Young POTY

Morning,all.

Today sees the first of a series of articles dedicated to the stars of the season just gone,and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead off with my pick as Young Player Of The Year.

Going into the season,there were a number of potential candidates for this. Stephen Welsh would surely build on his reputation,earned in adversity the season before. Michael Johnston must surely come good-after all,his team-mates have been singing his praises for some time now,including a joint interview with Broonie and CalMac where they both declared that he was easily the most skilful player at the club. Karamoko Dembele too must be looking at a breakthrough season,especially given that James Forrest,who has occupied that role for over a decade,was still struggling with injury.

Two names though came from left field in the early part of the season. Anthony Ralston had become something of a forgotten man at the club,someone who was simply seeing out his contract prior to a move to the likes of Hibs or Motherwell. The obscurity of the journeyman beckoned for him,there is little doubt about that. Two things worked in his favour though-we didn’t actually have an alternative right back,and then when we signed a Croatian international for that position,Greg Taylor on the left got injured. This meant that Juranovic was shunted to left back,with AR retaining his place for the time being.

And who can forget his 97th minute winner against Ross County,just as we were starting to panic? Or his many crosses into the box,considerably more per game btw than James Forrest would normally put in? This is a fella who knows when to hit the line,knows when to hit it early. He knows when to hit an oppo player too,for he is no shrinking violet! It’s amazing what a good run of games can do for the confidence,and amazing how that confidence can bring back the skills of a player,even if he himself thought they had long gone. Yes,Tony was right up there for this award.

Another early contender was Adam Montgomery,who I thought had an excellent start to the season in an unfamiliar role at left back. He was another who benefitted from the injury to GT,and the delayed signing of Jura. Sadly,his flame flickered all too briefly,practically being extinguished when Jura arrived and GT regained fitness. He has been on loan since January,but he can take heart from his early season displays. I expect more from him in the coming seasons.

Stephen Welsh can count himself unlucky that he wasn’t really given the chance to build on his outstanding debut season. Even as the back-up to the first choices,he could have expected more opportunities in the centre of defence. After all,those guys are in the wars every game,and the occasional injury is to be expected. Sadly for Stephen,the incumbents,CCV and Starfelt,shrugged off practically every challenge-legal or not-and were virtually ever present. Like Tony Ralston,Stephen can console himself with a league medal and the knowledge that time is on their side.

The winner though came from left field in many respects,despite his £2m price tag. A 19yo winger from the contacts section of Dudu Dahan’s little red book did little to inspire the confidence of the fans. And at 5’6”-coincidentally,the same height as Dembele-there were doubts about his ability to withstand the hammer throwing which is still prevalent in the Scottish game. We need not have worried on that score. And not only was he comfortable on the right,he was happy to go through the middle too. Kicks and stamps,thigh-high tackles didn’t seem to bother this lad,he just got on with the job of tormenting his assailants!

As a young player,and a winger at that,it would have been unrealistic to expect the consistency of,say,a CalMac or CCV,who are older and more experienced and occupy more central positions. And his performances tailed off a little for a while after Christmas,but he was soon back to show us all that Liel Abada was a player to be reckoned with,and one that I hope will be with us for a long time to come. Double figures in his goal tally while still a teenager in his first season at a club,in a new country,augurs well for the future. Both his and ours.

We have an exciting talent on our hands,and in AP we have a man who will manage him properly. As well as the players already mentioned,there are more young players who could be vying for this award next season. Not least Owen Moffat and Rocco Vata,who have been excelling in the youth sides. And especially Matt O’Riley,who has been a revelation since signing for us from MK Dons. But I won’t be making any predictions on next year’s winner,because Ange et al seem to have an eye for a player,and it may well be that the winner next year is not only not yet a Celtic player,but someone that we’ve never bliddy heard of before!

I’ll settle for that,I reckon…

Above article by BMCUWP

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Mahe
I’m one of those that have hijacked the Kerrydale bar 😂 But even I struggled to get in for the last 3 games of the season, as they sold it to hospitality.

BMCUWP
Wouldn’t disagree with you on Abada.
With the right coaching, he could develop into a top player.

