P̶u̶s̶h̶  Shove the boat out !

Our triple signing news was the perfect start to the new year and just what the doctor ordered. As soon as possible, we sprang out of the blocks and have further tooled up for the task at hand, a dream debut title.
Strengthening should not stop with them, not at all.

 

As things stand I would have the green half of Glasgow as favourites for next year’s title, even though we aren’t favourites for the current one.
I base this upon direction of travel, momentum, and likely resources.

 

Our direction of travel is upwards having assembled a hungry bunch and the contract status plus general age of the squad promises to keep the group together medium term at least, some shall surely be long term employees.
It’s been stated many times that staying on top is much harder than getting there, defending a title is mentally tough because you’ve put so much into getting there but realize it does t get easier only harder. That’s because everyone wants to beat the champions, they (usually) play that little bit better, and try to gauge themselves against the best, and enjoy their experience at the nation’s premier stadium.
Keano once wrote if you played like that every week you wouldn’t be playing for Crystal Palace or wherever, the bigger the name the more the opposition try.
I would much rather be in our shoes than any others, all focused, all aiming for success, willing to work hard for silverware and not expect it.

 

That’s not the impression I get across the city, where a few names are now free to sign pre contracts which has unfocused players before. That teams direction of travel is not upwards in my humble opinion. Should they claim this seasons massive Champions League bounty the majority shall be swallowed by debts, should they fail it’s trim rather than strengthen. That collection of players doesn’t have another level or two of progression, they’ve given all they’ve got and are an aging outfit.
Their hope mostly rests upon the new manager keeping existing momentum going (in fairness he has) and finding cheap diamonds by using his connections.
It’s a gamble. They won’t be strengthening for next season as they will wait for the departing to get off the books, plus see what’s in the coffers which very much depends upon this seasons final league position.
We, only the other hand, are not in that sorry situation at all and can strengthen now,right now, with next season very much in mind but also with the added bonus of helping this seasons heroics.
Of the two giants, I believe most observers would agree our direction of travel is the more desirable.

 

Momentum is debatable I admit. Despite anything going on in the background, our title rivals have put together a very impressive string of results, and are still in Europe on a higher stage than ourselves.
Despite this, we have almost matched them stride for stride since our initial derby defeat. That defeat never halted us on our tracks, didn’t stagger us nor rock our morale,,,we instantly recovered and showed great character in doing so.
Given we slipped up twice, perhaps they do have a little bit of edge regarding onfield momentum, but the same can’t be stated regards off the park momentum.
As mentioned they tread water off the park with a wait and see attitude, while we build. The recent trio of signings were never supposed to impact the second top of the table clash, that’s now out the window. The break only helps Boy Wonder get ready for the biggest game of the season so far, terrible news for his opponents. And now we have a new striker we can rest our talisman Kyogo until the big match, more bad news for those in blue.

 

That’s the here and now, but buying now also means we approach the next campaign with a settled squad that knows each other and how the manager trains and likes his players to play.
Given this, it’s the team in hoops who have momentum on the park AND off it. I just can’t say the same for elsewhere, an uncertain future with a squad needing attention is my prognosis.
And then there’s the larger than life Ange, winner on his first attempt, and a man on a mission, successful entertaining football.
We edge it for overall momentum in my book, and I see the foundation being laid for success.

 

Likely resources,,,Covid aside, the huge ST and merchandise sales offers a reliable income stream which affords planning if wishes for. 15 players so far in two windows is quite something, many of them decent quality.
The loan with option to buy is very satisfactory, try out first then make the decision is just irresistible common sense in a sport where it’s as rare as hens teeth.
Yet somehow we seem to have become very adept at this rather new practice which can help keep the successful buys percentage high, and save a lot of wasted time and wages.
We have learnt to manage our resources well, and with no bombshells hanging around can focus not on clearing debt but enhancing football operations.
Our rivals can only dream of our resources, we are self funding with no need for debt, a healthy position I’m sure you would agree.

 

Looking towards the short, medium, and long term we have the opportunity to front load our transfers, right now in this very window actually. Another two, maybe three would bring us up to around 25 trusted souls between arrivals and those wanted from the last regime. There’s the core of your squad for the next two seasons already in place, with detailed knowledge of how we play under Ange and the expectations at this giant club.

