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13 Jul 2024 19:43:34
Apparently Oh has now been given the green light to travel to Belgium to complete his move to Genk for a fee of around 4.5m. I think there's definitely potential there with the lad but I just don't think he's able to cut it at Celtic and there's nothing wrong with that, it happens. If all goes well and he's away then that's 6m plus for him and haksabanovic, I know it's obviously easier said than done and negotiations can drag out but I would just offer 7m for Idah and make it an offer Norwich can't refuse, the big man has proved he's got it to play for us.

I know there's a limit we will go to and we had to offer low to begin with so we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot but imo he's worth it, and developed well under Rodger's he's got the potential to make us a profit in the future, I just really hope the rest of this window isn't the scattergun approach to signings last summer. Let's keep the faith.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 13 Jul 2024 20:29:05

I hear what you're saying re big Idah.

An important factor is that Norwich have a new manager who initially wanted to assess his playing squad.

If rreports are accuatate Idah has made it clear he wants to leave Norwich hence he's been left out of their latest pre season game.

I'm confident he'll be a Celtic player very shortly and might even be on the plane to the U. S. A with the rest of the squad.

Keep the faith ?

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2.) 14 Jul 2024 00:42:29
Hopefully that’s true pedro, would love nothing more than a triple announcement next week of schmeichel, bernardo and idah, although I’ve got a feeling the idah deal might drag out a bit. Think the Norwich manager wants to keep him and take a look, possible give him a fresh start but if it’s true and idah has told them he wants the move I find it hard for Norwich to want to hold on to him if his head isn’t in it down there and we do put the 6-7m offer in, time will tell.



13 Jul 2024 00:29:08
Kasper Schmeichel a done deal then according to multiple sources, good experienced goalkeeper who I don't think will make us any weaker from taking over from Hart but I think the club have pushed the panic button on this one just to get a goalkeeper in. I'm not knocking that though, I've no doubt a shortlist is there of probably around 5 keepers that have been narrowed down and he's maybe the only available one there since it's a free.

I think "content" would probably be the best word to some it up, but we're going to be in this same position in 12 months time so I just hope we can really get a bit more due diligence done going forward.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 13 Jul 2024 16:15:18
You just have to have seen him at the euros. was as good as any of the keepers there. but one if his strongest assets is his work with his feet.

2.) 13 Jul 2024 19:23:13
He’s the best of that list we were linked to.

3.) 13 Jul 2024 19:36:39
Yeah I totally agree Mally, watched all of Denmark’s games and he had a decent tournament whilst it lasted, I think the big Georgian mamardashvili played a blinder at the euros, wouldn’t mind him in if it’s true we’re after a second keeper ?

I know everybody’s preference is a younger keeper but I don’t see why Schmeichel is being sniffed at by some folk, keepers can play to there 40 if they keep themselves in shape and he certainly still looks the part, it’s a free transfer with zero risk since it’s a free and a quality proven keeper.

4.) 13 Jul 2024 20:36:25
? Michael

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03 Jul 2024 20:55:53
So apparently we've had an offer of £4m plus add ons knocked back for Adam idah. I for one I'm not the slightest bit surprised, now I'll admit from the off I could be wrong here but for me this purely has Peter lawwell written all over it, millions and millions in the bank yet the cheapskate routine is back and the lowball offers go in.

People might think he has no authority when it comes to transfer dealings but it couldn't be further from the truth, when your the chairman of this club you always have influence, I don't understand why he's allowed to be at Celtic or what he has over Dermot Desmond.

The fact that we had our most successful period in recent memory when it came to transfer success during the 2 years Ange was in control of transfers and lawwell wasn't there purely sums it all up.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 04 Jul 2024 00:05:32
If Peter Lawwell was the chief Toilet Cleaner, he would still get the blame.
You need to give it a rest with the PL rubbish
Do you honestly think BR and Nicolson are sitting in their offices letting PL run the team?
Maybe you need to look up what a non-exec chairman does in his role and just maybe PL came back in the role so we have a bit of sway in uefa as he sits on the board of the European Club Association, a role which he probably wouldn't get unless he was involved in the club in some capacity.

2.) 04 Jul 2024 00:29:57
Jonbhoy I thought it was a wind up tbh. Do people not realize how a negotiation works? If PL is indeed involved then hats off to him for lowballing and potentially getting a guy on the cheap.

I can assure you that MN, CM and the likes are making decisions. PL can, and will, advise as needed but at the end of the day if PL was a control freak and money grabber he’d have just stepped back into the role immediately when DM left.

