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16 Dec 2017 12:05:10
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16 Dec 2017 10:00:50
Marvin Compper is rumoured to have been at CP for a tour and some brief discussions. If true, the only way this would be an acceptable deal is if he'll be a squad replacement for Erik if he's moving on and we have another target who's actually going to improve the first team. But then why would Compper swap a German bench for a Scottish bench and also what does that say for Ajer's chances?

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16 Dec 2017 10:28:48
He’s better than boyata and bitton so why would he be a squad replacement for Erik?

{Ed007's Note - So you've watched Compper play, which one of his 3 sub appearances this season impressed you most? For me the guy's older and no better than Sviatchenko and if Erik was willing to stay we wouldn't be chasing Compper.
Any talk of tours of Celtic Park etc are garbage, RB Leipzig haven't given Compper permission to talk to anyone yet so if this tour and talks happened expect the Germans to make a formal complaint to UEFA about it.}

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16 Dec 2017 11:19:29
Seems to me that if this guy is coming in then we will be buying 2 centre backs this window.

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16 Dec 2017 11:16:41
Boab you are the only Bundesliga enthusiast who has had anything positive to say about Compper from what I’ve seen. Ed, I’m hoping the tour is just media guesswork, which has been very prevalent since BR joined the club. Don’t get me wrong I’ve never seen the guy play but the reviews really don’t inspire confidence.

{Ed007's Note - I'm not going to straight out bash Compper because I haven't watched enough of him but I watch a fair bit of German football and although I know who Compper is I can't remember him standing out in any games or highlights I've seen. I would be amazed, and disappointed, if Celtic are pursuing him as a replacement for Simunovic or Boyata.}

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16 Dec 2017 12:02:50
I would hate for a cb to be brought in to take Ajer's place on the bench rather than actually improve the first team. I think we do need a new cb or 2 but I think it should be players who will actually improve the starting 11 rather than a backup.

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15 Dec 2017 13:17:45
Can anyone clear up the mystery of why Rogic is not getting a game, not even on the subs bench.
Is he injured, or are the rumours online true that he had a major bust up with Brendan.

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15 Dec 2017 17:34:15
He’s out injured til january.

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15 Dec 2017 19:19:41
Be a big miss. Maybe we can try out Ntcham in the No.10 roll and have Kouassi holding.

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15 Dec 2017 23:57:36
I was thinking that Stan. If Armstrong was to be sold maybe move forward Ntcham and give big Kouassi a run in the team alongside Broony.

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16 Dec 2017 07:17:05
He's starting to look a threat everytime he has the ball bt, i like a player who shoots on sight distance is no barrier for Ntcham and he has the ability to fit into the role nicely. His close control and passing is as good as anyone and Kouassi can learn and progress well beside Brown. I think Kouassi is going to be as big a gem as Ntcham.

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15 Dec 2017 11:08:38
Just seen that apparently Chelsea are willing to let musonda come to us on loan in January, any truth in this rumour ed? Also would this only be a 6 month loan or could it be till the end of next season like paddy was the first loan? HH.

{Ed007's Note - It is certainly possible as Chelsea see Musonda as immature so the experience will help him. Celtic are interested but Ed002 told me that Chelsea will want an alternate in place first.
I have no idea how long any loan would be, talks haven't got anywhere near that level yet.}

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15 Dec 2017 12:50:05
A lot of pace picking up on the Compper rumour for CB too. ED I know Musonda can play any of the 3 midfield positions behind the striker, but what area would you think he's being singed for the number 10? As Sinky is holding down LW and Forrest on RW. We still have Hayes as cover too. Do you think in singing him that'll be the end of Paddy's loan?

{Ed007's Note - We've had a LW and CM playing as LB this season, a DM playing as a CB and a DM turned CB play at RB so there's no way of knowing where Rodgers would see Musonda playing. If Musonda is brought in it'll have no effect on Roberts loan.}

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15 Dec 2017 14:53:01
That's a really good way of putting it in to perspective ED. Cheers haha.

{Ed007's Note - :-D

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15 Dec 2017 19:45:06
If Chelsea would want an alternative option then maybe they’d be willing to sell him permanently, maybe with a buy back clause. Or potentially an 18 month loan as I don’t see them buying a player to cover a 6 month loan or loaning somebody themselves.

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16 Dec 2017 00:11:34
I don't think we need him CB should be the one then wait till summer promote the youth than bringing in someone else's young talent what do u think ED.

{Ed007's Note - I don't see the point of bringing Musonda in on a loan unless it's an 18 month shot ahd then I'd still be sceptical. There's some rumours that a deal for Marvin Compper could be a goer after the player told RB Leipzig he wanted guarantees about game time between now and the summer. It could be worth keeping an eye on RB Leipzig's moves in the coming weeks, if they sign a CB Compper could be available.}

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16 Dec 2017 08:16:34
Aye reporting from daily mail saying the player has been shown around Celtic park but that's no reliable haha.

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15 Dec 2017 08:53:07
I'm a wee bit annoyed at the clamour for us to sign James McLean. Just because he's Irish . a mad tim and a republican doesn't mean your a shoe in for a move to paradise. Plus Celtic come calling for you not the other way about. Don't care for this, ' I played for the hoops' pish when your career is all but done.

We are not someone's mantlepiece ornament. I fit the three traits mentioned above and I would love to play for the hoops at some point in my career but I'm poor at football 18 stone and couldn't hit a barn door ☘.

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15 Dec 2017 09:40:33
he has football ability aswell he has been playing in the epl for how many years and has 54 caps for his country.

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15 Dec 2017 09:47:10
I think he would be an excellent signing for us Pat. At 27 he has arguably his best years ahead of him. Sometimes players excel in a certain environment i think he would thrive at CP. It ain't like he's only just started showing his love for the Club he's been going to CP every opportunity when he ain't playing.

