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30 Apr 2021 19:41:45
Latest news I've heard is that Harkin and Howe will be confirmed as the new double act.
It turns out Richard Hughes was never in the running to begin with for the DOF role and the Harkin deal was done on a gentleman's handshake a few weeks ago with the club waiting to get everything in line in order to make one announcement for all positions in the coming days.
JK will be staying at the club although I have heard nothing definite about his new role. HH.

1.) 30 Apr 2021 20:32:05
Harkin + Howe. H+H= Hail Hail. Fingers crossed its a sign 💚🍀.

2.) 30 Apr 2021 21:04:08
Great stuff if true I do believe howe will be manager one question I have ate you allowed to talk to or try to recruit players if not officially manager ie would howe be able to speek with josh King for example.

3.) 30 Apr 2021 21:08:53
I have a feeling Kennedy might end up head of youth academy or something along those lines.

4.) 30 Apr 2021 21:11:46
Is it legal for howe to approach players yet.

5.) 01 May 2021 00:11:33
Dunno guys, I guess it does happen on the quiet as long as all parties involved are sensible about it. Time will tell 👍 HH.

6.) 01 May 2021 16:10:40
bestybhoy, all things considered I think Harkin and Howe (plus Howe's coaching team) would be a positive and fresh start.

A D. O. F is important, to put in place a lasting footballing structure and Harkin can bring a lot to the table.

As Head Coach, Howe is young, ambitious and looking to reestablish his credentials.

The future's bright, the future's Green + White. 👍.

7.) 01 May 2021 17:45:25
Yes Pedro, I think they would be good.
Remember though it's just a rumour and has absolutely no credibility until it happens or someone else is unveiled.
You'd like to think the club has things in place by now because if they're still looking around and considering other options after so long then it wouldn't be a good sign but I do honestly believe there is a lot of work going on in the background that we will never know about.
Here's hoping we get some good news soon. HH.

8.) 01 May 2021 18:50:05
I think I saw in the betting that Howe is out to 1/ 16 with the nearest out to 10/ 1 usually a pretty clear sign it's happening when that happens.

9.) 02 May 2021 01:14:04
Maybe HH.



30 Apr 2021 13:40:45
When asked about the DOF role JK has reportedly said,


So there you go, unless this comment is made up it looks like The Sun are up to their old tricks as usual. HH.

1.) 30 Apr 2021 17:28:39



2.) 30 Apr 2021 17:52:40
Haha, Tim that's how it was when I found it and I couldn't be arsed to retype it all over again lol. HH.

3.) 30 Apr 2021 19:13:50

You shout! that excellent news as loud as you can.



30 Apr 2021 11:00:22
Looks like Jamesy will play at the Dome. HH.



28 Apr 2021 09:22:59
A few weeks ago I posted about a connection of a friend of mine who maintained that talks with Howe had never stopped since they began.
He is now saying that there will be important very soon, within the next few days. and it will be Eddie Howe coming in. Richard Hughes is maintaining his stance that he is still reluctant to move his family from the South Coast to Glasgow. Just sayin' HH.

1.) 28 Apr 2021 11:00:01
Av heard celtic are only allowing 2 of howes men to come, so the dof might be our pick ie harkin.

2.) 28 Apr 2021 12:25:54
No head coach should be picking a DOF. Hughes was not set for that job anyway.

3.) 28 Apr 2021 14:18:19
Get what your saying kev, but I honestly couldn't care less who picks him as long as they're both singing from the same hymn sheet, and we don't end up with a jansen brown scenario .

4.) 28 Apr 2021 15:07:57
Unconfirmed reports suggest Birchill could be returning as a scout apparently he's no bad at it too what does everyone think to that if true?

5.) 28 Apr 2021 16:40:36
That rumour has been doing the rounds for a while rich.

6.) 28 Apr 2021 16:48:10
Just want this to be concluded ASAP as every day there are contrary and sometimes contradictory 'reports' and with absolutely zilch in this season left to look forward to, I think we all need a lift.

