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Best team moment: 1. Stopping their 10 in a row.
2. 1985 Scottish Cup Final.
3. Seville.
4. 6-2 at Celtic Park.
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19 Jul 2017 18:45:22
Celtic XI v Linfield: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Tierney; Brown, Forrest, McGregor, Ntcham, Sinclair, Rogic, Dembele;

Subs: De Vries, Bitton, Armstrong, Hayes, Benyu, Sviatchenko, Kouassi.

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1.) 19 Jul 2017 18:57:07
A very attacking team.

{Ed007's Note - It looks like a 3-2-4-1 to me........?}

2.) 19 Jul 2017 19:07:47
Armstrong on the bench, Glad Ntcham is starting and I hope young Benyu gets on.
Also thought young Ajer would have made the bench instead of Erik.

3.) 19 Jul 2017 19:09:01
No Armstrong. Very telling.

4.) 19 Jul 2017 20:35:58
BR sending out a message, not to mess him and club about. possibly.

5.) 19 Jul 2017 22:28:48
Glad the consensus is that Ntcham is the right stuff, and that Benyu looked graceful too (never saw the match) . I'd also like to be hearing about Kouassi after the friendly at the weekend. But sounds like a fair midweek outing.

6.) 20 Jul 2017 09:59:56
watched the 2nd half, not that they attacked much, but was brown playing centre back?

7.) 20 Jul 2017 13:41:31
Young Benyu will be a first team pick in no time. He is absolute class. Also like to pay tribute to wee Izzy who gave his all every game and I wish him all the best. He will always be loved by us.



14 Jul 2017 16:00:12

Celtic XI v Linfield: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths.

Subs: De Vries, Izaguirre, Bitton, Dembele, Hayes, McGregor, Kouassi

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1.) 14 Jul 2017 16:04:15
Surprised Griffiths starting over dembele.

{Ed007's Note - Didn't Dembele have an extended holiday? If so probably just that LG is fitter/sharper than Dembele.}

2.) 14 Jul 2017 16:11:05
Nice one Ed, Live chat back mate, away to dig oot my rhino skin ;-P.

{Ed007's Note - (yes)

3.) 14 Jul 2017 16:12:19
Don't know ed.
Not bothered Griffiths always worth his position. Only mentioned it because gaffer usually goes with big dem is Europe.

{Ed007's Note - LG will get a couple of goals tonight against this mob.}



12 Jul 2017 14:11:55
From Ed002: If Chelsea do complete the transfer of Keita Balde then they will likely step back from Moussa Dembele - my understanding is one or the other.


1.) 12 Jul 2017 14:41:43
cmon the balde.

2.) 12 Jul 2017 14:56:45
The problem is that if they don't get Balde they'll be in a weaker position with time running out and they might be willing to offer daft money that we just can't knock back.

3.) 12 Jul 2017 16:35:34
Daft money is ok with me. But i do mean 40m^. That's a lot to reinvest.

4.) 12 Jul 2017 16:36:14
How much is Balde valued at.

{Ed007's Note - Some reports are saying Chelsea have/will bid £17 million for Balde but Lazio want just over £25 million for him. Balde is preferred over Dembele because he is a more versatile player and because of his cheaper price.}

5.) 12 Jul 2017 19:52:05
Could we not sell them dembele for 40 million and buy balde ourselves for 25 million, lol 😁.

6.) 12 Jul 2017 23:25:47
Ballochi, what a move that would be. As much as I don't want dembele to leave if that's the sort of money being offered then I will personally carry dembeles bags to London.



11 Jul 2017 16:47:09
With Olivier Giroud no longer an option, Marseille will be progressing with their interest in Moussa Dembele.


1.) 11 Jul 2017 17:34:18
Will they pay the dosh tho Ed?, can they afford him?

{Ed007's Note - Yes and more importantly they would be more likely to meet his game time demands than Chelsea.}

2.) 11 Jul 2017 17:44:16
They got money to burn Ed? Couldn't see them getting Giroud for under £25 mill surely?

Are they in the CL draw?

