Magic, not Moolah

England’s footballing break does not come at a good time for us at all it must be said.
As we commence, they sit down to reinforce, putting some hearts in mouths and distractions galore out there, all because they still have more cash than almost all others.
While me and you know the special season is underway, others wont care, therefore we wont be getting left alone anytime soon to settle down for the season undisturbed.

 

I would love to think that when the season starts that is who we are going into the campaign with but the footballing world doesn’t feel that way. As pointed out by my partner in crime yesterday there is a long way to go of this window and thus possible angst when its not needed. The increasing speculation surrounding our striking positions does little to ease those of a nervous disposition, but it must also have the level heads raising eyebrows.

 

Our strikers won us the league last season as we did not have the meanest defence, which means they are an extra important element of the team, however it is an area that is not problem free. The duo that delivered the last title has not been reformed due to forced change, which has given number three choice an opportunity to stake a claim to be the number two.
And Paddy is looking like he fancies grabbing Leighs spot up top, but many would fancy Griff to raise his game and scrap for it, all good there.
Number four choice looks like heading out on loan and probably forever gone, a punt too far but wages freed for another backup.
Number one is under contract for another two years, so on paper I suppose we look OK.

 

But the rumoured names and prices bring big concerns.
Ajeti on loan with an option to buy next year makes sense, as a blind man could see we definitely will not have our main striker next summer no matter what happens. He will have served his apprenticeship by then and will rightfully be showcasing those skills at a very high level no doubt. Plus try before you buy is a nice policy, we should attempt it whenever possible to mitigate risk.
But he must play alongside Odsonne and not replace him this season.

 

Fletcher makes sense in that hes free and would want to be onboard for this season knowing exactly how big it is, but doesnt make sense as Bayos replacement. Would a 33 year old who has probably done well out of the game want to sit on the bench week in week out considering he made 30 appearances last season? Celtic fan or not I don’t think so. Tells me if he signs he thinks he gets games.

 

Toney at anywhere near the prices being thrown around only makes sense under one circumstance, he’s our new main man. At 24 years of age he is about to enter his prime, is used to playing week in week out, and has ambition hence the preferred Brentford EPL move.
This lad is not going to fancy warning any bench anywhere, he joins us he is playing and intends using us as a stepping stone within a few years.
And that is very very worrying. A official move for Toney, allied with the experienced veteran coming in, would be the clear signal Odsonne intends to depart or is in negotiations, and today I’ve seen many realise that and its implications.

 

Heading into the legendary ten quest with a new strikeforce or more specifically without Odsonne would be considered absolute folly by everyone, the biggest gamble yet from our board. A possibly suicidal move on the PLCs behalf.
As BMCUWP mentions our PLC have form for moving on players with two years left, and it must be said that’s standard across the football world so it see’s little complaint normally.
But this one is very different.

 

This is our best player and title deliverer. Our diamond. Under contract.
The sporting argument for retaining one more season even if less fee should win out here, no question about it, perhaps winning that ten would shift merchandise galore and successfully cement another season of full price take up whether attendance allowed or not thus helping replace some of that ‘lost’ cash.
The fans that paid up at full price to show support to their great love, they certainly dont expect to see our main man cashed in on during a crucial season, not after squad trimming, not with so much at stake.
The players, they see the talisman walk into the sunset just when he’s needed do you think they will be happy and not only that, perform above and beyond for the season no problem?
They will be pissed and the band should stay together, it’s needed now more than ever.
Lenny, he might not be perfect but he’s ours, he doesnt deserve this, not one bit he doesnt.

 

The PLC aren’t blind to supporter feelings but they can and have played head in the sand while their strategy has been bearing fruit, which is their prerogative. Footballing success and financial success have been accomplished hand in hand, which is a credit, but it must never be forgotten that we are first and foremost a football club that sets out for success on behalf of itself and its fanbase.
In this most special of seasons the manager needs all his tools at his disposal.
Selling his biggest at this time would be a slap in the face to us all.

 
 

The above is by Mahe. As usual pensmiths and match observers please send any help to sentinelcelts@gmail.com

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jimthetim53

Packy, I’ll be popping in and out during the breaks to make sure you are alright.

big packy

YOU BETTER HAD ??

Mike in Toronto

Twisty

I have seen people do a variation of the 1 penny thing, and I never liked it.

I was reading your post, and wasn’t sure if you were leaving your celtic shares to your wife, or your wife to Celtic!

