You’ll win nothing with kids!

Pin that on the dressing room wall right now Ange.
It’s old, it’s cliched, but it’s very apt to our situation.
 
Everyday that passes without first team reinforcements signing is a little bit more weight on the shoulders of the collective group of fringe players, mostly young spritely bhoys.
And as we all witnessed a team with a spine of those fringe players just defeated a fallen giant of a club in Wednesday, no need for the rest surely.
 
Not only did these bhoys collect the scalp but they also responded well to the new tactics, dare I say many look a natural fit for that style to this untrained eye.
 
The rumour there will be minimal incomings until the squad is fully assessed sounds very sensible, sounds like the correct thing to do, but as much as we a like a new face, I actually much prefer a kid to break through.
 
I recall thinking we should go youth based when a certain liquidation event took place, instead we went cheap responding to the fluctuating market, a missed opportunity in my eyes as most could have been sold the dream of 11 local kids round two, I’m a sucker for that type of thing.
 
Going younger would also test the faithful in attendance more than usual. We are habitually referred to as moaners, serial complainers, and I’ve experienced the match day groans myself at a failed attempt,,it can be ugly and is said to have stifled a few players.
 
I’ve got to say I would imagine the vast majority would be fully onboard with a Glasgow Celtic built around youth, perhaps that’s just the romantic in me, let me know below. Considering youth players tend to be cheaper, and should we pursue this avenue as policy, some of the season ticket base may expect a reduction in price, but c’mon, this is our PLC you’re talking about. They don’t go down, they go up.
 
Of course the fellow who eventually rammed that statement down it’s owners throat, knew that those kids needed a little bit of experience, some wise heads to keep the energy channeled where it belongs and all eyes focused on the big prize.
Ange knows that also.
And speaking of Fergie, the England manager might be one game away from equaling him as a Sir, but even a blind Calcutta beggar could tell you one is the master, one is the apprentice.
 
Odsonne, Calmac, Ajeti, Bitton, Julienne, Christie, Ajer, Soro, Turnbull, James, can all be considered senior players within this squad. That’s the guts of a team at n itself, but no one expects all those players to still be around in two months time, and I would be surprised if some just haven’t cut the mustard.
Bitton, Christie, Ajer for the door, maybe another. That opens up the gaps to be filled by the fringe, and every one we fill ourselves should in theory aid the transfer kitty when we decide to enter the transfer market.
For instance the fact we are actively targeting a right back means there’s no one at the club rated in that position, but the fact we are targeting the better end of the market tells me,,,
It’s a crucial part of the jigsaw,
Ange will get supported on this one,
We will probably recoup some fee by filling another gap with an inhouse fringe player.
 
So please pin that up.on the dressing room wall Ange and every week remind them they aren’t supposed to go out and best fallen giants, keep bigger names on bigger wages out of the team, play the Glasgow Celtic way,,,it’s supposed to be a period of transition, not an explosion of unexpected positive energy.
Not a winning team, and certainly not a free flowing, fearless, collective.
 
The ‘You’ll win nothing with kids’ season seems so long ago now, a footballing statement, the words that may as well go on Hansen’s grave for it’s all most non Liverpool fans will remember him by.
 
For a support crying out for reconnection with each other and the beautiful game as a whole, uniting behind a team formed around the kids could provide a great starting point.
 
By Mahe.
Enjoy your weekend no matter where on God’s green and white earth you are.

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Garry Postecoglou

GNGB all SentinelCelts.
Love this song of peace & harmony.

https://g.co/kgs/3L56X4

Garry Postecoglou

I would sell everyone in our squad of non triers fae last season, and play the weans with half a dozen first team ready new signings.

Nick66

Indeed Garry, a wonderful song to remind us all that we are all one in this world.

Puff puff

Lovely words nick66 .
Garry thanks for telling us about your friend that passed …a true celt I only wish I could of had a pint in his company …thanks man.

Puff puff

Good reading mahe ..thanks brother.

Puff puff

A wee band from the heart beat of American music …Seattle Washington .
Dedicated to the music lovers of sentinelcelts
and to Senga ….enjoy https://youtu.be/npZeVT4Puy4

CFC

The Man U situation was an integration of youth players over a two , three year period.
Scholes n Giggs were first team ready but Beckham had a year a PNE.

