Wake Up And Smell The Coffee!

Morning,all.

When I think back to the summer of 2024,I might remember things like a change of government in the UK,or the upheaval across Europe brought about by the rise of a populist right wing-not least in France,thankfully avoided for the moment. Or events in Ukraine,Gaza and the Gulf. Maybe even the ongoing meltdown in the US,a matter which should be a concern for all of us. Even if I’m none too keen on discussing such matters on a Celtic site-as you may have noticed!

In football terms,it will be a reflection on quite possibly the most sterile major tournament in history,even though it has been exceptionally well organised and played out in front of record crowds. Germany has some of the biggest stadia in Europe,and has been a magnificent host to some of the worst football I can remember. The equivalent not so much of throwing a party and nobody turns up,as throwing a party where everyone turns up-except for the people that everyone came to see. 

As a Celtic supporter though,this is rapidly turning into a seen-it-all-before non-event. We are almost a month into the main transfer window,and the only business that we have concluded is the sale of a bit-player to a lower league club for peanuts. The only bits of business being discussed are our “efforts” to consolidate last season’s loans into permanent deals,but Benfica and Norwich aren’t particularly chuffed with our valuations of their players. (Twas ever thus…) 

Celtic Plc is currently on holiday. It’s the summer,innit? Time for family get-togethers. Throw some burgers on the barbie,crack open a few tinnies and put the feet up. Soak up the rays,enjoy the peace and quiet. Take great pleasure in the meltdown over the river. Save some of that fuel to throw it on the Ibrox social media flames as they root about trying to find a scapegoat,preferably someone who is no longer in situ but was there when all the plans were being laid. 

They seem to have decided on a signing policy which mirrors ours,to buy cheap and sell high. Like our board,they hope to throw enough mud at the wall that some of it will stick somewhere. But it looks like their biggest signing could be their costliest ever,one Hugo Asbestoslique. He arrived at Ibrox unheralded and unwanted,but it really should have been no surprise to anyone who did their homework. Sadly for them,homework is something they have never believed in. Neither is due diligence,or even the simple expedient of listening to advice. 

That last part could apply equally to our own club,but thankfully in a different manner. Celtic doesn’t even have to listen to advice,for there is no denying that we are a financially stable football club,an oasis of calm in a sea of flux. The new Financial Sustainability Regulations are something which are unlikely to impact us directly,but the indirect implications should,if used properly,be of huge benefit to us.

We saw clubs in England throw together a raft of questionable transfer dealings just before the 30 June end of the financial year,deals which seemed to be made simply for the benefit of the bean-counters. £60m swap deals for reserves with little chance of first team action,but which can be immediately added to one side of the ledger while being drip-bled over five years from the other side. Robbing Peter to pay Paul,the equivalent of a payday loan. 

A mate of mine in Swindon has been in considerably better paid employment than me for the entire time that we have known each other. We have a lot in common,similar interests and similar backgrounds. Both single blokes,football daft,love the horses (which sometimes love us back.) He supports a different team and different politics,but those are about the only differences. Apart from one. His credit record is utterly trashed because of those payday loans. 

Well,to get it right I should explain that it was the inability to cover payday loans which trashed his credit record. His own reckless behaviour is the reason that he had to resort to them in the first place. By the time he fessed up,I could only offer enough help and advice to mitigate the problem and get round the worst day-to-day aspects. The damage to his long-term was irreparable. Which might just be the case too with his football team. 

Celtic Plc seem to have looked across the water and decided that our major domestic rivals are unlikely to be a problem this season. (Despite such thinking being the cause of much frustration and anger in the past. Such as 2008-2011.) That a season of “consolidation”,one where transfer upheaval is kept to a minimum,is the way forward for us. Think of all those players that we signed last year who weren’t given the opportunity to show us what they are made of,what they have to offer. Why we signed them in the first place,etc. Surely by not signing anyone this summer,we can give them a second bite at the cherry,huh? 

Our own version of the sunk cost fallacy,that. We should be looking at everyone on the playing staff and deciding on their chances of ever bringing any benefit to the side. If not,they are simply an unwanted burden on the rest of the club,and should be thrown overboard. For the benefit of the club,which will get them off the wage bill. For the benefit of the manager,who will no longer have to field complaints from unhappy players and agents. For the benefit too of the players who survive,who will have a much more pleasant working environment. And most importantly,we should NOT be looking at these rejects-for that is what they are-as the only source of income for our transfer dealings during this window. 

