That Time Of The Year…

Morning,all.

This is the time of year when football fans get antsy about how to fill the long barren weeks until the new season begins,but it is hardly one where everyone in the game puts the boots away and gets on the sun lounger beside the pool. For many,it is a time of big decisions-and some very difficult ones. 

For a lot of players,there is the question of where they will be playing next year. Indeed,for many,it is a question of simply hoping that they will be playing somewhere,anywhere,at all next year,that someone will come in for them and offer them a contract. For managers,it is about who they want to be at the club next season,who should be let go or made available for transfer or a loan,and who should be signed to strengthen the squad. 

As this is a Celtic site,I will deal mainly with the issues facing Ange Postecoglu. I’ll leave our main rivals to swither over their own future,asking ridiculous fees for journeymen players while lowballing their regulars when negotiating contract extensions. AP has already allowed-or maybe advised?-two long-serving players to leave,with Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic bowing out on a high with another championship medal. He has also seen the exciting prospect Ben Doak leave for Liverpool at the tender age of 16yo. I wish them all well,but while of the three only Tom Rogic will be missed by me,I’m afraid I won’t be following their future careers with much interest. 

I see in the departures of TR and NB a recognition by Ange that,despite an incredibly successful first season,his task of rebuilding the club is still very much a work in progress. Indeed,Neil Lennon,fresh from leading his new club to a Cypriot Cup success,even offered some advice on the issue. Perhaps had Lennon been willing to listen to anyone two and three years ago,there wouldn’t have been such a mess left behind for Ange to deal with. But deal with it,he most certainly has. So far. 

Many of the players who are highly unlikely to feature under AP are in possession of lucrative contracts,on terms that they are unlikely to receive elsewhere. And that is a problem in anyone’s book. The board will need to offer these players a significant sum to induce them to seek employment elsewhere,but it is a sum worth paying to avoid having unhappy players occupying a dressing room and spreading discontent. 

And there’s a few contenders of that description in our current squad! All of them are decent enough players-after all,they have to be just that to play at any level at all. Many are even internationalists,and have had successful careers previously elsewhere. Few,if any,can complain at not being in the manager’s future plans,not if they are judged solely on their performances in The Hoops. So who do I think that the manager will be having painful discussions with shortly? Surprisingly,it might not be as many as you think. 

Let’s start from back to front. Vasiliy Barkas has been an unmitigated disaster in his time at Celtic Park,and I doubt anyone can say otherwise. A £5m signing and a regular in the Greek side,his displays have left his confidence and his reputation in pieces. His priority should be to rescue and rebuild his career at a different club,rather than hang around and become a forgotten man. Indeed,that last sentence probably applies across the board to all of the players mentioned here. And as with the rest of them,I doubt that Celtic will be difficult to deal with regarding a fee. The difficult part might be negotiating the severance terms. Players and upper management will have to be realistic,an alien concept so often in football these days. 

Bolingoli won’t even be offered a squad number when he returns,and if he is still at the club in September,it will be for foolish reasons career-wise,cutting off his own nose to spite his face. I can see him doing it too. The only difference between him and Jullien is that the latter will still have his squad number,but will have relatively similar chances of making a matchday squad. Personally,I would rather offer the chance of a return to Simunovic than play him. 

In midfield,the only player who can truly be termed surplus to requirements is Ismael Soro. Or The Sorrowful Mystery,as I’ve heard him termed. He hasn’t been a failure at Celtic,as such. But he has been horribly unlucky with injuries whenever he got the chance at a first-team place. The irony being that he would be booked for his first tackle,then stretchered off after a tackle by an opponent! Again,for the sake of his career he has to move on. I also think that applies to Michael Johnston,but I’m willing to give this highly skilled youngster another year to make the grade. He will have to do so,initially at least,from the bench,so the deck is stacked against him already. It will be no surprise to see him move this summer. A move next summer is a certainty if he again fails to impress. 

Up front,and the prime candidate is Albion Ajeti. Although his career at Celtic started well,that is as far as it got. I’ll say no more. Possibly a surprise addition to the list is Karamoko Dembele,a player for whom we had high hopes indeed. Especially if you were lucky enough to witness him at St Kevin’s in Dublin. That was an Under-16 tournament involving teams from the likes of Barcelona,Lyon and Anderlecht. Dembele won Player of the Tornament-as a 13yo! Truly,a star is born. Or so we thought. Yes,his lack of stature has not done him any favours,but Liel Abada-only a few months older,btw-is the same height but grabbed his chance with both hands! Karamoko is out of contract,and the club have offered him a new deal but he has not yet accepted it. Two years ago,I would have been distraught,but now? Not so much. 