 

As the article title suggests, I’m in favour of completely shoving the boat out, not just pushing, when it comes to immediate player acquisitions. Another few bodies in this window no problem safe in the knowledge that,,,
It’s not excessive splurging when it’s being paid for down the line via less spend needed in later windows.
This managers buys tend to come from cheaper more affordable leagues meaning the misses don’t really hurt and the hits are financial as well as onfield successes.
It raises the chances of title success which has become very lucrative itself so new players can pay for themselves in a manner of speaking.
It keeps this fantastic manager interested and happy as he’s being well backed.
It keeps the supporters happy as they can read the positive signs of squad planning and agree with the approach taken.
It hopefully continues the trend of raising the quality across the board and bringing real competition for each starting berth.

 

Keep adding I say.
After years of frugality, a bit of boldness please.

By Mahe.

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Nick66

Upwards and onwards for our Bhoys is the mantra I have in my mind. £100 mil and downward is the Sevco maxim. Beat the Ref, win the game.

CFC

A couple of observations:

The current squad still contains two key players who are not currently ours.
My priority before signing anyone else would be to exercise the options to buy of CCV and Jota, if they are willing to stay. That’s a significant outlay – £12-15m depending on values quoted. Possibly our entire remaining budget. That would certainly signal positive momentum for this and the next couple of seasons.

We now appear to be well covered mid to front with a couple of options in every position.
Same could be said for fullbacks.
It is Central defence and back up goalkeeper that require strengthening. A couple of additions required.

Hopefully the “ deadwood” who are now surplus can be moved on, for some sort of fees to offset the above.

ASWGL

Mahe, you and Bobby churn out great leaders daily, I however feel we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves. We’ve only bought two players for a maximum cost of less than 4million, (peanuts in the world of transfers). The other is a loan with a buy option, we don’t even know if Ange wanted them in last season, and they are late in, possibly the result of DMcK’s quick exit.

We will most likely lose these 3 player plus Kyogo and TR, and one or two more for their World cup qualifiers, so we again are possibly going to look threadbare.

I’m a wait and see type, even though I admire your positivity.

HH

Craig76

ASWGL
We have to buy Maeda after his loan it’s in the contract, it could be that we a freeing up an extra 1.5m-1.7 m to purchase a certain Portuguese winger this window 🤞

CFC

Lose three players on International duty and postponements can be requested.

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CFC

Yes,and I seem to remember that in their infancy a few years back,the huns needed to call off a game against Forfar as they weren’t keen on playing without three players.

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CRAIG76,ASWGL

The Maeda situation is a puzzle rather than a worry. I assume it is down to a minor detail or two in his previous contract.

fan

The unknown still awaits.
New players may or may not seamlessly bed in.
Will the existing squad have a few payers whose nose is put out of joint with the new arrivals?
A harmonious squad is basic requirement of team success.
Will the Japanese recruits be shocked at the SFA and referee sanctioned brutality they are about to be subjected to?
Personally i am very happy that we signed two midfielders as i think it’s an area without a proper balance and a striker was a must.
Ange so far has coaxed better performances out of our individual players though team performance has been a little erratic.
In the Livingston and StMirren games our real issue was our lack of creativity in the midfield and reluctance to abandon safe sideways and backwards passing
He will need to draw on all his wits to overcome the cheating footballing landscape in Scotland.
Van Bronckhorst has steadied their ship with establishment help and will receive plenty more as the season unfolds with full backing of the MSSM.
The recent attempts of MSSM to portray us as having fortunate decisions and diving players was to help mitigate the cheating about to be ramped up for the huns to get their grubby hands on much needed Champions league money.
The season of honest mistakes under Mowbray will pale in comparison.

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FAN

“The season of honest mistakes under Mowbray will pale in comparison.”

It already is!

Billy Bhoy

Happy New Year everybody!

I totally agreed with every comment you made there Mahe. Then I totally agreed with everything ASWGL said about being way more cautious. So, I’m going to have to go back and read the article again with a fresh pair of eyes!

Great start to the NY with the quality of blogs from Bobby and Mahe. Lets hope Celtic are as quick out of the blocks when the action starts!

ASWGL

I wasn’t going to add that post this morning, as the last thing anyone on a blog wants to see is negativity, however on the other hand I thought, different opinions cause debate, and I like to think the site was setup to elicit debate among fellow supporters.