The board will be aware of exactly what our income to 30 June was,and exactly how much profit accrued. It will also be aware of exactly how much cash in hand is available. And of exactly what the projections are for the year to 30 June 2025. These are the figures which we should be using to drive our signing policy over the next fifty-odd days,not how much we can raise in a car boot sale. We don’t need to resort to a payday lender to fund spending,we don’t need to sign a Provvie cheque either. We don’t need to mortgage the house for an uncertain future,for we aren’t talking about spending money that we don’t have. 

Those accounts that were signed off a week ago will probably show another record turnover-with a projected further improvement next season-and the equivalent of annual turnover mouldering away in the vaults of a faceless bank somewhere. The football side of the ledger will show yet another double,and an increase in book value of the playing staff. Record ticket sales,record merchandising income. Etc,etc,etc. 

What it will NOT show is the old bugbear of accounts-intangibles. Accounts are like many things,they can be written or interpreted for the benefit of those who read them. Or they can be written on a need-to-know basis. We all laugh when we hear someone aver-it must be true,it’s in the papers! Yet who amongst us hasn’t said that in the dark and distant past? The naivety of youth also extends to our understanding of annual accounts-we don’t know enough to rip the arguments apart,but we know enough that there’s a distinctly farmyard whiff in the air. 

Our own favoured brand of bullshit tends to arrive via the Chairman’s Report,which usually tells of record income and profit in the many sectors,and of continuing domestic success. Yet these are no longer the parameters by which our support wish the club to be judged. Our support want success to be measured on the pitch,in the product that we see before us over fifty times a season-and for which we pay handsomely! 

The season just gone was the first of the second coming of Brendan Rodgers. His first season was seven years ago,and who can forget the events of that glorious campaign? There was even the remarkable similarity to the end of the season,a last minute winner in the cup final. But there seemed to be a resting on laurels after that,even if we did go on to complete four successive trebles. The side of 2016/17 wasn’t exactly a vintage crop,but it was a vast improvement on what we currently have. We didn’t build from strength then,we have rarely built from strength at any time in our history. And time after time,this has been shown to be a mistake. 

Celtic should not be judged by what we achieve in Scotland,for it is an irrelevance. It should be judged by our European campaigns,which for too long have themselves been deemed an irrelevance by our “leaders”. We should not,to borrow a line from MAGS, be wondering what the huns are daein’,but what we can ourselves achieve. 

We are still one of the best-supported sides in Europe. We are still in the top twenty for shirt sales. Still in that upper echelon for match-day income. The reasons for this are manifold,but to simplify it,our TV deal is so pathetic that the club is almost wholly reliant on the goodwill and support of the fans. Say what you like,but that is exactly what football should actually be about. Football without the fans is nothing,said a very wise man indeed. And for Celtic Plc to continually treat us with the contempt that comes with planning simply to be one step ahead of the huns is a sure way to find out that football income too is nothing without the fans. 

Another wise man once said-Wake up and smell the coffee. 

Well,if this window continues as it has begun,it might not be the smell of the morning coffee that is hanging heavily in the air. Though it must surely be preferable to napalm. 

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Above article by BMCUWP

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Westcraigs
July 8, 2024 10:07 am

The financial success of our club, success off the field, depends entirely on success on the field. We gambled last season and it eventually worked but we got lucky.
If we gamble again this season our luck may run out.
I do not understand the way this club is being run. It doesn’t make sense to me.

John A
July 8, 2024 10:10 am

Lawwell

Madmitch
July 8, 2024 10:19 am

We can but hope that the present blooming of constructive optimism all across the land would shame the board into some sort of action.

It is not as if we don’t have the money.
It is not as if we don’t have our challenges.
It is not as if we don’t have our opportunities.

Nationally we are leaving a clown car government behind.
Locally we should be leaving a hopeless / useless / clueless second rate property bean counter behind.

St tams
July 8, 2024 10:24 am

I really don’t see anything changing in the way our club acts , until Desmond, Lawwell and Nicholson are chased .
These guys don’t know how to run a football club.

Madmitch
July 8, 2024 10:25 am

BMCUW

What is it with men of a certain vintage and criticism of Euro24?
It has been an absolute masterclass in what you can do to make the most of scarce resources.
Plus loads of good games too.

Perfect — no.
Educational — Yes.

I fear sour grapes have been imbibed.
We were the worst team at the competition.
Our local “Mexicans” have been the luckiest.
CR7 is an erse of historical significance.

