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28 Sep 2018 17:37:55
So it appears James Forrest has signed a new 4 year deal. As to why, I have no idea.


1.) 28 Sep 2018 19:45:06
Because he's a good player that brings goals and assists to the team.

2.) 28 Sep 2018 20:18:51
Andy be fair since Brendan came in he's improved vastly going forward and especially defensively. gie the bhoy a break well done James.

3.) 28 Sep 2018 21:25:53
I’m delighted with this, he’s getting better as he matures.

4.) 28 Sep 2018 21:37:13
He probably has slightly improved, but not enough to warrant a four year contract.

On his best game he’s a great player for us, the problem is he only produces that once or twice a season and the rest of the time he goes unnoticed.

5.) 28 Sep 2018 21:58:35
Since we can't command the atention of a player like Roberts, Forrest is perhaps as good as we can get on the right wing. I think he's earned it--some especially memorable european games from him over the years. And when the team has been slumping lately he's been giving it a fair go.

6.) 28 Sep 2018 23:24:03
Think more clearly. When was the last time that the INJURY prone Jamsie of years gone by was actually out injured?
Credit where it's due, not everyone's cup of tea, including bond, but the bhoys done well since BR pitched up.
On his day he scares defences rubbishless.

7.) 29 Sep 2018 00:31:32
The people who don't understand why, James Forrest has just signed a four year deal, well, they just don't understand, big time, .

8.) 29 Sep 2018 01:49:20
He does go missing for games at a time though he is totally hindered with Lustig playing RB as he doesn't have the legs to get up and down. Crying out for a Tierney like RB to overlap and provide support.

9.) 29 Sep 2018 08:37:12
I agree his defensive work is a bit better.

He’s a decent squad player but if you’re happy with Forrest as first choice RW then don’t be surprised when we struggle in Europe if that’s our caliber of player.

10.) 29 Sep 2018 09:10:00
Play Gamboa the Bhoy has not set a foot wrong.

11.) 29 Sep 2018 22:25:06
I think it is great that James Forrest, one of own, with the club since his early Primary School days, despite regularly getting abuse from loud mouth fans who should know better, James Forrest has become one of our most important players and well deserves his new deal . Thank you James for what you have contributed so far.

12.) 04 Oct 2018 12:58:16
He does need to add more goals and assists to his game that's dried up since halfway through last season. But Rogic doesn't score or create enough for a CAM for Celtic yet he seems to avoid criticism. I like Forrest in Europe he gets us up the pitch with his pace.



16 Aug 2018 16:33:38
So that’s Roberts confirmed at Girona.

If it is true that his agent contacted Celtic about a permanent deal then you do wonder what’s going on.

Rumours about Denayer are starting to frighten me as well. Would be such an underwhelming signing.


1.) 16 Aug 2018 18:02:26
While I’d have loved to have seen paddy back at us especially on a permanent deal I’m not as concerned at him not coming in, I’m more concerned in us getting our act together and sorting this defence out. Any money, if indeed anymore money is to be spent it must be to sort the centre back and right back positions. These defensive mistakes everyone including Brendan talks about happens time after time, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest these guys are learning from them so if they can’t learn from them then they need teplaced.

2.) 16 Aug 2018 18:12:10
I think the attack is just as much a concern Garry. We're stale. We need a freshness. A player who has the ability to unlock a tight defence and we need somebody better than Forrest. Roberts would answer all of that for me.

3.) 16 Aug 2018 18:21:47
We definitely need a creative attacking midfielder.

4.) 16 Aug 2018 20:13:47
I think we have options there in Rogic and McGregor, we need defenders and I think we should have signed Steven Caulker and Cedric Kipre.

Rodgers has only signed the following
S Sinclair
De Vries
J Hendry
M Comperr
S Bain
Lewis Morgan
C Mousonda
J Hayes

Kouassi was a long term target and project
Gamboa was already targeted before BR
50% of signings have been a success, I honestly believe Morgan will be a first team player and more will break through from academy like M Johnstone
We made a mistake with McGinn but life goes on, a couple of defenders in and we will be set for the Treble Treble, let's get behind BR and the team as it's never been as good and the media want us to implode.

