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23 Jun 2017 13:52:13
New fixtures announced today. I know there's the obvious ones to look at but my eyes were drawn to 13th December. Celtic v Hamilton on the Wednesday night.

Accies will probably bring about 100 fans, the game will be a drab 2-0 win as our players start to tire after a busy schedule hanging on for the derby and a week in the sun.

Surely now is the time to get right behind shaking this league up. Playing the same teams 3 or 4 times each season
(especially when I know a hot bovril is the only thing saving me from frostbite) is a needless turn-off.

The League Cup has expanded, the top 4 have European fixtures and a winter break has been introduced. An 18-team top flight with a 34 game season would make things a bit more interesting.

If I knew we were only playing Hamilton the once at CP a season then there's much less chance the miserable climate would put me off.

I wonder if most folk agree?

{Ed007's Note - What's with the picking on Accies? Gggrrrrrrrrr......

1.) 23 Jun 2017 14:06:35
Maybes unfair of me there Ed007 but it's rarely a classic. Apart from the 8-1 game I don't think we've had decent match since they came back up.

{Ed007's Note - I know what you mean but they've made things a bit difficult for us at NDP although a lot of that is down to the pitch imo.}

2.) 23 Jun 2017 14:36:50
2 leagues would be my shout 20 and 22, 3 up and down.

3.) 23 Jun 2017 15:19:16
Partick thistle came on a wet Monday night just before Xmas and at least tried to play football Hearts at homes a great way to kick off the league defence! How's our Ed have you been enjoying the close season or is all the rumours doing your box in?

{Ed007's Note - It's not that bad this window.... yet.}

4.) 23 Jun 2017 16:24:54
Celtic and Rangers not visiting clubs twice a season - what sort of impact would that have on the finances of certain clubs? Genuine question, and I'm glad I'm not the guy responsible for shaking the league up. In saying that, his plan is just to hope Rangers get better. The first port of call for me, would to have a 'summer league'.

5.) 23 Jun 2017 16:34:57
That's good Ed how many times this summer has someone's paperboys dugs vet seen Robbie Keane at Celtic park? Jim how does a summer league work when there's the Euros world cups and champ leagues.

{Ed007's Note - Robbie Keane and Shay Given at the burger van outside Celtic Park!}

6.) 23 Jun 2017 17:28:40
We'll worry about Ross County's and Kilmarnock's World Cup players if we ever get to that stage. As for the CL, there's ways to work it, didn't do Malmo or Molde any harm. It's more about the league not Celtic. But of course, a better league, higher attendances and more lucrative TV deals would help Celtic too 😉.

7.) 23 Jun 2017 18:01:01
The Irish League is now played through the summer and look how well Dundalk did last season. Read an interesting article on it recently it said already a better quality of football being played and crowds are up.

8.) 23 Jun 2017 20:06:47
I definitely think expanding the leagues but rather than the spl reverting to summer football the lower leagues do so this while introducing colt teams, think in doing so more crowds at smaller clubs and then come the spl season crowds might increase as you'd maybe get fans of Albion rovers going to Hamilton Motherwell etc.

9.) 23 Jun 2017 20:56:49
16 team top league would be best imo.

10.) 23 Jun 2017 20:59:07
Hearts having kyle lafferty in there squad will be a laugh next season, seriously though he will probably find some form then accidentally in purpose miss games against rangers.




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29 Nov 2017 23:13:24
Big fan of the A-League. Lots of goals on BT Sport early doors on a Saturday morning and always decent crowds.

I think this could be a tidy bit of business by the club.

If it is Roar they go for could they rename them Brisbane Lions?



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13 Jul 2017 08:13:47
Personally I'm just happy he's staying in Scottish football. £100k here or there isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things. (Probably saving £500k in wages over the next year) . I do like him and if things go well at Aberdeen and he can get Hayes' consistent level there might even be an opportunity for him to come back in a couple of years.

I think along with ourselves, Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen have all had a strong window. Celtic obviously are the main priority - but it's good to see the others in the league bring in quality.

