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20 Jan 2017 16:14:15
Do you think we will try to get McCarthy and/ or attempt to sign Patrick Roberts on a permanent deal in this window before the CL qualifiers Ed?
Personally, I would be delighted with that kind of ambition and financial commitment from the board - or are we looking at other areas, like a younger keeper or defender?

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{Ed007's Note - It's really between Celtic and Newcastle for McCarthy but there's a very slim chance of him being used as part of a package for Kone from Sunderland whom Everton want - but I'll be surprised if that happens considering Sunderland look certainties for relegation.
Celtic are looking to extend Roberts loan for another 12 months and that can be agreed at any time.}




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26 Mar 2017 21:33:21
Really detest international football, however as we have a full 'mothers day' house some of the family wanted to see how Scotland were doing on TV.
Apart from no goals it seems Young Tierney has had to play right back to accommodate Robertson, (just like when Danny McGrain was switched to suit jardine) ; Griffiths has been crocked by the flying knee of the Slovenian goalie, while Armstrong and KT have suffered reckless foul challenges - all ignored by the weak referee.
Then turned it off after 75 because we were going to fail yet again - and it was all the Celtic players on the pitch's fault according to the sevconian branch of the clan.
Aye ye can stuff yer international break!

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1.) 26 Mar 2017 21:48:07
Armstrong outstanding.

2.) 27 Mar 2017 08:20:51
I'm not particularly fussed on internationals either. But pleased to see Scotland win, especially with a strong Celtic contingent.

I've read and heard some criticism of WGS this week in the build up to yesterday's game, stemming from the thought of him favouring Celtic players. Given what else is available, it's only right! And an important win justified that.

When you see people saying Wallace should play ahead of KT, it's fair to assume that people are letting a certain allegiance tint footballing sense. I believe a large proportion of the great and revolutionary Lions team were ignored for years. Although the older bhoys on here will have to remind me who exactly were keeping players like Jinky, Murdoch, Lennox or Gemmell out the side

As for KT. I read him saying he's been focusing on his right foot in preparation for him being needed on that side. I think all young players should be trying to improve their weaker side anyway, but it will be encouraging to see him develop into a player comfortable on both sides.

Two of my favourite full-backs are Lahm and Maldini, who both played on their 'weaker side'. With the way the game is now, wide players cut inside more than running to the byline. KT playing on the right, and his opponent cutting inside, would mean he can use his left side to defend. That's an easier job. Similarly at the other end, and KT is great at getting up and down, he could cut inside to create on his stronger foot. There's good counters though, that you become predictable in attack or that if chasing back, you're suddenly on your weaker side. I'm not sure I would particularly look to make KT a RB, or encourage the development of left-footed right-backs and vice versa. But perhaps I'm not pioneering enough to be a great coach or manager. I just think it will be a great string to KT's bow and aid him in his development to what I think will be an incredibly well-rounded player.

3.) 27 Mar 2017 12:26:33
Don't think Wallace should be anywhere near the international side,

4.) 27 Mar 2017 12:24:54
Thought KT was a standout last night also, really lucky to have a player of his calibre, long may it continue.



12 Mar 2017 14:52:33
We all knew what to expect from Madden and although he did influence the game and let a few tackles go unpunished - we still have enough about us to beat any domestic opponent at home with a full strength team.
Pre match comments and boasts were always going to add fuel to the fixture and when most of the team under-perform on the day - then we make things difficult.
Tierney, Brown, Gordon and Armstrong were about the only Celtic players on form -although Dembele did put a power of work in without the goals we expect from him.
Sinclair had his worst game of the season and should have been replaced, while Forrest failed to run at them with any conviction or intent and although he set up the goal - was replaced by PR who made little impact as the withdrawal of Armstrong seemed to hand them a lifeline.
At the end of the day we are disappointed - but still undefeated and can't play much worse, while they drew with 12 men and reacted like they won the lottery.
Not a lot learned today but a wee kick up the arse for a few that needed it.
Six points and two trophies still to go while they celebrate their point - take their eye off the baw and finish fifth.

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1.) 12 Mar 2017 15:04:17
What work did dembele do mate? He never looked interesting today. Constantly waiting on the ball coming to his feet and not once did he challenge in the air. Just hope we are more up for it in the semi now.

2.) 12 Mar 2017 15:23:59
Nah, too many not playing today.
On the positive side, another point and THEY never got to claim our undefeated record so that's good.
Gordon put in a good shift which I was pleased to see and we had at least one stonewall penalty turned down. Overall, not our best performance by a long chalk but that's it done and I hope the players take note for the semi final coming up.

3.) 12 Mar 2017 16:02:55
that's it in a nutshell

we didn't do enough to win the game (leaving aside all the ifs)

we can't be angry, maybe a little upset but they gave everything and we looked as tho we were just training.

4.) 12 Mar 2017 16:08:36
Thought dembele was poor by his standards and didn't do enough.

5.) 12 Mar 2017 16:09:15
Gordon and Armstrong the only players that get passmarks for me and Grif tried hard when he came on. Didn't understand Broonies man of the match award and I'm a Broonie fan and KT had his worst game of the season and Sinclair was anonymous.

6.) 12 Mar 2017 22:17:49
@passingtime - after his lack of effort and goals is Moussa now valued at £38 million or does the Dembele Calculator only have a plus button?

7.) 12 Mar 2017 22:28:31
Dembelle was awful. Absolutely awful. Sinclair pulled his invisible man routine. Button the back passing master giving the ball to Boyata and schevchenko, who is getting worse every game, just added to the demands upon my Valium drip.

If we go into the CL with they two at the back we can look forward to many tankings. Simo needs a partner in the summer, Mcgreggor, Button, Gary Mackay Sitter can join them out the door too.

Hopefully this shambolic performance will remind them the treble is still to be won. And if they play like that in April it won't happen at all.

Totally gutted at that today. I hope the players feel a tenth as bad and maybe ensure they make amends at hampden.



04 Mar 2017 13:42:39
Sitting at my sons flicking between the Man U and Sevco games and all we can talk about at HT, is how shocking the referees have been in both games.
I know they make honest mistakes every week and there are a few that a verging on incompetent (in England and Scotland) , but these guys - especially at old Trafford - are clearly up to no good.

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1.) 04 Mar 2017 13:49:14
Just switched it on and saw Garner boot the Hamilton player right in the ar$e. Absolute bottle merchant.

2.) 04 Mar 2017 13:50:13
Agree completely have you just seen the disgrcefull tackle by Garner and only a yellow card, I wonder what Smith and McCann will say that he got the ball and did not touch the man. The hamilton man obviously dived.

3.) 04 Mar 2017 13:52:27
Have you just seen the Garner challenge on Imrie? Beggars belief, ref and linesman 2 yards away and only yellow card. Stonewall red. Along with Foderingham handling a yard outside the box and their dodgy pen. All honest mistakes tho.

4.) 04 Mar 2017 14:00:57
Should have been red for Garner and it was a free kick for keeper handling outside the box. And it wasn't a penalty either! 🍀.

5.) 04 Mar 2017 15:59:06
Garner's a pussy not keen on 50/ 50s waits tills ball away before jumping into centre halfs hopefully starts next weekend put the fud in his place the floor.

6.) 04 Mar 2017 19:47:50
Rogan, unfortunately Garner is suspended for next week. Disappointing I know. What a fud. 🍀.

7.) 04 Mar 2017 19:56:43
Unfortunately he is suspended 😓.

8.) 04 Mar 2017 20:50:46
Every challenge that Garner makes or attempts he is guilty of a foul. He lunges, deliberately falls on opponents, leaves the boot in or elbows etc etc. Every single challenge how he manages to stay on the park just highlights how poor our officials are.

To allow dangerous tackles to go unpunished only encourages others to follow suit. This takes our game backwards IMO. Whilst I thought his challenge on imrie was reckless and clumsy, compared to the tackles on KT and JF it was not as bad!

The benchmark has been set and you can guarantee the boots will be out in full force next week. Whilst strong challenges and tackles are part of the game, thuggery when you can't get the ball by playing football is how our game is viewed worldwide. This is how Celtic are streets ahead we can mix it when we need to but step it up when required.

9.) 04 Mar 2017 23:41:24
@JFP88 - what do you mean Garner is a fud? Going by the Dembele calculator he is now worth £5 million!

10.) 05 Mar 2017 00:51:48
So we've left it a couple of weeks since our disgraceful penalty against St. Johnstone before we start bleating about referees again?

11.) 05 Mar 2017 10:32:43
lol @ UJ aka mr Brightside. 6-0 that murty is brilliant, getting the best from the players, should inspire confidence.

And then it will all come crashing down at CP.



06 Feb 2017 15:52:13
Not enjoyed a season as much for a long time and the confidence, will-to-win and style of play eminating from the manager -through the team is magnificent.
Even when a few of the team are off form, there are others who play out of their skins and others to come on and change a game. Previous sides would have dropped points yesterday and I acknowledge Thomson did do us a favour (choke) with the penalty - but when you have guys like KT, Broony and PR playing consistently well, young Henderson stepping in so effectively and match-winners like Dembele and Sinclair - things really do look very good right now - and we still have Rogic, Armstrong and the new signing Eboue to come in.
On the downside - if you can call it that - I hope LG sorts himself out with the manager and gets back in contention as he will not get a better chance in his career than this?

Don't know if we have any chance at all of signing Roberts but when the alternatives are GMS and Forrest, we really need to either convince him and his parent club - or look to Improve that area in the summer.
I also hope wee Christie is in BR's plans as I think he does have potential.

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1.) 06 Feb 2017 16:10:56
Good win yesterday. Dembeles 3rd goal was sublime! What a joy to watch a team gelling like ours does. First half was a bit huff puff against a very good team. I'm surprised St Johnstone are not further up the table than they are. Tommy Wright is doing wonders with that squad and they always try against us up in Perth. Eventually though, class outshone them. We would have beaten them even without Thompsons dodgy decision but hey, how many of these decisions have not gone our way so I'll take that. Dembele hasn't harmed his price tag after yesterdays performance, what a special player we have in him.
I would like to think BR has taken our defensive performance back to the training ground. Apart from that though, another great day to be a Tim!

{Ed007's Note - At least St Johnstone came out and had a go, I remember at one point there was 3 St Johnstone players chasing down our 2 CBs or 1 CB and Bitton.
And once again our wee diddy league game put the so called Best League in the World's offering to shame - that Leicester v Man Utd was utter garbage.}

2.) 06 Feb 2017 16:45:52
Can't disagree with any of that PT.

I would have wanted a wing forward type player in January. With BR saying PR will return to City, unless something changes, we'll need to sign two wing forwards in the summer. If PR had of been starting in the bigger games earlier in the season (which is one of my few, small criticisms) he might have found himself a place he wants to play at Celtic. He still might, and City might well turn round and tell him he's not part of their plans.

3.) 06 Feb 2017 18:17:12
I agree about the Leicester V Man Ute match, it was dreadful, especially the first 20 minutes where neither team could even manage to keep the ball in play.
St Johnstone have managed to score a couple of goals against us the last 3 times we have went to Perth, so they seem to have as good a way of playing us as anyone else in the division, they also seem to do quite well in the matches against Aberdeen, so they are no mugs.
A couple of posters have said that they wouldn't mind losing our unbeaten run if it meant playing more youngsters in the team towards the end of the season, I don't agree with that.
Liverpool seemed to be doing okay up until the new year, then they put a lot of youngsters into the team against Plymouth in the FA cup, they only drew 0-0 and have hardly won a match since, all the momentum seems to have gone from them.
We may well lose a game before the end of the season, (if we do then hopefully it'll be a league match) but I want us to carry this winning mentality into next season, I think that youngsters should have to earn their place in the team regardless of what stage the season is at.

4.) 06 Feb 2017 18:18:55
does anyone else think its a bit strange that a known anti-celtic referee awarded us a penalty that never was the week before we play in a one off cup competition where we have encountered many strange decisions over the years? it could be we are being set up for more of these dodgy decisions with sundays dodgy decision being used for them to say "what do you mean dodgy decisions? look at the penalty you got against st johnstone"

5.) 06 Feb 2017 18:50:11
You need another hit of that pipe jamesbhoy, the demons are playing with you 😈😉😆. It's strange how "paranoia" can link up with reality sometimes though.

6.) 06 Feb 2017 18:50:53
No jamesbhoy67, St. Johnstone should have had a penalty at Celtic Park last week as well, and for me, Partick Thistle should have had one they never got either round about Christmas time. We need to accept that times have moved on and referees are just awful rather than biased.

7.) 06 Feb 2017 19:25:33
these masonic forces work in mysterious ways, i've seen too many strange and blatant decisions over the years over the years to rule anything out.

8.) 06 Feb 2017 19:55:08
see what i mean? mention them and three of my words repeated themselves in my post, who's paranoid now? lol.

9.) 06 Feb 2017 20:36:25
funny how no one at st johnstone remembers michael dubbery with both hands on the ball then rolling the ball along the ground inside the box and referee ian (bribes) brines standing watching it and still not giving a penalty, and clowns go on about paranoia, aye right.

10.) 06 Feb 2017 20:23:08
I was led to believe decisions even themselves out so we'll take this one and move onto next game.

11.) 06 Feb 2017 21:29:08
with all the dodgy one's against us we could play another 129 years and they still wouldn't be evened out.



01 Jan 2017 10:08:41
Obviously going to miss the Bhoys over the next few weeks as they take a very well earned break but what a special parting gift.
This is not the best Celtic team I have ever seen, but what we have here is a manager and players that know exactly what's expected and demanded every single game and this kind of consistency and team spirit has not been seen at Celtic for many years.

To be unbeaten after twenty league games - with a cup in the cabinet on NYE is almost unheard of and any other team would have probably had a New Years honour lol - but to win every single league game in such a demanding December schedule will go down as one of the clubs greatest triumphs.

There were some tired players out there yesterday with a few defensive lapses at times, but the way the team came back and outplayed the home team after an early setback was an indication of the confidence and superiority that epitomises Celtic today.

What's more is that BR is still building and improving the team and there is much more to come - and it feels absolutely fantastic!

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1.) 01 Jan 2017 14:01:19
Top class post PT that sums all of it up very well

Happy new year





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12 Feb 2017 14:10:53
Who's Billy Gilmore? (Sorry don't know him)

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{Ed007's Note - I think it's spellt Glmour, he's the young TRIFC player they decided to bum up after our youngster Karamoko Dembele hit the headlines. I've personally never seen Gilmour play but know a couple of scouts who speak highly of him although not as highly as TRIFC or the media do.
And the stories are that Gilmour and his family are rumoured to be Celtic supporters.}



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28 Dec 2016 19:42:23
That's a very strong team and maybe not too far from Saturday's line-up, give or take and barring injury.

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18 Dec 2016 18:28:13
Commons has a reputation at previous clubs for being disruptive and temperamental. BR obviously knew he would not fit into the work ethic or systems he prefers and it's better all round that KC moves on - either in stages or a clean break when it is convenient for both parties.

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15 Oct 2016 15:21:43
I agree we will rarely see both strikers together, but I think there will always be more attack-minded midfield players in BR's teams - especially domestically.

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07 Sep 2016 18:16:24
I saw the Ed's comments last week about how disruptive and selfish Commons has been and I am bemused as to why he is still at the club, while a good few others have been shown the door already.
I appreciate players can refuse to leave, run down their contract and be obtrusive, but if it's true he is in the squad then, there must have been some sort of compromise?

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21 Mar 2017 11:44:51
Really hope he has a long and successful career in the hoops as he is turning into a top young player and as you say very intelligent and calm in front of a camera and never takes the bait of a leading question when they are 'fishing'.

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20 Mar 2017 09:45:24
There was some expectation and anticipation, as the player came with a good reputation and decent price tag.
However unlike other 'foreign imports' he does seem to be taking a lot longer to get up to speed and looks pretty raw and will probably take a while to develop?

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20 Mar 2017 09:39:02
Said as much in the live-chat yesterday. They all have had exceptional seasons with guys like Lustig, Brown, Tierney and Armstrong consistently solid, while Forrest and Gordon have gone up a notch or two in many of the games with Simunovic and Boyata showing great potential.
Sinclair and Dembele have put us where we are today with their goals and creativity where Rogic and Roberts have similarly their part when they have been available.
The break comes at a good time to rest and recharge - apart from maybe those involved at international level?

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16 Mar 2017 15:53:08
In previous years we have always accepted big bids for star players but perhaps the influence of BR could help us keep Dembele for at least another season while the return of Roberts could be addressed by CL profits and cash raised from the departure of guys like Ciftci, Ambrose, Allen, GMS, Commons and other surplus squad players.
The manager has only really used one transfer window so far and I am sure he must have a shopping list for PL.

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15 Mar 2017 15:05:56
The pathetic and humiliating exploits of other Scottish clubs in recent years shows no sign of improving and indeed looks even worse with the gulf behind us in the spl means we represent a European backwater and suffer the ranking and disadvantages of playing in Scotland.

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