7.) 28 Apr 2021 21:32:05
Oab, you won't have to wait much longer. HH.

8.) 28 Apr 2021 23:30:07
The papers today are backing up what you've been saying bestybhoy.
The Bhoys are growing impatient and just looking for some good news in what has been a season full of bad news.
Let's welcome the D. O. F and Head Coach to Paradise and get a team on the park that we can be proud of. Hail Hail.



25 Mar 2021 19:54:54
Unsubstantiated rumour that Lewis Ferguson could be coming to Celtic. HH.

1.) 25 Mar 2021 20:20:27
Let's hope it is bollocks as he is over rated and nothing more than a dirty player.

2.) 25 Mar 2021 20:51:38
Have to disagree lennonatwork. Would love to see him come to celtic. Make sense with brown on his way up to the dons. Plays in a similar role.

3.) 25 Mar 2021 21:13:11
I am happy with Soro in that position. The sheep would not sell him cheap and anything over 500K is a rip off as he is bang average.

4.) 25 Mar 2021 21:29:46
LAW I've got to disagree, I think Ferguson would be a cracking piece of recruitment. Next best young player in Scotland to Turnbull. he's not had as good a year as last but Aberdeen as a whole have been poorer. We don't even have a manager so the rumour will just be made up beyond our general interest.

5.) 25 Mar 2021 21:47:50
Soro has to get his chance, he has been more than patient and when he has had a stint, he looks like a good prospect. However, with the squad set to be decimated we have to consider any decent player?

6.) 25 Mar 2021 23:09:51
@SOS-BHOY - Imagine we did sign him, how much do you think it would cost? Who sits out between Soro, McGregor and Turnbull?

7.) 26 Mar 2021 07:01:13
I've always thought Ferguson can play and based on his age and ability would prosper under a better coach.
It's a yes 👍 from me.

8.) 26 Mar 2021 07:24:07
Can’t see their new manager agreeing to sell their best player as he tries to build his own side.

9.) 26 Mar 2021 07:43:05
He might sell with Brown coming in for free then use the cash to help rebuild. I’d imagine he’s cost £2-3m and would be a good piece of business IMO.

10.) 26 Mar 2021 07:46:43
Unless he sells him to raise funds knowing that Brown can play that position for their 'bigger games'

11.) 26 Mar 2021 09:04:56
I think Lewis would be a good squad player, but instead of paying 2/ 3 million for him, would it not make more financial sense signing the boy Campbell from Motherwell who I'm sure is available on a bosman at the end of the season.

12.) 26 Mar 2021 09:32:32
Remember they were wanting 5 million for McKenna, so I doubt we would get him cheap and he would just be a squad player as there are better midfielders already at Celtic.

13.) 26 Mar 2021 11:32:50
cowabunga00, Allan Campbell could be a good shout at only 22yrs of age and having played over 150 games for Motherwell.

14.) 26 Mar 2021 16:41:31
Campbell over Ferguson all day long.

And Roy Keane can bolt! Don’t want the man anywhere near our club. No better than Lennon.




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07 May 2021 22:55:00
One thing that is clear is that none of us know for definite what is happening with Howe or whoever.
Many of us have heard stories from 'trusted sources' but until they're confirmed then they're all pie in the sky.
Be patient because that's the only option we have and any other approach is silly. All will be revealed when the club wants to reveal it and not before. HH.

1.) 08 May 2021 08:31:11
You know we are getting a line of duty finish to this saga. People speculating on numerous managers and it will be a no mark you never thought off.



07 May 2021 16:56:30
At last, Celtic come out and make a statement via email.
The truth is they didn't actually say anything in it apart from the fact that they are 'working on it' and there is nothing of substance to say.
I'm still extremely confident that it will be Howe taking charge based on 2 very good sources (although they may have been led a merry dance themselves) and there must be a reason we are all unaware off why he hasn't yet been announced.
I have heard a hundred different reasons but none of them involve us talking to other managers nor Howe talking to other clubs so it appears our patience is going to be needed for a little while longer, frustrating as it may be. HH.