It can happen but needs to be done in a sensible , staggered fashion. Get them experience elsewhere ( Calmac at Notts Co) and bring them in when battle hardened.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends.
If you’re good enough, you’re old enough should be the benchmark. You know, the one that Ronny used after losing Emilio to a bad injury . How did that Kieran boy turn out? So, give Montgomery a run at left back for starters.

McCaff

There has been no greater joy recently than the sight of Kieran Tierney leading the North Curve in celebratory chants. He is a genuine Celtic Bhoy done good…Calmac too but with a lower profile of course…and don’t forget James Forrest with an ever lower profile! Three bhoys who came through the Academy and have been hugely successful with the Club – 41 trophies between them! I know the reasons for our successes are questioned by some because there was no TRFC in the League etc but these bhoys have proven on every stage that they can compete against the best. Now, if Dom and Ange can tap into that level of talent along with the right attitude and desire then I’d be happy to see our Youth System fill the gaps that have appeared in the squad. A word of warning though…as I’ve repeatedly said on here, the structure of Scottish youth football needs addressed. There is a serious situation in the game at the moment which is causing our best young players to seek opportunities elsewhere – until that is addressed properly Celtic as a Club are fighting a losing battle with Youth Development. I hope the entry of the Celtic and TRFC Colts teams into the Lowland League is a huge step forward for Youth Development in Scotland.

Here’s a crackin’ wee tune I heard yesterday for the first time in yonks…gie the missus a birl roon the kitchen to brighten the start to your day…

McCaff

Here’s an article highlighting the bureaucracy of the SFA. Thankfully they’ve seen sense and the decision has been overturned to permit the players to play.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/football/its-a-joke-were-all-in-the-dark-sfa-criticised-by-under-20-player-for-stopping-nearly-500-youngsters-playing-in-development-league/ar-AALrR8I

McCaff

Apologies…good morning all – esp. you Jobo! Did you birl your missus roon the scullery yet? 😁

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I notice that CRAIG76 hasn’t been on recently. He must be doon the chapel praying for “his” team in the sweep to get gubbed on Sunday!

Jobo Baldie

Good wee song, McCaff, but I think I’ll save my weekend birling for Sunday night πŸ˜‰

McCaff

Jobo..every day’s the weekend for you now! You can birl any time you like.
Bobby…I’ve got Italy but after the ref’s performance on Wednesday I can’t say I’m too confident!

St tams

From what I seen on Wednesday, we need 2 right backs. I no it was only 90mins but none of them showed anything. As for Montgomery at left back. Nothing against the boy and I hope he proves me wrong.
But he looks like another Calvin Millet . Not good enough as a winger, so he’s been converted to a full back.
Just my observations

Forza Italia

The Real McCoy

Morning πŸ‘‹πŸ» SC.
UEFA are set to invite Christian Eriksen and the Paramedics who attended to him to the Final on Sunday.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
However, I believe he was heard behind the scenes after the semi-final πŸ˜±πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‚.

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrendanMcEleny/status/1412884673387274241

SFTB

I hope Mahe will permit me to run this invitation to a Predictor game in the weeks running up to the league sstart. Still looking for someone to run the fundraising element we could add to this
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I have registered a closed pool on the Superbru site, which is a Score Predictor game for the SPFL fixtures in 2021/22.

This could be used as a fund raising medium if someone is willing to take on the burden of setting up a pay-in site and setting the prize money and charity donations percentages, or it could be used as a bit of fun for bragging rights.

Either way, the site exists and might replace the much-missed Jobo competition of last year.

The site is http://www.superbru.com

and the code for joining is roomuser

Please use your CQN or Sentinel log in name for identification. First fixture is 31st July and your predictions have to be in before kick off on the day. If you fail to make a pick you get the default pick, so you get to play even if you forget.

Join CQN Sentinels, my Scottish Premiership league on Superbru! You can find my pool here:

https://www.superbru.com/scottishpremiership/pool.php?p=12367961

or by downloading the Superbru app and searching for the pool with code:

roomuser

bada bing1

FORMER Celtic director and company secretary Kevin Sweeney has died aged 81.

Sweeney joined the Parkhead club in 1994 where he initially worked alongside Fergus McCann.

bada bing1

SFTB- Signed up,cheers

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BADABING

Kevin Sweeney had a very important role at the club. The Secretary doesn’t answer the phones,he is responsible for all administration from tickets to suspensions to passports and visas.