Jobo Baldie

Good morning, friends.
Hard to disagree with your choice of young POTY, Bobby. A significant goal tally from a teenager in a foreign land.

McCaff

Morning all! Mahe, your bro in law has fallen for the PLC’s usual bull! It wasn’t built for the traveling fans at all although it was marketed as such as those fans can be bussed right in – it was built to put more bucks in the bank…Celtic couldn’t give a XXXX who uses it as long as there’s a queue ootside waiting to get in!
Bobby…agreed – it has to be Abade. Another player who succumbed to the demands of the season but still gave absolutely everything for the cause. Hopefully we’ll see a few more years of him in the Hoops!

ASWGL

Not a hard choice for LA 15 goals and around a dozen assists for his first season in the cauldron of Glasgow is quite a feat and his goal against the sons of drought was class.

HH

Jobo Baldie

Strangely enough I probably wouldn’t have considered Tony Ralston as I often forget he is still young.

ASWGL

A souvenir of the final for Awe Naw.

https://postimg.cc/5XxzRbqg

Twisty

ASWGL

😁. Quality

CFC

AR is 24 this year. Don’t think that qualifies him as a “ young” player, but definitely the most improved player.
Isn’t 21 or under the standard?

Whatever, thanks to good recruitment we know have a squad with a young age profile- JH apart!

CFC

Know – now

Mahe

I agree with Liels selection. I certainly wouldn’t bet against him improving. James breathing down his neck should bring out the best in him.

Mackers, it’s hardly his fault if the PLC advertised it as such. The facilities for a family or lack of them are his biggest gripe right now but still stuck his name down for a father son ST combo through the local CSC but he’s not hopeful of getting them he was telling me.

Anyhows, regarding the instinct to back horses with names about water today, I’ve discovered a cove, two bays, a rainbow, water of Leith, and highest wave all running.
Let’s go H2O!
Will let you guys know what happens.

Hail Hail

Mahe

Just discovered a bridge also.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

AWENAW

I think this is your lost post from last night.

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3 hours before the EL final. Fans started to make their way to the stadium. There was an official “march to the stadium” by both sets of supporters. This is encouraged by the authorities for a variety of reasons. The main reason being that this is the beginning of the end of actually hosting the fans in the town of Sevilla. Sevilla is like a rabbit warren and the Police used the match and the lay of the land understandably, for crowd control. My estimation is that more than 70% of the people around me actually had no tickets and never had a chance. At 5 separate points we were kept in a holding position by mounted policeman. So a 20 minute walk in 35°C took 2 hours and I suspect about 5 times the number of bodies they would have to control for a normal match. Therefore most people who actually entered the stadium were literally grilled in the Spanish sun while standing for two hours packed in like sardines so temperature wise it felt warmer than the 35°C . I would imagine the same thing was going on at both ends of the stadium. After the activation of your match ticket (one barrier) you had to be searched and all missiles , bottles, bags etc. were confiscated. Pretty standard fayre at most matches but due to the hot conditions there was a bit of verbal’s given with the confiscation of fluids. I never drank alcohol on Wednesday because I had to drive back straight after the match. I do not think that I would have survived the day if I had say three beers. It was that hot and claustrophobic. It was like a scene out of Squid Game

In the ground it was initially possible to buy soft drinks but when they understandably ran out. I mean I bought 20 bottles for my party of four which were consumed within minutes. The staff who were trying to replace the drinks in the empty kiosks using barrows. These unpacked boxes were immediately ripped off by fans who were understandably seriously dehydrated. I have nothing but sympathy for anyone who behaved in this manner. That´s when the kiosks shut up. Profit more important than customers health. They were sold out and could not be replenished that was before Kick off. At half time my bhoy came back with four water bottles refilled with water from the toilets. So it was working then

As for the tifos … both sets of fans had prepared agreed tifos with the organisers before the game in fact they were encouraged to do so with meetings and practices taking place the day before the match but at the last minute both tifos were confiscated and were informed they couldn´t do so. Why ? because the UEFA officials were in town and didn´t want UEFA advertisement obscured. I mean only adverts for UEFA. Eintracht Frankfurt fans went ahead with only about 10% of the Tifo that they had prepared, against the wishes of the authorities. That is all anyone ever saw. Which is a realö shame as I thought it was brilliant. I have since heward that the Sevco tifo would have trumphed the Frankfurt one so you can understand why they were pissed off. I can only imagine that the Ibrox crowd were unwilling to be as badly behaved as the Frankfurt fans. Both tifos had been approved beforehand. This was just a case of treating everyone like sheep. Hey this is UEFA what do you expect ?

