Can We Build it?


Morning,all.

Things are still shockingly quiet at Celtic,and I suppose we shouldn’t be hitting the panic button just yet. After all,the transfer window has only been open for ten days,and we don’t play competitively until the first weekend in August. Add to which,the manager has been recharging the batteries and the players are all on holiday-or involved in the various international matches being staged all over the globe. 

But we are due to play the first of three glamour “friendly” matches in less than four weeks,and as it stands we will be going into these with Scott Bain and A. Triallist as our two lead goalkeepers. Personally I don’t rate Bain as low as many others,but he isn’t the type of goalkeeper who can get you fifteen points a season or do a Gran Muralla in Europe. Our need for two goalkeepers is obvious. 

This is not news. Siegrist had been negotiating his exit virtually all season,and Hart declared his intention to hang up his gloves a few months back. More than four months ago,in fact. That gave our club plenty of time for some genuine succession planning,even if it would have been better getting done this time last year. 

That would have given the newbie the chance to grow into the side a couple of games at a time,but that is not The Glasgow Celtic Way. Plus,if we had signed someone last summer,he would probably have been in nappies like most of our new signings at that time. However,there is no excuse for dragging our feet over this particular position,same as I am struggling to find one for not getting the Bernardo deal over the line yet. Idah I can understand,as Norwich have a new manager who will want to have a look at what he has in his squad before he makes a decision. 

Procrastination is the enemy of progress,apparently. Also the thief of time. This is never more true than when a manager is considering his options for a major squad rebuild during a finite transfer window,and especially so when the position most in need is the goalkeeper. I’m not panicking,not by any means,but I could certainly do with some reassurance!

Also in need of some reassurance-he said,adroitly changing the subject-are the foe malign and their supporters. When the news broke last week that they had problems with the alterations to a stand,the reason given was delays in shipment of steel from an Asian supplier. Which sounds perfectly plausible,we have all read of the problems in the shipping industry. They have explained to the SPFL/SFA that they will not be able to play there at all in August,and are “exploring their options”.

Many of these options already look to be rather difficult. Murrayfield is the best option,but the SRU are looking to upgrade their own pitch before the autumn international series then the Six Nations. Celtic Park is a non-starter for obvious reasons. Hampden is rather awkward due to a series of midsummer concerts followed by a relaid pitch. The SFA will move heaven and earth to accommodate them,but playing on a pitch which has just been the site of hundreds of thousands of careless teens and non-teens is far from ideal. For starters,it will be like a ploughed field. Add to that,there is no telling what could be lying there hidden in the grass,carelessly or recklessly abandoned by a drunken Swiftie. 

That would be bad enough without the additional allegations which appear to have a certain plausibility to them,even if they are simply rumours at the moment. Firstly,there is the obvious problem of the delayed steel-what are the chances of the job being completed even by the end of August,with the pitch relaid accordingly? The rest are where we fly off into the realm of conjecture,of unconfirmed rumour. 

Firstly,that asbestos has been discovered and,worse,disturbed. This killer substance-inhalation of the fibres leads to a long and painful death-was legal for use in the building industry until the mid-90s,and is almost definitely present in all of the Ibrox stands. And our own Main Stand,I should add. In situ it is relatively dormant and harmless. Disturbed,it is a killer and must be removed. And removal is neither quick nor cheap,but on the bright side their steel should definitely have arrived by the time it is done. I hesitate to put a timescale on that,but try relaying a pitch in January and see how far you get. 

The other allegation is that the Ibrox club have moved forward with their alterations without prior planning approval. Yes,as ever they think that the rules don’t apply to them. To briefly summarise,they lodged an application for planning permission at the end of April. As yet it has not been received. It is against planning regulations to commence these alterations without planning permission for the task. Again,I can’t say that this is true. But the result of the application is logged with the council as pending,so it is not looking good for them. The council would be fully justified in ordering the club to make good the work already done,and then start again IF the permission is granted. I can’t see that actually happening,but council planners aren’t too keen on people ignoring their responsibilities. 

There are another couple of even more outlandish rumours floating around,none of which I’ll be explaining. Dealing in rumours at all never sits easy with me. Suffice to say that when Ibrox tells you that they have problems,they tend to be economical with the truth. You can do that when you run an unlisted company,especially if your shareholders and customer base have a reputation for being gullible. Not so easy when you are a listed company subject to stock market regulations. But that is where the media come in,and their silence on the matter,bar the initial copy and paste of the Ibrox statement,has been monasterial. Shamefully so,if not surprising. 

