Oh So Quiet

Morning,all.

A third of the way into the transfer window and hardly a peep of any action. We have offloaded Ideguchi back to his native Japan for pretty much what we paid for him,and that’s about it. I thought he was unfortunate in his time with us and showed flashes of what he can do,but the reality is that he never settled into the squad,much less the team. It is best for all concerned that he returns to where he is more comfortable,and valued. 

We are apparently trying to offload others,mainly on loan. Such is the risk when players are signed without the input of the manager,or of course when the player simply doesn’t settle. A further risk is one that we are all too used to,that the players we would prefer to see the back of are either not wanted elsewhere,or are on such lucrative contracts that they prefer to sit tight. 

Some of them do choose to go out on loan,but with Celtic making up the shortfall in any wages. Effectively,the team signing our player on loan only makes a donation to the player’s salary,so we aren’t saving anything except maybe NI contributions if the player has signed for a club overseas. To be honest,I’m at a loss why any player wouldn’t choose this path when it has become clear that he has no future at his current one. It puts him back in the shop window,with the possibility that he can catch the eye of someone who can fulfil his ambitions-even if that is only to get some serious game time in. Takes all sorts,I suppose. Don’t want to uproot the family for only a few months being a popular reason for this. 

As Celtic supporters,we are right to be concerned at the bloated number of players in the squad. And we are right to expect the club to do their best to move players on when things clearly aren’t working out. We are damn well right too to demand that the decades long habit of signing dross be halted-but we’ve been demanding that for a helluva long time now. It is a huge drain on our resources,and a constant source of friction between the football management and the Plc management. 

But conversely,we are right too to demand that we sign more players! For years,we have been saying that the projects must be reduced to a trickle in favour of oven-ready first team players. Signings for a particular role in the team who are ready to make that position their own from Day One. And we know from first hand experience that it can be done-but only when a manager is given the right to ask for those players,knowing that the only input from the CEO is to go out and sign those players for him. We need only look back to Ange’s first two windows to see the likes of Hart,Juranovic,Starfelt and CCV in the defence. With Hatate and O’Riley in midfield. Jota,Kyogo,Abada,G-Mak and Maeda fighting it out for the front three. 

In fact,Ange inherited such a trainwreck that only two players survived the purge-Taylor and McGregor. 

It takes balls to back a manager to do that,though the £35m we achieved in sales provided the money to do so. We have since taken in an even greater amount in sales-and largely pissed it up the wall on hunches! Celtic should not be dealing in hunches,we should be dealing in certainties. We can improve the frequency of those certainties by returning football matters to football people,and backing their judgement in the transfer market. 

It is not a good look to hire a top manager and tell him his judgement on signings is neither trusted nor required. Certainly there have been managers who are happy to operate like that,but I think it is fair to say that the recruitment at the clubs employing them is in more professional hands than can be found at a Lawwell family dinner. Also not a good look is when you have the equivalent of the annual turnover of your nearest rival sitting mouldering in the bank while those nearest rivals continue to outspend you in successive transfer windows. 

Their policy might not be successful,but they are driven by the goal of that lucrative pot of CL money,money that will more than cover any investment and provide parity with us for the future. And given our parsimonious approach and their proven desire to put their money out on the pitch,who is to say that we would wrench the title back immediately?

For a notoriously risk-averse board and a notoriously risk-averse chairman,they are running one helluva risk. Are they hooked on the thrill of it,of cheapskating our way to victory even when the downside to it is so fresh in the memory? Has Lawwell forgotten his words after losing the title in 2009 for exactly that reason? Or that we lost the next two as well? 

Quite probably. Let’s face it,he cheapskated his way through from 2012 till 2016 until he was forced to grudgingly open the chequebook for a season. Then it was normal service resumed. 

It might be too early in the window to have deja-vu,but not for me it isn’t. Not for most Celtic fans who have long complained about a policy that seems designed to stay ahead of our rivals by the merest smidgin and accept the occasional misjudgement as being part of the process. We have wasted countless millions on the wrong players,wasted countless millions more by not giving the manager the tools to compete in Europe-and frequently at home!-and more countless millions on the myopic mastermind of this policy. 

It’s better to cut the cord,Celtic,than to cut your own throat. Return Lawwell to the scrapheap where he belongs before he can do any more damage. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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INIQUITOUS IV
January 11, 2024 12:05 am

INIQUITOUS IV. ( From last night )

Here’s the Nicolas Kuhn half season highlight reel. He’s slightly built, left footed, plays left or right, he’s quick with some skill. He does not shoot with any power. He looks not bad ( it’s a highlight reel ) but not outstanding. The opposing defences look pretty dire.

