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.
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BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

The huns had a mountain to climb to get anywhere near us.

Celtic Plc managed to make a molehill out of a mountain.

CaltonTongues

A bit more composure and Utd could have hammered us at the end, would have been fitting seeing as they played three up top. Now there’s a thought!

Fireworks going off here, cnuts out in the streets cheering, beeping car horns 😡
Thanks for that Desmond & Co.

HH

Óglach

Well, thank feck they can’t win the title in Paradise.

Small mercies CSC

Noel Skytrot

The vermin all crawling out from under their bins today.

Well, that’s the end of that then, dreadful fare again, a fraction of an improvement from Lenny, but not much, we made the chances and couldn’t take them, but as has been said time and time again, we are the masters of our own downfall, planned, of course it was, a halfwit knows that.
I thank eff I don’t have to witness what you folks back in sectarianland have to go through.

Ayrshire Bhoy

Feck me league lost on march 7th deary me, this is actually worse than the 90’s. Just to top it off next door neighbours letting fireworks off now after their all night party. Thank you Celtic plc

Noel Skytrot

TET,
I’ve just witnessed some guy with red hair running about with a 55 flag singing the Billy Boys being punched to his arse and his pal being thrown onto a parked car. I’m not saying that’s right but you might want to do that stuff among your own or privately.

big packy

I probably went to tannadice before a lot of the ghuys on here were born, seen some good dundee utd teams and some bad, that lot were probably in the latter category, BTW the lions would have been at least 6 up at half time,then they would have brought John yogi hughes on, and big yogi would have scored a hattrick with his guttys on, final score dundee utd 0 celtic 9, another true story👍

CaltonTongues

Just got a text saying the huns are up at Celtic Park.

HH

NS
As I said thank eff I don’t have to see or hear it

Ayrshire Bhoy

Calton

Wouldn’t surprise me, also wouldn’t surprise me to see thousands of them there next week.

CaltonTongues

It’s like Guy Fawkes (another let down 😁) night here.

HH

bournesouprecipe

Count ironically to ten, before you post

Nothing John Kennedy or any other super interim manager can do today, the dye was already cast, sadly for the Celtic supporters our cast is dire.

Maybe the road shows will be halted, John Kennedy was never to have been a contender, amongst an ensemble that Neil Lennon could do nothing with, from the squandered millions, and through the BR disciples, this is one, washed up Celtic squad. Every single Celtic player now has his price, and should be for sale, we made it to Tannadice having already lost the ten, new manager, new CEO, same old Celtic.

With four embarrassingly expensive loanees all stripped Celtic by Sandeman Street lacked punch and could play all day with armies of strikers, without scoring. What a poisoned chalice to hand the young Celtic thorough bred, hold the fort till the fireworks, we’ve worked out, our severence, I hope John Kennedy gets a good gig somewhere.

Thoroughly sick of the sight of top scorers Edouard and El Younoussi, how Odsonne contrives to miss or take too many touches I can do without, in this lifetime.

Hope Thorntonhall does fireworks everywhere seems to? CSC

Pitymevin

Well that was pitiful, an absolute disgrace.

Can say any more just to angry

Mike in Toronto

on the plus side, Liverpool are, once again, losing at home …. Klopp might be available.

As for Celtic, if you cant do the time, dont do the crime.

We agreed to a corrupt league, did we think that would come without a costs? Did you think they were just going to give us titles? For every trophy we won, they will be given more.

Now,we start paying the price for ignoring the cheating over the last decade.

bada bing1

The lesser of 2 evils today,rather than at CP, another ‘same movie’ performance, team lost shape when Turnbull was subbed, glad that the pubs are shut.

Sol Kitts

Just waiting for wee Nippy to announce fans allowed back in stadiums in time for the Huns being presented with the trophy.

well said Roy Keane

big packy

MIKE @ 2-50, KLOPP would never come to scotland, ive lived down here for 40 years, we are known as a pub league, now if andypandy2 bmcuw solkitts m6bhoy frodshambhoy lymmbhoy and any other englandshire based celts can tell me any different i will hold my hands up ,BTW ,love to you and seamus.👍

A thing of beauty

Count ironically to ten, before you post

Nothing John Kennedy or any other super interim manager can do today, the dye was already cast, sadly for the Celtic supporters our cast is dire.

Maybe the road shows will be halted, John Kennedy was never to have been a contender, amongst an ensemble that Neil Lennon could do nothing with, from the squandered millions, and through the BR disciples, this is one, washed up Celtic squad. Every single Celtic player now has his price, and should be for sale, we made it to Tannadice having already lost the ten, new manager, new CEO, same old Celtic.