5.) 16 Aug 2018 21:20:11
Big Denayer would be a great signing. Caulker as a fall back. Sign a right back on loan, with option to buy. We do not need to change forwards, there have been injuries get Dembele and Eddy upfront regularly and boom. We do need a central midfielder and John McGinn would be been perfect, but there are others out there. Morgan will be a cracker once he's settled. Attacking midfielders we have enough.

6.) 16 Aug 2018 22:00:14
Caulker and Kipre!? Wheres the ambition?

Agree that we have gone a bit stale attacking wise but think Rodgers recognised that and that's why he started playing 2 up top before the injuries hit. Hope he goes back to that now.

7.) 16 Aug 2018 22:57:51
Caulker is better than anything we have, Kipre was proven at SPL level and is young enough to improve, imo he would give Lustig a challenge at rb
We simply cannot spend another 10m on a cd, I could name 5 better CD playing in SPL than what we have currently, from midfield to the front line we are streets ahead.

8.) 16 Aug 2018 23:44:50
Are you lot bonkers? 'defense is the problem' 'right back is the problem' 'sack the board' 'we can't defend for toffee' etc etc. Oh wait, let's bring in a winger that hasn't played for a year and an half cause we need to' unlock defences'. FML.

9.) 17 Aug 2018 06:30:21
Neil, I don't want to sound hung up on PR, and I have also expressed concerns about his lack of playing time, but I'm not bonkers. Everybody is pointing at the defence (there are problems) but we have issues in attack. How much of the ball did we have against AEK in the first leg? That tie should have been put to bed at home. How many did we score against Hearts? This isn't a knee jerk reaction. We have looked stale since the start of the year. Rogic can't influence a game the way he needs to and struggles to play 90mins. Badly. And unless I see marked improvement this season, that's him done for me. And anybody that thinks Forrest is a good footballer quite simply doesn't know what they are talking about. I think it was Kev 83 put up the other day that Forrest made his 300th appearance. I might just be jealous, but THAT is bonkers. He's becoming some sort of mascot. People talk about a great season last season. For a league winning attacker who played most the season, he scored the same as Imrie and McClean (choke) . That's not great at all.

10.) 17 Aug 2018 09:06:05
It was the exact same for the most of last season. We didn’t score nearly enough goals.

Our style of player will often mean we can get caught on the counter, we will concede goals. But 2 goals in 2 legs against Athens is very poor.

James Forrest produces next to nothing 80% of the time. In fact I don’t recall a single chance being created from the right wing in either leg. Patrick roberts would have been a huge improvement.

11.) 17 Aug 2018 10:10:00
Jimtim I agree with one half of your post but not the other.
We need more than just defenders we need someone to unlock a defence and rogic doesn't do enough.

But Forrest is a good player. He should be more consistent though.

12.) 17 Aug 2018 10:19:59
Great point Andy. Rodgers has never really been a manager to set a team up to be particularly defensively solid. And yes, we leave ourselves open to counters.

13.) 17 Aug 2018 14:20:55
Sorry Kev I can't be convinced by him. He just isn't ever going to reach the level initially hoped. I've watched him very closely the past few years and he does more wrong than right. He's no good in tight areas, lacking technically, his decision making is poor, he goes down dead ends, his vision and passing isn't good enough, he struggles to get a cross past a defender (he's alright at winning you a corner) , he doesn't look that comfortable striking a ball and what's up with his arms when he runs? I think his pace flatters to deceive his lack of end product. He upped his game for half of last season, but has been here long enough and is old enough to show a consistent season, yet hasn't. Consistency is key. A broken clock can still be right twice a day.

14.) 17 Aug 2018 14:23:01
I wonder if we will sign anyone. I don't think we will get more than £3mill for Boyata now if we can sell him. BR has without doubt slashed his transfer value. He should have said nothing and got rid quietly like Ferguson used to do. Between his spat with the Board re transfers, Boysata and results, i am getting a bit concerned about BR. Shades of Liverpool coming on here. hope I'm wrong but its getting messy.