A friend of my Dad was the Kilmarnock Secretary at the time,and I asked him about his role. Mindbending. Anything and everything. Good guy,Kevin-despite giving us tickets once beside a woman who could have been my Mum!

That was our swearing curtailed for the day-and given that Marshall let a trickler roll underneath him,it took some restraint!!!

Kevin,R I P

SFTB

I’m in

HH

Leggy

SFTB.

Signed up. πŸ‘πŸ‘

CaltonTongues

So, 2k allowed in for the PNE game.

Let the fighting commence πŸ‘ΏπŸ€ΊπŸ¦Ύ

HH

Gravesen64

https://news.stv.tv/west-central/fifty-five-arrested-following-rangers-title-win-celebrations? Fifty-five arrested following Rangers title win celebrations

St tams

SFTB
Singed up.
HH

Garry Postecoglou

Saint Tams
You been playing wi matches? πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Garry Postecoglou

Jobo
Thanks for the stroll about EK this morning, and another lesson in how to play golf. πŸ‘πŸ’š

bada bing1

3,500 at a Fanpark, 12k at Hampden, 16k at Murrayfield, and we get 2k for a 60,000 seat stadium? Nonsense…

Craig 76 (3 leopards πŸ† on a shirt )

BMCUWP LOL πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

Rebus67

Someone once said that a week was a long time in Politics. It seems it is even longer in football. I am thinking about the tiger that Ange is riding at the moment. Already he is experiencing the ups and downs of being at Celtic.

In the beginning, there was a wave of Ange Who? Where did he come from? Then there was the OMG he is not formally qualified to coach in Europe. This was followed by a period of frustration centred around where is he? Is he in the UK? Has he started work? Kaboom! Some light appeared at the end of the tunnel with the Ange and Dom show. Both were impressive. Onwards to Lennoxtown and the mic’d training session which again showed both the coach and the players up in a good light. This rolled over into many impressive performances by young players versus SW. But when you are up, there is always a chance of going down. LG is just the man child to bring that about.

Where are we now? Personally, I feel that reality is sinking in for Ange. He has a severely depleted squad that will face a CL qualifying game in 11 days. Any new players that might come in are unlikely to figure in that game. Quarantine, fitness, familiarity with teammates…….all conspire against any new player being ready for the Danes. Also, I suspect that things are either not going well or taking too long in the recruitment front. Teams have a record of using Celtic as a way of highlighting the value of their players who are then sold to other buyers. In spite of the solid performance versus SW, most fans know that Celtic need to recruit experience. It is already too late for the first game versus the Danes. There is now concern about still not being ready for other games, e.g. July 31 versus Hearts. If we do not bring players in in the next few days, say by July 16, and they have to quarantine, then it is unlikely they will be available for Hearts.

Yes, I am sure Ange is feeling the ebb and flow of the tide!

Rebus

MAGUA

Mahe

Excellent leader. Truly an opportunity missed in 2012 after the liquidation of the rotten mob.

I personally think that we should start farming the youngsters out to the junior teams again. If that doesn’t toughen them up, nothing will.

Hail Hail.

MAGUA

Bada Bing 1

Spot on. I hope that Dom will be publicly lobbying the Scottish govt. to have at least 10,000 supporters inside Parkhead for the CL game. It is only fair after all, given-as you point out-the numbers allowed into Hampden.

Then again, any sense of fairness from the authorities, seems to depart the scene, when it comes to Celtic. Now, if that had’ve been the Huns…

Hail Hail.

Craig 76 (3 leopards πŸ† on a shirt )

Gerry Cinnamon – Carpe Diem (live in George Square) / endlessaprilrain

Mahe

Howdy folks,,

It’s my beautiful wife’s birthday weekend so we are heading out on the town tonight.
First to mother in laws, the best babysitter in the world, then out for a new shirt.
Have a good one folks.

Hail Hail

Garry Postecoglou

Bada
I have tickets for TRNSMT Glasgow Green in September.
Capacity crowd and beer tents at TRNSMT.