1.) 07 May 2021 17:18:56
It's pretty long but just says nowt. You're all great supporters now give us the ££££s.



04 May 2021 13:41:38
With a bit of time on my hands and looking for something about football - anything to take my mind off our shambolic season I came across this. How would it work if Celtic were to introduce a similar system of team selection? lol HH



03 May 2021 09:14:03
An interesting and fairly accurate summary of our season by Kris Commons:

"When Lennon left, some people expected an improvement in the attitude and performances of players such as Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer. But it’s abundantly clear now that Lennon wasn’t the problem.

The problem lies squarely with these players who have their own agendas and have prioritised them ahead of the club.

The unhealthy obsession with 10 In A Row is at the heart of it. Celtic felt compelled to hold on to a select few players who were already plotting their own exit. They should never have entertained the idea of having to coax these players into giving the club ‘one more year’.

As soon as a player expresses a desire to leave, as Lennon made clear after the Ferencvaros game last August, the club should be phoning them a taxi to the airport.

These players felt like they were doing Celtic a favour by hanging around. They have lost all motivation and it has been the club and the supporters who have suffered for it. "


1.) 03 May 2021 09:38:19
Very good from a man that through Delia under a bus.

{Ed001's Note - voice of experience maybe?}

2.) 03 May 2021 09:46:47
Auf, Commons divides opinion and I'm not making any reference to his time at Celtic or the nature of how he behaved when he was with us however in this comment I think he is saying what a lot of fans have been thinking for a while. HH.

3.) 03 May 2021 09:50:11
auff besty post is spot on a legend was hounded out the club because of these players they should have been shown the door not lenny look how we played last season when all the players were happy now look this season how they have played wile wanting moves the players are to blame for this season. that's the difference with us and sevco there players wanted to be there ours did not.

4.) 03 May 2021 10:00:30
I know the players are to blame but im not going to hyperventilat over a puff piece from Kris Commons. Boy has more faces than big Ben.

5.) 03 May 2021 10:08:38
UI, absolutely spot on. I still maintain we have a better squad than the Sevs but that quality only shows itself when there is unity.
Slippy Stevie got his team up for the season quite easily because they were all happy to be at the Dome whereas our own prima donnas thought they deserved to be elsewhere and when one of them (Ntcham) got his move we all saw that Celtic was never his problem to begin with and the truth was closer to his own door.
I said before that Klopp or Guardiola wouldn't have saved our season because of the poor attitude of too many players and with a little bit of hindsight perhaps neither Lennon nor Kennedy should be made the fall guys for this season. Lennon made it clear publicly what he thought about the attitude of some players back in August and when a psychologist was brought in to talk to the players it was already too late. HH.

6.) 03 May 2021 10:20:38
There is one man who is not to blame for yesterday and that’s Neil Lennon.

All others from Desmond down including Lawell and Hammond are all culpable and nobody more so than the players. Why Edouard played yesterday is beyond me after the last game he should never have worn the jersey again and he’s not alone. I’d rather have lost more heavily yesterday playing a team of laddies that want to play for Celtic.

Here’s the question though to somebody that knows more than me which wouldn’t be hard. Do we have any good enough currently at Lennoxtown?

Or is our youth development in the same sorry state as management, sports science and recruitment?

It’s time we heard something from the Kremlin even if only an apology from Putin. And that’s not ‘where’s your season ticket money again? ’ as another act of charity when you might not be back in the stadium.

Last word for the players. Ship them out with the exception of Forrest and Turnbull (I’m struggling now) and start again.