A quick, cursory judgment on a single viewing.

https://youtu.be/RF_ZK5e9tAM?si=7VYWc74SbM2DrCin

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKER
January 11, 2024 12:16 am

Good news,folks! We’ve finally stopped the prevaricating and cleared the obstacles,so we can now proudly go ahead with The Sentinel Celts Charity Drive.

The plan is to nominate a charity which we can all donate to as and when each of us have funds available to do so. CHALMERSBHOY has already managed over £200 via the winners of his monthly £10 charity bet from the SC Naps Competition,and will continue to do this. We also have the three big racing festivals at Cheltenham,Aintree and Royal Ascot where we will ask for voluntary donations to enter.

I’ll accept nominations for the charity over the next two weeks. The plan is to rotate the chosen charity every six months. From Jan 25-31 I will list the nominated charities,and everyone who contributes to the site can vote on them,with the winner announced on Feb 1st.

I’ll start us off with MacMillan Cancer Support,who helped two close work colleagues and their families through the last months of their lives.

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Margaret McGill
January 11, 2024 12:20 am

Good job Bobby and Mahe
You’re some guys!

INIQUITOUS IV
January 11, 2024 12:34 am

BMCUWP
First class article, Bobby. Mirrors my own thoughts exactly.
HH
Iniquitous IV😊

Auldheid
January 11, 2024 12:36 am

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
AULDHEID

Were R2ngers to have played and won the games they currently have in hand,we would indeed have been behind at Christmas.

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If “ifs” and ” ands” were pots and pans we would all be tinkers.

If they had beaten us on 30th December because they were better than Celtic the summer worries would have been vindicated.

But they didn’t.

I am not ruling out Celtic could be incredibly stupid in next 21 days.

The alternative is Celtic do not want to win the title.

Given how unprofitable that would be then what reason other than stupidity is there that would not be mortaly damaging to Celtic?

Margaret McGill
January 11, 2024 12:41 am

Auldheid
Both members of the OF are mortally wounded.
It’s like watching a documentary on hyenas disemboweling each other for money.

Auldheid
January 11, 2024 12:44 am

Mags

A danse macabre.

Margaret McGill
January 11, 2024 1:00 am
INIQUITOUS IV
January 11, 2024 1:41 am

Stephen McGowan of the Daily Fail ( our Executive Charlatan’s go-to man ) implying that Liel Abada is for the off. We’re been softened up again.

INIQUITOUS IV
January 11, 2024 1:49 am

AULDHEID

“I am not ruling out Celtic could be incredibly stupid in next 21 days.

The alternative is Celtic do not want to win the title.

Given how unprofitable that would be then what reason other than stupidity is there that would not be mortally damaging to Celtic?”
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I don’t think the Board are stupid, but I would not rule out avaricious cupidity. Blowing the title wouldn’t be unprofitable for anyone whose bonus depended on how much we had in the bank.😊

timhorton
January 11, 2024 3:00 am

If true don’t think i can blame Abada.

ASWGL
January 11, 2024 7:12 am

We signed emdy yet ?

Or is Lawwell going back and forth to the table as usual, with increments of a tenner to see who folds first ?

16 roads
January 11, 2024 7:44 am

Quality reading BMCUWP.

Thank you.

A club which has so much potential yet we seem to be always middling.

Easily could have made it out of that CL group stage..if only the board had shown just a wee bit of ambition.

Ridiculous signing policy, then the usual arrogance whenever they decide to punt O’Reily.

Sooner they leave, the better.

Jobo Baldie
January 11, 2024 7:53 am

Good morning, friends. 10 more sleeps. Players back in training tomorrow, perhaps? And then, surely, the transfer activity will begin in earnest.

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 8:21 am

Excellent Synopsis BMCUWPS…

Remember how proactive we were in the transfer market over the last few years.

Things most certainly have returned to “normal”

Think they used to call it Snafu…

The fact is, our current “bloated” squad is in such a mess that surgery is required, we must remove the detrimental adjuncts before really adding to the main group.

Of course it is frustrating that the experienced quality players that we are hoping for haven’t come close to materialising.

Yet, not a moneyball candidate in sight either, that has to be a plus.