But again,what has this got to do with Celtic? You might well ask. But given our long and extensive experience with various boards over the years,is it outwith the realms of possibility that our hierarchy will look at the problems across the city and decide that our own team rebuild can go on the back burner for another year? 

Might they,in fact,decide that the chaos over there merits another year of sitting on their hands? Hey,it’s a heaven-sent opportunity for us to see whether any of those projects from last season are any good after all,innit? And the only show in town is the SPL,to hell with Europe. No point in having these players if we don’t give them a shot. 

That’s the kind of stroke I would expect Lawwell to have pulled in the past. And he still would too,if he thought he could get away with it. In fact,criticism has rarely bothered him. Water off a duck’s back. So you KNOW that would be his masterplan,not a thought given to how far our European coefficient has sunk nor to the difficulties we will face in qualifying in future seasons as a result. 

This then is the season that Michael Nicholson has to show us that he has what it takes to be an effective CEO,or whether he is merely the highly paid face of the puppetmaster who is pulling the strings. He has been in the job for long enough now to know what it entails,and the clue is in the name Celtic Football Club. We have long said that we don’t judge ourselves by our city rivals,and I believe that to be true. But it would help convince others if we started ignoring them entirely and built a team for the simple cause of improvement. Six weeks till competititive football kicks off again suggests that the time for making a start is upon us. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 24, 2024 12:27 am

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Madmitch
June 24, 2024 12:37 am

BMCUW

I think the Exec gaslighting is starting to have an effect.

GK — who do we have in the B team / the youths?
We need to start developing our players as a matter of course and not celebrating the odd unicorn that comes along once in a generation / 5 years in football.

Who was the last first team quality GK that the youths have delivered to the 1st team?
Are we really looking at 20 years of drought / failure?

It is only one position but it highlights our ongoing failure regarding youth development.
It might be that TO makes it into the 1st team as third choice this season.
Progress but nowhere near the level we need to deliver.

Madmitch
June 24, 2024 12:40 am

BMCUW

This season — our plans / our progress …

Not looking good is it — I was heartened by the fact that we couldn’t be as bad two summers in a row.

Now I am not so sure — the mood music in G40 is sounding terrible.

I fear we will do as little as we think we can get away with.

Bada Bing
June 24, 2024 12:40 am

Not convinced it was a penalty Clarke is an uber defensive coach,as we knew,time is up,the stats in the 3 games don’t lie

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 12:46 am

Bada It was a pen and don’t no why it didnt go to VAR 🤔

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 12:51 am

Time to move on and support whoever Angerland are playing 😜

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Gordon64
June 24, 2024 1:11 am

SC is only a symptom of the problem that plagues Scottish football. Just look at the amount of the EBT mob who are working for the SMSM. There’s a total denial of the carnage the liquidated club caused and Scottish football cannot move on until it honestly deals with that issue Hh

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 1:19 am

Calmac at 31 will soon realise that playing every game for us and then knocking his pan in for Scotland for no return is not worth the effort Hh

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 1:26 am

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 1:40 am

Guaranteed the SMM nonsense tomorrow from all those who were on the Euro junket will be about a hard luck so close denied a penalty but weren’t our fans amazing nonsense instead of any real insightful analysis of how poorly Scotland performed in the 3 games 🤔

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Gordon64
June 24, 2024 1:48 am

Jobo Baldie
June 24, 2024 8:02 am

Good morning friends.
EURO 24 LEAGUE TABLE
( includes results up to and including Sunday 23rd )
1 GERMANY 7 (+6) 5-1, 2-0, 1-1
2 PORTUGAL 6 (+4) 2-1, 3-0
3 SPAIN 6 (+4) 3-0, 1-0
4 SWITZERLAND 5 (+2) 3-1, 1-1, 1-1
5 ENGLAND 4 (+1) 1-0, 1-1
6 NETHERLANDS 4 (+1) 2-1, 0-0
7 FRANCE 4 (+1) 1-0, 0-0
8 AUSTRIA 3 (+1) 0-1, 3-1
9 ROMANIA 3 (+1) 3-0, 0-2
10 BELGIUM 3 (+1) 0-1, 2-0
11 SLOVAKIA 3 (0) 1-0, 1-2
12 ITALY 3 (0) 2-1, 0-1
13 TURKEY 3 (-1) 3-1, 0-3
14 UKRAINE 3 (-2) 0-3, 2-1
15 HUNGARY 3 (-3) 1-3, 0-2, 1-0
16 DENMARK 2 (0) 1-1, 1-1
17 SLOVENIA 2 (0) 1-1, 1-1
18 ALBANIA 1 (-1) 1-2, 2-2
19 CZECH REPUBLIC 1 (-1) 1-2, 1-1
20 SERBIA 1 (-1) 0-1, 1-1
21 GEORGIA 1 (-2) 1-3, 1-1
22 CROATIA 1 (-3) 0-3, 2-2
23 SCOTLAND 1 (-5) 1-5, 1-1, 0-1
24 POLAND 0 (-3) 1-2, 1-3