As much as I love this site, and Ed and a few of the posters deserve some sort of award or compensation, this negative PL narrative is probably the worst part. Like you say, some people really would blame PL if the toilets were broken the mora.

3.) 04 Jul 2024 00:58:06
I totally agree mate, it's mind blowing that people blame PL for everything but there was never one bit of praise for everything that's been done to make the club better.

4.) 04 Jul 2024 01:15:44
I didn't offer what my dealership wanted for my car. If that makes me a cheapskate then so be it, I ended up with the car and for less than I was originally quoted. That's just business and it's what the vast majority (tempted to say every) of clubs will do when agreeing a transfer fee. Maybe with all the millions in the bank we could just offer more than what a selling club wants, we wouldn't be cheapskates then.

5.) 04 Jul 2024 06:53:35
Mick the Tim 83

Don't fall into the true blue media narrative.

Was it PL fault we only got £25 million for Jota?


6.) 04 Jul 2024 07:10:57
My feeling is that we'll get him eventually but I agree it's a frustrating tactic always trying to start with the lowball offer. Whether it has anything to do with Lawwell, I'm not so sure. Michael Nicholson learned from the master for a long time.

7.) 04 Jul 2024 07:51:06
That is how negotiations work, the owning club set their price, the buying club make an offer way below and the dance begins.

We will have a maximum we want to pay and will go in way below that and they will hav a minimum they will take, and go in high. We will meet somewhere in the middle.

Guys, please give PL nonsense a rest, he has no part in this anymore but as Brian said, no one mentioned him when we got great money for Jota, KT, Moussa or any other big fee.

He is only ever mentioned when we try a snare a bargain and don't or when our media link us with a player and then say we have pulled out due to the asking price, which we all thik is a fair prive and we can afford.

8.) 04 Jul 2024 08:10:41
How many league titles and trebles are we blaming PL for having a hand in? ?

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9.) 04 Jul 2024 10:19:53
Think just as in any society there will always be the glass half empty people. they will find things to moan at.

Unfortunately there is no price tag on footballers so you need to negotiate.

Even if we went in and said we will buy the player for £30million, they will counter offer with, No give me £35million or something like that. Price is dependent of what the buyer is willing to pay and the selling party has a duty to their supports to drive as high a value as he can get from the buyer. The buying party has a duty to their supporter to get the player at a reasonable price.

Besides if you are know as a soft touch in the market then every time you approach any club for a player they will put an idoits premium on the price.

10.) 11 Jul 2024 19:37:08
Kevbhoy I doubt if there is a club in the world that doesn’t go in low in its bid for a player . Very few clubs have their owners buying new players. Employees or Directors have to demonstrate their usefulness by bidding low and buying player for less than the top asking price.



26 Jun 2024 08:08:07
Dominik Livakovic to Celtic is false news and not happening according to a very reliable journalist who has contacts with the players PR team. A Turkish media outlet reported that we had an offer accepted and that he would move, but apparently it's a non starter.

For me I can't see this move happening either. We have the money to sign him, but I just don't think coming to play in Scotland is much of an appeal for a player in his prime looking to play at the top level. If we did manage to sign him though, it would be a great signing. Let's hope.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 26 Jun 2024 08:54:08
Couldn’t have helped watching Scotland, if that was an indication of the quality of our league.

Noticed wee Strachan hoisting the white flag on behalf of the board no doubt, about, how we can't do this, can’t do that, don’t have the money, smaller teams do well but they get decimated by bigger clubs buying their players. But, they do well. They get better prices because they do well. I’ve never read such a pessimistic, sh itebag, what’s the point we are all going to die attitude. He talked of, you can spend but you have wages. No sh it, Sherlock.

This to me is the Lawell mindset and Strachan iniws there’s no effin way our board will step up. If Paddy Power had a bet that, even with all that money, we end up weaker this season, I would stick a score on it. We lose Matt and CCV there is no way we will replace them like for like. Buckle up for hard luck stories of failed attempts for top players and being taken the p iss out of yet again.

Run by ambitionless, dithering cowards and no matter how much I try to believe we will have a go, that fizzles out when I remember who we have to rely on.

2.) 26 Jun 2024 09:00:56
Thought it was too good to be true. but we need to get a keeper in soon pre season not too far away as is tour of America.

