Case For The Defence

Morning,all.

I said last week that I would cast a critical look over our current squad,with some brief analysis of our strengths and weaknesses. Throw in my tuppenceworth on areas that I think we need to strengthen or at the very least sign some cover. I’ll start with our defence today before moving on to the midfield and forward line on Saturday. 

The first and most obvious thing that needs to be said is that for a team that has just won a double to add to least season’s treble,we are not in as good a place as we might appear to be on paper. Following a run of four transfer windows where our management team were disgracefully let down by the recruitment and executive branches of the club,we found ourselves with a reasonably decent first eleven but very little strength in depth. In fact,we were forced to go to the well way too often with these players and some of them looked physically exhausted come the final whistle of the season at Hampden.

That’s despite us playing nearly a dozen games fewer than we have become used to in recent years,due in the main to an early exit from The League Cup and then not having to struggle through various European qualifier ties. So let’s have a look at what our defensive positions and cover looked like at the end of the season.

Our settled backline last season consisted of Hart. Johnston. CCV. Scales. Taylor. Not too shabby,and a step up on the quality available to any of our domestic rivals. But we have problems in each of those positions due to lack of cover,with only the Right Back role being adequate in those terms. 

Starting with the goalkeeper. Joe Hart was a quite outstanding signing for us three years ago,and of his near-800 career appearances,around 150 of them were between the sticks for us. Add in another six medals and getting his self-respect back and I think it’s fair to say that he will have been very pleased with his side of the bargain. But having turned 37yo in April,he sensibly realised that Father Time is a difficult opponent indeed. I thought we should have signed a replacement a year ago and used the time to bed him in gently to the side,but we will now have to sign one and hope that he hits the ground running right away. 

On top of that,we also need to sign a good back-up there. With Siegrist having never settled and now on the way out,we actually only have one experienced goalie on our books,and that is the much-maligned Bain. Decent enough in his own right but not of the quality required.  So who fits the bill for us? Well,the names being most heavily linked are a bit pie in the sky,if truth be told. De Gea and Kelleher. The former has been without a club since having a contract extension at Old Trafford ruthlessly withdrawn a year ago. I think he is still a better keeper than the current £50m incumbent there,Onana,who incidently was available for free from Ajax only a season earlier. We could sign him for free of course,but his last weekly wage was around TEN TIMES that of our current highest-paid player,and I really don’t see him sitting on his thumbs for a year only to make a comeback for such a drop in salary. 

Kelleher is interesting indeed. An offer of around £5m a year ago would probably have secured our services for the young Irishman. Not now. Last season was his breakout,the one where he stepped in as cover for the injured Becker and excelled. Having missed the boat on this one at the time,I’d expect Liverpool to be looking for c£25m for him now which is considerably beyond us. And as he approaches his peak earning years,his contract would have to be in excess of that to even tempt him. So two non-starters for me. There are quality keepers out there,not playing in The Top Five but decent enough anyway. I’d be expecting a signing from the east of Europe at around £3-5m,an ambitious youngish keeper on an upward trajectory,along with perhaps a free transfer from maybe the benches of a mid-table side from elsewhere. And I haven’t a bloody clue who either might be!

Right back seems to be pretty much sorted,with AJ holding the role and Tony Ralston continuing as a very capable back-up. We know what AJ can provide us with,even if he took some time to get back to his best after injury. Ralston has been a revelation for us covering for injuries to the various incumbents over the past few years,rarely letting us down at the back and popping up with some decent contributions bombing forward. And he’s probably the strongest tackler in the side,throw him some raw meat and watch him go. One of the few areas of the pitch that we can safely ignore for the present. 

Left back is definitely our weakest area,consisting as it does of Greg Taylor and that’s it. I’ll be honest,I’m one of his biggest fans on here-along with MCCAFF-and think that he rarely lets us down when faced with an attacker on the ground. But he isn’t fast enough to cover the ground when the ball gets turned over and he is caught up the pitch. He lacks the height to cover high balls into the box,and his awareness and positioning at those times hardly helps him cover that. I reluctantly conclude that he needs to resign himself to dropping to back-up while we sign a taller,faster version. One who can track back at speed,one who doesn’t get caught under the ball into the box. And left backs are a bit thin on the ground these days-ask England,who have taken Luke Shaw to the Euros as their only natural in that position despite being injured! And again,I have absolutely no idea who we will be looking at here. 