11 Aug 2018 10:24:42
Boyata’s agent has had a dig at Celtic for not agreeing to sell him. Supposedly broken promises.

I don’t know what the promises were but as far as I’m concerned if a player has a contract, unless there’s a buyout clause there’s no requirement for us to accept offers. That annoys me about the current game, players and agents ignoring their contracts and demanding a move.

However he’s pretty much confirmed he won’t sign a new deal so we’re better off cashing in. Let’s just hope the club have a replacement lined up.





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29 Sep 2018 17:01:36
Good win for us and much needed before the break.

Boyata was incredible and Hendry had a good game too. Cheeky goal from Sinclair, hope that gives him a wee confidence boost.

As expected, embarrassing refereeing performance.

Gonna take a while to get back to our best but I’m happy with nicking 1-0 wins until then.


1.) 29 Sep 2018 22:05:22
Good to see Hendry playing a lot better today . I think if we get centre backs fit soon Hendry will be a good asset playing the odd game for us while BR improves him.



27 Sep 2018 08:31:20
Last night was a minor improvement lads, we really need to start taking chances. Still think it’s going to take a few weeks to sort this out.

Surely we will be appealing that red card considering some of the decisions we’ve seen this season? Can’t believe that was a straight red.


1.) 27 Sep 2018 09:18:07
Don't think you can appeal dissent and after watching it back the player is out of order.

2.) 27 Sep 2018 11:26:07
No doubt he should have given it a rest. But when have we ever seen a red card for having a go at the ref? There’s no consistency. So you’re allowed to kick people but not shout at the ref? Come on.

3.) 27 Sep 2018 11:49:25
I think there were a good few positives last night - although we should have won by five or six easily.
We totally dominated the game - against a club BT kept reminding us, hadn't been beaten there since February.
We created much more chances than in recent games although like the Sevco game the keeper had a 'worldy'.
BR saw what needed tweaking and made the right changes at the right time, instead of waiting and hoping.
Hendry showed a big improvement when called upon and Morgan looked dangerous and linked up well with KT.
Finally, the goal celebration showed how much it meant to the LG, the players and manager to get back to where we should be.

The negatives were the missed chances, some slow build up in the first half - especially when Broony lies deep and the red card.
However, I will say it was another very one sided performance from the SFA representative once again, but we expect that every week.
Not saying Boyata was faultless, but that's two red cards in two away games on the trot; whereas other teams have players kick out or stamp on Celtic players and go totally unpunished; hhmmmm.



04 Sep 2018 11:52:35
I see Tony Watt got player of the month!

Can anybody see him back at Celtic Park in a couple years?

I think he could really turn his career around if he gets his head down there. He was without a club for a while and maybe that’s exactly what he needed to realise he was ruining his career.


1.) 04 Sep 2018 12:10:23
Not a chance. He's never going to get a big team again. Just another David goodwillie.

{Ed007's Note - That's a bit much!}

2.) 04 Sep 2018 13:16:55
I can see him back at Parkhead in a St Johnstone shirt and maybe a few other away teams but not in a Celtic shirt.

3.) 04 Sep 2018 13:24:21
Lol Kev, He’s always had a bad attitude and was never the best trainer even from a young age. Can have all the ability in the world but if the attitude is wrong then there’s not much a manager or coach can do.

4.) 04 Sep 2018 13:50:35
Big waste of talent ed. Seriously. Both of them could have done so much in the game and blew it.

{Ed007's Note - Watt can still turn it around though, maybe not to a playing for Celtic level again and I think he would have been better off joining Kilmarnock under Stevie Clarke or even Hibs under NL to get him back on track but he's doing well so far at St Johnstone if he can just keep focused.
I watch Watt streaming on Twitch and he seems a lot more settled and relaxed than he has in years, he trains in the morning then it's straight home to get streaming and playing video games and when he talks about playing football you can hear in his voice that he's passionate about it again AND more importantly enjoying training/playing for the first time in years.
So it's 🤞 for the lad from me and if LG can turn it around and become a top striker there's nothing stopping Watt from doing the same. Ronny Deila went a long way to making LG the player he is now after getting inside his head and hopefully someone can do the same with Watt before it does become too late.}

5.) 04 Sep 2018 14:19:18
I just can't see him getting any higher than he is now ed.
But I do hope your right as he's one of our own.
But I do think there are differences between him and the griff as well.
Yes griff was close to blowing it at celtic but even then he had a steady stream of goals and that's why ronny really worked on him.