3.) 26 Jun 2024 10:27:34
I’m with you magicpole, it’s happened to us too often .
Even though Br said he wanted to change the structure of the transfer, it’s no surprise that hart was leaving so we should be well down the line with a keeper. We kept getting linked with Kellerher but for the price tag and wages we know that was a non starter. Stories going about saying we won’t sign Bernardo due to wages, we need to cut the squad by 7 . The squad id agree with but it’s never easy getting rid of players who are poor and wouldn’t get the same wages that we are giving them, not saying we pay massive wages but we are paying high wages for the standard of some of them and what they contribute. We probably all agree Mor is going to be sold, and he will negate the spend as we never seem to have a big net spend . Surely with what we have in the bank plus the champions league money we can afford to have an out lay of 30 million . If we can’t do it now we never will, I just don’t trust the board to spend . Hanging on for their bonuses again, and just do enough to keep the common folk quiet for a while.

4.) 26 Jun 2024 10:48:09
If he was available for the reported 7.5m as mentioned in the press then i would imagine half of europe would be in for him. Because the reported price for an international keeper of his calibre is so low makes me sceptical. I think we obviously hold an interest but i doubt very much we have had a bid accepted for 7.5m.
I personally haven't seen much of him other than the world cup but he must be decent to be croatia No1.

5.) 26 Jun 2024 11:15:20
We just need to wait until next week to see if it's true or not.
One report says we've had a bid accepted and we were all happy, one report from a guy on x says its not happening and everyone believes it.
The truth is, No one knows what's happening.

6.) 29 Jun 2024 08:00:54
He was just another name that until they are standing with a scarf, we shouldn’t believe. Not many will move from a better league for Lawell wages. And as long as that mentality persists, even going for these players is like Alex Rae turning up at Miss World and expecting to go home with the winner. Let’s face it. We don’t need to waste our time with the big leagues. Every team at the euros now are better technically than us. Georgia, Albania etc have players too. With a league as attractive as Rae, we need to look at places where we can spend £6-7m for their better players and they see us as a step to bigger leagues. Otherwise it will be an excercise in failure that will end with the usual, we tried. Well Alex would try to nip Miss World but it would never happen. Same for us with players already in better leagues. All the talk about signings already done? Did anybody actually believe that? Bless.

7.) 29 Jun 2024 08:18:39
What we do know is his PR team called it out as BS. Hart told them he was going. If a single board member takes a bonys because the bank balance is high, especially if they fail to improve us, they are despicable opportunists and theives. They have manufactured a system that pays dividends to those and such as those. The bottom line is still, we are run by ambitionless, cheapskate cowards. And my suggestion that even with all our money, these men will leave us actually weaker, is a better bet with them in charge. They are our greatest barrier to improving. Always have been, always will. I have zero confidence in them and not much in Rogers signing record either. Everybody, myself included, thought after the last two windows would step up. But at the back of our minds was the nagging doubt about our board. Those doubts are backed up by past experience. It’s hard to be optimistic when the dithering, cheapskate elephant in the room is still wearing a blazer, with an eye on a bonus. It’s a tragic state of affairs when our biggest threat isn’t Sevco, it’s our own board.

8.) 29 Jun 2024 21:37:07
It’s a good job the Celtic Board gave some of us nameless posters a fools errand as if the Board gave everyone equal treatment, I would expect some would have to explain themselves in a court of law . It maybe debated that our Board could spend more money on players, However although spending more money on players would be an important part of Board’s duty it isn’t their most important which is. earning money for investors
So Our Board may not be made up of the type of people magicpole writes about.



06 Jun 2024 09:51:29
Crazy season has well and truly started, Peter grant now floating de gea to us, jota being linked with a return along with edouard, and the transfer window hasn't even opened yet. Celtic being Celtic though I wouldn't be surprised if we go and sign a couple of freebies like Scott McKenna.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 06 Jun 2024 10:32:10
Nothing wrong with a freebie if they're a quality player, Mick. With FFP I reckon Bosman deals will become much more common even for top players, like M'Bappe to Madrid. I also think we could do a lot worse than McKenna.

2.) 06 Jun 2024 15:54:47
I think a quality CB to partner CCV next season eith McKenna on the bench onside Scales would work.

Signing McKenna would mean we could punt Welsh and it doesn't hurt the homegrown player number.

We've still got Lagerbielke, Kobayashi and possibly Nawrocki to move on.

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3.) 06 Jun 2024 20:51:35
I’m not against a freebie to be fair as long as it’s someone who can impact the team, I just always get the impression the board would rather settle for a lower quality player on free transfers instead of showing some ambition.

If we want to progress further I think we need a quality goalkeeper, centre half to partner CCV and a solid left back. I would keep Nawrocki, I think there’s more to come from him, but welsh, Kobayashi, and lagerbielke I just don’t think Rodgers rates any of them.

4.) 07 Jun 2024 00:40:37
Pedro there's 2 criteria for the homegrown rule. 4 players that came through the youth system and an additional 4 trained in Scotland. I expect both Welsh and MJ to be around because of it.