7.) 03 May 2021 10:22:37
auff just because commons says it doesn't mean it should just be shrugged off as i says a legend was hounded out this club because of them. who will be hurting just now like all us fans will these players be hurting not a chance they can't wait to sign there big contracts in the summer that will make them multi millionaires.

couldn't have put it better myself besty.

8.) 03 May 2021 10:23:23
You said Klopp or Guardiola wouldn't have done a better job than Kennedy after i criticised his time as Temporary manager.

9.) 03 May 2021 10:41:48
I don't think we have a better squad not now, our keeper is mince theirs isn't our fbs are not as good as theirs, our cbs are not as good as theirs check the goals against, midfield they have dominated, we have no one like Kent and fatso and roofe have delivered ours haven't, and they bought better than our duds, pity they couldn't raise there game for st Johnstone and St mirren 😀😃.

10.) 03 May 2021 10:48:50
@JFP - The fact that Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Man City are coming in and taking some of our youngsters tells me we are doing something right.

I also think we have a decent recruitment setup and expect it to get better with a good DOF. I think the main problem here was Lawwell interfering.

I am also in agreement with you that I would have preferred to see some youngsters who wanted to play for us being given a chance.

11.) 03 May 2021 10:56:53
Auf, I said the same thing about Klopp and Guardiola last week too.
I think your dislike for Commons (which you're entitled to feel, I couldn't care less either way) is overriding the content of his comment.
If it had came from someone else who you liked then I suspect you may have given it more credibility.
Are you saying his comment is inaccurate or were you just looking to have a rant because you aren't fussed on Commons? If you feel it's inaccurate then give us your opinion on what you think went wrong this season but if it's just a rant then please spare the rest of us from the negativity because that was never the reason for me posting the comment to begin with. HH.

12.) 03 May 2021 10:57:40
auf. what besty is getting at the players have downed tools its there fault not Kennedys how can he get a team playing that has half the squad wanting a move and doesn't want to be there and does not care about results. its clear to see the players are to blame and don't want to be there probably one of the reasons why new manager is not in yet why bring him into a toxic environment when can just wait to summer when the bad influence is away and new manager starts a fresh with the players who wants to be there. people still blaming Kennedy and lenny need to wake up.

13.) 03 May 2021 11:24:19
@UI - It is the player's fault for downing tools and not giving everything they have for the club and the fans.

However, it is the manager's fault if he keeps playing them and it is the board's fault if they keep letting the manager play under performing players.

At the end of the day everyone is to blame for this season but the buck stops with the board.

One of the jobs of the board is to make sure they have a succession plan for a manager as they could leave or be sacked at any time. They should know the MO of a Celtic manager and should have a shortlist of people who fit that MO.

Therefore, whenever a manager leaves or gets sacked, the board should be approaching the people on the list and sounding them out for the job. As soon as they have someone ready to take over, that is when the manager gets sacked and the new guy comes in at his back.

Doing this ensures a smooth transition. So we have to ask the question, why has none of that happened? Why are we still managerless 10 weeks after the manager got sacked? Did the board think the same as when Lennon took over as caretaker, see how Kennedy gets on and if they do OK we give them the job? What was their contingency plan?

14.) 03 May 2021 11:46:39
NAW, that's pretty much the truth.
I remember a comment a while ago (may have been from Lawwell, I can't remember, but it was from someone at the club) when it was quoted that if the Board had sold the wantaways then there would have been an outcry from the fans for selling our best players during a very important season.
It was always going to be a difficult call for all involved and it was only ever likely to be 50/ 50 at best how it would turn out. Unfortunately for us it turned out badly and ultimately the Board are indeed responsible for not taking action when some players showed signs of not giving everything. They are responsible for what happens on the pitch for 90 mins but the Board should have shipped them out and found replacements who would have given everything.
Lennon didn't make the decisions and his outburst after the Ferencvaros game gave some insight into his frustration about the predicament. No doubt he and JK will be feeling as let down as the fans do and in my opinion Commons' statement is bang on the money. HH.