It was also very clear that after the match Sevilla would be dead there would be no bars or restaurants open and any parties would be stopped. No buses, No Taxis, No Trains and after two days accommodating 150k that was fair enough.

All the whaling and gnashing of teeth are from amateurs probably attending their first final and unaware that UEFA is just a cartel ran by crooks and that they were always going to be treated like sheep.

My own opinion is that everyone done well under very extenuating circumstances especially the Scottish contingent

McCaff

Understood Mahe! But that elitist attitude he’s showing would go down well across the river! 🤣🤣🤣
(Don’t tell him I said that!! 🤫)

McCaff

Brilliant post, Awe Naw! Excellent description which gives a proper understanding of what really happened. I spoke to two TRFC supporters, one a mate of many, many years and the other a supplier whom I was surprised went as he’s not really a fitba guy at all and both gave shocking accounts of the facilities. Neither of them are bullshitters incidentally so I’d no reason to doubt their accounts. Both guys had their elderly fathers with them and were concerned if things got worse… thankfully it passed without any real emergencies. And thankfully they lost tae!!
Mon the ‘Furt! 🤣🤣🤣

fan

Abada by some distance for young player.
His points haul of goals and assists would be exceptional for an experienced player.
Once his teammates start to fully recognize his ability to see and attack space he will be even more potent.
He has game intelligence which is something a few of his teammates lack.

bada bing1

What’s date of Belfast hoot?

Bigrailroadblues

Good afternoon all from Ruglen.

Prestonpans bhoys

There’s a piece on video celts about work done by Swiss Ramble. Apparently the Scottish Express had double counted the huns euro cash, he says :
‘You’ve double counted the prize money, which is included in “TV money” in my analysis.’

Looks like the good old DR have done the same trick😱😵😕

Mahe

Bada, June4th

bada bing1

PB- basic arithmetic, has never been a strong point down Govan way,or the Laptop Loyal

bada bing1

Mahe-…..thanks, going on a Bhoys trip to Preston that weekend……cheers

Awe Naw

BMCUWP

Thanks for that . I thought that had been lost.

Here is another interesting fact about last weeks EL final. There were no paper tickets. All tickets were electronic. No smart phone. No ticket. You didn´t get your ticket activated until the first barrier. At the second barrier they checked your ticket and at the third barrier you were searched. Now considering that your smart phone had to be active and bluetooth enabled many people brought with them power packs for their phone in case their tents didn’t have a charging point. Yeah you catch my drift. All power packs were confiscated along with everything else. Either find someone to take it now and arrange to meet them afterwards impossible or put it in the trash can or don´t get in.

Uefa have not heard the last of this. Massive movements and collection of information by the Frankfurt supporter base just now and by Eintracht in how they were treated and the truth be told IT ALL POINTS TO UEFA AND THEIR NEED TO MAXIMISE REVENUE REDUCE COSTS AND MAKING THEIR LIVES EASILY. I do hope it´s a united front in unison with Sevco.

European Super League NOW don’t be fooled by citizens of the top 5 viewing countries.

ESL NOW is in everybody’s interest

Awe Naw
bada bing1

Awe Naw- spoke to a pal today, who was at the game,sunscreen, inhalers,mobile phone chargers taken off guys,yet guys in with pyros,really over the top measures

Awe Naw

bada bing1

UEFA and FIFA need challenged. The best way to do it is to support and embrace the breakaway ESL

Any supporter from a non Top 5 country should be championing the cause of the ESL at every turn .

ESL Now.. Yesterday.