Central defence is actually the other part of the defence which I don’t think we will see changing. CCV is an absolute rock,and while he is suffering more injuries recently than we would like,that means that any likely suitors will think twice before making the leap. Of course,an injury-free season might change that,but we can worry about it if and when that happens. Scalesy was a major find for us,drafted in as a stop-gap due to injury he soon made the position his own. Played nearly every game for us too. A big lad and left footed,though I think his natural role is more as a left back than a central defender. His form dipped midseason as it did for a number of our players,but he recovered well enough. I am still none too happy about having him as a first-choice as I think he is a bit below that level,but his form and his partnership with CCV suggest it to be an area we can leave alone for the moment while we concentrate elsewhere. 

Nawrocki was probably the pick of our summer signings,and he hardly set the world alight. He’d come into the side,usually for a few sub appearances,then drop out again with an injury,so hardly the type of player to place your faith in. Welsh too had various injury problems,even playing while injured a couple of times as the squad was stretched to the limit through injuries elsewhere,and that has been regular a feature for him for too long now. We need to get his treatment sorted and have him back on the pitch pronto,match fit and raring to go. He and Nawrocki should be sufficient cover for CCV and Scales such that we don’t need to try another lucky dip in our favourite markets,markets which we now realise aren’t exactly brimming with undiscovered gems. 

So there you have it. Two new goalkeepers and a left back required,while we soldier on with current personnel at right back and centre back. Unless we get very lucky in the free transfer market,I think we could be looking at the thick end of £12-15m to fill these positions. Not cheap by Scottish standards,and we certainly can’t afford to go for lowball or project signings. They might cost less up front but they tend to offer very little value for money. Of course there are clubs who make a habit of signing from these markets,and they do it very well. Clubs like Brighton and Brentford,for example,spring to mind. But their idea of a low-cost signing is still in excess of £10m,and we are miles short of that. Especially as we don’t have the same levels of scouting and analytics. 

I’d love to have provided some signing targets to fit the bill here,but the market is in a state of flux with the various international competitions occupying the minds of suitors and signings alike. But I’d love to hear from you the readers if you have any specific choices for defensive signings over the summer. 

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 9:07 am

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SteveNaive
June 10, 2024 9:36 am

Thanks Mahe.
Taylor often caught up the pitch because he is up the pitch.
Central to the way we ( he ) play.
Rarely commented in how he is integral to our pressure, builds from the back through mid and joins in the attack.
Often the furthest forward.
Palma loses it/ gives it away, opponents launch and the cry goes up…
“Where is Taylor?”
It’s a big bloody pitch to run around for ninety plus minutes.
Every game.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 9:42 am

STEVENAIVE

I agree with you on the reasons why Taylor is frequently caught up the pitch,and that he does a great job for us bringing the ball forward and building the attack. But it doesn’t alter the fact that he isn’t mobile enough to get back when we lose the ball.

Billy Bhoy
June 10, 2024 10:23 am

Bobby/STEVENAIVE

My issue with GT is that yes, he has a great engine and gives 100% every game, but as SN says he is often the furthest player forward – and occasionally offside! – but when he gets the ball up there he lacks the pace and skill to do anything other than turn and play it back to someone in midfield. I’m sorry, the benefits of this admittedly impressive perpetual movement utterly evade me.
If GT is not going to play LB -and he doesn’t – then replace him with a midfielder who does have the pace and skill. For me, GT is effectively a waste of a jersey and I’d much rather see the jersey being filled with Iwata, Bernardo or Palma who are much more creative.

And that’s just domestically – don’t get me started on the CL games!