It will make the competition stronger, meaning it'll push our lot on. I think this will help us do better than last season in Europe (as long as we get a centre half in) .



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08 Jul 2017 10:49:24
Don't know anything about him but trust the gaffer.

The cynic in me also says we might have someone signed and ready to be paraded but the PR team wanted to hold off until Monday to get maximum impact after the hilarity from across the city this week.



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22 Jun 2017 15:48:12
Januzaj looks like a player who would tear Hearts, Rangers, St Johnstone etc apart, but for us to spend even over £4m on a player these days they'd need to be really special.

For £10m I'd expect a player who would make an instant impact, has a proven track record in Champions League and potential sell-on value.

. can't think of anyone who meets they conditions unfortunately.



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15 Jun 2017 13:27:21
I'm not going to run to the Celtic Shop to get Hayes printed on the back of my jersey, but I do think he's as close as you can get to be guaranteed of someone who will do a job for us domestically.

It's sensible to have 2 players in your squad to cover every position, and with GMS and Christie likely to follow Commons out the door - it only really leaves Forrest and Sinclair who would play on either wing.

Signing Hayes would still leave us needing another winger in my opinion.

That is when the marquee will be whipped out.




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24 Jun 2018 13:42:06
I’d like a RB in, but can’t think of anyone that’s better than we already have who would tick all the boxes.

Centre back is an absolute must. Ideally a proven performer who will be someone Ajer learns a lot from. I’d be happy if McKenna came in from Aberdeen to learn his trade in addition to someone who will be a first team starter straight away.

John McGinn is the most common sense signing we could make - but have heard a few English clubs have expressed an interest who’ll offer £5m+, while Celtic don’t seem keen at all. Hope this changes, I’m sure a deal could be done between the clubs that could be mutually beneficial.

Another create midfielder would be nice as well, would be a real sign of intent that we are going for it in Europe. Meltdown across the city would likely see Murty back in charge for Halloween.



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26 Mar 2018 00:25:06
Need to agree on two big points there Seymour.

Joihn McGinn is a must for me. Two years learning his trade with Scott Brown around and I think he’ll be ready to lead the Celtic midfield for 10 years. Bags of potential and his attitude is exactly where it should be. Not afraid of hard work.

Serie A is very underrated at the minute on these shores. 20 years ago it was the best league in the world and comparisons to the teams of the 80s and 90s have meant Italian football has dropped down the European pecking order.

From what I’ve seen though there’s oodles of talent there, and decent value for clubs our size if they want to perform in the Champions League. English arrogance will let us pick up wee gems like Ntcham for the next couple of years for relatively low fees.



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30 Dec 2017 21:58:13
BR got the team wrong today, but we need to trust that the long term plan is working.

In isolation, we learned today that Dembelé isn’t up for the battle in Scottish football and would be better suited to the league, Sinclair isn’t perfect. The defence need to spend some time on the training ground to work on communicating too.

With the biggest transfer warchest ever available to the club, a trophy in the bag, European football in the New Year and a healthy lead in the league; things are definitely no bad in the grand scheme of things.

There’s problems there but they can be solved.



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03 Dec 2017 15:04:51
I thought he was excellent - won nearly every tackle he went in for and his delivery on his right foot was good almost every time. He gave Motherwell a lot of problems and linked up well. He tired and was subbed after about an hour but I suppose that was likely due to his lack of games.

Best game in a Celtic jersey by a mile.

{Ed007's Note - I thought the same myself about Hayes. I'd have liked him to get a goal though which would maybe have given him a real confidence boost as I've heard that getting his dream move to us has been weighing him down a bit.}



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30 Nov 2017 19:29:56
As you can guess from my username I've bee cynical about refereeing in the past.

The two points raised by JFP1888 are absolutely bang on the money. There is no way that anyone should be letting any of the jealous mob take the shine off of the march the Double Treble.

For what it's worth, both challenges on Sinclair and McGregor would have meritted freekicks on the halfway line, it's only Scottish football's typical leniency when the ball is in the box there's any conversation. Anyone who has played the game at even schoolboy level knows that. You lift your hands towards an opponent you're always in trouble.