Big Audio Dynamite

Me & mate have had tickets for a Joy Division night for going on a year now ..they just keep putting it back!. It’s apparently happening in January now πŸ˜•

A Thing Of Beauty

Garry Postecoglou
Bada
I have tickets for TRNSMT Glasgow Green in September.
Capacity crowd and beer tents at TRNSMT.
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Garry,
That is mostly due to all the people who have rolled up their sleeves and got themselves vaccinated. Are you sure it’s no Alanis Morissette you should be going to see. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Garry Postecoglou

ATOB
Sorry, don’t get you.
Alanis Morrissette???
Continual negative tests for me.
My passport. Hopefully that continues.

bada bing1

Jagged Little Pill…πŸ‘

auldheid

Rebus

Not only is reality starting to bite on Ange’s consciousness I hope it is doing the same to supporters who let wishful thinking cloud their perceptions.

Celtic have been left in a huge mess as a result of the policies the Board approved and PL executed as was his job.

PL may have gone but if there is not a change of thinking that produced the policies that have put Celtic in second place, with a possibility we will remain there under the same policies, then reality will keep on biting and it will be sore,.
However that seems to be acceptable to a significant number of supporters who nevertheless will complain notn stop about the consequences of the same policies they are paying to have executed.

A Thing Of Beauty

Garry,
Bada is on the right lines though I was thinking more about isn’t it ironic. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Garry Postecoglou

ATOB
Ah. Gotcha.
Cannae go that song.
Nothing she sings in it is ironic.
Isn’t that ironic. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

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GARRY

Without being pedantic about word definitions,that album-25yo now-was an absolute stunner! A friend in south London suggested I buy it,which I did,and the first thing I thought was-thank f..k I’m not the bloke she is singing about!

How to get your own back about eight million times. Outstanding,and I still listen to it now.

Jobo Baldie

Ok, grenade time….
Those that are complaining that it’s unfair that 16,000 get into Hampden for the Euros but only 2,000 will be allowed in Celtic Park… is it possible that, with hindsight, it’s the Euros decision that was wrong and, for now, we’re reverting to a more cautious approach?

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JOBO

I’ve long ago given up on right and wrong on this one. I’ve also spent a lot of time on tubes and trains around London. I hate wearing a mask,but I cannot be bothered to tell others that they should. I reckon the chances of death are likely to be greater if I did!

I’m not comfortable with what I think I have to do,but I will do it. Others don’t think they have to do it in the first place,so won’t. That’s fine,their shout,I’ve never told anyone how to live their life.

I’ll wear that mask in tubes and trains and other enclosed spaces. My choice.

A Thing Of Beauty

Jobo,
I can understand the viewpoint that we shouldn’t have allowed the gatherings for the euros when numbers are so high but is there merit in the thought that we can’t go on like this forever? All the vulnerable groups that want the vaccine have had it, we are down to the under 30s all having had one dose I believe and if we open up now it will be less pressurising on the NHS than if we open in the winter months. I do think there is a huge economic factor in this decision but that surely has to be the case. We cannot go on in lockdown forever. I think Scotland will probably have no choice but to open up if England do. If we don’t, there will be no furlough support from the UK government but there will also be legal challenges from businesses not least football clubs. If there are full houses at anfield and old Trafford how can the Scottish Government justify anything less at Celtic Park.
It’s not a decision I would like to make but it seems to me Johnson has set the other nations up for a fall if they do things differently.

Jobo Baldie

Bobby, in my own wee humble opinion, having The Euros in various different countries whilst the pandemic is still amongst us was dangerous enough. Some venues have at least been more safety conscious than others. 3 x 60,000+ crowds at Wembley in the space of 6 days doesn’t sit easy with me.
the fact that I didn’t renew my season ticket makes my final point a bit meaningless but if there were to be a 40,000+ crowd at Celtic Park at the moment I’d have no desire to be amongst them.
I know we have to, at some point, get back to ‘normal’ but, for me, it’s not going to be like flicking a switch but, rather, a more gradual reintroduction into a ‘no restrictions’ lifestyle.

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JOBO

Aye,some day we will look back on this and laugh.

I very much doubt it,may well be the worst 16 months of our lives. And I hope it is,because worse than this I’m not sure I can deal with.

McCaff

I agree with both viewpoints of whether to, when to and with how many do we open up society again! But if we’re not gonna reopen what is the point of the vaccination programme. I’m with ATOB, I wouldn’t like to be the one making the decision but it has to be made soon as there’s no way the country can afford to keep businesses and people in grants and furlough for an indefinite amount of time.
…and I’m really missing my gigs as well as the fitba!
Shoulda seen this band last March…
https://youtu.be/_w9sCTtZ9EA

McCaff

…and this band last April…
https://youtu.be/9buNckusos0