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24 Mar 2017 16:15:23
Ed, reports todays saying Chelsea have met with Dembele's reps. Can you shed any light in this? That would mean we've agreed a fee, no? Or is it all brown bananas?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea has spoken with his representatives, not the player, to see if he would be interested in a move and to explain what sort of package he would be offered. He is reluctant to move anywhere he would not be first choice and guaranteed game time - but Chelsea have put an option on the table for him. They certainly won't offer guarantees. Chelsea has not agreed any fee with Celtic.}

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24 Mar 2017 17:00:39
Thanks for that 002 👍. I know you're particularly clued up on Chelsea. Good news as far as I'm concerned. He's got the right attitude and has stated numerous times it's about playing first team football and learning. He turned down Spurs and Juve I think, for those reasons. Amidst all this gossip of Chelsea, Man U, Bayern (? ) looking at him, the one question that's been in my mind is, what's changed? Nothing. He wouldn't get in ahead of your Costas, Zlatans, Lewandowskis just yet, so stay and develop until he can get into the first XI for a club of such stature.

{Ed002's Note - That is pretty much it but the problem is him demanding guarantees - and few clubs give those.}

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24 Mar 2017 17:25:33
I can understand him wanting some sort of gentleman's agreement, or perhaps even a clause, for his own development. But it's unrealistic to expect that, like you say, anywhere, never mind Chelsea. In time, as he get's better (which I think he will) , I think being told "you're coming in as first choice striker" will take care of itself. Or not, we'll see. Another quickie, Abraham, would he be a realistic bargaining tool?

{Ed002's Note - His representative wanted Chelsea to guarantee he would be first choice striker next season and the said that they don't give such guarantees.}

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24 Mar 2017 17:59:15
I hear ya.

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24 Mar 2017 22:38:52
why would he join a smaller club than celtic?

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24 Mar 2017 23:00:43
Does that mean if a club in EPL came in for him guaranteeing first team starting slot he would go?

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25 Mar 2017 07:58:52
😂😂😂 belter jamesbhoy67!

Fekn true tho




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24 Mar 2017 18:34:41
ED002 on other sites it is saying Celtic never gave permission for Dembele to speak to Chelsea, is that not "tapping up" then and can Celtic complain to the English FA.

{Ed002's Note - DEmbele has not spoken to Chelsea so there is nothing to complain about.}

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25 Mar 2017 12:27:02
If its not tapping up its an example of loopholes that get round the issue. For all we know Dembeles representatives could of phoned him during meeting and although he wasnt physically at meeting, could of contributed to discussions.

Sounds to me story was leaked to generate interest from other clubs that will guarantee starting slot. Its only a matter of time before he goes, just hope club digs heels in and holds out for massive transfer fee. Looking back now perhaps van dijk, wanyama and forster were sold too cheaply judging by how successful they were immediately.

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25 Mar 2017 13:02:56
Spot on, Chelsea are a much smaller club than Celtic.

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25 Mar 2017 15:52:16
How can you say offering a contract to a player through his agent without the permission of the players club is not tapping up?
You don't need to talk direct to the player for it to be tapping up.

{Ed002's Note - You obviously don't understand what tapping up is, nor what agents do for a living.}

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25 Mar 2017 17:01:19
Tapping up in professional sport is an attempt to get a persuade a player from one team to another without the knowledge or permission of his current club.
offering a player a contract through his agent is exactly that.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea did not speak to the player and agents talk to clubs all of the time - that is their primary purpuse. Dembele has not been tapped up.}

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25 Mar 2017 19:51:27
If they offered a contract that is to be past on to him yes he has.

{Ed002's Note - They cannot give him a contract - he is contracted to Celtic. You really don't grasp this at all do you?}

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25 Mar 2017 20:24:44
How can he be demanding guarantees if he isn't involved then ed?
If Chelsea has made an offer to his agent and it's been relayed to the player then an answer has been given then it's tapping up
They do not have to speak directly to him.

{Ed002's Note - Through his agent. You are making this stuff up - he has not been tapped up.}

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25 Mar 2017 23:31:36
What am I making up ed?