🙂

big packy

you know something where i walk the dogs in the morning, there is a little orchard, i only discovered this little place in march when the lockdown began, i didnt even know it was an orchard, it was just trees back then, suddenly in may you could see the little apples and pears forming, then last month lovely big apples and pears, i never touched them, it was a joy to walk past them every morning and see the fruit, walks past this morning three quarters of the fruit gone ,these bassas in cheshire would pinch the sugar out yer tea,,another true story?

big packy

QUIZ QUESTION, when i was about 10 years old i remember pushing my little sister who was 5, in a go chair as we called them, back then, what do the americans call a go chair,??

big packy

ill give you another 20 minutes, im in no rush, im listening to the greatest rock band in the world, with the second best drummer in the world after me.??

jimthetim53

A buggy?

Twisty

Mike

“ I was reading your post, and wasn’t sure if you were leaving your celtic shares to your wife, or your wife to Celtic!”

Ha. Sharp !

big packy

HI JIM ,get back to the snooker, NO ???

jimthetim53

Mahe will know when he comes on.

Twisty

I know the answer I wasn’t sure if BP was waiting on Jim guessing again

Stroller

big packy

TWISTY, cyber pint on its way??

Mahe

Big Packy,
a stroller

Hail Hail

jimthetim53

I’ve just remembered. A stroller.

big packy

MAHE and JIM yes, but twisty beat you to it, so he gets the cyberpint ?

big packy

MAHE, while you are on do you think we will keep french eddy, or will money talk, ffs if they stop us winning the ten, that date will be declared a public holiday in bonny scoddland ?

Mike in Toronto

Aberdeen players tests positive for Covid just days after playing Sevco … when, presumably, he may have been contagious.

Do the zombies even have proper covid testing? Costs money.

And, can zombies, who are already undead catch it?

Garry

BP
Does that mean that the team I played for as a kid were really Clydebank Go Chairs and not Clydebank Strollers? ?

Mahe

BP, no I don’t think we keep him.

Rebus, I would posit it’s not the couple players they signed at all but the going in for 5 and 6 million quid strikers that has helped the penny drop. There’s no reason to sell him. He’s not on strike or demanding a move. Even still, if the signs last year were that he wanted out this window his replacement should have been signed and given experience.
Entering ten quest we need a settled squad.
We need to say no this time, the football is bigger this season.

Hail Hail

big packy

GARRY, good one, im not getting involved.???

Mahe

Twitter has Fletcher fell through and Lyle Taylor from Forest coming in on a free.

Garry

Mahe
Twitter also saying a second Aberdeen player has tested positive for Covid19.

Twisty

Mahe
Certainly knows where the goals are.

Still screaming out for some steel ….

Mahe
Mahe

G,
Keep Odsonne and we get ten. It’s that simple.
No money in the world is worth letting him go now.
Lenny getting flung under bus if they sell him.
This will upset a lot more than Res12

Hail Hail

JimmynotPaul

Mahe.
St Anthony is, Stevie Murray who wrote the book 10 men won the league.
Another good Govan bhoy.

Mahe

JNP,
Seems a nice fella tbh. Clearly loves the team.
But he’s correct, the PLC are bigtime gambling here and it could cost fans if it goes wrong.
Hail Hail

big packy

LYLE TAYLOR, ex partick thistle and falkirk, im rubbing my hands with glee?

JimmynotPaul

Mahe.
He has a great collection of Celtic photographs and match ticket stubs.
Helps out The Celtic Wiki bhoys.
An all round good guy.
St Anthony’s is the local Govan church, were as an aside, my mum and dad were married.
As a further aside, my old Gran and Grandpa didn’t attend, as they were in Orange Order and Eastern Star.
I loved both dearly.

Oglach

Latest rumour from Aberdeen and just mentioned on the local BBC news, a number of their 1st team players were, allegedly, spotted having drinks in a bar where minimum distance rules were being flagrantly ignored – it was mobbed -allegedly. One of the ‘alleged’ players now testing positive for Covid 19. Hopefully it’s just B/S but if it is isn’t i hope that both AFC and the SPFL throw the book at the idiots. Could put the brakes on moves to reintroduce crowds at games and perhaps jeopardise the new season before it has really started.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Presumably Stevie G doesn’t know the rules re Gambling adverts on UEFA games or is that another rule that’s for everybody else?

Oglach

IMO If Eddy goes this window it will be because he has asked to leave after being advised to do so by his agent. The PLC of course will oh so ‘reluctantly’ agree to this no doubt very lucrative transfer telling us they did everything possible to keep him —- well that is apart from telling him he is going nowhere this season and to honour his contract.

