:37:24
I don't see that unless eduarde is off.

2.) 05 Aug 2020 19:18:46
Klimala is going nowhere.

3.) 05 Aug 2020 19:28:29
Find it strange to loan out Klimala, when he is just settling into the club and team-mates, plus getting game-time with goal (s) .
I do appreciate that if you include Griff, to the above equation then we would have too many to accommodate unless Eddy is leaving?
Personally, I would expect us to settle for Ajeti on loan, keep Eddy on an incentive, for one more season. With so much to play for and five substitutes per game, we can comfortably have four strikers.
The cash saved on Toney can go towards the urgent defensive needs?

4.) 06 Aug 2020 15:24:23
Seen somewhere the ajeti deal is loan with perm option if he gets a certain amount of games this season.



12 Jul 2020 15:30:12
Ed please excuse my ignorance but exactly how to transfer deals work? The Wolfsberger president has come out publicly and said we have made a bid for Weismann, but if this was the case wouldn't it either be rejected or accepted. I appreciate that we may not have even made a bid and their president is trying to drum up interest.

{Ed002's Note - The scouting staff will prepare reports on players and provide an idea about price; coaches will look at the players but have no idea about price; they will go to a Director of Football (or perhaps a mix of the finance director and others responsible for the monies) and say we would like this player and we think he will cost £x. Checking against available budgets, the club will likely approach his agent to ask if the player might be interested in the move and a broad idea about the package the player would want, and any broad idea about what the club would want - and what terms they may be open to (cash up front, spread over a year etc.). This sits inside the overall transfer process which looks something like this:

The same way as any other club do. The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally to negotiate about a transfer and even to the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve the showing of serious interest (perhaps through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to potential selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

The rest of the time agents will be on fishing trips trying to find interest in their players.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days".}

1.) 13 Jul 2020 11:27:23
Thanks for the insight. It’s a complicated game, and shows why leaving it close to deadline is asking for trouble.

{Ed002's Note - It gets more difficult Davie.}

2.) 13 Jul 2020 13:11:09
actually all is needed is honesty from clubs when i was young only corrupt sport was boxing ans maybe cycling and horse racing now all sport is corrupt.

3.) 13 Jul 2020 14:56:40
Intresting read that Ed. Must be a nightmare to get deals done.

4.) 13 Jul 2020 18:21:38
Ed, is there a possibility we may even have players signed and just waiting for the window to open to announce them?

{Ed007's Note - It's possible but I doubt they would do that.}



19 Apr 2020 17:13:15
Ed is there any truth in the Roberts bid or is it online nonsense?

{Ed007's Note - There's not been any bid made but there might be in the future. I'd imagine that there won't be much happening anywhere transfer wise while thing are so uncertain regarding the footballing timetable.}

1.) 19 Apr 2020 18:45:50
On that note Ed what is likely to happen with the transfer window? I’m sure it normally opens round about 1st July. Can that still happen with all the uncertainty surrounding the leagues or is it likely to be delayed until decisions have been made on how and when the football season finishes.

{Ed007's Note - I've no idea what they're going to do mate and it's one of the most important things that needs to be settled pretty soon - probably even before decisions regarding leagues or matches being played - along with expiring contracts, loan deals ending, sponsorship deals.
As things stand come June 30th we'll only have Scott Bain as a first team GK.}



14 Mar 2020 10:15:31
I've been told that Celtic are extremely confident Edouard will sign a new and improved contract and that the club are pushing hard to sign Ivan Tony in the summer who they believe we take over the mantle when Eddy eventually moves on.

1.) 14 Mar 2020 13:52:35
Good news but what was the point of Klimala? Seems a big outley for a future squad player?




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14 Sep 2021 15:28:10
Does anyone know if there is to be a public sale for the European games and if so when will this happen?

1.) 14 Sep 2021 19:12:38
Ther usually is mate if STH don't all purchase ther 3 match package. Cost me a f@cking fortune this week for me and the weans plus paying for Raith Rovers game! Shoulda got that free!





20 Aug 2021 14:00:31
Mark have you got any information regarding the situations of Griffiths and Ajeti. It looks clear to me that neither are going to play a part this season. Are we actively looking to move them on or will they stay as part of the squad?

{Ed007's Note - Ajeti's agent has been hawking him around for a while but I don't know of much interest, he could be a late exit in the window. I'd also be surprised if LG is still here when the window closes if we get our signings in (and maybe if anyone will take him) with Dundee Utd and Aberdeen being possible loan destinations for him, he would probably prefer Hibs but as far as I know they have no interest in signing LG but again that could change in the next couple of weeks.}



18 Aug 2021 15:41:41
John Kennedy's birthday today Paul. Hope you're going to wish him many happy returns. I've heard he's a big fan of the podcast 👍🏻🤣🍀.

1.) 18 Aug 2021 15:48:36
I noticed that earlier and my first thought was Paul. 😂.

2.) 18 Aug 2021 16:15:16
I am sure Paul will have send him a lovely gift and a birthday card with loads of kisses 💋.