With four embarrassingly expensive loanees all stripped Celtic by Sandeman Street lacked punch and could play all day with armies of strikers, without scoring. What a poisoned chalice to hand the young Celtic thorough bred, hold the fort till the fireworks, we’ve worked out, our severence, I hope John Kennedy gets a good gig somewhere.

Thoroughly sick of the sight of top scorers Edouard and El Younoussi, how Odsonne contrives to miss or take too many touches I can do without, in this lifetime.

Hope Thorntonhall does fireworks everywhere seems to? CSC
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BSR
Couldn’t agree more regarding edouard and elyanoussi. Edouard did a ore Mach interview with sky. He said he was disappointed not to win but basically that’s football. He reckons having scored twenty one goals shows he’s had a good season but it’s been mistakes that have cost us. What utter, self serving pish talk and sheds light on his decision last week not to pass to Soro. It’s all about Edourad maximising his own value. He has had a shit season. Played totally for himself and his attitude is the exact reason why this league was lost. That’s both him and frimpong said you can’t win all the time. These two, amongst others didn’t/don’t care enough because their eyes are in the exit. Well as the old saying goes don’t let the door…….

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

ATHINGOFBEAUTY,BOURNESOUPRECIPE

Eddie is so hungry for goals that he couldn’t be arsed to put his foot through the ball on the three great opportunities he had.

fan-a-tic

Kennedy in his 2 game interview scores 2 out of 10 and that’s being generous.
No courage in selection or formation with the unsurprising performances and results.
Bain-good save with his face. 6
Kenny-few decent tackles. 6
Welsh-steady enough 6
Ajer-out of position a few times but good brining ball out 6
Laxalt- quiet 5
Christie-ran around without purpose 4
Brown- looked slow and gave possession away easily 4
Turnbull-only mid trying forward movement and passes 6
McGregor -those sideways and backwards passes do wonders for his stats 3
Mo-waste of space 3
Es-more dribbles than a new born baby 3
Subs
Rogic- i think he came on 2
JF-looked to early for his return 2
Griffiths-As expected,He should have been shown door for his unprofessionalism at start of season 2
Soft ,selfish and feart are this team just like the coaches and PLC.

Sol Kitts

Big Packy
Dead right. The average English football fan views our league as an irrelevance, a farmers league is how it was described to me today. If Slippy wasn’t the Huns manager, no one down here would have given a shit about them winning the league. They see our league as one which occasionally provides the EPL with quality players at a cut price, then tell us those same players only became top players because they moved away from Scotland.
No way are we enticing a top manager again. We’re looking at those currently out of work, hoping for a chance to rebuild their career before a move to a bigger league.😡😡

A thing of beauty

Fan,
I think we had our best 60 minutes of the season and if we’d scored 5 it wouldn’t have been unbelievable. I have no time for Christie but first half especially him and kenny had some really good link up. I do agree about elyanoussi. Flatters to deceive and should not play again. Neither should Laxalt if Taylor is fit. We should only play loanees now if no one else is available.
As for Griffiths. You are bang on. He should have been out the door before the window closed and has been stealing money at Celtic for almost 2 years now. We have supported him far more than as a club we were obliged to do and he has repaid us with the middle finger. I cannot see how anyone could see it differently.

big packy

SOL, cheers for that thought I was the only one 😎😎

Sol Kitts

A Sevco acquaintance texted me earlier to gloat about 55. I told him I wasn’t sure who should be more embarrassed, him for believing the 55 guff, or me that we allowed a 9 year old impoverished club to win the league. Haven’t heard from him since…….😎😎

fan-a-tic

ATOB
There was some pretty passing but not enough of it in positive areas.
Our continuous 2 to three touches before looking up makes us easy to defend even if we get ball in dangerous areas as opponents are back and we panic and rush the shot.
We were always outnumbered in the final third as we have been since deciding constant sideways and backwards passes is modern possession football.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

SOLKITTS

Good lad. You don’t hear from these bams for a decade,then they want to talk about football? They get short shrift from me too-wanna start from today,from ten years ago or from twenty years ago?