Suppose if MD plays Fri night would that make him ineligible for everyone else? (y)

{Ed007's Note - They missed out on the CL.}

3.) 11 Jul 2017 17:51:48
Hi ED what's happening wae this new signing have u heard anything?

{Ed007's Note - No mate.}

4.) 11 Jul 2017 18:38:40
Second thoughts maybe?

{Ed007's Note - Nah I don't think so mate, more than likely finalising the contract and if there's add-ons like has been suggested it'll be complicated there will be plenty of haggling with City over the fine details. The player has agreed to join and passed his medical so I wouldn't panic, sometimes these things take time.}

5.) 11 Jul 2017 19:13:48
I'd be pretty p*ssed off if Desmond and Liewell decide to sell him. The guy has 3 years left on his contract, he is happy to stay here and we are in a good financial position.

6.) 11 Jul 2017 19:09:12
Ed, do you know the amount Celtic would accept for MD? I think you said a while ago a price had been agreed with chelsea.

{Ed002's Note - Celtic turned down an offer in January and Chelsea were given a figure of £40M. Chelsea are still interested but they are also talking to another club about a similar young player, but the might be open to discussing him further very soon. Marseille are also keen but the interest of Everton appears to have waned for now.}

7.) 11 Jul 2017 19:40:40
I don't see how a move to Marseille would be deemed as progress if I'm honest.

8.) 11 Jul 2017 19:44:33
Well I hope so ED never known it to be this long would it hold him back from training wae the squad?

{Ed002's Note - No. He will train and play when the time comes.}

9.) 11 Jul 2017 19:59:25
Much better league, Kev?

{Ed007's Note - Better chance at making the French World Cup squad?}

10.) 11 Jul 2017 20:03:42
Nae bother cheers again EDs any news on possible Paddy coming back?

{Ed007's Note - There's nothing new.}

11.) 11 Jul 2017 20:29:09
From a playing point. Why move?
Will he bust a gut and go in for a 50/ 50 when the chance to score is there in the qualification rounds? I think he will. Watch and see where his head is at if he doesn't move as soon as the papers have it. He has been positive about staying media wise but he is a different type of cat to SA where silence has caused a certain sect, ours or trolls to hound on tw@tter or any outlet available.
We have a striker that will fetch north of 25m hopefully.
It wasn't where we were two years ago. An extra year. Excellent. Non contract signers. Punt them.
Remember this is silly season.
I'd rather the sold or signed would be done and dusted tomorrow instead of this.
Another month of brain rattle.

12.) 11 Jul 2017 20:35:37
He'll do well to make that squad no matter where he's playing next season Ed. Says more about the French plethora of talent. Lacazette, Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, possibly even Martial. If Moussa had another great season, I'd hoy him in, he's a bit different to the others who are more 'forwards' than penalty box strikers. But I might be biased.

Regardless I wouldn't be too surprised to see a young frenchman choose Marseille over Scotland, despite them being a way off their rivals.

Whilst (roughly) on the subject, if anybody likes film, or football, or sociopolitical issues watch Les Bleus une autre histoire de France'. Watched it the other night on neyflix (probably on the dodgy box too) . One of the best docs going.

13.) 11 Jul 2017 21:11:24
The national team and the fact France is his home are the only things I could think of. I don't rate the French league that highly JimTim. Obviously PSG and Monaco are oil rich these days but teams like Marseille and Lyon aren't what they were. If that's what it takes to achieve his World Cup dream then best of luck to him you can't grudge him but I wouldn't rate it as a smart career move, swapping (potential) CL and winning trophies to EL and finishing 5th in Ligue 1.

14.) 11 Jul 2017 23:14:52
I know who I'd choose Kev! Sadly Moussa might not feel the same as me. But likewise, I couldn't grudge him.

15.) 12 Jul 2017 14:20:14
I would be surprised if went to marseille just to get into a world cup squad.

{Ed007's Note - Only an idiot would do that.}



07 Jul 2017 14:40:39
Boyata facing three months out with knee ligament damage. Looks like signing a CB has became a bit of a must now.


1.) 07 Jul 2017 15:21:09
Such a shame really, this was going to be a big season for him in my eyes, hoping it would be a full season for him but to get a set back like this is a kick in the balls. The way in which it happened as well, it wasn't even a bad challenge or a situation that looked like it would have caused such an injury.