{Ed007's Note - He's only 24 and had got plenty of time to knuckle down, technically Watt's a better all round player than LG was at that age imo.}

6.) 04 Sep 2018 14:45:52
I was going to say I think Griffiths is a prime example of players turning their career around, i wasn’t pleased when we signed him but I’d love to see him retire in the hoops now.

Watt is only 24, if he works hard over the next few years I can see him joining us in his prime. I really wish he got the chance to work with Deila tbh.

Even if he doesn’t come back, best of luck to him he seems like a good lad.

{Ed007's Note - 👍

7.) 04 Sep 2018 15:07:28
Leigh Griffiths has scored goals since he was 16. The reason he struggled was because of Deila.

Deila tried to play him on the right wing then when he got bad results Griffiths went up top and scored 40 goals.

Griffiths pulled it back for Deila not the other way about.

8.) 04 Sep 2018 18:18:52
Don’t agree Tesla regarding RD, he wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but not everything he did was poor.

When we get 10 iar Ronnie can rightly have his momement in history and I wish him all the best.

As for Tony Watt for me he has scored one of the most memorable goals I have ever seen and I wish him all the best.
I hope he turns it around and re signs for us hitting his peak years, then turns over Barcelona once again.

9.) 04 Sep 2018 23:54:01
Island Celt. I have nothing against Deila. I was just pointing out Griffiths was a goalscorer with a similar scoring record all through his career.

I wouldn't credit Deila for that. I do think Deila used him wrong initially but learned his lesson.

Just like he also tried to play Armstrong as a winger. His style though helped Rodgers come in to tweak things and not overhaul a team.

10.) 05 Sep 2018 08:52:37
Tony watts goal v Barcelona was the worst thing that happened to his career. Billy big baws after that.



22 Aug 2018 10:16:54
Would everyone be happy if we were to sign Bruma and Chirivella but no other this window?

Say we could get Bruma for £6-7m and Chirivella for £3m, assuming we can punt Boyata for £8m that’s not too much to ask for. Potentially only around £3m net spend with the sales of Armstrong and Boyata.

There are definitely other areas we need improvement in but players need to leave before that can happen. I’d definitely be happy with that, fingers crossed we aren’t left with Man City loanees.


1.) 22 Aug 2018 11:02:39
I'd be happy with that, but is there a genuine interest in Bruma or is it just the rumour mill going into overdrive?

2.) 22 Aug 2018 11:03:31
As long as we do something to bolster our defence. Decided happy is unattainable within our strategy, but the necessity to finally do something to stop us throwing games through mistakes and replacing players not good enough would be a good start. But it will only be a start if the easily said words of bringing in quality are just that.

3.) 22 Aug 2018 11:24:34
I'd be delighted with that. Can't see it happening though unfortunately. I'd like to think there's a few deals moving forward that no one knows about but who knows. Not getting into the champions league definitely makes it more difficult. The arrival of Stevie G for them might actually be beneficial to attracting players.

4.) 22 Aug 2018 11:27:44
A net spend of 3m wouldn't be too much to ask, no. I would still like a RAM/ CAM though.

5.) 22 Aug 2018 11:34:44
I was just reading about that Bruma.
Seems over the last 2 years he's spent over 300 days injured and has had 2 knee operations.

Would he be a another gamble with big money needed to get him?

{Ed007's Note - He's had one knee operation that kept him out from March last year until October.}

6.) 22 Aug 2018 11:42:28
I’d be happy with both, Chirivella does look a player. Could do with another AM in before the window closes and a Right Back. If Scott McKenna were to sign that is dreadful business.

7.) 22 Aug 2018 12:16:38
Wrong ed007.
He had one around March 2017 then went back under the knife in June 2017.