Frodshambhoy
June 10, 2024 10:25 am

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

 June 10, 2024 9:42 am
STEVENAIVE
I agree with you on the reasons why Taylor is frequently caught up the pitch,and that he does a great job for us bringing the ball forward and building the attack. But it doesn’t alter the fact that he isn’t mobile enough to get back when we lose the ball.
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He’s not tall enough to win defensive headers and not strong enough to win many physical challenges.
Pretty much every team we play focus their attacks using high cross field balls to our left back position. In a recent game a stat came up in the first half showing 65% of attacks were on our left.

I mentioned this years ago and also asked why Scales wasn’t tried at left back. Many others on here have made the same points.
Scales’ Wikipedia page states he is a Centre Half / Left Back.
Go figure. We’ve got to accept Ange and Brendan see something we don’t.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 10, 2024 11:15 am

On this day in 1938,

Glasgow Celtic win the Empire exhibition trophy at Ibrox.

Celtic 1 v Everton 0

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 11:20 am

FRODSHAMBHOY

Exactly. That’s why I sadly concluded in the article that his deficiencies outweigh his attributes. And quite considerably so in Europe.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 11:28 am

BAD

That was the last trophy Celtic won before the war,and the last one before my Dad was born. He was 12yo before we won a trophy in his lifetime,the cup in 51.

Twelve years without a trophy! We would have been ripping up the car parks.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 11:32 am

And we won as many trophies under Ange in two years as my Dad witnessed,pre-Jock,in 26 years. No wonder those are known as The Famine Years. Maybe explains why he is such a die-hard supporter still,a fallow period like that would be character-forming.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 10, 2024 11:33 am

Bobby,

I was just telling the wee guy that very fact.

Not sure he believes it – he’s known nothing but us winning.

Madmitch
June 10, 2024 11:52 am

BMCUW

Not sure where your optimism comes from but to me you are well off the pace.

GK — there are a lot of them about.
Would probably have a look at the US and Canada.
Also have another look at BS — not sure what has gone wrong but he looked OK two years ago.
Happy to pay big wages but not a big transfer fee.
More need to spend money in other positions.

RB — AJ has a lot of development to go through.
AR is a trier but football is not his first sport and RB is not his best position.
Another who is half cooked and will benefit from more and better coaching.
Looks OK until the game moves up a gear and he has no muscle memory to guide him.

We should be looking at what we have got at RB in the youths and the B team.
Would allow AR a full season elsewhere else and challenge our scouting efforts.

CB — CCV looks like a starter but LS is another who is a lot younger in football years than he looks.
He had a good first half to the season — lost of MoM awards –but started to struggle in the spring.
The rest over the summer will do him good plus a full pre-season to get back on the horse.

2023 recruits — not our finest hour.
Spent money but lacking somewhat in value.
Both could do with more time on the park but not trusted.
Plus the exiling of GL — amongst others — is not a good for squad harmony.

Consequently we need to bring in another starter and push the squad.

SW needs time on the pitch — and that means away from the club.
Looks quite a good footballer but is well of the pace regarding a CB in the SPL never mind the CL
Sitting on the bench is not for him.

LB — Two new players needed pronto.
GT is not a LB — he is a left sided MF’er slumming it in defence.
Stop the cross is a foreign language to him as is recovery speed.
He can start a game well but once he has to start thinking then it all collapses.
Our defensive frailties on the left hand side can be seen from space.
Lots of work required.

Plus the elephant in the room regarding our defensive performances — we need the MF to play its part and track back plus make some tackles. CMcG is a square peg in a round hole — he couldn’t keep weans out a close on a dry day.

No matter our results our overall performance levels were pretty poor this season.
Consequently lots to do.

Better players in.
Improvements in form.
Better set up and tactics.
Better detailed coaching.
Better fitness levels.

Loads of low hanging fruit for BR to pick.
Settled club and a proper pre-season — phasers set to malky.
Rightmove chat has all gone very quiet — from around the time of the scouting staff shake up.

Funny that.
Or maybe not.

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Madmitch
June 10, 2024 11:59 am

GT — caught upfield …

That would be the well mannered way of putting it.
More realistic description would be his lack of focus / game intelligence / recovery speed.