As fans we should be pushing Celtic PLC to come out with a statement exactly to that effect ASAP

Those pyros were not smuggled in. They were already in the stadium two days before the final. Eintracht’s Tifo cost 20K€ and the boys responsible said in comparison to the Sevco Tifo it was “scheisse”. It was only one hour before the game they were warned that they couldn´t display it because it blocked official UEFA trimmings.

big packy
big packy

MAGUA if your lurking, hope the ccv rumours are true, but at the leauge flag celebrations he dd not seem to be celebrating much ,might be his way of course,but was he waiting for an offer from a premiership club that didnt come, time will tell,hope you are well buddy,hail hail.

Big Packy

All good here pal. I’m still on a high from the Celts winning the league. Of course, I am still laughing at the Huns getting ‘tanned’ in Seville…in every sense of the word. 😀 Hope yourself and Joan are well. As for CCV, I hope an agreement can be reached, but I am taking nothing for granted. We have had too many last minute letdowns in the past.

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGUA hail hail 👍

Craig76

1 league title, 1 Cup in 10 years and now they have outgrown Scottish football 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

https://twitter.com/Gmck__7_3/status/1529121767809339393?s=20&t=wfmV-7l7QVWXfL_Ormpavw

Prestonpans bhoys

Craig

Think they have outgrown European football too, 7 wins from 21 games, absolutely stunning😵

Craig76

Prestonpans bhoys
What a footballing power house they are, I recommend we contact the Colombian fa and persuade them to allow the Huns to join their league 😀

Craig76/Prestonpans bhoys

I too think that the Huns are not a correct fit for the Scottish Premiership. If they carry on with this Cinch business, they may yet get their wish to be out of the Premiership…and straight down to the Lowland League. Now THAT would be a suitable fit for them.

Hail Hail.

Prestonpans bhoys

Magua

This cinch stuff could be very interesting if Old Firm FC are deducted payment for non compliance, which would be nice😂

Craig76

MAGUA
It will be interesting to see if the Cinch money gets reported and how much each club got or in the case of the Huns didn’t get 🤔

Craig76

I believe that there is a sliding scale of prize money available…so much for finishing 1st, 2nd etc. When the court case turns out to be the usual bollox-the Huns playing funny buggers at every other clubs’ expense-we will hopefully see robust sanctions forced on the Huns, by the clubs themselves. This could get messy. Hopefully.

Hail Hail.

Prestonpans bhoys

That senario would be feckin’ hilarious. 😀

Hail Hail.

big packy

MAGUA in 67, i went to the zurich, nante, vojvodina, and dukla prague, games ,would you believe 25 years later I traveled thru nantes with joans mum and dad, on the way to la baule, we had booked a cottage there, but drivng thru nante just hit a chord with me,you will probably understand,👍

Awe Naw

Why was the Conference final scheduled after the Europa league final ?

Twisty

Evening all
A regular of the blog, and a gent with a heart of gold, Jimmy not Paul, has had a very traumatic day. His sister Janine is critically ill in hospital this evening. The next 24 hours are going to be very worrying indeed for all the family, not least of all JNP’s elderly mum.
I’d ask you all to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I’m sure JNP will update us as and when he can.

Hoping for a positive outcome.

Big Packy

I sure do. I remember a story from one books on Lisbon67. Apparently, a small group of supporters were going to be put up in Nantes, on the road to Lisbon. The only problem, was that the bloke organising this stopover, could not remember his pal’s address in the town. The soultion? Said group of Tims marched along the main Street in the early hours, belting out the Celtic Song. As if by magic, the pal appeared. 😀

Prestonpans bhoys

Twisty

Sad news indeed, hope all goes well for her

Twisty

My thoughts and prayers are with JNP and Janine.

A thing of beauty

Thoughts with JNP and his sister Janine.

bada bing1

Twisty- terrible news, best wishes to them all

Craig 76

Thoughts with JNP and his sister Janine

Twisty

Sad news indeed, thoughts prayers for Janine, JNP and their family. Candle lit

Brian

Awe Naw

Thoughts with JNP, Janine their family and friends

big packy

JIMMYNOTPAUL, thoughts and prayers,hail hail 👍

Sol Kitts

JimmynotPaul
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister 🙏