{Ed007's Note - No he didn't it was the same injury and operation but it shows up as 2 different ops on transfermarkt because it crosses over from one season to another, it's his one and only major injury.}

8.) 22 Aug 2018 12:18:55
@Kev83 I read that the new Rangers CB from Brighton had a serious heart condition a couple of years ago so these things can happen.

9.) 22 Aug 2018 12:32:48
If we wouldn't spend 2.75 on McGinn then I don't understand how we are offering 3.5 for McKenna go figure? He isn't worth anymore if as much as that. Would rather spend a little more and bring in someone better even on loan with purchase option.

10.) 22 Aug 2018 12:46:48
Unfortunately, because of the haggling and complications with Hibs over McGinn, we can't afford to dither or under-cut so near to the deadline and clubs will know this and take full advantage.
Would still like to see us selling off some of the deadwood to help contribute towards better quality signings.

11.) 22 Aug 2018 12:59:14
I see any rumour that appears on here gets completed slated and the board and BR wouldn't let slip who we are targeting as we keep our transfer dealings quiet.

In all fairness I think BR hasn't a clue who the club actually targets. He will likely give his preferred targets to the board but it seems to fall on deaf ears.

The scouting team seem absolutely pish, or are they? Do they have the freedom to get on with their jobs or are they manipulated to scout what the board require?

The problem we have is BR has won a double treble without really having a great transfer kitty to add to his squad, therefore it gives the tight fisted board little encouragement to get their hands in their pockets.

Now we have no champions league football, our team has become weaker in personnel and the players aren't working as hard as they have previously.

My biggest worry with all of this is how do the so called gifted players stay motivated to continue playing for the green and white when the board don't seem to have the same ambition? We have a genuine talent coming through our youth team that could potentially be a world beater, how long will he stay at the club for when the board can't invest in talent good enough for him to progress with.

But I suppose there is no need to panic we will probably sell them for great money and the board will enjoy counting the money till the cows come home.

12.) 22 Aug 2018 13:06:56
Daily Ranger saying nothing in the Bruma link - not surprised as we are looking at a lower level player in McKenna.

13.) 22 Aug 2018 13:11:36
I stand corrected ed007.

{Ed007's Note - It's just the usual, Kev. People that run these type of hit-whoring sites are so desperate to find something negative about any player we're linked with they'll dive right in and write any old $hite without checking the facts.}

14.) 22 Aug 2018 13:23:18
Yeah supposedly Celtic say there is no interest.

Probably trying to ensure the fans don’t get too excited about it. It does seem strange we’re trying to sign McKenna if we are interested in Bruma too.

15.) 22 Aug 2018 13:34:34
I thought maybe it was something like a big main op then a wee tidy up later. Sometimes happens like that.

16.) 22 Aug 2018 14:00:29
Unless we are losing 2 Andy?

17.) 22 Aug 2018 15:22:47
Aberdeen hold all the cards regarding McKenna he's under contract till 2023 so they can name there price we should move on.

18.) 22 Aug 2018 16:48:07
Can someone explain how we Can't manage to get transfers done but yet others get the done no problem. And when we look at a player we get quoted stupid figures while again other clubs have to pay a fees a lot lower.

19.) 22 Aug 2018 20:07:06
The media has always created the big bad image that is Celtic . In the 60's and 70's when Celtic bought a player from another Celtic club, Celtic were draining the strengths of other clubs .
When Rangers bought a player from Scottish club they were investing money in the Scottish game .
All other teams in Scotland are buying players that there is no real demand and so they are easy to bring over the line . m
Managers and Chairmen in Scotland mostly like to sell to Rangers2012, & hate to sell to Celtic.



15 Aug 2018 12:00:10
Oh well Europa league here we come (hopefully) .

I’m okay with playing in the Europa, in fact I would probably prefer to see us play there since we will be a lot more competitive. I don’t care about the money we have, I’d rather see us winning games.

Despite that, there’s huge disappointment around last night. Because we should have hammered them.

It seems the defence has taken the blame again, even from Rodgers. I’m not so convinced. Yes we conceded poor goals. But how on earth are we only scoring 2 goals over 2 legs? We should be taking 3 or 4 off them at home and then another 1 or 2 away.

