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21 May 2018 13:59:11
I see Boyata has made the Belgium squad. Great for him however I wonder where that leaves us in regards to centre backs for the qualifiers. Ed do you reckon we’ll be keeping Simunovic? I know he hasn’t had his best season but I think there’s a player in there still. Cheers.

AndyH93

{Ed007's Note - I'd be surprised if Simunovic is still here next season.}


1.) 21 May 2018 14:18:01
Thanks Ed, I’m thinking the same. I remember you saying you expect Compper to go back to Germany too, If so I’d hope Rodgers will be looking for another first choice centre back as opposed to a squad player.

{Ed007's Note - I think we're all hoping for that, Andy.}


2.) 21 May 2018 16:59:33
I still think Hendry has a lot to learn until he is at Celtic level, so signing a quality centre half would be ideal - to improve the defense and help bring on the development of Ajer and Hendry. (and Boyata if he stays at the club) .


3.) 21 May 2018 17:40:29
Has boyata only got a year left on his contract? hope the club are trying to extend it if so big man's been doing well since that sevco game hh oh see if I stick photos up on site can people steal them? Ie pics off WEE man and nephew thanks man.

{Ed033's Note - Don't upload pictures if you don't want other people having the ability to download them.


4.) 21 May 2018 23:50:14
We know of quite a few players who at the time BR joined us we wanted out .
Forrest, Armstrong, Mc Gregor and Brown to name a few . These players are probably the best in their position in the SPFL and that is down to B R coaching .
Why can B R not have a positive effect on J H and make him into a first team regular.


5.) 22 May 2018 12:49:28
Sound ed033 thanks man.


 

 

20 May 2018 09:44:25
Well bhoys what a day that was! 6 out of 6 trophies is totally unheard of, as much as we all thought good times were ahead when Rodgers came in, I certainly would never have expected this!

In regards to the game, another big goal from McGregor. He was my POTY, he’s one of the first names on the team sheet and what a cracking goal it was too. The whole team was brilliant actually, but I thought Dembele ran the show. He won so many important fouls, his link up play was superb and for me showed the main reason he’s our first choice striker.

Anyone know why Ajer was taken off? Should we consider that a goodbye to Simunovic? Seemed like a strange move.

Lastly, I saw a clip there of Brown doing his talk in the huddle. You could clearly see what he was saying “whatever happens- we win this f***ing game”. We’re so lucky to have a captain like him and he certainly deserves his day today!

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14 May 2018 16:22:04
Hi guys, first post but have read the site for far too long, was time to get involved!

I was just thinking about the transfer window and was wondering if we might go back in for Rivaldo Coetzee if he’d been playing regularly for his new club. Doesn’t take much searching to find an article of his old club “trolling Celtic” after he signed for his new club with no issues despite failing a medical with us. Funny enough, just last month his new coach said how he hadn’t kicked a ball for the club since his arrival and doesn’t expect him to any time soon. Didn’t half dodge a bullet there!

What’s your thoughts on Bitton? Expect to see him move on this summer? I noticed he said he wasn’t interested in a move, if that’s the case I hope he gets a chance when he’s fit but I can’t see it unless it’s to cover defence again. Cheers.

AndyH93

1.) 14 May 2018 16:51:32
Rivaldo apparently may have to retire.


2.) 14 May 2018 17:30:24
Feel for the guy. Was hoping when I checked that he had a few months of regular football and we’d maybe go back in for him. Obviously not.


3.) 14 May 2018 18:36:10
Hi Andy, new poster here myself! Hope we have a lot of 'banter' together! I remember all the talk about Coetzee, but wasn't very hyped myself regarding his signing, It also got me thinking, would Ajer be in the position he is now, if Coetzee joined? Also, with paddy leaving, Does anyone remember the name of an MLS league winger we were looking at last season? ED? im sure he's at Portland timbers but not sure regarding his contract etc atm, He looked really powerful and fast imo. I know we have Morgan coming in, which will be good, but will he step up in Europe and The Premiership? not to sure myself.

{Ed007's Note - Welcome aboard, Brendan and Andy. Is it Darlington Nagbe you're thinking of, he signed for Atlanta United a few months back.}


4.) 14 May 2018 18:39:48
I would like Bitton to stay, but it is difficult for him and even Brendan if he wants to keep him, there are some loud mouths at matches who think it is there duty to chase away some they don't like, however if the management selects a player I cannot understand why we as supporters don't support and encourage all the players.


5.) 14 May 2018 19:31:08
That's the one ED, thanks! I think Bitton is a difficult one for me, personally. He's naturally calm on the ball which I like, and we seen flashes of a good defender in him, but then Ajer came in and wow, The boy is so mature for his age and experience, even with the defeat to Aberdeen at the weekend he made some lovely runs, I see the VVD in him. I'll always get behind every one of our players, in Brendan we trust!


6.) 14 May 2018 20:20:27
Cheers guys. I wasn’t too excited about Coetzee either but I did think we’d go back in for him if he managed to stay clear of injuries. Spot on about Ajer though, what a player, hard to believe he’s only 20.

I like Bitton too, he seems to love it here and it wasn’t long ago he was playing so well we were worried about other teams coming in for him. At the same time our midfield is packed as it is, rumours of Mcginn signing too I can’t see Rodgers playing him unless it’s at the back. Reminds me a bit like when kayal left, good player just been out of favour for a while.


7.) 14 May 2018 20:33:34
I feel Bitton is a good back up player, not that he's bad or anything, i just feel we have players who are above him now so unless we get very unlucky with injuries again, then i can't see Bitton playing much, if at all, again. I liked Kayal when we had him, I just wonder to Myself how Forster, Hooper, Boruc etc feel after realising that the over-rated EPL isn't really all that! It's quite refreshing to see Dembele come to us rather than being a reserve striker at spurs etc!