5.) 08 Jun 2024 20:30:33

so if we had;- CalMac, Forrest, Ralston and Kelly (possibly Montgomery) from the youth system.

With;- Taylor, Bain, McKenna and AN Other - we could sell the useless pair that are Welsh and Magic Mikey?

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16 Jul 2024 15:06:38
Heard anything regarding any interest in mikey johnston at all? Some might disagree but I just don't think he's good enough for us and he's had upteen chances to impress but I just don't think he's good enough, it says something when he's played under 3 managers who haven't took to him either.

Question I have though is how much should we be looking for? The way I'm looking at this is if he was a permanent West Brom player the second half of last season producing they performances what would they value him at? At least £10m I reckon by the way things go nowadays after half a dozen decent performances down there, just something to think about.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 16 Jul 2024 15:38:25
I think Mikey will have a decent career but he is not suited to what Rodgers wants from his wingers. He is comfortable with the attacking side but not the pressing and defensive side.

2.) 16 Jul 2024 15:52:20
So he's not good enough for us, 3 managers haven't took to him, he done well for half a season so your looking for 10 million for him, I'd bite yer hand off at 2 million.

3.) 16 Jul 2024 15:58:46
I backed Johnstone as long as I could but Celtic isn’t the club for him.
I still expect him to have a decent career elsewhere.

4.) 16 Jul 2024 16:05:41
Given age and a full international proven in the championship the fee should be around 8-10 million.
I think Celtic would bite at an offer around 4-5 million as it’s only a matter of time until he’s out with another injury and the value decreases further.

5.) 16 Jul 2024 16:27:45
In the current market Mikey Johnston's value I'd estimate to be about ten bob, a packet of Monster Munch and a Twix.

I'd be delighted with anything we get for him and I hope that there are plenty who follow him out the door during this and the coming windows.

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6.) 16 Jul 2024 16:32:45
Buzz more like our league isn't for him.

7.) 16 Jul 2024 16:37:23
Better all round if he moves on as going by the manager's thoughts on players work-rate and other qualities he prefers in a Celtic player.
It's hard to put a price on a player that WBA got the best out of but it should be comparable with that level or a player + cash swap might be an alternative for the right player?

8.) 16 Jul 2024 17:05:58
It’s more like the Celtic Jersey is too heavy for Mickey because it’s not as if the Scottish League is the best Quality.

9.) 16 Jul 2024 17:50:29
If oh is away for 4.5m surely we can get that for Mikey.
It was banded about we could get 6m. He was class for West Brom mind you.

10.) 16 Jul 2024 18:02:38
I have watched MJ for many seasons, and I have to say many of our fans have given him a hard time, and really the fans have been flattered by MJ only to be let down by following good play by something very stupid. Every time he has had a run of form he has finished up with a long time injury .
I think we should move hat whatever money we can get . Not wise to pipit a fee on him as we don’t want him any more and should sell at best price we can get .
M j is the type of player we don’t want taking up the place of a youngster at training.

11.) 16 Jul 2024 19:14:16
Is the Twix not stretching it Pedro? ?.

12.) 16 Jul 2024 19:42:29
2 banks of 5 that's not suiting him.



16 Jul 2024 08:50:22
So Juventus now supposedly in the mix for Matt O'Riley, not sure how much truth there is to it but it was inevitable there were going to be tons of rumours about him.
The point I'd like to make though and to get the opinions of others on here is if they would rather sell him for the £25m plus that's been floated about or keep him here?

I know there's a lot us fans aren't privy to and it's not always as easy to get deals done but for me I would be happy to sell him as long as Brendan was able to invest the full amount back into the squad. As much as losing a talent as O'Riley would hurt, I feel if we invested wisely and got Bernardo in he has the potential to Vill that void. We need more quality signings to go forward, it's clear it's quality over quantity, but we need to get rid of a lot of fringe players aswell.

I think we now need to find a way to be a lot more solid and difficult to play against from defence to midfield, especially in Europe as the same mistakes keep happening, a solid centre back to parter CCV with scales as back up and an upgrade on Taylor at left back is what's needed imo. Once that is sorted I feel like we need a solid number 6 to play alongside mcgregor who can cover the ground a bit more as too often in Europe mcgregor is left isolated and overrun, the same mistakes can't keep happening. Play with a double pivot number 6 with Bernardo or hatate in front of them.

In a nutshell if we did sell O'Riley and managed to bring in a new Centre half, left back, defensive mid, along with the signings of Bernardo, Idah and a better quality winger than what we have I think as a team we would be much stronger and better equipped overall.