When the game challenges him and he has no muscle memory response then he struggles.
His game collapses when he has to start thinking about every move / every response / every action.
You can see the fear descend across his face.
Not good.

He needs support — at least a starter added to the squad to take the focus off him.
Give him time to learn the position and develop more resilience.

San Luis
June 10, 2024 1:25 pm

Having issues signing in . Test post
All good now.

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Billy Bhoy
June 10, 2024 1:49 pm

MM

Respectfully, wee Greg has 4 SPFL medals. The prospects of him improving in his position is IMHO pretty remote I would have thought!

His Wiki page which I just checked says:

“He started his career as a youth player at Rangers and was associated with the Ibrox club for six years until he was released, with the club saying he was “too small and too slight.”

But good enough to play for Celtic in the CL apparently…

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 2:05 pm

BILLYBHOY

Youngsters sometimes get a growth spurt in their mid to late teens. It might have been that GT was tiny at Ibrox-despite the world class breakfasts-when he was released at 16yo. From 6’7” Fraser Forster’s wiki page…

“Coaches initially thought Forster might be too small to play as a goalkeeper.”

I think he is neither quick enough nor tall enough to cover the deficiencies in his game,such as being caught upfield or outjumped by forwards. Sad but true. No place for sympathy in the modern game.

Madmitch
June 10, 2024 2:21 pm

Players improving well into their 20’s — happens quite a lot.
Look at our captain — slow starter but improved throughout his middle / late 20’s.

Gt gives the impression that he is a thinker — so he should be well capable of improving his game now and into the future.

What is the alternative — sitting on a bench / trying to get out of the English Championship?

GT is more natural as a MF’er.
Just a case that he has more responsibilities as a LB.
Still learning the difference.

He still has a lot to add to his game.
Just takes time / effort / coaching / experience.

He can start mugging it up with the NT.
SC seems to have a connection so he should be willing to help.
Starting with recovery speed — an animated jog is nowhere good enough.

Jimbo67
June 10, 2024 2:39 pm

Afternoon

Interesting article.

The defence gets a lot of criticism but it may not be fashionable to say this but the back 4 is the only area of the team where the whole is worth more than the sum of the individual parts. None of the starting 4 is particularly good compared to what we have had at times previous but we do not let as many goals as people assume. The midfield has 3 technically excellent starters- and Bernardo and Iwata score highly in that area too- but whilst I think our midfield has been very good at supporting the attackers it has, for years, been less good supporting its defensive unit which is a big and basic failing for a midfield.

We’ve had some pretty good left backs in my time from Gemmell and O’Neill to Izagguire and Tierney but it has also frequently been a real weak spot- jeez we won the league in 85/6 without having one after Reid was transferred out. Taylor is okay- no heading ability and like Izzy at times he does not get back quickly enough. After 5 seasons we know he is not going to improve much. We need a keeper we know but we need a new starting left back almost as much. Not holding my breath on that point though

Jimb

Big packy😉😉
June 10, 2024 3:36 pm

Afternoon all and JIm and tMagua bobby good post but as regards the champions League we need to spend some serious money or we will get found out in Europe it’s a long way from the Spl 😎😎😉

Big packy😉😉
June 10, 2024 3:42 pm

Anyone in the Cheshire area I’m in the the bears paw pub in frodsham If anyone fancies a swally 👍

Westcraigs
June 10, 2024 4:01 pm

I’m not holding my breath about summer signings. I think lawwell will do what he did last summer. If we get £30m for matt we will spend less than £30m on strengthening the team. Even if we sell kyogo as well for £20m plus. We will still spend less than £30m. We will come out of the transfer window with a profit.
We will gamble on beating sevco just like last season and we won’t compete in europe. The champions league will be a non starter.
We will have tens of millions in the bank. Just like last season.
We never learn.
Lawwell must go and bring in Martin. If he wants the job.

Fan
June 10, 2024 5:44 pm

What’s People’s opinion on eyes in the back of his heid being head of referee ‘s next season?
Will his appointment signal change to an honest game?
Personally I think it’s a clever ruse by SFA to deflect criticism for their continued corruption.
He’s one of yours will be trotted out to mask the cheating by MSSM and SFA.