So who is to blame? It seems the board is getting a lot of stick. Again I’m not sure on that one. We should be beating teams like that with the team we had out. It’s not like AEK are big spenders.

It’s hard to put blame on a guy that’s won us a double treble and qualified for the CL twice in a row. I do feel Rodgers has some part to play. If we played both legs the way we played the last half an hour we would have went through comfortably. But Rodgers stuck with the same style and it was all too slow and indirect. How many corners did we have last night? Does Rodgers ever practise these in training?

It also came down to our poor recruitment. We have players like ntcham, Tierney, Edouard and dembele, they are our superstars who we know are capable of playing at a higher level. But we’re being let down by players like Forrest, Gordon, Lustig possibly even rogic who look out of place at this level.

Why hasn’t Rodgers identified these players to be replaced? Or has he?

Over two legs I do feel it was the players fault. Although there wasn’t enough directness in our play, Rodgers still set the team up well enough that we had the majority of the ball and spent most of it round their box. That’s where a good AM and RW could have made a difference.

The positives for me-
I thought Hendry played well last night and I think these games will help him improve.
Sinclair scoring a great goal will hopefully give him a confidence boost, would love to see him get in the box more.
Rodgers will hopefully recognise that going direct can work as well.

Sorry for the length, it’s not all bad guys. Looking forward to seeing what we can do in the Europa.





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11 Jan 2019 19:40:09
Only one of those I want to stay is Bitton although perhaps a loan til the end of the season would be good for him.




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08 Oct 2018 20:23:23
I’m not saying we shouldn’t sign players from the SPFL, I would have loved for us to sign McGinn. But they need to be standouts for their club. I just don’t think there’s that many players in the league just now that are good enough for us.

If they’re good enough fair enough but would we have signed any of these players if they weren’t Scottish or playing in a different league? We shouldn’t sign lower quality players because they’re Scottish is what I’m saying and that seems to be what has happened recently.




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08 Oct 2018 18:31:49
I haven’t seen much of him to say, however I’d be concerned about signing any more SPFL players.

Hayes, Christie, Morgan, Hendry, all SPFL signings and haven’t looked anything special.

With Rodgers saying the squad is bloated it needs to be proper quality that comes in, no more average players on 4 year deals please.




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29 Sep 2018 08:37:12
I agree his defensive work is a bit better.

He’s a decent squad player but if you’re happy with Forrest as first choice RW then don’t be surprised when we struggle in Europe if that’s our caliber of player.




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28 Sep 2018 21:37:13
He probably has slightly improved, but not enough to warrant a four year contract.

On his best game he’s a great player for us, the problem is he only produces that once or twice a season and the rest of the time he goes unnoticed.





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28 Feb 2019 12:14:54
The main difference being that those players never sold the fans and club a lie. They also left in transfer windows allowing us to get replacements. They didn’t tell us it was their dream job, we expected them all to leave.

Players are much more easily replaceable, a manager is responsible for the whole team not just one position on the park and he not only left us at a crucial stage in the season but tried to leave us without a single member of coaching staff.

Surely you can see the difference.
Other managers have managed to see out the season in much worse situations, Rodgers recent comments trying to imply the board weren’t backing him was him obviously planning his exit thinking he could escape without blame.

Very different situations.




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28 Feb 2019 11:33:01
If being a “Celtic man” was all it took, Johnny Hayes would start every game. Lennon is about 5 steps back.

I’m praying we’re looking at the likes of Benitez/ Mourinho instead, knowing us we’ll end up with a Larsson and John Kennedy combo.




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26 Feb 2019 16:56:38
Don’t do that to us Ed😥.




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30 Jan 2019 12:05:03
Totally agree.

Surely the 3 right backs we have can see out the rest of the season? It’s next season we should be buying for.




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05 Jan 2019 11:50:17
Another belter from Rodgers it seems.

His manager has said he’s going out on loan to play games, so who is losing their spot to him? The only logic I can see in it is that we have a plan to bring someone in in the summer.

Even then surely they wouldn’t agree to letting him go out on loan without a guarantee of game time. Like has already been said Mikey Johnston should be ahead of him. Not pleased with that one.