Jimbo67
June 24, 2024 8:30 am

Morning all

Feel a bit disappointed after last night- but the team picked and subsequent substitutions ( and timings thereof were all desperately unimaginative. I thought it might have been a penalty but the overall play was not good enough.

As for Celtic’s non-movement in the transfer market I am sure the Board will think they can get away with repeats of past inertia for the simple reason that they will get away with it. People like me who actually go are probably part of the problem but that does not exclude me from having an opinion. Celtic boards going back to the old regimes of Bob Kelly and Desmond White never gave a feck about what the support wanted but Desmond and Lawwell have been worse. Nicholson seems incapable of independent thought- but then again he saw what happened to McKay who did try to think differently we are told so Nicholson will keep his head down.

As it is the transfer market seems to be fairly dormant- FSR and the lack of any trickle down from the transfer of Mbappe (who went for nothing) may be impacting things and so far there has been no repeat of last year’s raids from Saudi Arabia. Celtic may be pinning their hopes on cashing in on O’Riley but if things remain as quiet as they are then I think it could be a long wait.

Still the Huns are having problems with their stadium so we can all have a laugh

Yours morosley

Jimbo

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 24, 2024 9:13 am

JIMBO67

Yep,sums up pretty much how I feel at the moment. Trying frantically to find some solace in the lack of activity elsewhere,but more concerned about nearer to home.

ernie lynch
June 24, 2024 9:39 am

Hungary were the better side and deserved to win.

ASWGL
June 24, 2024 9:44 am

If we had got the penalty, we’d probably have passed it back to Gunn.

ernie lynch
June 24, 2024 10:29 am

And another thing.

The Scotland team would get on better without the tartan army and all their attention seeking, performative, Brigadoonish nonsense.

San Luis
June 24, 2024 10:41 am

First , regarding Celtic. I don’t think BR would allow a sluggish window. I’m confident he will be backed with quality. If not – he’ll walk as will many fans.

Next, Scotland. I’m not particularly bothered, it’s a poor squad with a dreadfully dull Manager. They got what I expected. Nonetheless, there’s a wider issue here and this involves Celtic and everyone else. The lack of young talent coming through the ranks. How do we fix it?

One option is to have a four year cessation on relegation and promotion to and from the top League. This , in my opinion would allow teams to blood more youths and , if directed properly, with a minimum of 4 Scots instructed to be in each team at any given time, would force a sea change in the direction our football model is heading.

This would take radical planning and implementation, with lower league teams being compensated accordingly for missing out on TV revenue and bigger crowds.

Just a thought, especially if we want to be taken seriously as a football nation again. It’s up to everyone to share the load.

St tams
June 24, 2024 10:41 am

BMCUWP
Your last paragraph is where the issues are at our club.
Nicholson had nothing on his CV to merit getting the job of CEO , no experience whatsoever. He has been put in place by Desmond and it is Lawwell and Desmond who call the shots.
Why Brendan is putting up with this, only he knows.

Fan
June 24, 2024 10:58 am

Doubtful JF would have made any difference if Clarke had played him.
Messi,Pele and Maradona would have struggled playing in that assortment of negativity.
No way the word team should be used to describe them.
Defense couldn’t break out cause no midfielder wanted responsibility of receiving pass,midfield afraid of pass as only a lump of wood ahead of them so they resorted to a sideways, backwards game of pass the buck.
The Scottish mindset will allude to too many fenian types lacking character for their pathetic effort.
A lot easier than introspection and honesty.
That this is consistent behaviour will go unmentioned by media as they are part of the establishment that has seen us decline for decades with no revival in sight.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 24, 2024 11:01 am

ST TAMS

Yep,I was hoping someone would pick up on that. Lawwell’s return was never the best idea,and certainly gave most of us that heebie-jeebie déjà-vu sensation. Not a pretty experience,that.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
June 24, 2024 11:05 am

FAN

Clarke named ten defenders in his squad,and only Adams,Conway and Shankland up front. There’s your problem right there. Especially if you play Adams to the virtual exclusion of the other two.