Like fan has said, and I agree to, a lot is uncertain at this stage, I do understand the Maeda buy option, coupled with the fact we can ask for postponements, due to international callups, some though are not WC qualifiers but friendlies, and the way the league is shaping up with the break, there just doesn’t seem to be space for re-arranged fixtures in the calendar, so could be a worry, add to that we are currently sitting 6 points behind, now if we postpone 2 or 3 games the worry factor is even with games in hand we could be sitting 15 points off the leaders and that could look a more worrying stat, and can play on some minds.

That’s why i’m a wait and see type.

HH

CFC

One of the postponements would be v Huns. So no ground lost there.

Can easily make up games in the Spring, even with a run in the ECL.

And if it means losing out on the SC to win the league I’d grab that.

Jobo Baldie

Good lead and good debate too. So far this season, in my opinion Cameron Carter-Vickers and Joao Pedro Neves Filipe (where does ‘Jota’ come from?) have been every bit as important as Kyogo. So, yes, making them permanent signings would be my priority if the transfer fees can be agreed (6 or 7 million for each?)

The Fenian Whaler

“As things stand I would have the green half of Glasgow as favourites for next year’s title, even though we aren’t favourites for the current one.
I base this upon direction of travel, momentum, and likely resource”

Time to take off the emerald green-tinted specs and sniff the coffee methinks. Aye and all of us know next season’s title isn’t the one that matters is it? Sevco receiving +£40mil from winning this year’s title would just about leave them on an even keel financially and more than likely see them remain title favorites for the following season especially so if they continue with their usual spendthrift policies. Add to that the likelihood that they’ll be banking another ?? £mill after having sold a player or 3 which they’ll have little difficulty replacing given the attraction of playing in the CL proper next seasons title is as far from our grasp as this season may be – all supposition of course!

The acquisition of the 3 Japanese bhoys is, hopefully, a damn good bit of work from both squad and financial perspectives, and who knows perhaps the ‘significant’ spend will be securing CCVs signature on a permanent deal this window, fingers crossed, Jota may not wish to remain at Parkhead as his former youth mentor is now head coach at Benfica! Hopefully, this window will finally see the signing of that rarest of players at Celtic these days – a skillful tough as nails ball-winning defensive middy – which we desperately require if we are to persist with Ange ball. I’d also push the boat out and bring back Paddy Roberts; Abada or Paddy🤔 – It’s Paddy bhoy for me. Also hopefully this window sees an end to a very long line of projects being signed. Recent squad additions (Projects) Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw have apparently been told to find other clubs.

McCaff

Afternoon all! I loved wee Paddy in a Celtic strip. The ability to crack open a stubborn defence with a wee reverse pass or a drop of the shoulder and a step inside or outside depending on how he was feeling at that particular moment in the game was a real joy to experience. Is it too late for Paddy at Celtic, has his early promise ever really looked like any other that than? Could he fit into a high-pace high-press Ange-Ball system? As much as I loved the wee guy, and despite him being still young unfortunately, I think his ship has sailed at Celtic. More’s the pity!

Craig76

Paddy Roberts
Scored 18 times in his 79 appearances in 2.5 years with us, since leaving in 2018 he has scored only 2 times in 58 appearances for 5 separate clubs.
With his contract up in the summer I’d say he needs to leave City and get his career back on track and all reports have him going to Sunderland but it wouldn’t be a transfer window if we weren’t linked with him would it 😀

Mahe

Morning troops on this brisk day of the moon.
Hope all are well.

The Fenian Whaler,
I just cannot agree. We are clear favourites for next seasons titles in these eyes and I suspect most neutral observers would agree.
Across the way there are 9 players out of contract this summer, some are key players.
We lose two fringe and two loaners shall leave but we could move to buy them.
So one team is settled and another needs rebuilt, yet you believe the team needing rebuilt shall emerge victorious,,why?

I doubt Gio will be happy with the amount to spend, and I doubt their directors are going to start the whole money for shares thing again next year especially if they get their money back through the CL money.

You’re wrong. Very wrong 😉

Hail Hail

McCaff

Hi Craig, he scored only 18 in 78 appearances but was probably sub for a majority of the games. His assist record is pretty good with 27 in 78 appearances. 45 goals/assists in 79 games is no bad at all considering his time out injured with us and his time as a SuperSub! I still don’t think he’s able for Ange’s system tho!