If the schism theory is correct then maybe we are having a bit of a hearts and minds moment:)

One where hopefully logic and common sense will triumph over capitalist dogma.

Hail Hail

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 8:32 am

Auldheid – January 9, 2024 5:20 pm,

“Chairbhoy
Auldheid @ 3:35 pm,

Yes, that makes absolute sense.

The so called shortfall fund could be best utilised by investing in quality players.

If we end up not getting UCL football and Sevco do, we will fall behind them

However, our money in the bank would not be regarded as football income and therefore would not necessarily be able to be spent on the team.

If we invested in players…

1. We have less chance of not qualifying for the UCL

2. If we don’t qualify we can sell high value players, this cash would be seen as football income, so can be reinvested as the Club see fit.

Hail Hail
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I don’t think it is ‘ a use it or lose it’ choice in terms of unspent football earnings not being carried forward.

In principle I don’t see that being justifiable although I’d have to look at what is allowable to be sure.”

It would be interesting to see any clarification, how do you ring-fence the funds that you can utilise for football?

If the FSR is 70% of football revenue, how does your cash in the bank relate to revenue?

Hail Hail

JimDom
January 11, 2024 8:38 am

First class Bobby, every nail on every head. A reflection of what most Celtic blogs, bloggers, and wider support base are saying. Apart, obviously, from Lawwell’s poodle over at CQN.

With the exception of Ange’s first two transfer window’s, Celtic have just reverted to type. Our accidental CEO, Michael Nicholson, earns £2,000 a day, every day. Not too shabby for a journeyman lawyer. To say that he keeps a low profile is something of an understatement. Appears to be just a patsy for the Desmond/Lawwell families. At two grand a day, he is not going to complain. A very happy patsy.

Dom McKay was the man. Until he wasn’t.

Expect one permanent signing (who probably won’t be up to much), and a couple of deadline day loans. Just enough to keep ahead of R2ngers. Or will it ?

Big Audio Dynamite
January 11, 2024 9:01 am

This lack of movement in the market isn’t unique to us.
As much as I would love a couple (Or a few actually) quality signings, I see virtually nothing has happened in the whole of Britain.
We have had some some success in Jan before, so let’s hope we can repeat the feat before the end of the window.

Bawheid
January 11, 2024 9:09 am

I’m a day late, but when your bedroom walls are festooned with Lisbon Lion memorabilia then its very difficult to act like Lazarus and get out of your bed. Man, I loved that bunch of players, they look down wearing the Hoops and the so called ‘Political’ strip, with large shamrock and including the plain dark green socks. Jock Stein looks downwards onto his proteges happy smiling faces.
The item that I treasure most is the autographs of all the 1950s players including Tully – Evans – Fallon – John Stein and Jimmy Gribben assistant trainer. Though they didn’t win much except the 7-1 Humping and the Coronation Cup, some teams have to do the heavy lifting and that they did, patiently waiting for the 1960s.
The one thing that young players have in common, is the strong desire to play, to begin their journey towards the light of fame, the young Lisbon Lions was exactly the same, their names emblazoned into the hearts of every Celtic supporter, but remember the heavy lifters, the players who carry the load that never achieve their dreams, they are the hod carriers and they matter just as much as the players who achieve fame. Remember the creators, the Peter Wilsons, the keepers of the goals, the defenders, not every player can be a Larsson, or a Murdoch, a big Tam, a King Billy, remember the John Clark, the Dentist. One man captured my heart more than anyone else, – Bertie Auld, the man whose spirit captured our hearts and inspired us all.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 11, 2024 9:11 am

Chairbhoy, the squad is in such a mess? Because we are trying to offload a few squad players who aren’t starters? Isn’t every team in Britain (The world actually) carrying a few more players than they use-need?? It’s not like we are only team in Britain not doing much business yet …absolutely no one is doing any business yet (Outside of a loan to Tottenham).

To say the squad is in such a mess seems a tad dramatic, buddy.

HH.

Prestonpans bhoys
January 11, 2024 9:19 am

“Forgotten Celtic man Marco Tilio has hinted that his future could be away from the club after just six months having failed to make his mark in Glasgow’s east end.”

That’s from the DR another failed project, only saw him once and he makes GT look a giant 🙄

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 9:37 am

BMCUW

Things are not looking good — every past weakness on show and it is deja vu all over again.
My view is that it is a lack of flexibility — an inability to walk and chew gum at the same time — that is hurting us.
So bad it must be stated that we are not even one club golfers — all we have is a snooker cue.

