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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big packy

JIM in 1977, i played in a club in liverpool called the shakespear, the late eddie mcginnis, aka eddie large and syd little, were playing, he also kept saying to me, cu jimmy i hated it??

jimthetim53

Aye, I can imagine that being annoying.

big packy

JIM, yes especially as he was born in glasgow. ?

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JIMMYNOTPAUL

I remember meeting REIPERMAN from CQN in Bristol the day we picked up the trophy in 2013,also the day Wigan beat Man City in the FA Cup Final. Young Irish lad,told me to go to the Foresters Arms in Gloucester Road,meet me when he finished work at 230pm.

Cool. Who knew there was TWO Foresters Arms on the Gloucester Road. Including the one he meant,which wasn’t on Foresters Road,but twenty yards-close enough,to be fair!-off it?

Anyway,what a day that was. Phoned him up the following day to see if he was ok,we had been in some company-all of whom were his friends and not mine. Told me he reckoned he was on the naughty step for a fortnight,and next time we meet up his girl is coming too.

Oh,sorry pal. Why does she want to come out next time? Erm,because she canny believe one person got me into this state!

So she did,and she was great fun too. Though I took it a bit easier that day. And so did young Mark!!

Mahe

The Dons, ,
“As a result, the Club will be missing eight players for the St Johnstone game, which the JRG has confirmed will now go ahead on Saturday”
Ooft. Saints should fancy a result

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MAHE

Bookies are wise to it already. Aberdeen not on coupons for the next few games with Bet365

JimmynotPaul

BMCUW.
Ha, Mick, i dont even drink and I’m worried what state I will go home in, when I meet up with you.
Legend!

Mahe

Hope Chalmersbhoy isn’t wise to it

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JIMMYNOTPAUL

As long as I know when I can do that and when I can’t. It’s why a driving job is/was perfect for me. Know when to hold em,know when to fold em.

big packy

GNAGB ALL, need my beauty sleep?

JimmynotPaul

From BBC
? Neil Lennon: “We’re in talks with his (Fletcher) representatives but nothing’s confirmed one way or another.

We’re linked with a few (strikers) so it’s obviously an area we want to add in.

We’re spinning a few plates so if we can get a quality one in it’ll help us.”

jimthetim53

Night night Packy.

JimmynotPaul

Official Aberdeen Statement.
Further to tonight’s JRG statement, Aberdeen FC confirms that two first team players, who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, are self-isolating for ten days.

In line with government guidance and procedures from the football authorities, six other players, who were in close proximity with the two positive cases, are also self-isolating for 14 days.

The Club has been in open discussions with the football authorities since this came to light.

As a result, the Club will be missing eight players for the St Johnstone game, which the JRG has confirmed will now go ahead on Saturday.

AFC Chairman, Dave Cormack, said: “After Saturday’s game, with all eyes on Pittodrie, we were once again commended on the stringent processes and measures we had in place. Given the efforts of everyone at the Club and our investment in protecting our most valuable assets, this is a bitter blow.

“With two first team players testing positive for COVID-19, plus six others having to isolate for 14 days, it is also a harsh reminder of the severity and speed of spread of this virus.

“The Club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the Club’s COVID-19 protocols and the governing bodies’ guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate.
“We now have to focus on preparing for Saturday’s game under extremely difficult circumstances.”

jimthetim53

“The Club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the Club’s COVID-19 protocols and the governing bodies’ guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate.”

Reads like there is some anger in there!

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JIMTHETIM53

Aye,like-whatcha mean,you went to The Abercorn on Saturday night?

JimmynotPaul

Jim.
Agreed and rightly so, if stories are true, 8 of them in pub together, crazy under current climate.
My bhoy is semi pro, league not even started up yet and they have been warned not to do anything like that.

Nana Mouskouri C.s.c

Talking about Willie McVie who played for Motherwell. I remember meeting a ex Kilmarnock player Jim Docherty who played in that era. He told me he made his debut against McVies Motherwell as a 17 year old lad. He said McVie cracked him on the jaw totally out of the blue while the teams were lineing up in the tunnel before the game and said to Jim “Welcome to the big league son” horrible character!!

CaltonTongues

The 2nd Wave is here….

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HH

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Nana Mouskouri C.s.c

Everyone in the game knew him for what he was. Fairly certain-I was there,but I was only about 7yo so could be wrong-that Bobby Lennox picked up his only booking in his entire career when he played against him at Shawfield.

Bobby’s only offence that day was a lack of experience in melting some c… who richly deserved it!

jimthetim53

What on earth was the reaction to McVie’s punch at the young lad by the other Kilmarnock players?

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JIMTHETIM53

Don’t think they had a Bertie Auld in their team,mate. Nor,by that time,a Frank Beattie who would have melted him with a look. And followed through,just to be sure.

jimthetim53

Bobby, wish we had a Bertie Auld type character in our squad today! To deal with the likes of Morelos.

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JIMTHETIM53

I remember a Q&A on CQN a few years back with David Hay. I asked him who won when him and Bertie went into a tackle in training,and how did anyone know as I presumed everyone shut their eyes anyway.

His reply?

Bertie and I were not allowed to tackle each other in training!

At the time,I had Bertie’s phone number,helping out with a friend in the US whose son had Motor Neurone Disease,long story and I was only the go-between for the people who were doing their best for Tony,bless him. So I phoned him and asked him and he said…

Aye. I tried it just the once. He nailed me the next time and Jock said enough. And that was it.

jimthetim53

Brilliant story Bobby!

Off to my kip. GNAGB.

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New article published.

https://sentinelcelts.com/?p=4983