Even the catenachio system requires a team to score,nobody ever won anything by getting scoreless draws all the time.

Fan
June 24, 2024 11:07 am

Being a small nation where football has huge relevance is an issue.
Incompetents who have there nose in the trough know it’s an easy money making environment with little transparency.

Celtic are the apex of this with their OF partners.
As long as the fans subscribe to this illusion they will continue on this path.
It may eventually lead to the destruction of the game here but those in charge will happily feed till the carcass rots and they take all their ill gotten gains to the next capitalist gravy train.

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Big Audio Dynamite
June 24, 2024 11:35 am

San Luis,

No sure how workable it is but I loved your idea about how to get more youth players a chance at first team football.

Fresh thinking …

Gordon64
June 24, 2024 11:48 am

The morning after the night before and as expected the same old lazy narrative is being churned out by Broadfoot and his smsm cronies with a new twist however, we’re a small nation so what do we expect ! Unlike say those huge nations such as Denmark & Croatia 🤔
It would be refreshing to just admit Scotland were utter garbage and got exactly what we deserved SFA !

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Gordon64
June 24, 2024 11:51 am

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Fan
June 24, 2024 12:12 pm

Gordon64
A complete failure and establishment lackey like Broadfoot probably wrote that copy before the Euro’s began.
Lazy faux churnalism like his is designed to maintain the status quo for a failed establishment.
An admission of how crap we were would shine a spotlight on continuous failure by the people in charge.
Completely ignoring these charlatans and starving them out of existence is our only chance for change.

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Madmitch
June 24, 2024 12:19 pm

EL @ 10.29

Fait point about the Tartan Army and its attention seeking behaviour.

But where does that leave our City Break CSC and our travels in Europe.

To me — two sides of the same coin.
Same performative vibe but with different songs.

Auldbhoy67
June 24, 2024 12:25 pm

One decision by Clarke last night told me my comments and concerns regarding Taylor were not unfounded last season. Our two main left backs are injured and he brings on Kenny Maclean before Greg Taylor the 3rd choice lb in the squad. This is the man who sold him to us but now thinks he isnt good enough when we need him.
Says it all for me.

Big Audio Dynamite
June 24, 2024 1:08 pm

Mental Mitchell,

So, the Celtic fans are embarrassing attention seekers now?

You sure you are on the right site, bubba?

Hmmm.

ernie lynch
June 24, 2024 2:05 pm

Madmitch

I suspect you haven’t been to many European away games. The bulk of the fans who go are nothing like the tartan army.

Kevin
June 24, 2024 2:13 pm

We will spend. Players will know what’s happening. The window really starts today.

KLV

Kevin
June 24, 2024 2:16 pm

Good points San Luis.

Not a chance Brendan would have stayed after the double of he wasn’t in charge now.

Stockhighagain.csc

KLV

Fan
June 24, 2024 2:30 pm

Gordon 64
Good article by Mike Small.

ernie lynch
June 24, 2024 2:37 pm

Fan

I got a full house at ‘unionist mindset’ in my game of bullshit bingo.

Fan
June 24, 2024 2:41 pm

ernie lynch
Good for you.
Opinions?

Madmitch
June 24, 2024 3:05 pm

Football is where Scotland already has its independence.

It provides a superb template of how things would be if we were to go it alone.
We are small minded / limited / lack ambition — big on excuses / poor on solutions.
Many are desperate to do our own thing but don’t notice that we lack the desire to do it properly.

Football is Scotland in microcosm.
We think we are better than we are.
And get upset when the rest of the world prove it.

There is a reason why the Scotch whisky industry expanded / exploded when the ownership of it went abroad — the old school “blazers” had been too fat and happy with their slow / managed decline to try and do things differently.

Scotland is like a badly run bowling club.
Hard truths not wanted / better to be part of the gang than rock the boat.
Too small as everybody has a connection to someone you know.

Fix football and then talk about constitutional change.
There is no debate now — the Nats know they have failed.
Red Flag now on.

Big packy😉😉
June 24, 2024 3:14 pm

Afternoon all and JIm and Magua Scotland got what they deserved feck all I’m not blaming the players Steve Clarke is the one to blame he should have brought on James Forrest and shankland at halftime the game was crying out for a winger and centre forward had he done that we would not have lost that game 😎👍👍

INIQUITOUS IV
June 24, 2024 3:39 pm

On Jobo’s table, Scotland are second bottom, with only Poland below us. We are actually the first team to go home, as Poland still have a game to play.