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Fan
June 10, 2024 5:46 pm

Westcraigs
i think you’re probably correct!

Magua
June 10, 2024 5:58 pm

Big Packy

Evening, Packy. Had an interesting letter through the door this morning, from the TV licensing crew in Darlington. This is the first communication that I have had from them in a year or so. I thought they had forgotten about me. 😁Apparently not. I have not paid the licence tax in years…and have no intention of funding the anti-Celtic, pro-Hun Bluenose Broadcasting Corporation. Unfortunately, the option of non-payment is not available to Tims in England or Wales.

As for GT? I believe that he and big Liam should fight it out for the LB spot. That would of course, require us having a new partner for CCV in central defence.

Fan

As a willing protege of Hugh Dallas, and proud member of the LRA, Collum knows how to dance the SFA two-step with the best of them. There will be no change in the policies implemented by Brother Crawford Allan.

Hail Hail.

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June 10, 2024 6:01 pm

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Big packy😉😉
June 10, 2024 6:19 pm

Magua hi buddy don’t give them a hapenny remember them 😎you could get a bottle of ginger and 3, macaroon bars for that back in the day not that I remember I’m far too young 😔 😔

Magua
June 10, 2024 6:26 pm

Big Packy

I remember around 1970/71 when decimalisation of the coinage came in. I used to be sent to the local shop for my step-mother’s ciggies. 20 Embassy Tipped? The grand sum of 20 new pence. 😂

Hail Hail.

Fan
June 10, 2024 6:39 pm

Last week we were told Chris McKay was in Portugal negotiating Bernardo transfer.
Seems like he is using the Lawwell playbook as we have heard nothing since!

big packy
June 10, 2024 7:02 pm

MAGUA.nice one 😂 remember my dad sending me to the local shop half an ounce of golden virginia and a packet of cigarette papers, they were the days another true story.LOL 😂

Mike in Toronto
June 10, 2024 7:08 pm

some interesting stories making the rounds….

as soon as stories are released that Arsenal and Chelsea have cooled interest in Napoli’s Osmihen (apparently, Arsenal have offered $90 million, but wont pay the $130 million needed to trigger the release clause, and new Chelsea manager, Maresca, says Osmihen doesnt’ fit his system), a report emerges about Saudi team, Al Ahli, triggering his $130 million release clause.

Will Saudi teams now hoover up top young players, or is the spectre of the Saudi boogeyman being used to force teams to pony up money?

big packy
June 10, 2024 7:14 pm

MAGUA a footnote to that story, the shop owner was a guy called Jock shaw he was known as Jock tiger shaw played for rainjurs and scotland my dad would deliberately send me to the shop with my celtic strip on, mr shaw would be sitting there with his rainjurs jacket and tie on he used to give me some stick but always in fun and a free mars bar,another true story.LOL 😂

Magua
June 10, 2024 7:18 pm

Big Packy

Golden Virginia? Even now, that takes me back to family gatherings, when I were a nipper. Everybody seemed to smoke in those days. My interest in the history of Celtic began at these gatherings. Just saw your footnote. Naughty bhoy. 😂

Hail Hail

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 10, 2024 8:07 pm

FAN 544

For Collum to make a difference,he first has to grow a spine. Chances of that are minimal,and he will be mindful of what happened to Crawford Allen. Job security in that position is far from guaranteed.

Craig 76
June 10, 2024 9:00 pm

Bada Bing
June 10, 2024 9:17 pm
Bada Bing
June 10, 2024 10:38 pm

Newcastle GK Dubravka linked

Jobo Baldie
June 11, 2024 7:45 am

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Margaret McGill
June 11, 2024 9:14 am

MIT
he’ll probably be heading there

SeS
June 11, 2024 9:29 am

Bobby

An interesting views on the team and future requirements and thanks for sharing.

”….,we are not in as good a place as we might appear to be on paper…”

Aye..in a nutshell buddy.