Execs are low rent / lazy / scared fartless by the real world.
Beyond Betamax / beyond Ratners / beyond Nokia levels of maladministration.
Our biggest issue is that they think they know what they are doing.

PL is beyond parody — hopeless / clueless / useless in equal measure.
DD takes calls 4 times a year and the 7th of October means it will be next summer before we hear from him.
The fallout from the banner used up quite a lot of his CFC bandwidth.

For us now we have severe pit pony syndrome — AP showed us the light.
He showed us what a real growth agenda could deliver — on and off the park.
The execs are too scared and too ignorant to offer any sort of encore.

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 9:43 am

BAD @ 9:11 am,

It’s a good point you make and there is no issue having “spare” players or development players in a squad, absolutely.

Yet we have a forty man first team squad and seventeen first team players.

That’s a lot of development and spare players.

Even among the seventeen players, they include players like Greg Taylor who many feel is a squad player and while feeling he should stay for what he offers, many feel we need a substantial upgrade.

We had issues with injuries during the first half of the season and despite our forty man first team squad had no strength in depth to deal with that.

So, if you have a forty man squad with little first team contingency, you don’t have enough quality home grown players to submit a proper UCL squad and you are still short of three or four first team starters, that’s a mess in my book.

Hail Hail

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 9:45 am

BMCUW

I think you are being very hard on some of the younger players in the squad.
It is not their fault if we get it wrong regarding our transfer strategy.

Loans / transfers — if people don’t want to go then we are paying them too much.
We might want to take that lesson onboard when we next go to the market.

The level of stupidity in our exec level knows no bounds.
Our football profile helps determine our required wage levels.

All action set up / CL and EuL success / dynamic football profile.
People will want to play for us to develop their career.

SPL stodge / CL failure / stench of stagnation / semi detached manager.
We will have to pay over the odds for never will be’s / wage thieves / apprentice journeymen.
To use the Star Trek angle — Klingons the lot of them.
Not good.

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 9:58 am

CB @ 9.43

40 man first team squad — care to detail?
From a distant memory — last season AP was running with a 26 man first team squad.
We had — again from distant memories — 12 people out on loan.

In the main they were PL brain fart era Klingons plus B teamers out for game time.
So I would not suggest that last season we had a 38 man first team squad.
The B teamers out on loan — you can’t class them as first teamers because that is why they are out on loan — not ready.

AP had been pretty persuasive at moving most of the high wage “dross” out the door.
So the numbers might have been quite high but we were being dynamic at addressing the issue.
Now we are very static and the mood music suggests that we have lost our previous energy and focus with this issue.

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 9:59 am

BMCUW

You are very hard on YI.
Crippled / targeted on his first start.
Not good. — hope he does well.

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 10:23 am

MM @ 9:58 am,

Well yes, several of last seasons “B” team players were given extended contracts and went out on loan, that is regarded as a reasonable development path.

Under the circumstances, Celtic have little alternative, we also need these “home grown players” for Europe.

Yet, they are no longer “B” team players, the last B team squad got the ABC treatment…

a) New contract out on loan
b) Stay with the B team
c) Thanks for the memories

These a) players were hand picked, so hopefully will make it.

Ben Summers and Ben McPherson certainly looked good to me.

Hail Hail

Just Sayin’
January 11, 2024 10:32 am

Chairbhoy

A quick look at J B’s ever useful POTY table shows 31 players have played this season but this includes Haksabanovic, Phillips, Starfelt, so really a net 28 currently available.

Of those young Frame and Tillio might not feature again this year. Two keepers have played. So, 24 outfield “players” constitute our first team squad going forward.

Of the 26 I’d reckon we’d almost all pick the core 16 likely to take the pitch if all are available.

There is quite a lot of excess fat sitting around the fringes of the playing squad even before you look beyond at the hapless non contributors.

Resource management failure seriously impacting the recruitment strategy.

I’d reckon we will be lucky to see no more than a couple of Phillips type loans ( players with no chance of getting a game for their parent clubs) this window without a few more sales on top of Ideguchi.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKER
January 11, 2024 10:35 am

JIMDOM 838

Michael Nicholson may very well be happy enough with the fourfold increase in remuneration-who wouldn’t be?-but from what I’ve heard,he is far from happy in the job. He felt bounced into accepting the position against his wishes,and felt the same way as us at the return of Lawwell,Snr.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKER
January 11, 2024 10:38 am

BAWHEID 909

Welling up here just reading that!