2.) 07 Jul 2017 16:09:27
Big blow he showed great attitude to work his way into the team and scored some cracking headers. Hopefully he will be back sooner than expected. Fully expect someone to be brought in now i enjoyed watching Erik last season but this season when called upon his passing has been slack and more often than not gets caught in possession whether that is down to not playing i don't know but he will need to up his game if he is to partner Jozo.

3.) 07 Jul 2017 16:33:55
He showed fantastic attitude to work his way into the side, Stan. And spoke of how happier he is at the club now. He's physically all there, and absolutely immense in the air. All he needs at this stage of his career is experience, i. e, playing -- to kick on another level. You think of the best CBs and typically, they're in the later stages of their careers, because it's the experience of reading situations, knowing the game, that gives them the touch of class. I've always maintained that I reckon, if Boyata added that, he could be VERY good.

4.) 07 Jul 2017 17:54:21
The making of a very good player JT, for him to train outwith the club to get fit showed a desire not seen enough with footballers these days and i'm sure this time will be no different. I've longed for a CB like Elliot or Stubbs and thought we had it with Kennedy until injury ended his career so in time with the right coaching and like you say experience maybe Boyata can be the man. Fingers crossed for a full recovery.

5.) 07 Jul 2017 18:28:03
We probably do need a centre back in during the window . But then again many were saying Bogata was useless any way, so for them there is no change .
I hope he is back soon and better than ever.

6.) 07 Jul 2017 18:57:53
Chris, I don't think Boyata and Jozo are a strong enough partnership to go into the CL groups with. A quality CB would have been a requirement regardless, this injury just means BR doesn't need to decide between the two yet as only Jozo is fit.

7.) 08 Jul 2017 01:02:15
I would have no problem if we had to play Champions League matches with Jojo and Boyota, my worry is that our central midfielders don't protect our defenders well enough from time to time .
If good players are allowed to run at centre defences or are given time to place a precise ball between centre backs, then CB can look very weak and look like a disaster to happen . Rodgers sets our team up to pressure up the field and if we lose out sometimes opposition can exploit our defence .
It's the price Brendan pays for his attacking/ pressure style.

8.) 08 Jul 2017 18:31:14
hes no great loss.

9.) 08 Jul 2017 19:00:19
Jamesbhoy I agree. I hope BR signs a new Cb anyway but if push comes to shove we have Ajar who I think is better than Boyota anyway. Chris don't agree we have poor central midfield players? Are you saying, Brown, Armstrong, McGregor don't protect the back 4? Don't agree.

10.) 09 Jul 2017 01:22:49
I suppose when he comes back into the team in September, instead of us supporters supporting him and encouraging him to regain his top form he had from Feb to end of season, we should get on his back and ridicule him on forums and from the stands and of course after about 3 months we can then say he has lost his confidence.




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Shay Given

04 Jul 2017 13:33:02
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1.) 04 Jul 2017 13:57:58
Top keeper. How Celtic could have done with keeping hold of him.



17 Jun 2017 12:35:19
A Japanese TV piece about Nakamura but watch from about 2:50....


1.) 17 Jun 2017 12:49:20
Brilliant ED! The wee mans not changed much lol.

2.) 17 Jun 2017 14:12:14
Bet KT still has the green and white club duvet cover on his bed too 😂😂 great video ed 👏🏼.

{Ed007's Note - You can just picture him and Paddy sitting there playing the Playstation lol.}

3.) 17 Jun 2017 20:32:37
Xcellent. hadn't seen this before. cheers Ed.



Swansea City Season Review

05 Jun 2017 07:38:21
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Swansea City Season Review




Hull City Season Review

31 May 2017 06:59:25
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Hull City Season Review


1.) 31 May 2017 08:21:21
I really hope these talks of Johny Hayes coming are all nonsense we have better in our ranks.

2.) 31 May 2017 09:24:03
id take a cpl of hull players tbh, grosiksi (excuse spelling ) looked tidy anytime i saw him play, marshall also and the CB from italy looked handy too.



