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27 May 2019 14:17:50
With everyone back fit our starting XI is still by far the best in the league;

Bain
Lustig, Ajer, Jozo, KT
Brown, Calmac
Forrest, Christie, Edouard
Griffiths

Signing priorities for me;
1. Right Back
2. Defensive cover (2)
3. Attacking cover (1)
4. New Keeper (to challenge Bain, not necessarily #1)
5. Midfield cover (1)

I'd hardly call that major surgery required. Obviously would love it if one or two of these were a marquee signing but as long as they enhance the team/ squad I'll be happy.

Last comment on NL as I've not posted since the weekend. The candidates for the managers job were Lennon, Clarke and Moyes. We got the best of these without doubt. Anyone who thought we had a shot at Benitez/ Mourinho needs their head examined. I'd have been disappointed with Moyes but would have got behind him 100%, everyone has to do the same with Lennon now, no dissension.

gerrymurphy

{Ed007's Note - Right everybody no more moaning about Lennon, Gerry's spoken.}


1.) 27 May 2019 15:12:29
Why play our best striker out of position?


2.) 27 May 2019 15:51:06
It's maybe not as cut and dried as that re: 'our best 11'.
Maybe KT's injury is that serious he may need months of recovery?
Lustig did make a good recovery after a poor first half of the season, but there is still question marks over his fitness/ pace.
Jozo isn't risked on plastic pitches or two games in a week.
Griff may never return to previous heights, or God forbid have a relapse - probably never see the 40 goals season again?
Crazy money bids may come in for top players such as Ajer, KT, Forrest etc - especially from the Leicester area?
Bain showed a wee bit cause for concern in his last three games and although he has done very well, we do need top competition? Finally, there has been a shortage of pace and creativity for most of the last 2 terms against packed midfield or all-out-defense and it's an area we really need to address and look at options.
We do have the best first team squad in Scotland, but it's been a while since they were all on top form and fitness at same time.


3.) 27 May 2019 16:03:30
His best position is wide left I think Kev.


4.) 27 May 2019 16:42:48
I'd like to see Griffiths with edouard coming in off the left, could strike up a hopper-stokes type scenario which worked for a while.

With bayo as back up and maybe 1 more striker.

The rest of the positions needed are clearly defence based.

Still half scunnered by the appointment but also half amused of the thought of lennon lifting the 9 and 10.

I know more than a handful of people that would be most offended.

Wont be any more trebles though, not for a long time.


5.) 27 May 2019 18:16:39
Griffiths isn't really capable of the hold up that Dembele was though that's the thing. I think OF LG and OE were going to play together it would just be in a classic two up top.


6.) 27 May 2019 18:39:32
Did he just say Lennon is a better manager than Steve Clarke?


7.) 27 May 2019 19:57:14
Eddy is a striker not a wide left or a winger. Play him up top or not at all.


8.) 27 May 2019 21:03:56
I hope I am writing but I will be surprised if L G plays much of a part again . He will have lost his cheeky confidence been away from the game for so long .
Again, I hope I am wrong.


9.) 28 May 2019 13:20:40
Eddy and Bayo up front most games next season for me. A bit like the Dembele/ Eddy experiment in pre season. Obviously 1 up top when we play the bigger teams but don't see the point in 2 holding midfielders when the lesser teams look to park the bus for 90min.

{Ed007's Note - I think Bayo might be another dud. Apparently a lot of people who watched him in training were surprised at how poor he is. He only came here so Toure could mentor him so hopefully Leicester want him for the same reason and we can pull their pants down over the fee 😁


 

 

22 Apr 2019 22:21:55
Actually can't believe some folk questioning whether we'll get over the line. The league is won, it was won when we beat them 2-1. We're on 78 points, I guarantee you they will not reach this tally, willing to take any bet on this!

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28 Feb 2019 11:35:21
My only issue with BR leaving is the timing (assuming he is gone today, still can't see a reason why Leicester wouldn't wait until end of season, not like they're fighting relegation or pushing for Europe or anything) .

He's terrible in Europe, there's no grey area here, our results in Europe over the last 3 seasons have been appalling with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions. Lennon and Strachan both fared infinitely better on this stage.

