One big blank canvas

Following on our train of positive speculation to prove we aren’t a doomsday site at all, I decided to look at the idea of,,, “a blank canvas”.
Hopefully you know what I mean by that . We are down, or at least could be down to ‘skeleton’ staffing levels, needing major recruitment.
‘Major recruitment’ though has many different meanings and as we well know after this regimes shenanigans money spent does not equate to money spent wisely.
 
 
With the predicted or projected departures the footballing operation has needs in every department, goals, rear, middle, front, but most importantly in the dugout and the subsequent structure to support that privileged fellow.
We find ourselves in the incredible position of an entire team departing this summer, like it or not.
On the books staff will be at their lowest level I’ve ever known, there will be fresh blood at the very helm of the operation with not much financial baggage at all from the previous given the 19 million in the bank plus the ten million Frimpong money to come.
Then you’ve Odsonne, Kris, Calmac or Christie or both to sell plus the keeper who wants to return home ala El Hamed.
Funds will be raised, not far off the expected level I believe..
Kris,,15m
Odsonne,,25m
Calmac,,12m
Ryan,,7m
Add on the loan savings and the departed managers wage, and we essentially have,,,
A blank canvas to work with.
 
 

I typed ‘a blank canvas’ into Google and within a small swipe were three negative headlines.
‘The scary thing about a blank canvas’
‘Conquering the fear of a blank canvas’
‘Grief is like facing a blank canvas’
Please forgive me wise and mighty Google but there are actually some, maybe a lot, that feel a huge tingle of excitement looking at a blank canvas.
 
 
Those who take the footballing reigns at Glasgow Celtic right now literally can do what they want.
All options are on the table.
Does this character quickly win the league back by buying available talent he knows at a cutdown price?
How about the older gentleman who likes bringing through youth ala Hodgson?
Mostly youth with an experienced spine ala The Busby Babes?
Or just field the best of ‘the islands’ for now while we sort things out?
 
 
The average age of the squad is always important. Given that we shall be chasing the Champions next year, logic tells us the more experienced the team the better the chances of regaining that league trophy, youth and younger players being notoriously inconsistent. Experienced players also tend to stand up for themselves physically, again raising the odds of success. Experience does cost but with the widespread availability of Bosmans in the age group we are talking about (26-33) we needn’t necessarily pay a transfer fee, but offer those freebies good wages and maybe a slice of their transfer to sign up for the cause and you will get some takers I believe.
Filling the team with experienced Bosmans would be ‘todays’ managers choice, he who wants and needs results here and now and isn’t building for the future, he wants to look great at his stepping stone club. It wouldn’t be my choice but like I say, it ups the odds of taking our title again and makes sense for a club with little cash for transfer fees.
 
 
We do have a bit of cash though, at least we should have when the dust settles. We can reasonably expect 50 million or so given sales and savings, but how much of that should be forked out isn’t easy to state given there’s many who won’t buy a VST again. But there’s surely a chunk to spend.
Spending used to be a lot easier and simpler though.
 
 
Buying foreign may look the natural path, but times have changed with the Virus. We now have young men feeling stuck, can’t go and unwind where they call home, can’t hug their mammies anymore etc. It’s just not the best time to buy foreigners, another year or two should see things calm down on that front but avoiding them short term makes sense.
Given this information, hoovering up the best local talent looks the safer bet. Given that we could do with every penny for this huge rebuild, expect safer bets to get the nod.
 
 
That’s not to say it’s the wrong path, no Siree. Alba produces fantastic players repeatedly, I’m constantly impressed and sometimes feel it’s an underappreciated fact, perhaps even an assumption at this stage. Joining the biggest most successful club in the land then improving under the higher standards isn’t a given for the natives I expect we will target, but it certainly does help mitigate some of the risk factors every transfer comes with.
But short term I certainly envision a home based majority.
 
 
Some won’t like that, some will love it. I’m in the latter camp, and I think this will play a role in determining who fills the vacant positions. Two Italians at the helm next sounds great, sexy and a new market to exploit, but the timing would be all wrong all around.
Unfortunately. People are sticking with what they know, and to be honest Italians don’t tend to settle anywhere outside of home, unsurprisingly given all Italy offers.
 
 
Homebased need not mean boring. A footballing purist who brings out the best in his players ala Eddie Howe would get my juices flowing and stop the best kids saying Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
Witnessing a proper coach transforming players is not only an education but a privilege, not to mention a great income stream. It alone can be worth a season ticket, witnessing ‘that’ player live in the flesh.
 
 
The stage is set, brains need brought in as the path needs plotted.
A new era begins this summer, and sitting here now I genuinely do not know where we shall end up, how the journey will go, who will drive the bus and who will direct him.
Anything could happen.
Glasgow Celtic is one currently one huge blank canvas, let’s enjoy watching it be filled.
 
 
By Mahe.
sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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Noel Skytrot

I just noticed its Clancy refereeing today. I wonder if his input will have any bearing this weekend as we know that its going to be red hot here next week with the possibility of the huns clinching the title at our ground. I wouldn’t be surprised if its not favourable for us today.