Big Audio Dynamite
January 11, 2024 10:40 am

Chairbhoy, not having enough quality (Relative to our size) is something we can both definitely agree on.

As for January – there are two key (Glaring) positions I would like to see us address.
We need more firepower up top, and have done for a while! I’d like to see a no9 capable of keeping the Jersey (As much as I like the wee man)
And someone who can challenge for the left back position shouldn’t be asking too much.

Bonus ball –
Outside of that I’d love a Roy Aitken clone to shield the defence better, but I’ve a feeling that ain’t happening this month.

Reality –
We’ll probably bring in a couple of midget wide men! (Shakes head and goes for a lie-down)

Cheers and HH 🍀

Just Sayin’
January 11, 2024 10:42 am

BMCUW

Promoted above his comfort zone.

That’s one way to control his executive powers- no confidence and risk averse for a quiet life.
Not what one needs in a CEO of an organisation with a high public profile.

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 10:49 am

CB @ 10.23

Fair point about the homegrown player angle.
As you note we seem to have a pathway out of the B Team towards a loan year in full time football.

Not sure what has gone wrong with the B Team.
Really struggling against the top teams in their league.
Anyone with any ambition is giving them a really hard time.

A couple of years ago our U18’s were honking — bottom third of the SPL U18 league.
Now it seems to have transferred to the B Team as they age.
Really poor show — the players / the coaches / the football grounding in the academy.

I think that we have given up on the youth.
The target of two first team possibles every year is long gone.

The failure of KD to make it — genius at 13 / blew town at 19’ish / now back in the UK on loan seemingly — seems to have generated a coaching nervous breakdown in the ranks.

Just Sayin’
January 11, 2024 10:58 am

Mm

Perhaps the Morrisons, Doaks, potentially Vata have looked at the KD experience and thought bugger this- better opportunities lie elsewhere.

Our set up at that level isn’t delivering, you’d think a coach with BR’s grounding in youth football would know immediately what the problem is.

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 11:04 am

Just Sayin’ @ 10:32 am,

Well that’s interesting, coming from a different angel with much the same outcome.

If Celtic are going to perform in Europe we need an elite first team

Yes, have a path for our B team players who can make the grade

Yes bring in some young dynamic development players

Yes, have dyed in the wool Celtic subs

Yet you hit the nail on the head when you refer to our poor resource management, another key corporate skillset that is awol…

Hail Hail

St tams
January 11, 2024 11:07 am

BMCUWP @ 10.35
You are correct regarding Michael Nicholson.
He was told to step in when Dom Mckay was sacked under the condition that it would be temporary and we would be recruiting a new CEO .
Then no one would touch it after what happened to Mckay . Nicholson, was then told the job was his .
He had no option but to accept promotion, despite himself and family not wanting him to accept .

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 11:10 am

BAD @ 10:40 am,

Yes, Kyogo is a diamond, yet is he a BR No9? Not really, they have tried adapt his approach with little success. He seems to miss the quality Jota brought.

Yes, we miss the physicality and presence of Big Roy and his ilk.

It maybe a frustrating window but if we stick to task and can keep the corporate interference to a minimum then we will get there.

Hail Hail

Bawheid
January 11, 2024 11:11 am

BMCUWP. I would throw you a hanky, but its framed and hanging on my bedroom wall.
Its the scarf – flag of ‘La Grand Inter’. It highlights the titles (10) allowing them to wear the gold bullion star above the scudetto there is ten of the little green white and red shields, two European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Its dark blue and black stripes I bought it for a few quid from a Manchester Vintage shop, it dates back to the 1960s when Inter Milan were the greatest team on earth and Celtic FC gubbed them. Absolutely destroyed them. Last month I read that Armando Picchi the Inter captain was so broken that he told his keeper Sarti, to ‘just let them win, they are going to win anyway’, could you believe that a captain of that famous team was soooooo beaten that he totally capitulated, such was the strength and power of the Lisbon Lions.
42 – 5 shots on goal. – 16-0 shots of target to Glasgow Celtic. WOW.

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 11:11 am

Mm,Just Sayin’,

On the youth front, no doubts things aren’t going well it’s been far too hit and miss, miss being the norm.

Darren O’Dea said he’d got a new group of players who were taking time to bed in (last seasons U18s?), they are doing g a bit better but far below what’s required

BR will have had little input there, my hope is he gets a solid first team going and turns his attention there, it has been neglected for far too long.