I'll not shed any tears for him going, and still can scarecly believe some fans are taking his side still against the club/ the board, if he's leaving now, he's a rat, end of story. good riddance.

For me, got to be Roy Keane next. Guy can't stay in MoN's shadow forever, make him feel wanted get him and he could be a legend for us.

Btw, how many tabloids do you think will go with BR-Exit as backpage headline tomorrow.

gerrymurphy

1.) 28 Feb 2019 12:04:50
Away and throw s***e at the moon.
Keane is an abysmal manager and causes trouble in every squad he works with.
Even the Irish national team he had fall outs with players.


2.) 28 Feb 2019 13:23:07
Would rather have Ronnie rather than Roy Keane, and would only want Ronnie if there was a blue moon and pigs were flying across the evening sky.


3.) 28 Feb 2019 16:27:13
One positive thing for Brendan Rodgers, he won't be shown up in Europe as manager of Leicester City.


 

 

15 Aug 2018 15:14:00
There is one man to blame for our euro failure, his name is brendan rodgers. I'll give him the plaudits when we qualify and win trebles, but he must take responsibility for our failings.

The buck stops with him.

gerrymurphy

1.) 15 Aug 2018 15:40:20
I agree he has to take his share of the blame but at the same time he can't legislate for some of the crazy lapses in concentration we've seen.


2.) 15 Aug 2018 15:55:38
Yip gerrymurphy 100% agree, BR's signings with a few exceptions have been complete failures!


3.) 15 Aug 2018 16:17:24
Are a lot of them Rodgers signings?, or were they bought for him? .
I'm not sure exactly how the system works in regards to buying players, but if you take Compper for example he gets one game then he is never seen again. That doesn't look to me like a player that the manager wanted.
On a seperate point. The Hamilton match has been switched to the Sunday. I know that Thursdays is the night for the Europa league but considering how close we are to the Hamilton match couldn't the first leg of the qualifier be played on the Tuesday or Wednesday? . I have seen other Europa League games been played on these nights. Sevco played one of their qualifiers on a Tuesday night so it can obviously be done.


4.) 15 Aug 2018 16:28:37
Gerryc -

If they aren't Rodgers signings why did he say in January the board delivered everything he wanted? Compper and Hendry were signed in the Jan window. If we had signed 2 better CBs instead of them we would have qualified.

So yeah Rodgers is part of the reason we got knocked out and has to take his share of the blame.


5.) 15 Aug 2018 18:07:02
Doesn't he highlight what he needs or wants and the buck lies with Scouts/ Congerton/ Lawwell to deliver that?


6.) 15 Aug 2018 18:31:58
And if he had got the players he wanted at the start of the summer we might still be in cl. guys like Hendry hayes gamboa were to beef up squad but how many pressers has he done and mentioned quality it's simple the board have not delivered.


7.) 15 Aug 2018 20:58:04
In February he was as happy as a bug in a rug . How could P L and the Board annoy him so much, in such a short time . Surely if he could be so happy after the Jan window there must have been a non transfer disagreement to put them at each other in August.


8.) 15 Aug 2018 21:25:46
Guys a couple of years ago if i had told u we would win double treble be in CL 2 out of 3 u would have snapped my hands off. We are gutted but let's have some perspective.


 

 

30 May 2018 13:20:57
Full list of teams we can face in UCL qualifying (we'll need to beat 4 of these) .
Shkendija, Dudelange, Spartak Trnava, Valletta, Vikingur Gota, Crusaders, Olimpija Ljubljana, Alashkert, Sutjeska Niksic, Suduva Marijampole, Spartaks Jurmala, Cork City, Valur, Flora Tallinn, Torpedo Kutaisi, Midtjylland, CFR Cluj, Red Star Belgrade, Hapoel Be-er Sheva, Rosenborg, HJK Helsinki, The New Saints, Videoton, Kukesi, Zrinjski Mostar, AEK Athens, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, Qarabag, Sheriff Tiraspol, Malmo, Young Boys, Astana, Legia Warsaw, APOEL

Realistically 1 from the bottom 4/ 5 in the play off round, 1 from the 8 or so before that in the 3rd qualifier, and two from the top half in the earlier rounds.

Very difficult, but not impossible.

gerrymurphy

1.) 30 May 2018 13:47:48
Feeling we will get Legia Warsaw at some stage.


2.) 30 May 2018 14:06:21
only a matter of time before we run into them again.

For me, as long as we stick to western europe we should be ok - Crusaders/ Cork for the first couple of rounds would be ideal, then maybe helsinki/ malmo something like that.


3.) 30 May 2018 15:56:55
Guys most of us Celtic fans if not exactly worried about us making the group stages again, are not counting our chickens as we could meet a team well into their season, or Celtic could have a bad day or be fatigued, especially if we get Astana again on the other side of the universe.
Now compare our cautious attitude to a sevconian fan, who almost to a man, have got the new club not only in the group stages of the Europa League but quarter final at worst.
Despite them falling flat last year, having an inexperienced manager and probably most of last season's failures.
Their arrogance and self entitlement knows no bounds.


4.) 30 May 2018 16:29:21
It's getting to be a great achievement to qualify for the group stage considering the timing of the qualifiers in relation to our season and the number of games we have to play - even as champions.
CL nights are a unique experience at Celtic Park, even though we have suffered some heavy defeats recently; however, the reality of being a Celtic supporter as opposed to the delusional dumplings in denial is we have used the CL cash to ensure financial security, attract and keep the best players in the country and employ an experienced, quality manager, who lives and breaths our club and it's successes.


5.) 30 May 2018 16:37:08
I'm completely on the side of Legia for that last time. They hammered us fair and square.

Our board should have done the decent thing and asked UEFA to keep Legia in.

Uefa would have still kicked them regardless, but I think it made our club look small time and it was zombie patter.

{Ed007's Note - So you think that Celtic should have accepted a fine and possible five-year ban from UEFA competition? What Legia Warsaw done wrong had absolutely nothing to do with Celtic, Celtic didn't break any rules which wouldn't have been the case if we had been stupid enough to do what you wanted.
So who should have taken Legia Warsaw's place?}


6.) 30 May 2018 16:52:11
Well we better get into the champions league since it’s been confirmed if we don’t that we will fold like a pack of cards😱.


7.) 30 May 2018 17:54:06
No, I didn't say break the rules. I didn't say to forfeit the competition.

I said we should have made a statement basically saying we got beat fair and square and it's an unfortunate mistake by Legia.

As I said either way we were going to be put in place of Legia, but we should have shown them some support as their error was tiny and had no impact on the result at all.

Instead the way we handled ourselves was disrespectful.

Like when Legia appealed, Celtic said they were "disappointed" - what do they expect Legia to do? roll over and accept getting kicked out after absolutely humiliating us?

{Ed007's Note - Yes. They broke the rules by fielding an ineligible player and they should have accepted their punishment. Celtic done nothing wrong and weren't disrespectful - whatever that's meant to mean - to anyone.}


8.) 30 May 2018 18:29:07
Young Boys are a decent side, be good to avoid them .


9.) 30 May 2018 18:50:30
Ed007 . It is surely true Celtic is a club for all, even those who want the club to exit Champions League illegally.

{Ed007's Note - You can't just pick and choose what games you want to play, without there being serious repercussions.}


10.) 30 May 2018 19:17:08
They pumped us silly lol and we didn't deserve to go through as was seen against Maribor.

they brought that guy on as a sub in the last 2 minutes and we were already 6-1 down on agg.

If we won 6-1 and fielded a sub in last 2 mins and they kicked us out, not one of us here would say the other team we hammer 6-1 deserves it lol.

{Ed007's Note -. Legia received the standard punishment for for fielding an ineligible player, their opponents (Celtic) were awarded a 3-0 win and so we qualified on away goals with a 4-4 aggregate result, I'd say that had a pretty big bearing on the result. Legia weren't kicked out the competition, they went out on the away goals rule, do you understand that?
So how did you expect UEFA to keep Legia in the competition without us forfeiting it?
And if Celtic made the same stupid mistake I would be fuming but I'd like to think we're far too professionally ran not to know if a player is banned or not.}


11.) 30 May 2018 20:37:05
Tesla369. There is no way we should have given way to Legia.
If an athlete gets caught taking drugs, you wouldn't let him keep his medal by arguing that he would have won the race without taking drugs, that has got nothing to do with it.
We may have got lucky on that occasion, but it's not up to a club who followed the rules to take the side of a club who broke them.
Would you say that if we were to win a match with a controversial penalty in the last minute that we should ask the authorities to change the result if it was shown later to be a wrong decision? . This is what you seem to be arguing for.


12.) 30 May 2018 20:41:50
Tesla369 I do not know if you know this but Legia blamed a female member of their office staff and SACKED her, hardly the actions of a team with virtue.


13.) 30 May 2018 21:03:19
But we had a handicap that no other team taking part had,


14.) 30 May 2018 21:53:28
good point Timalloy.
The club secretary is usually the responsible person for ensuring procedures and paperwork are in order. That, would surely include keeping track of bans, rule compliance etc.
I think the original intent of the post was that he felt Celtic should have shown some sympathy.
The question is WHY?
They made a "schoolboy" error by bringing on a player who was not eligible to play. Not rocket science.
As previously pointed out, Legia were given the mandatory punishment.
If Celtic had not scored then Legia would still have gone through even with the punishment.
Bottom and basic line. They cheated and we benefited.


15.) 30 May 2018 21:59:50
Timalloy Legia knew she wouldn't have the balls to stand up to them.
Tesla369, if you are just a supporter of Scottish Football, I sympathise. With the fact in your association Rangers 1872 and Rangers 2012 cheat with impunity .
Rangers are and were above the laws.


16.) 30 May 2018 23:24:10
There was absolutely no need for Ed and his "do you know that? " condescending patter.

Also adding things I never suggested. I never once said we should have thrown ourselves out of the tournament.

I'm saying we should have been aware that UEFA would have kicked Legia out regardless and it would have been respectful and good sportsmanship from our end to admit that as a club we recognise that Legia beat us fair and square and we didn't feel they got an advantage.

an 88 minute sub when we are 6-1 down is not an advantage, we got beat fair and square and It would have been good to admit that and give our condolences to Legia before we moved on to the next round.

However our club hit out with things about being disappointed in Legia appealing even though we would have appealed in the same position. I felt our attitude was disrespectful.

{Ed007's Note - Did you say this?:

"Our board should have done the decent thing and asked UEFA to keep Legia in."

That's all you need to answer, a simple yes or no question.}


17.) 31 May 2018 06:05:00
Nevermind the bollox. They broke the rules by being incredibly naive and we capitalised. Are we in the sympathy game now?


18.) 31 May 2018 07:43:58
Europe next season, their must be improvement defensively. We will see the usual "we need to spend 10 billion" patter

but it's not stopped the likes of BATE qualifying as much as us and on a fraction of our budget.

there is zero excuse for conceding 6/ 7 goals a game as regularly as we do against big sides.

We weren't outspending them in the past when getting some decent results so makes no sense why we can't now.

No reason why we can't be a solid Europa league side like Ajax or Marseille have been recently.


19.) 31 May 2018 09:08:27
Legia broke the rules. End of. We should have let them go forward? Feck me, talk about bollocks?

The mental season is well and truly here.


20.) 31 May 2018 09:43:21
Yes Ed, as said state that we didn't deserve to go through (which we didn't)

Say to UEFA we supported Legia to go through if possible. Which UEFA wouldn't have done anyway.

Then our club don't look like a desperate, greedy and low level.

We got hammered 6-1 on the pitch, 11 vs 11. The broken rule on the 88th min of the 2nd leg had zero impact on the result.

FC Sion game was different, they played 5 players that were not supposed to play and that impacts the result.

Even at that though losing to the likes of Sion was embarrassing as well.

{Ed007's Note - So how could we have asked UEFA to keep Legia in the tournament without us forfeiting our place?}


21.) 31 May 2018 11:40:44
Tesla369. We are talking about a situation where millions of pounds are at stake. It's not the egg and spoon race at a school sports day.
If I drive at 35mph in a 30 limit, I can't argue that I shouldn't get fined because it was only slightly over the limit and nobody was hurt. The rule is there and it's nobody's fault but mine if I get caught.
I don't imagine that the rest of the clubs in the competition would have been too impressed if Legia had been allowed through after breaking the rules. They would then think that they could break the rules without sanction. It would lead to chaos.


22.) 31 May 2018 12:31:44
Simple Ed, UEFA were going to enforce the rule regardless of what we thought of it.

So even if we shown support for Legia we would still go through, still have a chance to get CL money.

However we would have also gained respect for publicly supporting a team which fairly beat us.

So it was a win/ win for us to support Legia cos we wouldn't have had to give up our spot even if we wanted to.

It's a more sportsman and diplomatic thing to do, to show respect to a team who played very well and had us chasing shadows.

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23.) 31 May 2018 14:40:13
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Worth pointing out that we didn't win anything in seville, in fact that season we allowed the worst treble winning team in scottish football history to do a clean sweep.

Anyway i'd rather WIN the euorpa league than not win the champions league (regardless of how far we get - 1/16, 1/8, 1/4)

Winning trophies is what celtic is all about, I couldn't care less about money or profits, I want to see us win cups.

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12 Jan 2019 15:57:03
All in 1992 for me, I was 10

1st Game - Pre-Season friendly against Man Utd in 1992, 25th anniversary of Lisbon Lions, match finished 1-1, Gerry Creaney scored)

1st Game (Non-friendly) - Celtic 2 Hibs 3 (92/ 93 season, only scorer I remember is John Collins, think we went 1-0 up then 3-1 down and got a late consolation)

1st Rangers Game - Celtic 2 Rangers 1 (92/ 93 Season, Collins and Payton scored for us, they did one of the most outrageous things I've ever seen and kicked off while we were still celebrating, sticks with me to this day, should never have been allowed)

1st European Game - Celtic 1 Borussia Dortmund 2 (92/ 93 Season, Stephane Chapusait scored both Dortmund goals I think, to my discredit couldn't tell you who scored for us! )

Good Q btw, good to have a stroll down memory lane!

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30 May 2018 14:06:21
only a matter of time before we run into them again.

For me, as long as we stick to western europe we should be ok - Crusaders/ Cork for the first couple of rounds would be ideal, then maybe helsinki/ malmo something like that.

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I think this is very harsh on the team. Salzburg flew out the traps last night and caught us cold (which is no defence) but I think the way they started they would have taken the lead against anyone.

I thought for the entire second half we were the better team, and could easily have equalised with griffiths header or izzy squaring that ball. They only got their third because our fullbacks were pushed so far up the park trying to salvage a draw. Worth pointing out we had already qualified when the third went in. 2-1 or 3-1 makes no difference, a defeat is still a defeat, i'd rather see us push for an equalizer.

With more sharpness at the start and guidetti on the pitch I think we'd have beaten a very good side last night. in fact I think that's the best we've played in europe all season.

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09 Jul 2014 16:37:48
like I said before I couldn't care less about such a team would fare, but how can you say it would not improve their chances?

Gareth Bale would improve any team on Earth!

As for your point about team GB, surely the fact they beat Uruguay as opposed to England's capitulation nullifies your point?

Only interested in Celtic and a UK national team would have to mean UK league too, that's good enough for me.

gerrymurphy

{Ed007's Note - Any UK league would be immediately weakened though, as soon as UEFA sanction a breakdown of borders all of Europe's major clubs will look at maximising their income and teams like Man Utd, Chelsea, City and Arsenal would leave to join a European Super League, taking the majority of TV money with them.
So far CFC haven't been included in talks so unless there is a lower division of any ESL we would be stuck playing the likes of Wigan and Stoke while seeing a massive drop in TV revenue from the levels in England enjoy just now.}


 

 

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09 Jul 2014 16:06:06
Personally I couldn't give a monkeys about the England or Scotland national teams so I see no harm in this moving forward.

By disbanding both the FA and SFA in favour of a unified set up this would obviously have a knock on effect on the league structrue as if FIFA would only be recognising one association, UEFA would have the same attitude. It's probably our only hope of playing in a bigger and more lucrative league.

That's my 2 cents anyway, come on La Albiceleste!

gerrymurphy