Ps, i know a footballer has a very short career, and money does talk nowadays sadly! With the exception (Hopefully) of KT.


8.) 14 May 2018 22:33:11
No harm to NB but we are moving on and have. I don't know where he sees himself as a player, love for the club aside. His chip in cover for cb will be reduced this summer if we buy and he isn't getting into our midfield with BRs style of play. He will be another Sammy without the cult following. Forced out and it will break his heart.


 

 

 

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25 May 2018 13:33:04
Bit early to write off benyu mate he’s never been given a run in the team.

However I think we’ll bring in 3-4 players. Rodgers seems happy enough to wait on the right players so don’t think we’ll see the days of 6-7 players being signed whilst he’s here. Plus the squad still needs trimmed.

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25 May 2018 13:28:48
You could also argue that if they’re that desperate then they might take a quick £3m for Edouard as opposed to the £10m being suggested.

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23 May 2018 09:22:46
I can’t see PSG looking for that much, I’d be surprised if we paid more than £4m for him, the difference for PSG is pennies. Even if we paid £7m I’d be happy because he’ll be worth a lot more in a couple of years time.

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22 May 2018 09:14:57
That sounds more like a ransom than a transfer lol.
We already agreed a deal for £7m so we can get him for that, no way we will even pay that much tbh.

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17 May 2018 18:01:20
That source just got a lot less reliable mate😂.

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23 May 2018 16:30:13
He’s been like this for years now Ed and every manager he’s worked with has continued to play him despite his mediocre performances. I don’t get it. He’s going to end up having a testimonial like broony, gives me the fear.

I know Morgan plays mostly on the left or in the middle but he’s good with both feet so maybe he’ll be given a chance on the right.

There will no doubt be a few additions so I’m sure they’ll come back fresh and raring to go.

AndyH93

{Ed007's Note - You're preaching to the choir here, Andy, I've been saying the exact same things about Forrest for years.}


 

 

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23 May 2018 14:52:24
Hard to argue with any of that tbh Ed. I was more referring to our European performances where we’ve managed to score but handed goals away. But I’m with you I don’t think we’ve been anything special this season. Rodgers has us turning up in the big games but we’ve really struggled to break teams down in the league.

My theory was that the unbeaten run was hanging over them and they were more worried about not losing than winning, perhaps that’s stuck with them the rest of the season, I don’t know. But it’s been far from free flowing football.

I hope Sinclair can turn it around but as to how James Forrest has been a regular in the team for the last 4-5 years is beyond me. I still think it’s going to take Rodgers 2-3 more transfer windows before the squads where he wants it to be.

AndyH93

{Ed007's Note - Forrest has proven again that he should be no more than a squad player for us. He had a good first half of the season but since the turn of the year he's went missing in a lot of games and his general play has regressed to to the we have grown to expect of him. It'll be a major mistake if Rodgers goes with Forrest as his first choice on the right next season.
The league is our bread and butter and as I said above I don't see Aberdeen or anyone else getting closer to us but we have to raise the bar instead of just cruising through the games and basically just doing enough.}


 

 

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23 May 2018 13:28:29
Good post that Magicpole.

For me I’d like to see us focus on shoring up our defense for Europe. Some of the goals we conceded in the CL were poor but the 3 away to zenit were very disappointing.

I’d like to see us sign a first choice CB, first choice RW and first choice GK. With Simunovic and Compper potentially leaving we will need a new CB, Rodgers wants a smaller squad so has to be a first choice CB for me.

I think Forrest has been better than usual this season but I do think he’s a weak link for Europe. He’s quick but drives
Inside too often and I think Roberts would have been first choice if it wasn’t for injuries and him basically confirming he won’t be staying permanently.

GK- I very much doubt we will sign another one, however Gordon is a massive weak link in Europe. His shot stopping is pretty inconsistent, he makes the odd incredible save mind. But mostly his distribution is shocking, the amount of times in Europe he tries to chip the ball over their forward into the full back and it goes out for a throw in is shocking. These are opportunities for us to start attacks but 9/ 10 times leads to the opponents being handed an opportunity. I hope Bain is preferred over Gordon assuming we don’t bring in another keeper, he seems much more comfortable passing out from the back.

I’m sure Rodgers will know where he wants to strengthen but I think we are strong in midfield and it looks like we’ll sign Edouard so plenty of options up top too.

AndyH93

{Ed007's Note - Before we sort out the defence for Europe we need to sort the attacking/creative part of our team domestically. We might have won the Treble again but our overall league performances leave a hell of a lot to be desired - 73 goals in 38 games is nowhere near good enough considering the level of our opposition.
Compare these stats:

RD's last season: W26 D8 L4 GF 93 GA 31 GD 62 Pts. 86

BR this season: W24 D10 L4 GF 73 GA 25 GD 48 Pts. 82

Forrest went off the boil and should have been dropped after Christmas but with Roberts being injured there was no replacement, Rogic flatters to deceive and goes missing in far too many games and Scott Sinclair had a poor season yet STILL finished our top scorer.
The three positions behind the striker need strengthened in this window and McGregor needs to be giving a chance playing in the No.10 role. If you're not creating for the striker(s) then you're not going to score enough goals.}


 

 

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21 May 2018 21:28:55
Unlikely mate. Rodgers doesn’t appear to rate him, think it’s due to his lack of pace. Shame but I think he was dying to get a move to the EPL.

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21 May 2018 14:18:01
Thanks Ed, I’m thinking the same. I remember you saying you expect Compper to go back to Germany too, If so I’d hope Rodgers will be looking for another first choice centre back as opposed to a squad player.

AndyH93

{Ed007's Note - I think we're all hoping for that, Andy.}