Gearing Up For January

Morning,all.

These international breaks are interminable,as well as being a pain in the arse. But as I said yesterday,it gives AP some time to get some coaching done with a fair number of our players,which can only benefit everyone.

Another thing that this break-and the one in a month’s time-gives us is a chance to decide which parts of our team are in need of new faces. AP probably has a better knowledge of the global game than many of our recent managers,and I think that he will be looking to the Asian/Australian markets for any replacements.

For instance,the Japanese league closes at the end of the year for its close season,and Australia isn’t a place to be playing football during their summer. If Kyogo is anything to go by,there is quality there,and at sensible  prices too. Another one or two as good in their position as the wee fella and we can just about start planning for a bliddy statue!

Now,injuries notwithstanding…

I don’t think we need to worry too much about the goalkeeping position,as we have a very good custodian who is coming back to the form that made him a mainstay for club and country for a while. Juranovic has been impressive enough to take the right back slot,with Ralston an able deputy. There is little point in suggesting a new left back as I can’t see the board sanctioning it.

At centre back,we are more quantity than quality in my opinion,and with the likely return of Jullien-who needs to get his finger out if he wants a transfer-I fear that AP will have to make do and mend,hope that somehow any two of them can form a partnership and learn to defend their area.

Up front is similar. The return from injury of G-Mac and Jamesie will provide some quality competition for the incumbents,and I would like to see Kyogo forming a front two partnership with G-Mac. We haven’t played with a front two for far too long,and I think that has to change.

Once again,it all comes back to the midfield. And really there are enough players there who are well up to the job-but who are not knitting as a unit far too often. And AP really has to figure out why that is,and how he can deal with that. One of the things I’d be considering is making better use of substitutions in this area,and even of rotating the players to give them a rest. Two games a week is clearly draining,and a breather after an hour or so,or a rest one game in four,will do some of them a power of good.

However,we are still looking for a midfield enforcer,as Soro has fallen short too often when I’ve seen him in action this season. And on top of that,January is not too early to be planning for next season when we are guaranteed a place in the group stages of the Champions League.

With that in mind,AP and the board have a decision to make about both Jota and CCV. Are they likely to stay,and do we want them to? If not,is it not a good idea to get someone in for January,introduce them to the team gradually so that they are up and running for next season?

So that’s looking like three positions which could be needing strengthening in January,and I suspect as I said at the start that AP will be looking mainly at the markets that he knows best. The new work permit regulations may of course throw a spanner in the works,as the type of player and fee that we are looking at is likely to be problematic on that score. But then,there are many Australians who still hold Dual Nationality,which may well work to our advantage.

It is worth remembering too that holders of Irish nationality do not need a work permit,and there has been considerable emigration from Ireland to Australia over the years. And if we can scout a budding Japanese star whose Dad was partial to a pint of Guinness,we will have hit the jackpot!

To more serious things though,and that is that AP will be using his time wisely over the next few weeks,and planning the next stage in his revolution. And revolution it is,with the number of players who left in the summer,and a dozen new guys coming in already.

The rebuild required then was enormous,a total failure of governance by the previous incumbent and the board. It hasn’t finished,not by a long way. And the board have to back their man if they are in any way to be seen as serious in wanting him to succeed as much as he himself does,and as much as the fans do.

Time to check down the back of the boardroom settees and crack open the biscuit tin!!!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Results are here for Royal Ascot competition,with apologies for the long delay.

I’ll list the entrants who scored over 100 points,to save my blushes.

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DRM……………………160.77…..£50

MAHE………………….140.50….£20

CHALMERSBHOY…132.40….£10

CELTICCHAMPS…..122.92

BADABING…………..122.58

WEETWEETWEET..105.39

LEGALDO……………100.77

Congratulations to the three winners. If you can mail me with PAYPAL details,I will forward the winnings.

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jimthetim53

Bobby, I think I got 5 points. Was there a booby prize?

jimthetim53

Anyways, my Youtube playist list going

jimthetim53

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JIMTHETIM53

You weren’t too far off the roll of honour,above!

jimthetim53

Bobby, LOL 🙂

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

McCaff will love this

jimthetim53

Mahe

Bobby,
Thanks but no thanks Sir. You’ve done more than enough

The board haven’t though,,,
I reckon we need a,,,,
Left back
Central midfielder
Striker
And could do with a goalie but that would give our PLC a Hart attack, five goalies on the books.

I guess we should hope for sales or loans out the way the next window for theres driftwood a plenty.
Bain
Barkas
Hazard
Boli
Murray
Henderson
McCarthy
Soro
Shaw
Johnson
Ajeti
Uroghigde
Moffat

Could all depart the scenes somehow, and we would barely notice.
Hopefully January sees some squad management but then it’s the old “won’t take a wage cut'” malarkey usually agent based.
While they have a point, to be playing should be much more important to a good footballer imo.

That’s some wages going out the door, and probably what Dom wanted to put a stop to.
Hopefully we raise some funds, that way footballing operations shall see some of them, aquarter or third, half maximum.