15.) 03 May 2021 11:50:23
100% agree mate. The players are absolutely to blame but for folk to dismiss lennon and Kennedy of any blame is a joke. They continued to play players they know have downed tools, for instance I’m a massive fan of browns, guys a club legend for me, but he’s finished at the level Celtic require, especially to play week in week out, he then agrees to go to Aberdeen which is well within his rights to do so, what do we do? We continue to play him . why not play soro, a boy who will be around next season. There’s a choice there straight away for Kennedy were he could’ve made change. Edouard? He chucked it long ago, we’ve paid £5 million for ajeti, Kennedy could’ve played him in the remaining games fae he took over and what does he do? Sticks with an underperforming edouard. Bain? No one is going to convince me he’s any better than barkas. Someone inside Celtic park thought £5 million on this guy was money well spent, yes he’s no been great, but from Kennedy taking over, why not play him in all the remaining games, give him a run and see IF he can change opinion on him. wee dembele. Yer no telling me there wasn’t scope to give this boy a wee run? these are changes Kennedy could’ve made, and had they not worked I for one wouldn’t have criticised him for it as changes needed made to see if anything could change, I mean it’s not as if brown, edouard, Bain etc were all playing out their skins and un droppable.

16.) 03 May 2021 11:57:32
Fair comment Garryc1977. HH.

17.) 03 May 2021 13:08:36
I know what besty is saying i agree players have let us down. They let us down long before Kris Commons said it surely no one came to that conclusion on the back of his article. Not throwing a hissy fit over his comments. He let us down, he put himself before the good of the club.
As someone posted above there a lot of people to blame for this colossal feck up.

18.) 03 May 2021 13:49:58
in terms of the new manager mate i think he has been picked and working behind the scenes and the board are keeping him away from it all and letting him sort things behind the scenes as bringing him in just now would not be a good move as the players have downed tools and the new manager coming in just now to suffer those defeats would just put unneeded pressure on him and have the fans questioning him already. so they are just letting Kennedy see it out with all the preparations going on behind the scene and new manager already knowing what players will be leaving and needing replaced. just the same as those want away players know were they will be going next season and the big bucks contract the will be signing. come summer time everything is in place and all the ground work has been done these last few months. just because there has been no announcements yet does not mean work is not being carried out just now.

im calm about it all as this is my thinking of it. going on line everyday having a melt down demanding a new manager be announced is just giving a certain fans base across the city laughs at your melt down as i say im calm as i know come summer a new manager will be in place with the players who downed tools away and i think the new manager will be well backed

in terms of lenny being appointed he seen out the season delivered the treble then following season he delivers another treble then this season players want to leave and he is left with half a squad downing tools so i think its harsh to blame him the players should have been sold but then again if they were the fans would have been outraged at the board accusing them of just wanting to line there pockets. soon as those players were refused a move lenny and this season was a doomed one all behind the scenes stuff we did not know about just like the stuff that will be going on just now for the summer. the players lost us the 10 the players lost a legend his job the players will mnove on and become multi millionaires with not a care in the world about this club and what was lost wile us fans and lenny will be hurting.



30 Apr 2021 08:20:28
According to previous reports, today is the cut off date for Celtic to add 12 months onto Griffs contract which would be on his current terms of approx. £20k per week. Other reports are suggesting that no decision will be made until our new manager is appointed and in fairness this may not be the worst idea.
If the new manager wants him then the club can open talks with him on a lesser salary which would still most likely be more than any other club in Scotland will pay him so I wouldn't imagine he'll be in any hurry to go out tomorrow to sign a deal elsewhere.
I still think there's a tune to come from Griff if the new manager is interested in trying to find it however I'm sure the club will make him aware of all the incidents that have put Griff in the situation he is in today. HH.