McCaff

Mahe…that mob have a habit of coming up with the moolah when required! Feck knows how they get away with it but they do! Douglas Park has more money than sense I think! So if they need a rebuild a rebuild it shall be…t’was ever thus. I doubt Gio is unaware of the EBT situation, he surely had a wee finger in the pie at some point and if he didnae he was in close contact with guys who did. So Oldco’s Demise will have been dissected and discussed by the Dutch contingent who played there but still Gio makes the decision to take the reigns…he surely must’ve been made promises about funding to build a squad?

Craig76

McCaff
I wasn’t knocking his record with us more pointing out his career hasn’t taken off after leaving us, he’s still young enough to get it back on track but like you I don’t think it will be with us

McCaff

I know you weren’t Craig, likewise I was just having a wee squint at his stats. He was a player I loved in the Hoops. My wee guy has a few selfies with him and KT and has a pair of fitba boots signed with KT on one boot and Paddy on the other! My wee guy would be delighted if we signed him again!!

Craig76

McCaff 👍
Patrick Roberts All Celtic Goals / Alfie Moore

McCaff

I’m never one to invest too much in the value of a YouTube clip when assessing a player but look at this video of Daizen, the similarities in style, movement and finishing to a certain No7 is uncanny…

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McCAFF

I made a similar comment on Friday to ATHINGOFBEAUTY. Spooky.

McCaff

Bobby…if we get a player half as good as Henke we’ve got a cracker!

McCaff

Craig…re the Paddy compilation – every goal scored on his left peg apart from a back post heidie from 3 yards! His final goal against Motherwell was a cracker, stopped the ball, stepped inside and lifted it into the top corner…sublime! (Shit video quality, though…is yer editing suite shut for the holidays! 😂)

Mahe

I love the positivity, but I would have to agree with the comment made by Billy Bhoy. A lot of thought went into today’s leader, so I hope and pray that good things come to pass for the good ould Celts, come the end of the season.

I have previously posted, that this season already reminds me of the 1997-98 season. Those of you around at the time, will remember that emotions of the support were put through the wringer. From the highest of the highs, to the lowest of the lows… sometimes within the space of a few days. To be fair, the same thing will also have applied to the Hun support at the time. Although they at least, had the advantage of knowing that little incidents like ‘The strange case of Bobby Tait’s watch’, were gonna help them out from time to time. This season, the cheating is so blatant among so-called professional referees in this country, that it almost beggars belief…unless you are aware of the unique way of refereeing in Scotland, among those who are ‘On the square.’ Those who are not however, will continue to dance the old ‘SFA two-step’, if they wish to continue in their jobs.

I am hoping that by the end of this transfer window, that the Huns will have lost some of their best players, and that given the current financial situation of our plucky cash bereft Glasgow rivals, these players will not be replaced.

I am hoping that after the break, we will come out with all guns blazing. I am also hoping that the Huns drop a few points early doors. Would they be able to handle the pressure?

I realise that there are a lot of ‘ifs and buts’-and hoping-above. One thing’s for sure…it is not going to be boring.

Hail Hail.

Bada Bing

I said when Paddy left, he would need to be careful what team,and more importantly style of play he was signing up to.He had a free reign with us in a very capable side,and he didn’t need to track back too much.FWIW i think he would thrive again at CP under AP…..you get certain players who are suited to certain clubs….

McCaff

On reflection maybe Henke was just at a different level altogether!! 🤗 ( Pay particular attention to Klos at about 3 minutes in where he thinks he can still get the ball…then realises he’s been done!!)

craig76
McCaff

It’s a couple of years old but worth a wee look again…

The king

Excellent article agree 100 percent hh

The king

How fast is this bhoy maeda.he looks totally rapid.bring it on🍀🍀

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, jim just seen your e-mail buddy, .luv ya to bits, apologies ive just been seeing to wee joan, sometimes celtic takes a back seat, the good news or the bad news whichever way you look at it, wee joan has got minimum 10 years maximum 12 years left, hey she will out live me, thats another true story, luv you all god bless.HAIL HAIL.