So that’s a maximum of seven players from the squad whose future,I think,lies elsewhere. Testament,I’d say,to the work already done last summer by Ange and Dom. It was a good start,but it is time to finish the job and concentrate on the future. That future will consist of the players already at the club and judged by AP to be of the required quality and temperament. And it will surely also include some new signings to bolster the squad in some vital areas. Which will be a topic in the very near future. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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big packy

JIM ,you learn something new every day😎😎.luv ya to bits👍

big packy

JIM its raining here in cheshire, cant believe it ,its getting more and more like lanarkshire every day🤩🤩

jimthetim53

Well it’s not raining in my part of Lanarkshire!

big packy

JIM is that a true story,?

big packy

JIM, our lady of walsingham discuss,????

jimthetim53

TBH, I knew nothing! So I looked it up 🙂 I noticed it was a major place of pilgrimage – for kings of England too. Henry V111 visited it and then when he fell out with the Pope he destroyed the Priory etc. The British State would go bankrupt if it ever had to repay the Catholic church for what it stole from it – Land, buildings & contents etc. He destroyed some of the most briliiant archecture in the land. A pure B.stard of a man. Ask his wives!

Craig 76
big packy

JIM, yes cant argue with that, used to drive near to there on my way to norfolk,, a million years ago.🤩

jimthetim53

Craig, LOL 🙂

big packy

Frederick Austerlitz; cyber pint if you know his stage name👍 clue, could dance a bit.

Craig76

JTT53
I wonder what the Green Brigade will come up with when we play them, you just know a toilet will be involved 🚽🚽

Craig76

Big Packy
Ginger Rogers

Anders

Am guessin it’s not Fred…can’t act, can’t sing but can dance a bit…Astaire
H.H.

Anders

Craig76…am just guessin but “his” mibbe a clue lol

H.H.

Bigrailroadblues

Good evening all from the Tolbooth. Absolutely jumping. Must know we are here tomorrow. 🤣

big packy

CRAIG76 close but no cigar, ANDERS cyber pint👍

Craig76

Anders
That was just my attempt at a joke, 😀

Anders

BRRB…izzat you trying to get yersell banned before u have to put yer hands in yer pocket tomoz lol

H.H.

Anders

Cheers BP make mines a pint of brandy 👍you can transfer the money to BMCUWP

H.H.

Bigrailroadblues

Some fine looking ghirls in here. I was going to discuss politics, religion and the huns lavvie Cup, feck that. Where was I? 🤔

big packy

spangler arlington brugh,,starred alongside barbera stanwyck, who he also married in some movies ,what name did he come under???

Bigrailroadblues

Anders, an outrageous slander. My lawyer Rufus T Firefly shall be in touch! Harrumph!

big packy

ANDERS job done🤩

Anders

Holy shit…Robert Taylors folks must have really hated him…what a riddy lol

H.H.

big packy

ANDERS, another cyber pint ,think maybe BRRB is spoiling you🤩🤩

Anders

Wow BRRB…yer lawyer is a whole pub…that’s dedication lol…bring it on 😂

H.H.

Anders

BP…it keeps going on like this yer gonna owe me a Nebuchadnezzar of Brandy…just donate the cost to a local charity and we’re quits ;-))

H.H.

big packy

ANDERS👍

big packy

OK rufus t firefly, what was his real name, BRRB will give you a cyber pint if you get the answer😎

Bigrailroadblues

Packy, Groucho.

big packy

BRRB ,another cyber pint, dont you be getting drunk or jimthetim53 will blame me😎😎

big packy

OK, last two if you get these right ,SOL KITTS is going to lend you his private jet for a week😎1, albert brooks, what name did he go by,.2,Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko,,what name did she go by👍

jimthetim53

Albert Tatlock?

big packy

JIM, booby prize👍

Philbhoy

BMCUWP

GENE on 30TH MAY 2022 8:15

Philbhoy

If you’re seeing bmcuwp give him a big Port Vale smiley from me.
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Evening all.

A wee trio of tunes, again inspired by an earlier post by BRRB.

Hope you enjoy.

https://youtu.be/ruKCw797JM4

https://youtu.be/KcrbDYe4qL4

https://youtu.be/mdt0SOqPJcg

big packy

QUIZ QUESTIONS 1 albert einstein 2 natalie wood,H.H..

bada bing1

Everton in for Ajer seemingly 💵💵💵,hopefully a sell on fee

So looking forward to meeting up with some marvellous friends tomorrow, as some say ‘one more sleep’.

It’s all about family.

https://youtu.be/c-sonJId90Y

https://youtu.be/oMVe_HcyP9Y

https://youtu.be/YUUhDoCx8zc

Margaret McGill

Mags

Now that’s a tune

Brian

Nite all

Brian

jimthetim53

Mags, that’s exactly how I used to dance when I used to go to discos. Or record hops as we used to call them!

Margaret McGill

I was amazed at that Mexican video
True art transcends all cultures

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS