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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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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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11 Jun 2017 09:24:40
I'm usually no fussed about our kits as long as the Hoops stays quite traditional - happy for them to experiment with the aways.

I do feel sorry though for families who have kids who "need" every kit.

Green top means we'll have a third coming too. £53 a pop for the top alone could put a bit of pressure on families.




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17 Sep 2017 03:08:27
Couldn't make out the announcement on the tannoy behfore he act began. Is it a charity single? All I could really tell from tannoy was that your man on the mic was miming.

My uncle took particular bemusement to it. Thinking I'll be getting him the LP for his Christmas. The snazzy suits a were a treat.



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31 Jul 2017 16:20:19
I agree with you 100% that it's time that the supporters unite.

The truth is though that as long as the indefensible is going on, (Provo banner at Linfield game, ) then it makes it harder to justify throwing pyros at EDL scum. Videos being shared online didn't look good in parts with innocent bystanders. Not their fault a fascist was holding a "book signing".

The club is famed for our great support. As long as we focus on football and supporting Brendan and the team, while being inclusive of everyone's backgrounds, we'll be right as rain.



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20 Jul 2017 00:58:01
I only really fancy Maribor there. Surprised BATE aren't seeded, they - along with Legia - could be problematic.



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08 Jul 2017 10:56:10
Been to much friendlier places than Dublin to be honest, but I doubt there'll be trouble. Hopefully going to be a warm day and non-competitive match. Be nice if everyone could have a wee swally and enjoy themselves together.



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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.}