If the Poles can manage an unlikely draw against France, then we will take Pole position at the very bottom. ( See what I did there? ).
Ah’ll get ma coat.

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SteveNaive
June 24, 2024 3:54 pm

Bobby,

I liked the Caravaggio system.
A work of art.

Jimbo67
June 24, 2024 4:04 pm

Iniquitous IV @3.39

We do not need statistics to see how crap we are!

Please take in spirit intended- the point and you raised had crossed my mind too!

Jimbo

Jimbo67
June 24, 2024 4:07 pm

Point and pun , I meant

Drew67
June 24, 2024 4:14 pm

Clarkes time is up.If Moyes wants it he’l get it.
Surprised players stuck to tactics.enough experience there to see it wasnt working.Dont think Robertson is a strong captain.

ASWGL
June 24, 2024 4:24 pm

Good and well judged article Bobby, We’ve known for a year we need a keeper and a left back, and nothing has moved there. No matter how many weeks it is until the season kicks off Mr Liewell has previous for saying “It makes no sense to sign players weeks before the season starts and paying them wages” so I don’t see anything moving (if at all) until well into July.

Our ugly neighbours have problems indeed with their ground improvements, and I wouldn’t put it past our board to think we just have enough to beat them and their troubles this year without spending a dime.

Anyone who thinks Nicholson has the final say on signings, needs a checkup from the neck up.

HH

Rebus67
June 24, 2024 4:24 pm

I think it is important to make a distinction between the performance and the level of effort versus Hungary. The latter was exceptional, the former was clearly lacking. The tournament provides the benchmark, not the qualification games. Sadly, Scotland falls way short when judged against many of the other teams.

You can see the reasons for the performance gap run deep. Firstly, most of the Hungarians can control the ball better..rarely does it canon off them and need to be retrieved. Similarly the Magyars moved better than we did, off the ball. In short, they looked like a team that had played together. So, there is a gap in individual players skills. I suspect that these skills were coached in, prior to our opponents reaching professional grade.

Secondly, the system adopted by us, is based upon not losing a game, rather than winning it. Yes, we have a limited squad, but is leaving your attackers on the bench until the 76, 83, and 89 th minutes giving the team a real chance to win? By the 89th minute we had taken off four players that contributed to our defensive obligations. A pure gamble, sorry, poor gamble!

Throughout the tourney we play a negative game. Simple put, it did not work. We are out.
who knows if a more adventurous approach would have worked, but it woukd have been a better watch.

What is the answer? Well it will not be found before the next qualification round. It has to start with the development of players and tactics. The latter is easier to fix, but it is not enough.

Most will agree that the current squad is not strong, and this is after recruiting players who were not born in Scotland, or developed there. Dykes is Australian, McTominay was born in Lancaster, Gunn born in Norwich. Hanley has not played for a Scottish club and so it goes on. Tommy Conway, born in Taunton, and never played for a Scottish club. Even spreading the net widely, we cannot muster a competitive squad. Remember, I am talking performance wise, not effort.

Should we sack the coach? His after match remarks about the ref make him a candidate, IMHO. However, the answer really depends on what do you want to fix?

SC is not the main problem. He is a symptom of the strategic problems. Kind of like arranging the chairs on the Titanic😀 The main difference is that this particular ship hit the iceberg some decades ago. Instead of devising ways to avoid future hits, the SFA is full of yester day men trying to devise ways of handling the next hit.

Lads you gave it everything…it is not your fault. You let nobody down.

Rebus

Big Audio Dynamite
June 24, 2024 4:34 pm

Ernie,

You suspect Mitch has never been to a European away game?

I’d go further ..

I’d bet my last fiver he isn’t even a Celtic fan!

Mike in Toronto
June 24, 2024 4:58 pm

looked at the Stuart Armstrong penalty/non-penalty call again … thought yesterday, and still think today, that the ref got the call right. Armstrong was clearly playing for a penalty. Should have taken the shot.

But, that play was symptomatic of the problems with that Scotland team …. no confidence in their own ability. In Armstrong’s case, he didn’t believe he could score, so he tried to go for the cheap penalty….

that Scotland team as a whole looked like they didn’t think they belonged there, and so, instead of trying to play football, they just set out not to get embarssed.

To be fair, I do Have to wonder if they would have played differently had they not got off to such a rocky start against Germany….

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