Madmitch
July 8, 2024 10:30 am

We put more effort into building a corral for away fans as in our friends in Govan that we put into developing the area surrounding the stadium to benefit our own support.

The execs / board are lazy beyond belief — care home for the hard of thinking.
DD wants a quiet life with the odd wind up to get at the support.
Joe Biden is all energy / man of action in his company.
Not good.

Madmitch
July 8, 2024 10:33 am

Summer tour — hopefully we don’t embarrass ourselves.
Hope opportunity that we are sleepwalking towards blindfolded.
Poor showing and things could get messy.

Just Sayin’
July 8, 2024 10:46 am

Morning SC

A close season sabbatical from contributing hasn’t stopped me looking in … and confirmed that taking a break was a very good idea, particularly as the stress levels on show crank up. 

Circular, dull, repetitive chat re Board parsimony, transfer non dealings and what to do with cash in the bank. 
It’s as predictable as Celtic’s dilatory approach to transfer business. Best avoided. 

So a quick visit, a point or two to make and then back to looking in. 

The same suspects who didn’t think we’d win the league, when it was obvious to some onlookers how limited and vulnerable the opposition were, are now fretting that we are likely to fail next season due to our perceived inactivity and apparent inability to sign someone/ anyone. 

The Huns sign a few no marks, and the lad Connor Barron, and its panic stations. 

Particularly re the keeper situation We do our due diligence and If the players we are interested in are in demand we have little option but to wait and see if they will come. Let’s be realistic. 
Not all pros are intent on playing in a third tier competition for Celtic as their career high. If it’s their best option in the last couple of weeks of the transfer window then they’ll commit. 

Joe Hart signed from Spurs on 3 Aug 2021 and played two days later in an EL tie we won. 
 I don’t think he had played a single game for Spurs in the year he was there. 
The present situation is not ideal granted, and we should be better prepared, but there you are. 
Quality signing targets generally have options and there are a few factors to consider. 
Who can blame Bernardo for assessing other outcomes if the rumours are true he’s been low balled by Lawwell on salary? 

So my advice is less angst lady and gentlemen and hold your nerve. It’ll help the stress levels no end. 
If we are left slapping our foreheads when the Huns come visiting, the day before the window shuts, the search for the soul of the club and its direction of travel can begin in earnest. 
A squad hardly fit for purpose in Scotland, let alone Europe, will cause heads to explode. A very messy business all round. 

By the way talk of the “ unwanted burden” of certain playing staff or “ rejects” is a cheap shot. These guys joined in good faith, probably couldn’t believe their good fortune, no doubt delighted to join a club of some status and were offered contracts that Celtic have a duty to honour. They are not chattel to be disposed of because their faces don’t fit. 

Talk of “throwing them overboard”, they did that on slave ships I understand, is a rather nasty and unbecoming statement. A bit Hunnish. Perhaps a reflection of the stress one feels.
 Not the sort of chat one associates with a friendly club for all. 

A thing of beauty
July 8, 2024 10:47 am

I was reasonably relaxed a fortnight ago when the window opened but am now concerned. I cannot understand why we keep doing this every year. BR has not come back here to work with the calibre of player he got foisted on him last season. As IQ points out even if we sign Bernardo and Idah we have stood still in the outfield department and have no goalkeeper to speak of. Bain is kept on as court jester and seigrist is a wage thief.
We have so much money now and a board that is clueless in how to drive us forward. I heard on the Celtic exchange podcast that the share price could be rising on the back of carpet baggers. These people will invest and then demand a dividend if there is so much cash on the bank. Before you know it the £75m is much reduced and we haven’t signed a single player. Like St Tams I have to question why we still have Michael Nicholson as CEO. He’s not doing his job. He has a remit to improve every aspect of our club but most notably the product and reputation of our club. It’s the team that does that. We are a laughing stock in Europe, we’re about to become a laughing stock in the US (again) but hey ho have you heard about they stupid Huns. That shite has to stop. It’s been holding us back for years. Bmcuwp and MM are right. We should be judged in Europe and so should our board.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 10:52 am

MM 1025

Absolute rubbish,mate. There have been no masterclasses,only borefests. I’ve commented often that I’ve enjoyed 0-0 draws,that there is an art to defending. But to be that rare thing,an enjoyable 0-0,takes more than mere shutting up shop.

The design of the group stages lent itself to ensuring a win and a draw. Some countries took that to extreme by playing not to lose a goal and hope to sneak one. They then followed it up by doing the same in the knockouts but practicing penalties.