McCaff

Big Jim Packy…that’s a sad post! My Mum passed away at 57 years old after a 15 year illness. I couldn’t tell you the number of times we were told her time was up but she continued to fight her illness and her doctors’ opinions! Her positive spirit and mental fortitude flew in the face of medical opinion. We were asked to come to the hospital in August ’97 as that was as far as her treatment could continue, her kidneys were failing and she required dialysis but was too weak to undergo an operation to install a line for the dialysis machine. By the time October came she was strong to undergo the operation but unfortunately died on the operating table as the surgeon mistakenly cut an artery that had she been a bit stronger they could have saved her. The point is, I suppose, that we all have an inner strength, we need to tap into to understand how strong we can be. At my old dear’s funeral an incredible number of people that she’d known from being in and out of hospital for so long approached us to explain the strength and motivation they’d gotten from my mum’s positive attitude – never underestimate the resolve of the human spirit!
Love to Wee Joan and yourself! 💚💚💚

The Fenian Whaler

Mahe:

The Fenian Whaler,
I just cannot agree. We are clear favourites for next seasons titles in these eyes and I suspect most neutral observers would agree.
Across the way there are 9 players out of contract this summer, some are key players.
We lose two fringe and two loaners shall leave but we could move to buy them.
So one team is settled and another needs rebuilt, yet you believe the team needing rebuilt shall emerge victorious,,why?

Mahe.
We are not clear favorites for anything at the moment. We are still in the process of trying to build a squad that suits a particular system chosen by Ange that is ‘Ange ball’ or ‘Naive ball’ depending on your particular stance. Few, I imagine, would suggest we are anywhere near the finished article team-wise and we still have a worrying propensity carried over from Lenny’s tenure to drop points in games we should be more than capable of winning. I have posted before that we are overly reliant on individual moments of magic to win games rather than from combined team tactics – another worrying commonality with Lenny’s team. Hopefully, this window may go some way to alleviate the team and Ange’s problems.
Now Sevco has a tried and trusted workman-like system that usually works well both domestically, where they seldom drop points, and in Europe. And if they are struggling domestically they can always rely on the Ref for a bit of assistance. The assumption you make is that because 9 of their 1st team squad are out of contract at the end of the season that the majority of them will leave. I disagree if Sevco wins the SPFL title, which does seem likely, I am of the opinion that most of those players will want to stick around for a chance of playing in the CL group stages and the bigger shop window that offers. A season’s contract extension in some instances would likely suit both parties. True the likes of Morelos will probably go along with perhaps a Kamara or Kent. However, the lure of playing in the CL will ensure that they are rapidly replaced without it causing too much disruption, Sevco will have the resources to shop around also given the huge windfall CL participation brings. GVB will have a shortlist drawn up already, I have little doubt he knows who is defo for the off and will have alternatives being looked at. I am more interested in seeing who, if any, are sold in January – that may indicate Sevco are in very very deep merde financially and offer us a chance to make up points and other teams to take points off a weakened Sevco. – Wishful thinking?
My prediction – no major team rebuild at the crumble dome unless we win the league this season – then just watch the exodus.

big packy

MCAFF, god bless your mum👍 thanks for your lovely wishes👍 we shall soldier on, there is no alternative if i dont post much on here, you know the reason, BTW ive got no friends, only you ghuys, thanks for helping me,HAIL HAIL,

Billy Bhoy

McCaff

That video is incredible. Almost every goal and movement is Larssonesque!

Once I had viewed this video I clicked on one of Hatate. I thought I was watching Lubo!

Now, I’m not wanting to get too confident but I’m quietly satisfied that come May we’re going to be serenading our players with an old favourite:

We’ve won the League again, fly the flag – fly the flag!

🍀🍀🍀🍀

Noel Skytrot

Not Celtic related but watched the programme Annie about justice being sought for the 96 people who sadly died at Hillsborough. The government of that time and all its machinations were a shower of dirty, lying bastards due to the way they besmirched the dead, their families and the people of Liverpool. I’ve not got so emotional after watching a programme for a long time. If you’ve not watched it please try to do so.

JFT96 YNWA

Gordon64

A cracking wee afternoon sesh in The Vogue Bar with VP et al. Reb tunes a plenty 👍🍺🇮🇪🍀

jimthetim53

Packy, prayers said that wee Joan has a decent quality of life in the future.

craig76

Gordon64

Gordon64

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BIGPACKY

You’ll just have to spoil Joan even more than normal for the next twelve years!

Gordon64