It's just my opinion but let's keep the faith and see how it pans out ?.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 16 Jul 2024 09:51:31
A would keep him for another yr, av heard people say what if he gets a bad injury or loss of form, what if he doesn’t and has a cracking CL then we benefit still mb (£40m) sell on. life is full of if and buts. there is plenty in bank spend a fair amount on quality, a think it was BB that mentioned our next accounts could see us with £120m + surely we could spend 30/ 40m on fees and wages and let us have a go a CL and bury them in next cpl yrs.

2.) 16 Jul 2024 09:57:39
Read an interview with BR this morning. He's talking about Holme and Lawal. He says both have skills, are good footballers, but need to do more, more movement, close down quicker, get the ball and move forward quicker

He sad they needed to look at the young lad Turnkey who came on, his movement was good, went forward into space, into the box and got his goal.

He ended up saying Holme and Lawal are good players, they have something and will get into teams but not Celtic, so they need to do more.

3.) 16 Jul 2024 10:16:33
You can't keep an unhappy player. How much MO'R is angling for a move I'm not sure. But he certainly didn't let speculation affect his performances like we have seen with some players. So kudos there. The club will have their price, and once it is met, it's down to Matt.

Now I value MO'R highly. 25-30m. That's the sort of player I want to keep because we ain't buying one.

My issue is, would 25m be reinvested properly into two or three real quality players that actually improve us? Shame on me for thinking that it would because we've been burned before.

4.) 16 Jul 2024 11:29:40
Get a bidding war started and get as much as we can.

5.) 16 Jul 2024 11:59:16
I would be surprised if mor is not sold this window, his stock is high, there are several interested parties and I think he would move on to take his game to the next level.

We are just trying to milk as much cash as possible from the deal.

6.) 16 Jul 2024 12:08:15
I agree with the points you've made Mick.

If the player is happy at Celtic and can ignore the 'noise' then I'd prefer he stayed and put better players around him to see how we can progress on the European front.

We have more than enough resources to improve our first team squad AND keep hold of MOR, at least for another season.

I'd agree that, if the two GK's are signing and we resign both Bernardo and Idah, then we need an upgrade on Scales, Taylor as well as a CDM and Winger.

That for me would be a very good window and it doesn't need to cost us a fortune.

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7.) 16 Jul 2024 12:12:31
Henke, be sad day if he goes, he cost us 1.5 million just over a year ago and from day one looked a great prospect.

I do not think we need to spend stupid money to replace him, we just need our recruitment job to do what they did under Ange and find the next MOR.

It shouldn't take spending 25 million on 3 replacements to do that and players valued around 8 million are not going to come here because their agents push them towards the pub league. More wages and bigger cut for the agent.

We get Bernardo back, we know what we are getting, no time needed to fit in, he knows the club, the level of expectation, what is needed to play for us and BR clearly thinks he can be a great player for us and he us costing around 3.5 million. A great price for what we are getting.

I would rather be spending on a striker and experienced centre back, possibly an out of contract CB with a bigger wage. No offence to Scales but he has hit his ceiling imo, so Idah plus a defender would be a good window.

Add them to the 2 keepers and Barnardo, keep MOR and we would be improved imo.

I think this season we will see a different Kuhn with his issues now behind him and Palma needs to really challenge Maeda thus year.

8.) 16 Jul 2024 12:39:28
MIP, if we replace MO'R with a better player for a fraction of what we sell him for then fair play to the club. But it's a big ask.

9.) 16 Jul 2024 12:43:40
Celtic will stick to the process and sell Matt but only if he wants to leave to play in a better league.

Players and agents see Celtic as a good stepping stone due to our previous departures.
The players leaving probably go to a smaller club but they get the chance to play in a much bigger league and make loads more money.

I can see Bernardo improving under Brendan.
The fact Brendan wants to sign him, shows that he sees massive potential.

Celtic previously played a 4-2-3-1 under Brendan in Europe with Brown and Calmac but we still got ran over in midfield.
Neil Lennon made Celtic harder to play against in Europe but his team still received a severe beating in Barcelona.

I liked the 3-5-2 Lenny played in Rome which was effective although you still need that little bit of luck in those games.

10.) 16 Jul 2024 13:09:21
Henke that a good dream you had, we ain't replacing O'Riley will a better player, not a chance of that.

11.) 16 Jul 2024 13:10:22
It is by no means certain that we will sell MO’R, as us fans don’t know if he really wants to leave this summer . Like Buzz Bomb says we will sell him if we get a good offer and Matt wants to go . The bid we get would need to be an authentic bid and not a SMSM bid attempting to unsettle player . Let’s wait and see how this plays out as I think none of has an idea .

12.) 16 Jul 2024 14:10:19
Henke ??????.

13.) 16 Jul 2024 14:37:28
If we were offered 35m then id take it but at 25m or even 30m id rather keep hold of him as he still has 3yrs on his deal. If he has a good showing in the 8 champions league matches (possibly more) then his value could go up more next season.

It comes with slight risk of him picking up injuries or his form declines and there's no way the board or probably even oriley would take that risk.
I think the 1st offer of £30m+ some addons and he will be gone. Itll be only a matter of time, which is a shame as he is the type of players we need to get better. Until something major changes that's just the way things will continue to go.

14.) 16 Jul 2024 15:46:08
BigJamie, this is it - we should look to improve. But at best I think we'll replace with 'potential'. O'Riley's replacement could end up being better than him but in that time the team on the park will be weaker. We've seen this movie before - Bernardo replaces MO'R (even though they played in the same team) we take one step backwards before taking one forwards and there's more money in the bank. Hoping to be totally wrong on that.

15.) 16 Jul 2024 17:46:08
It’s rather futile to talk about buying a certain player if we get him for £4 m and we will sell a player if we get £30 m for him .
If a player is a good buy at £4 m surely he doesn’t become a bad buy at £6 m Us fans don’t see the whole picture of what is happening in our whole transfer window at any one time . I don’t see why or how a player could do a good job for us at £4 m and all of a sudden couldn’t improve us at £6 m . Our negotiators who see the whole picture much try to buy player as cheap as possible but must be prepared to give more if they have to and depending who else Celtic are having an interest in, we may have to pay more than the player is worth if he fills an important role for us and we can’t get another player to do the job we need him to do.
If we have a player who has demanded from Celtic that he wants to move on . Although Celtic can say they will only listen to bids over £30m, we may have to take less eg £25m if we can’t get more . We have allowed the transfer situation to move too far, by allowing player to get to the stage he has definitely asked to move, we needed manager to work hard for most of previous season and even get Board to offer him a new contract, as we need to keep all our top players . If player really wants to go, we need to try to get as much as possible for him and move him on as amicably as possible.

16.) 16 Jul 2024 18:43:21
It is only natural that the player we buy will not be as good as Mo’R A player as good as Matt there would be no chance of getting him to come to SPL . The cement player won’t be an exact replica or clone of Matt, he will have some skills better and unfortunately some worse.



12 Jul 2024 09:51:59
I got a bit of stick on here before regarding my own valid opinion on my view of the Celtic board when it comes to transfer dealings but a very interesting article from reliable Celtic blogger James Forrest was released recently that certainly raises some questions of the boards credibility,
hopefully the admins on here have the courtesy to accept my input and allow a fans opinion.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 12 Jul 2024 10:13:22
Well said mate, there’s not many clubs making any transfers of note so far but we’ve known for a long time that we need a keeper and a LB as well as Bernardo and Idah. I think it’s fair to expect some activity by now especially with our youngsters all leaving and O’Riley, Hatate attracting interest.

2.) 12 Jul 2024 10:42:25
I'll hold my judgement till after the transfer window is closed. I'd prefer we try get our players at a decent or negotiable price than pay over the odds.

3.) 12 Jul 2024 10:50:36
Suprised James has actually written about us for a change. He normally only talks about sevco.

4.) 12 Jul 2024 12:18:42
With each passing day of no signings the anger, frustration, worry, anxiety; call it what you want, of the fans grows.

This will eventually manifest in acts against the board. The sad thing is I don't think the board care about us and only see us a cash cow for milking.

If they mess up another transfer window I can see some of us going apocalyptic on their fat corporate asses.

{Ed007's Note - The board's bleeding us dry but DD is near £24m out of pocket since he first bought shares?}

5.) 12 Jul 2024 14:16:40
ed007 I presume that is a touch of sarcasm there?

How much would DD be in profit if he sold his shareholding?

{Ed007's Note - And what if, as expected, DD passes the shares onto his son? Even if he did sell them, that's what investors do but as it stands it doesn't change the fact that DD is nearly £24m out of pocket.

From @JBLuvsCeltic

There is no evidence at all to support all this "the board are lining their own pockets" or "see the Club as their cash cow" "looking after PL's bonus" nonsense, where is it in the accounts, exactly who is supposedly getting all this money that they aren't entitled to and where is the money coming from because it's not in the accounts?}

6.) 12 Jul 2024 17:03:59
I was merely suggesting that the board do not care about the fans. They just see us as customers and they want to extract as much cash as possible from us. To them it is just a business and the business profit will go down if they increase wages and transfer fees. They are risk averse.

7.) 12 Jul 2024 17:15:28
Weejoe, I don’t think fat arses are limited to members of the Board . There are many fans with fat arses.

8.) 12 Jul 2024 15:28:33
I don't really listen to that kind of noise about the board that other people are shouting about ed007

I was trying to have a look at our scouts, who we are paying money to and happened to come across something on transfermarkt that I found interesting, that a certain Jay Lefevre is down as head of scouting so has he been promoted do you know ed? I took a screenshot but don't know how to post a picture on here. If he has been promoted why was nothing said about this?

The thing that bothers me most why o why are the board really really resistant to modernisation of the football department?

{Ed007's Note - Jay Lefevre has been Head of Scouting Operations since his appointment in 2019.
I've been banging on about modernising the football department for years, I have no idea why they refuse to do it. The fact we don't have a DOF is verging on a criminal offence to me!}

9.) 12 Jul 2024 18:16:17
Des I'll leave the slagging of our own fans to you. I will stick to slagging the board.

10.) 12 Jul 2024 19:36:01
I couldn't agree more about DOF ed007
It is absolutely ridiculous we don't have one, as far as I know almost all the teams ( if not them all ) in league have one apart from us, sometimes when I think about the board not doing this it makes me want to scream out with rage. In the business world I wouldn't imagine there are too many boardrooms been intact for as long as our board has, new blood brings new ideas.

{Ed007's Note - Spot on RJ ????



16 Mar 2024 08:16:50
Can anyone shed some light on the centre back situation at the moment? I know CCV has been stop start this season, and it's affected our performances but he's back tomorrow and scales is out after picking up a slight knock in training. Lagerbielke is fit and hardly had a chance, but is Rodger's punishing him by not playing him because he wanted to leave in January?

Welsh is terrible and can't be any worse than him, yet still gets picked. Is Nawrocki injured yet again? And last of all I've now seen Kobayashi is being blocked out of a move despite the fact he hasn't played a single minute this season. What is going on?

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1.) 16 Mar 2024 08:46:31
Rodgers wanted him to leave in January, if it was not for injuries he would have gone.

2.) 16 Mar 2024 10:49:06

Welsh turned in another rubbish performance last time out against Livi.

BR clearly doesn't want Lagerbielke for reasons only known to the manager, but it's bad enough that he'll play a liability like Welsh ahead of him.

* CCV hopfully can get through the remaining games
* Scales injured
* Nawrocki injured
* Kobayashi is beyond junk

☘️ ? ☘️.

3.) 16 Mar 2024 13:41:04
The manager didn't seem to rate several of the CB's on the books, not to mention six or seven other players and that has contributed to the injury problems and form lapses of the rest being over-used.

4.) 16 Mar 2024 13:43:32
It's never nice to see a player injured but it might be a blessing for us because imo we were headed for a disaster by persisting with Scales. This takes the decision out of Rodgers' hands and hopefully his replacement can put in an assured performance. I hope it's Lagerbielke.

{Ed007's Note - It's not, it's Welsh.}

5.) 16 Mar 2024 11:20:01
Just wonder if a. johnston can go centre back with ccv and ralston rb. Pretty sure I've read somewhere he can play cb aswell.



23 Jan 2024 23:13:28
Well guys I think we can safely say we're back to the old ways of recruitment, lawwell back getting involved and Brendan pretty much going along with it. We had a solid 2 years under ange where he decided what happened and it's not a coincidence lawwell wasn't involved during that period.
Rumour has it the only incoming in this window is possibly a left back, that's it, with the focus on shifting deadwood out the door either permanently or on loan.
Brendan's comments recently about the striker situation and how it would have been different if kyogo was away to the Asian cup pretty much summed it up, he said something along the lines of the players won't be away too long, so in other words we don't need to sign a striker as when everyone is fit we'll have kyogo, oh and maeda as striking options for the second half of the season.

Mick the tim 83

1.) 24 Jan 2024 00:03:08
So far the window has been underwhelming. While I am pessimistic about signing players, I am holding my judgement until the window closes.

However I'll dust down my old sack the board banner from the 90s just in case.

2.) 24 Jan 2024 00:07:10
So that'll be 3 striking options to chose from when we only play 1 strìker? better than dessers, Roofe and Sima I suppose? Not sure if you are aware but a LB won't be the only incoming this month as we have already signed a German winger? Better than the mere loan signing of Silva I suppose?.

3.) 24 Jan 2024 05:13:30
Who's the 3 strikers I can only count 2 once oh comes back.