Sunderland Season  Review

24 May 2017 09:39:36
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Sunderland Season Review


1.) 24 May 2017 10:44:52
Would you take Jason denayer back if the chance arose? Thought he was great for us a couple of seasons ago playing with VVD at the back. Still only 21 as well. Don't know if it's playing for a diddy club like Sunderland but he's not the first player to go there and underperform. I was a fan of Adam Matthews but he was rotten for them. He's disappeared since though so maybe he doesn't have it?

2.) 24 May 2017 11:39:34
Henrik I kept an eye on him on all their live games on SKY and Denayer looked like he had put on 4 stone, so no, give him a bodyswerve, he obviously was not training properly.

3.) 24 May 2017 18:33:45
Involved in trouble outside a nightclub in Belgium

The only way I'd have him back was to have a word in young pat Roberts ear about life at city and lower half EPL teams.




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15 Mar 2016 19:09:43
I don't know why my reply didn't come up there. Anyway, I think the idiot should keep his mouth shut and keep his nose out of things that has nothing to do with him.
How would he have liked it if Jose Mourinho had came out and said he wanted the Man Utd job during his disastrous spell there? I knew he had no class but this is a new low even for him.
He basically said the club would need to give him substantial money to spend so for once I applaud Peter Lawwell for his frugal approach - anything that keeps that clown Moyes away from CFC has to be a good thing.




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11 Mar 2015 14:25:34
William Troost-Ekong's contract with FC Groningen runs until 30-06-217 and he is currently on loan to FC Dordrecht until this summer. He only left Spurs for FC Groningen in the summer of 2013 signing a 4-year-deal. He played 2 games for them before joining FC Dordrecht on loan in January 2014 until the end of the 2013/14 season then last summer he was sent back to FC Dordrecht on loan for the entire 2014/15 season.
That's why the name of the source website is filtered out, Tony, they just make up stories to attract hits without checking their facts, hit-whoring. If they can't get his contract details right what chance do you think their rumours are true?




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My mistake, McGregor has a throat infection/tonsillitis.





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18 Mar 2016 20:38:38
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22 Apr 2015 19:46:58
Amateur Horticulturist that seems to be working fine now so try resending that last post again. Any more problems and just give us a shout.




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This story with Guidetti is nonsense. Marseilles are in no position to pay that kind of money.




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Here you go, and thanks to Deep River Bhoy and Kev T for the information they sent in.



Chris Sutton £6,000,000
Joos Valgaeren £3,800,000
Alan Thompson £2,750,000
Didier Agathe £ 50,000
Rab Douglas £1,200,000
Neil Lennon £5,750,000
Ramon Vega Loan
Troy Douglin Loan


Mark Viduka £6,000,000
Vidar Riseth £ 975,000
Rafael Scheidt Loan
Mark Burchill Loan
Paul Shields Loan
Eyal Berkovic Loan
Brian McColligan Loan
Barry John Corr Loan
Liam Keogh Loan
Marc Rieper Released



John Hartson £6,000,000
Dianbobo Balde Free
Momo Sylla £ 400,000
Steve Guppy £ 700,000


Alan Stubbs Free
Tommy Johnson Free
Stephane Mahe Free
Mark Burchil £1,000,000
Eyal Berkovic £1,500,000


Magnus Hedman £1,000,000
Ulrik Laursen £1,500,000
David Fenandez £1,000,000


Dimitri Kharine Free Transfer
Olivier Tébily £ 700,000



Michael Gray Loan
Stephen Pearson £ 400,000


David Fernández Loan
Bobby Petta Loan
Steve Guppy Free
Stephen Crainey £1,300,000



Jacob Lensky Bosman
Henri Camara Loan
Juninho Bosman
Kjartan Finnbogason Undisclosed
Teddy Bjarnason Undisclosed
Stéphane Henchoz Bosman
Craig Bellamy Loan


Henrik Larsson Bosman
Liam Miller Bosman
Jamie Smith Bosman
Bobby Petta Released
Kevin McBride Undisclosed
Juninho Bosman




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JB I spoke to Jeanette and passed on your thanks, she also said:

'We are not there yet but I hope it makes a wee difference for some people right away.'

It's not as if you didn't do your bit to help, JB. (clap)