I used the word sterile for a reason. I’ll happily stand by it. And for the record,two of the best matches so far have involved Turkey. Against Austria,then the Dutch. Those two teams also had a great game against each other. Yet France,also in the same group,have been shocking.

And none of my negative comments about the tournament have had anything at all to do with Scotland’s own performance,as you suggest. I couldn’t care less. My comments have been made as a neutral observer,and a lover of football.

A thing of beauty
July 8, 2024 10:55 am

By the way talk of the “ unwanted burden” of certain playing staff or “ rejects” is a cheap shot. These guys joined in good faith, probably couldn’t believe their good fortune, no doubt delighted to join a club of some status and were offered contracts that Celtic have a duty to honour. They are not chattel to be disposed of because their faces don’t fit. 
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Just Sayin,
Good to see you popping in but I must take issue with this paragraph from you. First off, using analogies is common practice when writing and I’m sure Bmcuwp would not be thinking of it in any other terms than these guys are not good enough for our football club. They weren’t last year and they won’t be this year. BR picked a cup final team that included none of the summer signings so he’s let the board know he wants them gone and replaced with the quality he expected and I’m sure was promised when he agreed to come back.
Secondly this is the reason why Michael Nicholson should not be our CEO. He has presided over at least three shit windows and we are about to give him a fourth. Why?

Madmitch
July 8, 2024 10:57 am

BMCUW

Glass half full vs Glass half empty — discuss.

Me — learned a lot from a good number of the teams.
Counts as a result to me.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 11:01 am

JUSTSAYIN

I was thinking more in terms of Horse Latitudes by The Doors. Slaves were very rarely jettisoned,as they were too valuable. That happened,in the main,when the slaver ships were being pursued by The Royal Navy,which was charged with abolishing the slave trade.

Maybe an easy mistake to make,or maybe an example of finding offence where none was intended.



BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 11:22 am

I could have avoided any misunderstanding if I knew how to embed that clip into the article!

Just Sayin’
July 8, 2024 11:25 am

Bmcuw

Perhaps you protest too much.

These players came to do their best and didn’t set out to be an “ unwanted burden”, or indeed “rejects”. I am suggesting the tone of your description is unnecessarily harsh and is certainly offensive to them. Which is clearly intended.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 11:45 am

JUSTSAYIN

I’ve long said that the blame lies with the board for signing unsuitable players. Not with the player for agreeing to the move. A concept which was explained to me by Joe Filippi,believe it or not. So,again,you have misunderstood the point I was trying to make.

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Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 11:54 am

Now it’s the stadium surroundings …

Has there been some kind of negative news elsewhere about stadiums??

☺☺

SteveNaive
July 8, 2024 12:00 pm

‘clown car government’
You want ten, fifty or a hundred good things they’ve done for the people in Scotland?
You want ten, fifty or a hundred things the corrupt, lying, greedy excuses for elected representatives did for the country ?
Ian Murray and Douglas Alexander… tells you all you need to know for the next two years at least.
Stick to football.

SteveNaive
July 8, 2024 12:05 pm

BAD

Be the flags not flying properly next.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 12:08 pm

Steve,

some trolls are just so obvious.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 12:09 pm

Appears we may see Santa before we see football at the debt dome.

Hilarious.

Prestonpans bhoys
July 8, 2024 12:31 pm

Even the DR are breaking the line

Every Rangers home game that could be played away from Ibrox as stadium fiasco set to spark absence for MONTHS

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 12:52 pm

BAD,PRESTONPANSBHOY

Softening them up for the knockout blow,methinks. Also,the article by Jackson had better be 100% accurate,or I reckon Bisgrove has good cause to sue.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 12:58 pm

Bobby,

My guess is Bisgrove is the willing patsy.

What happened to the person who took the fall originally? Ahem! 😉

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 1:07 pm

BAD

Ive been accused of certain things over the years,I expect all of us have had similar issues too. I’ve always relied on the paper trail to get me out of jail/prove my innocence. In modern parlance,an e-mail trail or WhatsApp. And I’m quite sure that Bisgrove will have his arse well covered at all times.

And if not,he has no right to be employed in a similar role elsewhere-which is why I would be suing.

Prestonpans bhoys
July 8, 2024 1:20 pm

Bobby

Thi is his second attack on Bisgrove in a week, unless it’s true, unlikely, then a phone call to his lawyer is on the cards.

At the very least a Cease and desist letter….

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 1:42 pm

ASWGL

Another smashing background,mate. Thank you!