{Ed001's Note - that he has been tapped up, you clearly do not understand what you are talking about, so why make up stuff just to prove your complete ignorance?}

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26 Mar 2017 00:09:42
Ed it was you who said they have spoken to his representatives. (Fancy word for agents. )

{Ed002's Note - Firstly it ios not a fancy word for "agents" and secondly - of course they have spoken to thyem. You not understanding is the problem - it is very tiresome to keep answering all of this nonsense about "tapping up" because you simply don't understand the process at all - Dembele has not been tapped up.}

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26 Mar 2017 15:45:26
he's definitely been "sounded out"

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23 Mar 2017 21:53:57
Ed a lot of people, including yourself, have suggested Celtic could or should go for John McGinn in the summer. I've noticed that the social media rumours are gathering pace after BR praising him. Are you aware of any genuine interest from the club to make something happen?

{Ed007's Note - John Park had McGinn scouted and we were keeping an eye on him but I don't know what the new scouting regime will think of him. I'd imagine Lee Congerton will want to see him for himself before deciding if scouting him should continue.}

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24 Mar 2017 14:57:04
Cheers. I like the look of him and a boy in work is really good mates with him and says he'll be leaving Hibs in the summer. BR has said he wants to be making an impact in Europe though and he's maybe not at that level.

{Ed007's Note - I said the same thing but he's more than capable of holding his own on the domestic front. I'd also try and get shot of Scott Allan as part of any deal.}

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24 Mar 2017 22:35:52
he wants to move down south.

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26 Mar 2017 13:24:16
How do you know that jamesbhoy67, because he's from Clydebank? Moving south didn't work well for his older brother, so a few more years up here would be better suited.

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26 Mar 2017 14:15:50
my family has been friends with john's family going way back more than 70 years, john went to school with my son so its safe to say i've had a few conversations with him and his family about it, he's had his heart set on playing down south for years, his two brothers weren't as good as john.

i've said to him never mind england get yourself in the hoops, but i said the same thing to my friend kevin gallacher, and playing in england didn't do kevin any harm 53 international caps later.

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24 Mar 2017 06:39:25
Anyone know when Rogic is due back?

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24 Mar 2017 12:12:02
I was just thinking the same thing, I hope Brendan and the coaching staff have arranged a friendly or a devolopment match or two to get him playing again.
If he makes the semi final, I have a good feeling as he will want to atone for that penalty miss last year (bl00dy Hampden pitch)
I would even have a bet on him scoring hail hail.

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24 Mar 2017 15:05:33
When he started back training the gaffer said he was 4 weeks away.
Think that was 2 weeks ago.

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22 Mar 2017 10:27:15
Anyone else heard this?
One of my pals at Celtic Pools has told me that as the team were not playing at Celtic Park for 4 weeks, what with the international break and two away games, Brendan has asked the groundstaff to work on the pitch and try and improve it for the rest of the season.

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22 Mar 2017 12:52:47
Id imagine that was a given, what else would they be doing tim, in saying that mate, someone has to polish all that silverware😊.

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22 Mar 2017 13:03:43
I hope so, the pitch is a shambles.

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22 Mar 2017 19:43:08
There doing a ton of work at the training ground Timbo there's new pitches being installed as we speak and the indoor pitch is supposedly being turned into a swimming pool and sauna if all is to believed.

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23 Mar 2017 10:21:42
Are they gony build a new indoor pitch then? And r we going ahead with new synthetic/ grass pitch?

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23 Mar 2017 15:37:37
Yes a new indoor 11s park I believe wyllie67 and an airdome the same as RD asked for and was shot down by many!

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23 Mar 2017 17:04:54
Is an airdome the thing st. mirren have ootside their stadium?

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26 Mar 2017 03:57:53
Naw wylie it's what holly willoughbooby has got!

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20 Mar 2017 18:51:49
Have the players that are not selected been given some time off. Brendan was on our flight to Dubai last night.

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20 Mar 2017 20:39:04
He heard Pedro left his coaching manuals and he's away to see if he can retrieve them and maybe 1 day aspire to reach the level Pedro is at?

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21 Mar 2017 12:52:41
you old jet setter you dafa lol.

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20 Mar 2017 12:00:57
ED007 do you know if Dembele is away on France U21 duty?
Just asking because of the injury he picked up at Dundee.