4.) 24 Jan 2024 05:30:25
Who says lawell is pulling strings, rumour has it from who. what a lot of mince, fact is we want players that can contribute, not more turnbulls Guccis lagerbelkes johnstones ohs yangs holms McCarthy’s the list goes on and getting these guys away should be priorIt’s also, if we sign enough (just enough) to see league out im cool with that, for me a left back and loan striker would see job done, it’s not great that we don’t seem to want to prepare for next season but the players we want need to be available also and want to come here, the dross from fans regarding Lawell and regarding ange being the bees knees when he littered squad with useless players and happily pushed giakomakis out the door when he was wangling his own move is beyond me, ccv aside our first team and bench is now fit there’s no panic, il come back to you deadline day if that’s still way I feel lol.

5.) 24 Jan 2024 08:58:53
As long as Lawell is in the building that suspicion will persist. Also the point of most of us about getting in a bit of quality is precisely to stop the club buying more or should that be different squad fillers.

6.) 24 Jan 2024 09:08:56
Boy88 your as bad as the board, when are we going to stop looking across city . Who cares what players they have or haven't bought, that shouldn't make a difference to who we sign . That's where we go wrong just doing enough to stay top and no more . We need to be more ambitious.

7.) 24 Jan 2024 09:18:12
Although PL is a non-exec chairman, I refuse to believe for one second that he has zero influence on all business and admin matters within our club. The guy has been used to power and control all his working life and was notorious for his past hands-on interference. Basically, the difference between Celtic with AND without his dominant presence in any capacity is there for all to see.

8.) 24 Jan 2024 12:41:36
P L will always be involved as long as some people have it in their heads he involved . Many Companies and Organisations have people working from home, to my mind it is totally irrelevant whether P L is in the building or not, as if he and Celtic wanted him to act as CEO for the purpose of completing transfer, he could do that job at home and receive another £500k on top of the £140k that he is currently earning as Chairman .
I haven’t heard any rumours of Nicholson accepting £500k pay cut and giving his transfer portfolio to big Peter.

9.) 24 Jan 2024 16:38:43
GB1888 I think you're miss reading my post lol.




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16 Jul 2024 12:01:23
Quality over quantity though pedro, it has to be. ? for me we’ve realistically got 3 wingers who are worth relying on, maeda, forrest and kuhn, who the jury’s still out on since he only came in January. I’ve seen enough of palma, yang and mikey Johnston to say they’ve failed to impress enough and won’t take us further.

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14 Jul 2024 18:10:34
Yeah I totally agree Garry, I made the same point in a post not long ago that we seem to be somewhat hesitant when it comes to transfer dealings lately, especially the last 12 months. I’m not going to name any names in particular incase I get in trouble ? but it seems that there’s certain people within the club that have an influence on either transfer dealings or is wrongly advising those who have more control of transfers.

I’ve no doubt the club have been looking at targets, but right now a month into the transfer window were considerably weaker than the team that finished last season, I understand there is still a long way to go in the transfer window but I just feel since Ange left we’ve went backwards, it isn’t a coincidence that when he was here he seemed to get the signings in sharpish as if he was in total control of transfer dealings. Take aside we knew Hart was retiring, bernardo and Idah won’t make us any better, we all know we need another good centre back, a left back and possibly one or two midfield/ forward players if we’re not to get embarrassed in Europe again.

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14 Jul 2024 00:42:29
Hopefully that’s true pedro, would love nothing more than a triple announcement next week of schmeichel, bernardo and idah, although I’ve got a feeling the idah deal might drag out a bit. Think the Norwich manager wants to keep him and take a look, possible give him a fresh start but if it’s true and idah has told them he wants the move I find it hard for Norwich to want to hold on to him if his head isn’t in it down there and we do put the 6-7m offer in, time will tell.

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13 Jul 2024 19:36:39
Yeah I totally agree Mally, watched all of Denmark’s games and he had a decent tournament whilst it lasted, I think the big Georgian mamardashvili played a blinder at the euros, wouldn’t mind him in if it’s true we’re after a second keeper ?

I know everybody’s preference is a younger keeper but I don’t see why Schmeichel is being sniffed at by some folk, keepers can play to there 40 if they keep themselves in shape and he certainly still looks the part, it’s a free transfer with zero risk since it’s a free and a quality proven keeper.

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13 Jul 2024 01:52:59
I wouldn’t take starfelt back if I’m honest, although he had a good understand with carter vickers and they had a good record there just seemed to be prone to errors too much. His head wasn’t in it towards the end of his last season and I think there’s better defenders out there we could go for, it’s just trying to find them.

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