Mahe
July 8, 2024 2:19 pm

Knowing both Big Packy and Magua, like a celtic quiz question.
Can you ask them 
“Can you name a Celtic player signed on a free transfer, who scored the first goal for the Hoops in a Cup Final?

And the answer is Sammy Wilson signed on a free transfer from St Mirren in May 1957.

5 months later, he scored the first goal in the 1957 7-1 League Cup Final rout of old Rangers.

Bada Bing
July 8, 2024 2:35 pm

Liverpool reject £4 million for Nat Phillips……* goes to shed to dig out boots…..

Drew67
July 8, 2024 2:48 pm

Wow…the glasgow times with a 2 pager celebratin saturdays orange walk..

No many papers left for me to buy my ma now

INIQUITOUS IV
July 8, 2024 3:05 pm

BMCUWP
First class lead article, as per.

CHAIRBHOY ( from last article )

“Well, we have come to our usual impasse, giving the Celtic PLC Board the benefit of the considerable doubt over recruitment and here we are again…
…about to embark on a major tour to show the world what Celtic football club is about and we have a weaker team than we had at the end of last season.
BR has stated all the players and positions have been identified so what could possibly be the hold up?
…,,,..,.,
We know the players we want, we know we have the funds to sign them, we know the kudos we could have football wise and commercially from a successful American tour and UCL group stage run.”
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Hi Chairbhoy:
Good timely post. This has been on my mind for a while. I’m in DC, and closely involved in arranging events for the first leg of the tour. Celtic fly here in 8 days and our long held concerns are mounting. DC United are bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference, the worst of 15 teams, with 3 draws and 8 losses in their last 11 games. They are also the second worst of all 29 teams in US Major League Soccer.

So why should we worry? Well, for precisely the reasons you and BMCUWP eloquently stated. The lack of planning and preparation bring back bad memories of our last visit here in 2006, when we were thrashed 4-0 by a very young DC Utd. team fielding a host of reserves. Here’s a post game report from the following day:

“Celtic were comprehensively outplayed as they continued their pre-season build-up in the United States. DC United put four past the Scottish champions, with 17-year-old Freddy Adu getting the ball rolling on half-time. 

Jamil Walker doubled the Major League Soccer team’s advantage and Bobby Boswell and Andy Metcalf added further goals.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan said his players need to step up their stamina levels after watching them subside in the second half. 

“They blew us off the pitch with their energy, especially in the second half,” he conceded. 
“As the game went on, our players felt less energy. That is disappointing. 
“If you are lethargic, you will give chances away. If you cure that then the other things will be cured. We need to work on the lethargy problem.” 

The defeat was Celtic’s third successive friendly reverse following a two-match tour of Poland. ”
………..

We have Hoops fans coming in from New York, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Philly, Chicago, Detroit and further afield, and we want to see a show. The DC team are fast and fit, and led up front by Christian Benteke who is a goal threat, particularly in the air. One game here, he scored with 3 headers.

I vividly remember standing soaking wet in 2006 sadly watching a desperately limp display devoid of any iota of excitement for a Celtic fan. Behind me were a bunch of Yanks who weren’t even DC Utd. fans, but there simply out of curiosity. At 4-0, we distinctly heard a voice say, “Geez, these Celtics are crap,” and they left.

In a nutshell, we did absolutely nothing to promote our image in the U.S.
Man City and Chelsea relentlessly promote their clubs over here. Man City’s Official App is promoting the game in North Carolina and say nice things about us ( see below ).
What will be Celtic’s response?

https://www.mancity.com/citytv/mens/celtic-us-tour-hype-video-63856028

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INIQUITOUS IV
July 8, 2024 3:14 pm

Bada Bing

 July 8, 2024 2:35 pm
Liverpool reject £4 million for Nat Phillips.
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Fair minded Liverpool CEO says, “No, that’s way too much.” ?

Rebus67
July 8, 2024 3:26 pm

IQ4,

Will Celtic make money from the US trip? Otherwise, hard to see why we are doing it.

Rebus

Mike in Toronto
July 8, 2024 3:39 pm

If, God forbid, England were to scrape out two more wins… would they be the worst footballing side to win it since Greece? ever?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 3:46 pm

MIKEINTORONTO and REBUS67.

Different questions,but same answer-YES.

Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 3:53 pm

Which Tic player scored on his debut, his home debut and his first game against the now deceased Govan club?

Rebus67
July 8, 2024 3:58 pm

Here is the latest that I have picked up from my sources. I spread the net widely into each corner of the house, including the basement, which is full of junk.