02 Aug 2021 14:43:55
Possibly one for Buzz Bomb here. If we go through against Jablonec but lose to AZ Alkmar do we drop into then Europa Conference League or are we out of Europe altogether?

1.) 02 Aug 2021 14:57:18
Celtic will automatically go into the Conference League. 👍.

2.) 02 Aug 2021 15:00:04
English conference league we deserve to be in if we drop that far.

3.) 02 Aug 2021 15:18:49
Cheers Buzz 👍🏻.

4.) 02 Aug 2021 16:04:22
We can forget Europe this year whatever happens as the League is our main priority this season.

5.) 02 Aug 2021 16:24:42
The first ever Conference League Final is on May 25th in Albania.
The Albanian President would love Celtic to be involved in that Final.
The Winners would be guaranteed Europa League group stage next season.
They would still have the opportunity to enter the CL group stages if they qualified through their league.

6.) 02 Aug 2021 16:38:07
Always look on the bright side of life dodododododododooo.

7.) 02 Aug 2021 16:44:53
Europe this year is a wash out it has been on the cards for a while but we have to get our act together for the league this year it's unbelievable and almost unthinkable that we don't have the players in the squad to even think for sure that we will finish 2nd 2 years ago if any one said we would be in this position I would be calling a psychiatrist for them until Lenny took over.

8.) 02 Aug 2021 16:58:27
Hopefully enroute to conference league final we will play isle of Wight and ibiza in knock oot stages!

9.) 02 Aug 2021 17:18:39
Folk can mock the conference cup but it will throw up some good away trips if travelling is aloud.

10.) 02 Aug 2021 22:05:47
Having two European cups is enough, 3 is a joke, the conference cup shouldn't exist, it's a smoke screen to butter up the European leagues that don't have power or influence.

Champions league should be for champions only, uefa Cup for Cup winners, then the big league monopoly would diminish!

We finished second and won nothing therefore we shouldn't be in Europe.

It baffles me how UEFA have gotten away with this for so long when "Equality" is banded around thick and fast, there is no equality in their competitions what so ever.

And then they moan when "the big clubs" get too big for their boots and try to create a super league, what did they expect, teams are just following suit to their structure and bias!



16 Jul 2021 17:33:32
The signings are starting to come thick and fast now. Defence remains a big priority as does a keeper and I'm sure we'll see some movement in those departments soon. I also personally believe we need to sign at least two strikers. The reason I say this is for me all top clubs should have 4 strikers no matter what formation is preferred. We have yet to replace Klimala, Eddy is without doubt leaving the club and we don't know the situation with Griffiths, leaving only Ajeti as a natural striker. Also having 4 strikers allows the manager to switch formation if we're chasing goals.

1.) 16 Jul 2021 18:09:59
Spot on as usual Ice-Man. 👍.

2.) 16 Jul 2021 18:52:35
Yes Barry, agreed. I think we need a bit more experience too. Young guys can be very good but they develop faster and to a higher level when they have a team of experienced players around them. We do have some very experienced players but for key areas like defence we can't throw young lads in right away and expect them to be playing to a high standard.
Even if we buy a couple of players who may not necessarily have huge resale value in the future then I believe we should look at that route. Not every player is a profit maker, some will be happy to stay with us and if we get a good contribution from them then the team needs that balance. HH.

3.) 16 Jul 2021 19:38:15
100% Ice Man.




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25 Aug 2021 15:06:39
I might be wrong but I’m not convinced the lad fancies a move to us. Looks like his preferred option was Werder Bremen but they have now signed an alternative striker. I reckon he’s going to wait and see who else makes a move for him before the window closes. Hopefully we have alternative options that we are talking to.



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03 Aug 2021 21:47:26
Nobody scouted Liam Scales tonight. Shamrock Rovers don’t play until Thursday.



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01 Jul 2021 13:36:20
Paul can’t wait for you to pronounce this guy in the next podcast 👍🏻🤣.



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28 May 2021 16:34:01
If that’s true UI then the Celtic board really aren’t fit for purpose. If there were any indications that a deal for Howe could potentially hit snags we should have hit it on the head and moved onto the next candidate immediately.



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28 May 2021 16:32:14
I hope you’re correct Mikey. Farce is an excellent candidate. My question would be though if the deal was dead weeks ago, why have we waited so long to progress with Farve. It’s a rhetorical question mate, I’m not looking for an answer.




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06 Sep 2021 21:00:19
Cheers John. Look forward to hearing you on again soon mate 👍🏻🍀.

{Ed007's Note - 👍



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25 Aug 2021 15:08:32
But Taylor is also in the Scotland squad 🤣🤣🤣.

{Ed007's Note - 😂😂



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21 Aug 2021 12:31:01
John I was at the Alkmaar game on Wednesday and not afraid to admit felt a bit emotional being back at paradise. You’re spot on mate the club plays a massive part in all our lives. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Have an absolute ball today mate. 👍🏻🍀💚.



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14 Aug 2021 19:08:43
That would be my team also Rich. All depends if he wants to start McCarthy or not.



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02 Aug 2021 15:18:49
Cheers Buzz 👍🏻.