{Ed007's Note - He didn't pick up an injury as such, Tim. Rodgers has said he just over stretched and he's fine so if there is an Under-21 match I'd imagine he's went to join up with them.}

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19 Mar 2017 21:33:57
Eboue looks very slow and off the pace, the only reason for this will be lack of game time. Once the SPL is won I expect 5 or 6 players to be rested giving others a chance. KT has been off his game for weeks, he needs a rest with moussa and Sinclair.

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19 Mar 2017 22:11:57
Agreed mate has been an amazing season by all the bhoys this wee blip was always going to happen. After the international break dembele sinclair will have rested. who is your player of the year so far for me it's armstrong although if anyone got it is could understand.

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20 Mar 2017 09:28:47
I would rest them just now, this stupid undefeated record is doing more harm to the players than good, and the past few weeks displays are nervy in my opinion.

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20 Mar 2017 11:27:06
Its as if they just want to get over the finish line, they look exhausted. Im not bothered about unbeaten record. Law of statistics we are going to get beat at some point domestically. League is in the bag, after its secured rest the players and concentrate on making sure we win cup as well.

Perfect opportunity to give fringe players and youth a run out in last remaining league games (after confirmed winners) and let first team squad concentrate on cup games.

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20 Mar 2017 18:38:51
Devils advocate but what about keeping the basis of a winning team together with a view to the semi final? We can't drop 5 or 6 and expect them to just pick it up again for 1 game.

I think being sensible and rotating a few per game is a better idea as we have a strong enough squad to beat any team. Remember we played 3 to 4 games with no striker a few months back!

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20 Mar 2017 18:46:45
Memaself; you need to explain to me at least, how being 33 points clear; chasing the Treble and with so many candidates as player of the year that this doing us "harm". We have a huge Club with increasingly more talented players who if they can't handle success then they shouldn't be in a professional sports team. Please explain?

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21 Mar 2017 07:54:12
If you rest too many then the danger is that they think they're on holiday and then have to pick it up for semi . i agree rotate to a degree but these players deserve to see it through.

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21 Mar 2017 09:38:51
Definitely should keep a strong team on the park, freshen it up wae one or two fringe players and one youth player every other game, the second string deserve a chance when one or two first team players need a rest. Don't think we should take our eyes off the prize at all, treble and unbeaten is no way out our reach, give us fans as much as we give them!

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22 Mar 2017 10:01:51
Ignatius I'm sure you must have noticed our team are not at their best recently, against Hamilton not great, st mirren took the lead and looked as if they could have won in 1st half, and the Rangers game was poor, in my own wee opinion wether you or anyone else likes it, is that the team looks nervy to me, and I believe it's down to this unbeaten record, as it must affect them mentally.

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19 Mar 2017 19:34:17
Been reading a fair bit of stick for Kouassi, bit unfair imo. Lers judge him after he's had a bit of a run. Starting a game or even a few might be a fairer test for him than a couple of sub appearances. Will admit he looked shaky today though.

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19 Mar 2017 19:54:20
I know what you're saying Davie but the thing that worried me was his body language and lack of intensity rather than his poor passing etc. He's has plenty of time to get up to the intensity and fitness levels but didn't look like he was caring. Plenty of time on his side though to be fair.

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19 Mar 2017 16:49:31
Well I thought that was another poor performance today. we've been magnificent this season we really have but we've totally gone off the boil this past 4 5 weeks! Disjointed all over the park! And our 2 main players this season dembele and Sinclair have been really poor the past 3 or 4 games!

They've barely mustered a shot at goal in the past 2 games! And for me dembele, wonderful young player that he is, is either a 9 out 10 in a game or a 5 out 10!

There's never an in between with him, he never gives you a solid 7 out of 10 for a few games! His first touch and hold up play is either brilliant or shocking! And I know he's had an amazing first season and I'm a huge fan but for me wee Griffiths should get a wee run out after the internationals!

The team looks really lethargic and I don't blame them with the amount of games we've played! Just hope they come back from the break feeling refreshed and ready to go for this treble!

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21 Mar 2017 09:40:24
The past 45 weeks haha.

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21 Mar 2017 09:42:21
Only joking mate, 100% in agreement with that.

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19 Mar 2017 13:10:54
Thoughts for today's game lads? Is it fair to say that we are not playing at our best just now. I want Toure brought back into defence and Biton kept on the bench. maybe see Kouassi today.

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