Hail Hail

Just Sayin’
January 11, 2024 11:12 am

Chairbhoy

Indeed!

The ideal, of course, is two for every position!

We have 3/4 in some positions and only 1 in others!!
A balanced playing squad is required.
Can’t see another wide player achieving that!

St tams

“Then no one would touch it after what happened to Mckay . Nicholson, was then told the job was his”

I’m sure there are plenty of quality candidates out there, just none that PL wants on his watch.

Just Sayin’
January 11, 2024 11:17 am

Chairbhoy

I don’t doubt we will get there this season, we are marginally better than a very average opponent, but that’s in spite of the Plc, definitely not because of it.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 11, 2024 11:30 am

Bawheid,

Just magnificent, mate. Has football ever been played better? Absolute trailblazers.
The only other time I’ve seen such a good performance in the European cup final – AC Milan 4 v Barcelona 0
Van Basten, Guillit and Rijkaard totally destroyed Barca.
Still wasn’t as scintillating as the Tic though!

HH. 🍀

Chairbhoy
January 11, 2024 11:34 am

St Tams, BMCUWPS,

Interesting take on MN, not a total surprise though.

Hail Hail

The Star Above The Crest
January 11, 2024 11:36 am

Does anyone know what the story was re Dom McKay shootin’ the craw?

JimDom
January 11, 2024 11:45 am

BMCUWP @ Michael Nicholson I’m a shy quiet guy get me outta here

If it is the case that he didn’t want the job (and still doesn’t) then what does that say about the attitude of Dermot Desmond. DD probably told MN that it’s an easy gig don’t worry about it, and, any issues, just ask Peter. Peter can do it in his sleep. Profit, bonus, dividend. The good ship Celtic PLC.

If the Hearts game chants of sack the board and Lawwell GTF, didn’t get back to DD, then he could be in for a major shock. We know that he is not in it for Celtic, he uses our club to satisfy his own ego and give him a public profile. Doesn’t bother his backside to attend matches or the annual AGM. Main Stand redevelopment ? Not a chance. But, meet the Pope in Rome, and DD is front and centre.

Almost 30 years since the last band of nepo charlatans were kicked out the building, and almost 20 years since we enjoyed a post group stage win in Europe. Those 20 years encompass the Desmond/Lawwell era.

If you know your history.

Bada Bing
January 11, 2024 11:46 am

Rebus- don’t ever be embarrassed about being honest mate

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKER
January 11, 2024 12:00 pm

JIMDOM 1145

Beautifully put,mate.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKER
January 11, 2024 12:00 pm

BADABING 1146

See above!

Bawheid
January 11, 2024 12:12 pm

BAD.

Thanks mate. As you can see, I live in the past, that team still excites me to this day, there is only a few of the ‘Lions’ left, we cherish them deeply, one of the really greatest teams that ever played football. You are right too about that AC Milan team, some of their players were simply outstanding, same as the Barca team of the recent past.
I loved Maradona as well, an outstanding talent that lit up the game we love so much.
What a great sport football is, it inspires the young to emulate their hero’s, I was so lucky to see the ‘Lions’ play, not at Lisbon though, I watched the game in my pals house, black and white telly, whooping and hollering when the game finished, great players, humble men, inspirational men. HH.

Madmitch
January 11, 2024 12:21 pm

CB @ 11.11

Sad to say but to me DO’D is in full excuse monger mode.
Too often our youth structure offers “playing a young team” excuse for our youth team failures.
10’ish years ago — against Barca / CL Youth and gubbed — oh but we were playing a young team to give them experience.
Until it was noticed that the Barca youth team was younger than ours.
We play the card every time we are in trouble.
Not good.

Our B Team would appear to cover the U19 / U20 age groups.
So it is U18’s / SPL league then B Team / Lowland League then the potential of a Loan year in full time football.

At 21 / 22 it is sink or swim legionnaire for our home grown youth.

Plus how many projects should be added to the 1st team squad every season?
4 max — two from the youths and two from outside?
If that is the case then we are in trouble.
6 outside projects cannot happen again?
Surely …

If we have totally revamped the B Team squad in one season then we really are in a bad place.
My thoughts — not the right thing to do as we need experience in the squad / sounds like the same issue as the 1st team.
We are asking too much of the new intake and what happened to the players still with a year to go?
Were they all so poor that they had to be let go?

Plus if we are going to have a change in strategy surely the good thing to do is tell the support and explain it.