Cosy Corner Bhoy

Looks as though I don’t know the rules either as team on 32Red and background staff on Unibet!
Obviously don’t want Coral’d on the Hill in case the Ladbroke.

Mahe

Oglach,
I was mistaken the other week. Of course I’ve read the Tain. If you had said Tain Bo I would have understood immediately.
Hail Hail

Mahe

Jnp,
Thanks for that info. I also know a Stevie Murray, in the CSC here so perhaps a popular name?

As an aside a fella I listen to was saying there’s not a chance this season finishes, look for a cancellation or possibly a calling it while they are ahead to derail 10.
The league rules about needing only 13 fit first teamers is a joke.
The Dons might be the first bad news, but there’s a real chance protocols and measures fail to protect players.
They have the right to put theirs and their families health first.
There are extra twists and turns this year.

Another thought for anyone is a guess at matchday revenue. That’s the only income stream we are losing out on right?
The strips and tickets are the same if not better.
So all we don’t have is matchday income.
Say 30 games in all, give or take a few.

Kerrydale, programs and kiosks would bring in roughly?
Anyone care to guess?

Hail Hail

JimmynotPaul

Mahe.
Yes, a popular name.
Of course, in the 70s we had a good player called Stevie Murray and more recently a youth player, who never made a first team appearance.
I don’t know about Celtic but Man Utd said they lose £5 million every time they play a game, at Old Trafford, behind closed doors.

Billy Bhoy

If the rumours about the Aberdeen players are true the club should forfeit the game on Saturday and any future games.
If so, I would then expect the club to dock the players two weeks wages.

The above should apply to any and every transgression of the rules. Failure to do this and get a real grip will lead to the season never finishing.

I’ve every faith in the SFA/SPFL….

To just bury their heads in the sand ala the EBT scandal.

big packy

SOL, if your about i drank all three of them drinks you mentioned last night, but not all at the same time? BTW ,went to mossend in 1967, it was closed??

JimmynotPaul

Reminds me of the Waghorn incident?
https://t.co/7FM5MaftSX

JimmynotPaul

From French Football news
OGC Nice defender Christophe Hérelle has rejected Celtic, who pushed very hard to sign him, choosing Brest instead – medical now expected to occur on Sunday, according to RMC.

JimmynotPaul

Hearts and Partick Thistle have been fined £2,500 each by the Scottish FA for taking the SPFL to court rather than referring the case to arbitration.

big packy

this is for jim and anyone else who believes my stories, it was 1986 i was playing in a club in liverpool, top of the bill was russ abbot ,the band had 2 half hour breaks, in those breaks we could not get to the bar for a drink, everyone and i mean everyone was glued to the tv in the bar, joe johnson was playing steve davis in the snooker final, russ abbot always tried to immitate my accent, with his cu jimmy stuff,but we got on really well, his mother was scottish in fact at the end of the show, he jumped on my drumkit and done a solo, it was rubbish, but hey ho he tried ?? another true story?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

Seems someone has had a word wi the press to quash the Fletcher rumour. Hopefully along the lines of

Don’t associate us wi pish to help out a rentamouth mate of yours looking for a new contract.

jimthetim53

Packy, Russ Abbot isn’t packing out many clubs nowadays!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

JIMTHETIM53

Not even on a golf course…

jimthetim53

It’s good to hear we have been seriously trying to sign a defender.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

JIMMYNOTPAUL

Stevie Murray was a superb player,who we lost to that most innocuous of things,a toe injury. Same as Pat Stanton a couple of years later,and then of course Marc Reiper.

The other Stevie Murray you mention,whom TALLYBHOY knows from Troon,was a very promising player that we signed from Forest as he was homesick. He was on the receiving end of a similar tackle to the one that wrecked Brian McLaughlin’s career thanks to Willie McVie. He was such a gifted player,and the injury even at first sight was so severe that apparently Jock was in tears when he saw it.

At least Stevie Murray got some financial recompense through the courts,but hardly recompense for a wrecked career at the age of 20.

http://www.thecelticwiki.com/m/page/Murray%2C+Steve+%281980%27s%29

As an aside,I saw Brian McLaughlin playing later in his career for Ayr Utd. He couldn’t run,just played sweeper. Still had it up top,did what he could. Man of the match most times,so imagine what he could have been.

big packy

JIM, think his time has come and gone?

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW. 8.43
Thanks for that, appreciated.
I love all that stuff, trying to retain it is the hardest bit.

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW.
Loved Marc Reiper.
Played a huge part in us winning the league in 1998.