Methinks a torch being tossed at wur Celtic Zeppelin.

The ongoing expectation that Bord will finally ‘wise up’ must be losing lustre. Shurely?!

Still Filling their pockets… and Zippos.

anyhoo

Completely agree we need two ‘keepers and in pronto on a sharp learning curve. Meanwhile considering halfway thro’ June. Any chat about manager on hols. and Windae still shut sounds a bit feeble. Making excuses ( not you) is becoming an art form for some folk.

i disagree on the capabilities of our Right backs… they are not up to the task in Europe and will both be caught out of shape and flogged mercilessly by well drilled teams. I’m not convinced A Johnston is significantly better than T Ralston. Spacial awareness for a wee Hockey Court mebbes but completely lost on a fitba pitch.

Although I’m prepared to accept both are often exposed by lack of cover from midfield… CCV dragged across…Scales trying to fill the gap and Taylor often missing or trailing in behind unaccompanied runner(s)

Hotdog stall at the back post. Form a Queueeueueue

The back line is all over the ship and it’s not all down to their own individual faults or failings. Although it is a huge factor.

How much of our defensive frailties can be attributed to our non-tackling, non-tracking, non-existent midfield in turn exposed by 2 guys in front of them (perm any two ) who seldom offer any cover from the front line. We are talking Europe here, but evidenced anytime a domestic team decide to press higher. Maeda is the only one getting a pass here and mainly because he can nick a ball away if loose .. if he tackles …it’s a foul or a Red.

I know you will cover mids next.

You won’t be surprised to know my expectations on having anything like the quality we need in the management team or on the pitch is at rock bottom.

Right now it’s looking like we are walking into another disaster movie set in Europe.

the Song Remains The Same … stay ahead of the Tangerine…Domestic Celebration Days and Rockn Roll down the Gallowgate

Meanwhile the support getting the European Custard Pie ….again.

The Song Remains the Same (and I’m forecasting yet another Treble.)

A Lemon Song ☺️

Margaret McGill
June 11, 2024 9:48 am

How many more times will the Houses of the Holy ramble on?

SeS
June 11, 2024 9:50 am

Maggs 😊

Max 4 p.a. Buddy until My Time of Dying

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 11, 2024 9:52 am

SeS

“Although I’m prepared to accept both are often exposed by lack of cover from midfield… CCV dragged across…Scales trying to fill the gap and Taylor often missing or trailing in behind unaccompanied runner(s)”

The failure by our midfield to protect the defence is one of our most glaring deficiencies,and has been for years. It’s been highlighted on here and elsewhere,yet nothing has been done about it in the last decade or so.

SeS
June 11, 2024 10:00 am

Bobby

it’s a shambles

Trebles keeping a lid on it

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 11, 2024 10:37 am

SeS

It is the one main reason that we do so badly in Europe. Caught up the park and hit on the break.

San Luis
June 11, 2024 11:31 am

The defence definitely needs improving but I also think a good defensive coach could iron out the shortcomings, especially the ball watching , back post, shambles we endure most games.

Nonetheless, if we’re keen to move upwards in Europe, quality will be required and a defensive midfielder will be crucial.

Interesting weeks ahead.

Margaret McGill
June 11, 2024 12:16 pm

UEFA FFP is like having Saudi Arabia on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
OMG those freed Israeli hostages look well fed.
i don’t think Celtic will commit to anything until O’Riley is sold

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Big Audio Dynamite
June 11, 2024 12:46 pm

If we are basing our transfer spend on what the Huns are daein, we will likely be doing the bare minimum. The Huns aren’t just scraping the bottom of the barrel, they are having to search underneath the barrel. They are now signing players who have never actually played a first team game.

I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we spend anything like what we are capable of.

And for the love of God sign a defensive midfielder!

Big packy😉😉
June 11, 2024 1:50 pm

Afternoon all and JIm and Magua saltires great to see you posting and telling how we both see it unless we spend some serious money in this transfer window we will be like Scotland in the euros home before the luggage arrives another true story 😔 🙏 hope you are well 👍