Sol Kitts

Fan
A particular hate of mine is when a player receives a forward pass with his back towards the opponent’s goal, has no opponent anywhere near him and plays it straight back to where it came from. I just wish they would look around and at least try to keep the ball going forward. Are they getting a shout to let them know that they’ve got time to turn? Are they so lacking in confidence or ability that they don’t dare do anything positive that might go wrong? Is it all about safety first? If any of these apply, there’s no place for them in our team.

fan-a-tic

Sol Kitts
Awareness and courage have been sadly lacking this season.
But some have kept their passing stats up.

bournesouprecipe

A thing of beauty

BSR – Couldn’t agree more regarding edouard and elyanoussi. Edouard did a ore Mach interview with sky. He said he was disappointed not to win but basically that’s football. He reckons having scored twenty one goals shows he’s had a good season but it’s been mistakes that have cost us. What utter, self serving pish talk and sheds light on his decision last week not to pass to Soro. It’s all about Edourad maximising his own value. He has had a shit season. Played totally for himself and his attitude is the exact reason why this league was lost. That’s both him and frimpong said you can’t win all the time. These two, amongst others didn’t/don’t care enough because their eyes are in the exit. Well as the old saying goes don’t let the door…….

The recriminations have only just begun.

The writing was on the wall when Brendan Rodgers got out of Dodge.

Old hat tired of reading it? just like me,- sadly still tediously true.

The people in charge were not capable of making Celtic better than we were, from a winning position.

We’ve offloaded three players, a CEO, and a manager, whilst putting up fences and white flags.

Individual players like Odsonne Edouard will come and will go.

We need Celtic reverie, to move on to the next era.

We always knew it was coming for the last few months but my word I never thought I wld feel as bad as I do today!! wonder if peter is at Celtic park with a brandy n cigar in hand watching they mutants lord it over us in every way. To think in 2012 giving the huns plenty at work and they gave it back saying we will be back and we laughed saying there is no way possible!! Thanks peter, DD, and I hope
sturgeon takes a wee drive by George square, ibrox or wr ever the hauf wits are gathering!! Got a brother and sister hairdressers in the house for months yet they manky cunts are out everywhere but stevie boy says it’s ok cause they have had a hard few years!!

Andy Pandy 2

Packy/Sol
In built Superiority is not just a Hun thing, we all know Kenny was never a good player until he went to Liverpool. But some of the dross that is served up down here in the so called greatest League in the world is mind numbing. Pointless trying to defend our product when even Sky can’t be bothered treating it with respect. Kris Boyd is an analyst..aye right. Only matters now because an English Legend is in charge of a Big Club.Once he leaves that’s it in terms of extra coverage. DD better have a bloody giant rabbit somewhere, otherwise we could be seeing more days like today.

CaltonTongues

Meanwhile, at least we have laughter 😭

https://postimg.cc/BXB0JqjC

and

https://postimg.cc/Xp3RHTsB

HH

fan-a-tic

Man U resorting to a tactic that has been Pep’s Achilles heel.
Simple 2 line system of playing defense and midfield close making it hard for his team to pass through then hitting fast on the break.
Still don’t understand why every coach does not employ this tactic against him as he has no plan B?

sorry for the repost, it didn’t show

A thing of beauty

Fan,
I am as big a critic as you. In fact you and I are probably the worst on the blog but I can’t agree about the two and three touches. First half we played really well and moved the ball quickly. Second half was good till 60 plus minutes when we tired and Turnbull was replaced by rogic. Another non contributor who needs moved on.
TET,
A police escort. That is a joke. If that was the GB there would be 60 plus polis and they’d be kettled for hours. And that’s not even in a pandemic. One Scotland Many Cultures belongs in the same category as 55 titles. Lies.

ASWGL

I thought Neil Lennon was clueless but fsck me Kennedy is worse, starts brown instead of Soro, and pulls off Turnbull after 60minutes, god help us having to watch next weeks shit, when the manks come to CP.

bada bing1
CaltonTongues

They’re guarding the statues in George Square again.
At least it’s raining.

HH

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

BADABING

Well,everything’s always OUR fault,innit? And in this case,it is.

Celtic Plc are entirely responsible for their illegal celebrations over the last few days.

bada bing1

Lockdown is over

big packy

that video is in the hands of the board, and especially lawwell, he caused all this, fuck you peter and your heated driveway,,another true story.

Pitymevin

Packy, I’ve not got a driveway never mind a heated one!

fan-a-tic

ATOB
I got to disagree on our best 60 mins?
How many goals did we score in that time?
The only difference i saw was a faster pace but we never got beyond last defenders.
The last 30 we just resorted to total Lennyball.
Subs were as unimaginative as expected when we saw who was on the bench.
Brown should have been subbed as he constantly giave the ball away.
Seasons almost over and he and McGregor have struggled to make any forward passes.
Any coach worth considering would clearly see such.
The midfield is a bunch of individuals who are not compatible.

bada bing1

The police horses that were at Celtic Park, must be resting….