Let’s just hope we are in good shape come January, for that might strengthen the gaffers hand, might.
Oz and Japan, yes please. Exploit those outliers for all their best footballing talent, give them a huge platform.
That’s outside the box thinking though, the very last thing our board can be accused of.

Hail Hail

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MAHE

In that case,is it ok to put your share towards the funds for GARRY’s funeral?

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

I know there has been millions of fake Drifters but these guys were the best.

jimthetim53

Mahe

Of course

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

You would need to have been on a waltzer in the early sixties. The Ronettets?! The Crystals?!

jimthetim53

Nick66

Indeed much more is required in order to complete the “transition”. Ange has made reference to the J League as an area of interest and also said that the hunt for new blood is afoot. I do think that he (Ange), has a plan, i do hope our planks, (sorry board members) are in tune with him. The idea of bringing in January signings to bed in for summer qualifications are alien to them, as alien as augmenting the squad to actually win and negate the qualies. I do have a faith in Ange and our Bhoys to win this league, but we all know we’re up against it big time given the distressed state of the neighbours.

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

Nick, we need to better than them. Hopefully Ange can get us there.

jimthetim53

jimthetim53

Sorry Mahe, go back to your gardening.

Saltires en Sevilla

BAD

Those words…

“Sitting up in bed … talking…”

Does the heart good to hear them buddy!

YNWA

All very good observations and I probably agree with all of them but at the end of the day why strengthen when the game in Scotland is so rigged?
As in your previous posts you have quite rightly pointed out that this board are taking the support for absolute mugs, we spent the banter years having a right good laugh at Sevco “Gullibillies” . Are we just as daft.??
The only thing any company understands is financial loss.. That’s where we are all torn.

Saltires en Sevilla

Chris

That is the question.

It’s almost like .. ‘why bother?!’ …surely we all ask ourselves the same question often enough?

If we consider the new owners at Aberdeen and Hibs aren’t going to question anything .. not really!

Then we have the CST rolling over and being ‘rebranded’ every Springtime … dobbed in green paint to identify them from all the other flocks …

These guys are the only realistic alternative:

Totally outflanked by professional money -grabbers

Then Re-branded … FFS!! Who the fek ‘rebrands’ a fitba supporter group and expects anyone to take them seriously … seriously?

Then if that’s not enough of a ‘starter for ten’ – there is a monthly subscription ( but only if ye want a vote btw) money to buy shares to take the fight to a bunch of billionaires who would simply make the briefest of Sean Nos style shuffles to solidify their holdings

Leaders signing off missives with UTLR …or similar

Does the whiff of similarity with another group across the Clyde even remotely register …

On the bright side they mean well and At least they are a mile ahead of the Association and Affiliation

Good luck with the good intentions …

This bliddy weather eh?

Craig76

Mahe
I’d take Moffat off that list, I reckon he’ll be a 1st team player next season 🤞

Chalmersbhoy

Bmcwp
Good morning,Bobby can you put forward my winnings to Garrys fundraiser please.
G64.
A good springsteen tribute band are playing in rutherglen town hall on the 11th Nov,tickets selling fast.i have seen them before,pretty good..

Chairbhoy

Interesting interview in The Athletic; John Parks interviewed by Kieran Devlin, much of it featuring his time at Celtic and the moneyball years.

Tad one sided as you’d expect but a good insightful piece – JP did some sterling work.

My thoughts are, with a Director of Football and proper development science, coaching and pathways a successful period could have been extraordinary.

As Mr Parks said himself, fourteen years ago Celtic were ahead of the game in analytics.

It seems to me though that the ad-hoc recruitment really becomes apparent, when Peter Lawwell was doing his thing, Lenny doing his and John Parks doing his…

It seems to confirm my long time belief that there was no joined up thinking.

Of course we had a brief respite when Brendan Rodgers came with a whole set up, yet many of the senior “roles” at our Club seem to be considered superfluous to the Celtic Board. When Mr Nicholson took “temporary” charge, his role of Company Secretary was filled immediately. However…

Months to get a Manager in

No number two since Chris Davies

Months to get a new head of science in

No head of recruitment

No DoF

No CEO

No COO

Tells a tale, saving a salary is more important to the Board than filling the role.

It isn’t really science for rocketeers to see why our recruitment, coaching, performance and therefore results are so disparate.

An appalling and desperate state of affairs.

Hail Hail

McCaff

Morning all…I hope this finds everyone well! If you haven;t yet donated to Garry’s Fund and are able to, please do so today. Chalmersbhoy – well played, nice gesture! Bobby – not really leaving Mahe much wiggle room with that request/demand!! 😂😂😂
Jim from last night…the video is unavailable, what was the tune?

jayhawk

Morning Celts….School run done ..check……lurcher walked..check…..Everyone looked up Interminable? check.
Lol .A nice reminder Bobby that those of us able to look forward to the future should treasure these days…
McCaff ..Have you ever caught the Thin lizzy tribute band??? sensational….

fan

Chairbhoy
They don’t care if we win ,lose or draw.
For they only know there will only be a show when the beautiful balance sheet’s grow.

Chairbhoy

fan @ 10:27 am,

Yes, as long as the old firm model is just about sustainable then Celtic can hobble along.