D R M

Oglach and I am with you with that shillelagh but although we all have the same aim the hardest part is us all getting together to get to the final destination together.
Got to go to work, nice chatting and hopefully chat again and you are probably in the majority in your thinking 👍

bada bing1

Bain, Kenny, Ajer, Welsh, Laxalt, Brown, Turnbull, McGregor, Christie, Edouard, Elyounoussi

 

 

Subs: Barkas, Duffy, Griffiths, Ajeti, Klimala, Soro, Rogic, Forrest, Montgomery

bada bing1

Clancy ref = Broonie card

Welcome back James Forrest.

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JIMTHETIM53

Aye,good to see him-even if only on the bench. Give him the usual sub appearance of 10-25 minutes,get him on from the start in two weeks!

I think he owes us a good performance against the huns…

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Time to find a link to the game…

ASWGL

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Gordon64

Did i miss Boyds and Walkers rant about the deplorable scenes outside the bigotdome yesterday 🤔

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BADABING

Good lad!

Gordon64

C’MON THE HOOPS ! 🍀

fan-a-tic

Kennedy’s selection smacks of Lenny like caution.
Same old same old.
He is not what we need no matter how eloquently he speaks.
It’s performance and innovation we need and last week we saw nothing to suggest he has much of either.

Gordon64

Encouraging first 2 minutes !

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Poor header from Mo-it came off his head like the ball had burst!

Gordon64

Low flying planes in Tayside 🤔

Gordon64

Wheres the SAMs when you need them 🤔

Óglach

It’s a Hun ‘Fucker Wolf 190’ trailing a banner

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Where’s The Red Baron when you need him?

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Laxalt hammered that!

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GORDON64

Indeed…

CaltonTongues

Sky couldn’t wait to show the plane, bassas.
Should be about 3 up already but still can’t pick a player out when cutting it back.
Utd will probably score with 1st decent chance.

HH

Gordon64

Hope to feck our players have seen that ! Being mocked and humiliated live on TV must improve your performance 🤔

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Snap shot from DT

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Shocking offside against Eddie.

Óglach

Gordon64
Hope to feck our players have seen that ! Being mocked and humiliated live on TV must improve your performance 🤔
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The chance of footballing immortality couldn’t motivate them so I doubt a wee bit of ridicule will motivate our highly paid sqaud 😏

Gordon64

Nicola and co are going to busy tonight preparing their statements condemning all this weekends Covid restriction violations ! Best wee bigoted country in the world comes to mind 🤔

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Poor touch by Eddie in the box

Óglach

The same pish as last week thus far albeit we haven’t scored. All the possession but failing to make any clear cut chances.

Gordon64

Eddy is playing like he’s already away 🤔

Óglach

Reliable sources claiming that Celtic have already knocked back an initial £14mill bid from Leicester city for Eddy.😮

Assuming it as during the ‘official window’

Gordon64

Why in the name of the wee mhan are we still playing ‘loan’ players. Kennedy GTF 🤔

CaltonTongues

28 mins and out of puff and ideas already 😡

HH

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OGLACH

I hope our reply was two words,ending in off.

Gordon64

Every shot is like a pass back to their goalie

Gordon64

Moi, Laxalt and JJ Kenny ! WTF is going on ?

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Great move,unlucky from Laxalt.

Gordon64

What football management course did JK go on ?

ASWGL

That’s the difference this season laxalt, Tierney would have buried that and took the goalie with it into the stand

CaltonTongues

Celtic Fans retort to Hun Plane Banner….

https://postimg.cc/p9x8Y1LZ

HH

Óglach

Bobby

As mentioned yesterday beggars can’t be choosers. The board will be desperate to avoid another ‘Boyata’ incident. If Eddy is determined to go to Leicester that is where he will end up during the next few months be it for £15millish during the summer or a paltry £5mill or so once he signs a pre-contract with Brendan in December and the clubs agree on a wee fee to allow him to leave in Jan 2022.

Nostradamus CSC

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Another bloody save,this one from DT

Gordon64

Get that plane back up with a kamikaze pilot 😜

Gordon64

Eddy misses a sitter !

Auldheid

Playing with a bit of urgency , just need more composure in front of goal.

Gordon64

HT 0-0 😴

Gordon64

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ED5s1-Fe9FA Johnny Cash-Sunday Morning Coming Down 😎

Óglach

Pure unadulterated pish – again.

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AULDHEID

If Eddie had shown more urgency in front of goal,thrown himself at the ball,we wouldn’t be drawing at half-time. IMO,that has been a failing of his all season.

fan-a-tic

Still a lack of anticipation and bravery.
To many willing to make the easy pass and avoid responsibility.
Also far to often we receive a pass from a teammate while facing them.
Body posture and positioning is to hesitant.
We are playing a hard working side but nothing more.
Our receive ball take 2 touches and then look up to find teammate makes it easy for our opponents to defend.
Slightly quicker pace than Lennon’s side but that’s about it.

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