Fees have been agreed for two keepers but the deals have not been completed yet. One keeper, the younger insists on being first choice, but has agreed wages. The other is not happy to play second fiddle either plus wages are an issue for him. The plan was to play the older keeper initially and phase in the younger one as the season progresses.

Two CBs have been identified as targets but price is an issue for both. If any, only one will be bought. The preferred choice has a new manager who is assessing his squad so that is a further delaying factor. Wages have been agreed for this player. McKenna is on standby should our efforts fail.

The Idah deal will be done. Norwich are chancing their arm, given his surprising performance for Celtic. Another million on top of Celtic’s last offer, or a hefty sell on clause, are demanded.
Idah has been written off at Norwich so a deal will be done to provide funds for the new manager.

Another loan option for a striker is being considered. This time with an option to buy.

The Bernardo deal is stalled, not on wages, but length of contract. A surprising SPL alternative has been identified and will be obtained if B’s deal fails.

Jota wanted to return but it will not happen due to wages.

Two options are being considered for LB. One is about the same height as GT and is better attacking than defending. The other is older and taller but there is a lot of secrecy around who it is…the crystal ball mists up as I look into it!

one final prediction, more a certainty, if serious quality does not arrive, Rebus will continue to abstain from funding the club. There are other options….Tradeston Athletic and Yoker 😅

Rebus

Fan
July 8, 2024 4:12 pm

Good players can look shit in a poorly laid out formation.
Scotland had no player who had pass marks due to such at Euros.
We know some are better than they showed but poor coaching at that level hampered them.
our tactical naïvety was appalling.
Celtic players often scramble wins in SPL but Europe is a bridge too far .
As you all know I am no fan of Calum but the criticism of him at Euros was for the most part justified.Though McGinn contrived to be worse.
Of course Hunnish mssm laid some unfair criticism at him when he laid on a goal but overall his positioning and tackling was poor.
Was the same in our dismal European campaign last season.
We have an unbalanced and easy to waltz past midfield that suggests we will stay consistent in being everyone’s favourite opponent.
While Bosun has potential it’s too early for such a burden.
Hopefully our coaches have watched the Euros to learn some positional lessons on how to set up without ball?

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 4:50 pm

BAD

CalMac? If so,you can add his European debut to the list.

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 4:51 pm

REBUS67

I’m intrigued! Hopefully your crystal ball is on the ball.

INIQUITOUS IV
July 8, 2024 4:53 pm

Rebus67

 July 8, 2024 3:26 pm
IQ4,
Will Celtic make money from the US trip? Otherwise, hard to see why we are doing it.
Rebus
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Hi Rebus:
Hope you and yours are in the pink.
I have no details but agree with BMCUWP’s view. I am certain the answer is yes.

As for your post vis-a-vis your sources on incoming players, that information is remarkably detailed. It does not read like a cock and bull story. It’s remarkable how many Celtic deals have stalled over relatively small amounts of money when we are almost rolling in it.🤣
HH
Iniquitous IV

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Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 5:35 pm

Bobby,

Not Cal 👍

Big packy😉😉
July 8, 2024 5:45 pm

Bad was it lubo

BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
July 8, 2024 5:47 pm

BIGPACKY

Great shout!

I bow before the master.

ernie lynch
July 8, 2024 5:57 pm

SteveNaive

 July 8, 2024 12:00 pm
‘clown car government’

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I may be wrong but I assumed that was a reference to Westminster, not Holyrood.

Big packy😉😉
July 8, 2024 6:02 pm

Hi bobby it was only a guess 👍😎

AweNaw
July 8, 2024 6:04 pm

How can the owners of Hampden football stadium, The SFA issue a license to one of it’s members in June 2024 knowing that one of the requirements is to have a UEFA category 2 stadium to play in and then in July 2024 be in talks with that member to provide that member with a contract for exactly that purpose ?

A serious conflict of interest in the real world

Jimbo67
July 8, 2024 6:21 pm

BAD @ 3.53

Harry Hood?
Scored at Love St on his actual debut Mar 69
Think he scored v Falkirk at CP in Apr 69 ( not sure on this one)
Scored v Rangers#1 in a Glasgow Cup tie in the same month , at Ibrox in a League Cup match 4 months later and at the same venue a month later when he scored the winner in a game we finished with 10 men after Jim Craig booted Willie Johnston fairly hard.

Jimbo

Big Audio Dynamite
July 8, 2024 6:31 pm

Jimbo and Packy,

Great names but not correct