Sad state of affairs…

I’m not sure I’d be hanging on Roger Mitchell’s every word, nor would I see him as a leading candidate for our CEO but as a Celtic supporter who was inside the Scottish football establishment his views are interesting.

This was what he said when some supported the idea of him in the Chief Exec role…

Like all jobs, it depends what the owners/board want you to do.

‘If you have a common vision.

‘Honestly? My focus wouldn’t be on anything Scottish. Celtic is bigger than that 5m market.

‘I’d trade all trophies in Scotland for a last 16 in the champions League each year.

‘That’s why your colleagues who see me as CEO probably are wrong.

‘Most fans just want to beat them.’

Hail Hail

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CHALMERSBHOY 746

My pleasure,mate. Thanks,much appreciated.

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MCCAFF

It was in reply to his comment at 151am,if you read back! Honest!!!

Auldheid

Saltires en Sevilla
Chris

That is the question.

It’s almost like .. ‘why bother?!’ …surely we all ask ourselves the same question often enough?

If we consider the new owners at Aberdeen and Hibs aren’t going to question anything .. not really!

Then we have the CST rolling over and being ‘rebranded’ every Springtime … dobbed in green paint to identify them from all the other flocks …

These guys are the only realistic alternative:

Totally outflanked by professional money -grabbers

Then Re-branded … FFS!! Who the fek ‘rebrands’ a fitba supporter group and expects anyone to take them seriously … seriously?

Then if that’s not enough of a ‘starter for ten’ – there is a monthly subscription ( but only if ye want a vote btw) money to buy shares to take the fight to a bunch of billionaires who would simply make the briefest of Sean Nos style shuffles to solidify their holdings

Leaders signing off missives with UTLR …or similar

Does the whiff of similarity with another group across the Clyde even remotely register …

On the bright side they mean well and At least they are a mile ahead of the Association and Affiliation

Good luck with the good intentions …

This bliddy weather eh?
======================
For r” e branded” a term I used and explained here replace the term with re constituted to address the points you raise.

It is a debate now underway on CST.

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Bloody hell…

Just had a text re today’s article and pointing out yesterday’s on CQN.

https://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/postecoglou-and-planning-for-january/

Sorry,PAUL67. I honestly hadn’t read it! Still,backs up my point that there’s not a lot to write about during these bloody breaks!!!

Rebus67

To lighten the mood, where were each of you when Celtic won the European cup? Of course, some might be a gleam in their parents’ eyes; others might be playing with action man or whatever.

Personally, I was in the Rolls Royce social club in Hamilton waiting to play a game. We were fired up afterwards but still lost to a better team, 2-1 was the score with me gaining and missing a penalty! Great night tho’, one of those nights where you ask is this really happening? Surreal!

Rebus

Coneybhoy

Mon Scotland – over for my first Scotland game in years tomorrow. Tartan Army pre game drinks in the Classic Grand on Jamaica Street. Was that not a mucky cinema in the 70s/early 80s?

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CONEYBHOY

None of us is likely to admit to knowing the answer to that!

Jobo Baldie

Coneybhoy –

I remember (late 70’s?) when there was a fire in the Clatty Grand during one of their evening shows. Pretty sure the press had been tipped off and there were a few phographers outside to capture for posterity all of the (ahem) cinema goers as they filed out 😉
I, of course, wasn’t quite old enough to gain admittance to such places.

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REBUS67

I was 3yo. I was probably either out playing,or annoying my Mum!

Five months later,I was at my first Celtic game-we beat Aberdeen 2-1. And no,I haven’t remembered the game all these years,all I could remember was we played a team in red and we won 2-1

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JOBO

Now,now. There were plenty of places we weren’t old enough to attend back then,but it was viewed as a challenge!

Coneybhoy

BMCUWP and Jobo 😎

My faither told me he used to take me and my sister to a cartoon cinema on Jamaica St when we were very young on a Sat afternoon. Right beside the mucky cinema so the lads going in there were extra furtive with queues of families watching!

fan

In light of the Saudi takeover of Newcastle would anyone on here have any qualms about Celtic being taken over by such blatant violators of human rights no matter how much their money escalated the club?
For me i would discard the club completely.

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FAN

I think that similar has been discussed on here in the past. No,we are not happy with the direction nor the ownership of the club,and there may even be questionable business practices in that background.

But then we look at ownership elsewhere…

That’s not a Get Out Of Jail card for our current major shareholders by any means,nor my endorsement-as if they care. Simply a fact. That some alternatives are even more unpalatable.

It’s like a choice between bitter medicine and poison.

bada bing1

Breaking news on Sky Sports ! Gerrard to Newcastle along with Morelos nd Kent ! Unclear who’s stag do it is !!

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BADABING

Oh,very good!

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This article backs up the earlier comment from FAN-A-TIC.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2021/oct/08/saudi-takeover-of-newcastle-leaves-human-rights-to-fog-on-the-tyne

However, for all that he is deservedly a well respected football journalist,he completely ignored completely the information sent to him on the background to Res12 and all that went before and afterwards.

Sorry,David. Credibility shot after that,IMO.

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