1.) 30 Apr 2021 08:40:56
LG is the best finisher at the club and proved yet again against Aberdeen what he can do.
He has let himself and the club down badly this season and I think that, and his age have brought an end to his overly inflated wage.
Whether or not Griff is at Celtic next season is very much in the balance 🤔.

2.) 30 Apr 2021 08:47:51
I completely agree bestybhoy. A potential one year prove it deal with less money and incentives. If it doesn't work out we move on next year.

3.) 30 Apr 2021 10:28:57
Maybe a lesser salary with some sort of bonus system for goals and team wins, pity the whole team couldn't go on something like that.

4.) 30 Apr 2021 10:34:24
Its a big no from me with regards to Griffiths.
He's been at the club long enough to know what this season was all about. During the first lockdown he let himself go badly and hasn't bothered to get himself fit for any point in this season.
With French Eddys lack of interest this season Griffiths should have been running through brick walls to put him out of the team. Everyone knows he's got the talent to be able to do that but unfortunately he doesn't have the willpower or application to be a Celtic player. This has been proven over the years.
I'd get him out the door as soon as possible. I wouldn't worry too much about him going to any other SPFL team either, he'll be the exact same for them as he is for us, Lazy!

5.) 30 Apr 2021 11:26:37
I agree with Del bhoy. I used to love Griffiths and his style of play. The club helped him out when he was dealing with personal issues. He repaid us by turning up out of shape for a pivotal season. I still can't get my head round that one. There's a time to say goodbye and it pains me to say that. And if he proves me wrong I'll gladly eat a large hat😅.

6.) 30 Apr 2021 13:48:37
As much as I love and rate Griffiths, he no longer merits a salary of that amount.

To me Celtic need to be getting good value for the wages they pay.

It is time for griffiths to move on and we put the money to better use.




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07 May 2021 22:50:48
GGGG, in all fairness there hasn't been any credible rumour suggesting Howe was going to be announced the next day. Perhaps there have been media comments saying all sorts of things in order to get hits on their websites but never has there been any sensible suggestion that something is happening 'tomorrow'.
My understanding is that Howe will be our next manager.
The DOF role, if there is to be one at all, is less clear. HH.



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07 May 2021 17:47:29
Del Bhoy
Who do you think would be Keane's backroom staff in this Eutopia you dream of?
Or perhaps more accurately, what would their roles be?
Here are a few necessary skills required, maybe you can put names to the roles? :

1) Someone to advise him on how not to be an arrogant fekker
2) Someone to tell him the game has moved on and his bully boy tactics won't work
3) Someone to advise him on how not to be an arrogant fekker
4) Someone to explain to him that although he was a terrific player he has failed overall as a manager
5) Someone to advise him on how not to be an arrogant fekker




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07 May 2021 16:58:36
marco, I heard it will be some day next week but I wasn't told anything as specific as Wednesday.
It'll definitely happen one way or the other. HH.



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05 May 2021 20:55:58
Malika -- he did. HH.



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05 May 2021 18:15:18
Eddie Howe has already been given the nod. Trust me. HH.




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07 May 2021 22:23:31
Not out of the question Bbbb86. HH.



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07 May 2021 17:33:28
UI, if his dad did say exactly that, and if he was quite definite about it then that kinda ends the conversation right there. HH.



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07 May 2021 17:06:11
As UI said, Duffy was seen by the majority of fans as a massive acquisition. It turned out to be a disaster for all concerned but that wasn't down to Duffy on his own. The club will never keep every fan happy and there's no point debating a topic that can no longer be influenced just to prove a point.
He's gone and I'm sure I speak for the majority of Celtic fans when I say I wish him well wherever he ends up. HH.



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07 May 2021 17:00:22
Ferguson is worth whatever we have to pay for him. He's that good and if he wants to come to CP then we should push the boat out. He may well have other suitors from England or abroad though. HH.



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04 May 2021 23:44:06
Happy Birthday Mark.
Your dedication to everything Celtic is absolutely top drawer mate. HH.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks, Besty.}