Not saying he would be a guaranteed starter but he would certainly give us good competition for both the left and right wing. An Irish International with a good few years experience of playing in the EPL would be a welcome addition in my opinion.

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15 Dec 2017 11:40:31
Nothing personal but being 'a republican' is nowhere on the list of preferred criteria to be a Celtic player or a Celtic fan. I live in Northern Ireland and am proud to do so however I am anti-republican insofar as the atrocities of the past are concerned even though I may be somewhat (just a little) sympathetic to the eventual aims of their cause. Having said that it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with football. I'm a passionate Celtic fan for footballing reasons and the club's history. I shy away from anything that is Republican or IRA-based and it sickens me when people who attend our games use it to spout their shyte about this stuff. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm not saying you're wrong in what you believe but I don't see a place for it at Celtic Park and no-one has ever been able to offer an acceptable reason why it should be allowed. Freedom of speech is all well and good but please go and speak freely about it in the right surroundings. HH.

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15 Dec 2017 13:07:56
If players want to play for us - come and play in your prime.
Just ask mr H. Larson.
Play for the wee teams like Barcelona and Man Utd on your way down.

Merry Christmas henrick thanks for the memories.

Hail Hail.

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15 Dec 2017 13:22:11
Well said bobthecat!

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15 Dec 2017 14:13:20
Island celt, surely at 28 James McClean is just reaching or at his prime. I agree with your view on players who were good elsewhere and go to other clubs for a swansong. McClean has never hidden his love for Celtic.
Others may disagree but I think he'd be a great addition for us. He's a quality player and his love for the club might just get an extra 10% out of a player who would easily rip a new one for the Sevvies without any motivation needed. HH.

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15 Dec 2017 18:02:20
He is not a good enough player to have all the republican bull that would be used to beat us up with.

I watched the Irish play off game and never heard one Provo song. It seems the Irish want to move on but our plastic provos can't.

McLean is too much of a PR disaster. And not good enough.

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15 Dec 2017 20:01:15
We don’t need another winger, he is not better than Jamesy, Paddy or Scotty, we need defenders .
Drewzybhoy .

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15 Dec 2017 22:09:43
That’s my point bob
He’s reaching his peak so come on down!

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15 Dec 2017 23:40:27
its not a crime to be an Irish Republican.

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16 Dec 2017 09:22:43
You're right jamesbhoy67, we all do things in life that we believe in but promoting it at a football match? What's that all about? Where is the connection? And the laughable truth is that half (if not more) of the people doing it haven't the slightest clue what they're shouting about.
By the way, depending on how far someone would take their efforts 'to be an Irish Republican', it is a crime in the eyes of the law. We can't pick the parts of the legal system that suit us and ignore the rest. Celtic Football Club doesn't promote Irish Republicanism and the songs are not welcome to the vastly significant majority of our fans but the empty heads will always make noise even if it disrespects other fans and damages the club they supposedly love. HH.

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13 Dec 2017 18:30:08

Celtic XI v Hamilton: Gordon; Ajer, Bitton, Boyata; Forrest, Ntcham, Brown, Armstrong, McGregor Sinclair; Edouard.

Subs: De Vries, Simunovic, Griffiths, Dembele, Hayes, Lustig, Tierney.

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13 Dec 2017 18:58:58
Is Sinclair being used as a striker or is that a 3-6-1 formation?

{Ed007's Note - I wasn't sure where either of them were going play but it appears we are playing a 4-2-3-1 formation according to official site.....


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13 Dec 2017 19:01:35
Where is Rogic.

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13 Dec 2017 19:34:37
Was hoping we would see Eboue Kouassi.

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13 Dec 2017 19:44:41
Grand total of 8 midfielders.

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13 Dec 2017 13:07:13
Any substance to the rumour we're interested in Besiktas' 32 year old Dusko Tosic? Can play both CB roles and LB?

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12 Dec 2017 08:34:16
Hi ED this morning we are being linked with Marvin compper have u heard anything to back this up?

{Ed007's Note - RB Leipzig have said that Compper won't be leaving in January.}

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12 Dec 2017 12:57:53
Yeah just noticed that but was there any interest from us for the player do u know?

{Ed007's Note - He was seen as a possible signing, that was it.}

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12 Dec 2017 16:07:39
Apparently because Leipzig are now in the EL he’s cup tied for Europe anyway.

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12 Dec 2017 15:05:16
Have you heard anything else on the rumour front ED? Or do you know of any players we are interested in.

{Ed007's Note - Sorry mate I've got nothing just now.}

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12 Dec 2017 20:04:17
Don't think he has played in the EL for them kevbhoy.

{Ed007's Note - He came on as a late sub in RB Leipzig's final CL game making him cup-tied and ineligible for us in the EL.
Compper was noted as possible back up to Simunovic and Boyata if as expected Sviatchenko leaves. Even if RB Leipzig were willing to sell the player why would he leave being a squad player in Germany to a squad player in Scotland? More importantly to me is why would we spend money in January on a 32-year-old who can't play in the EL and will be 33 by the time our next CL campaign starts?}

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13 Dec 2017 11:22:52
So Ed is any player who played in CL ineligible for EL? Are they both classed as the same?

{Ed007's Note - Basically yes, Kev. 44.02 (b) is the important one regarding Marvin Compper moving to Celtic. The rules are the same for the EL but it's Article 43 in the EL Regs.

UEFA CL Regs 2015-18 Paragraph 42.07:

As a rule, a player may not play in a UEFA club competition (i.e. UEFA Champions
League and UEFA Europa League, but not UEFA Super Cup) for more than one club in the course of the same season. Exceptionally, however, a player who has been fielded in the first, second, third qualifying round or the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League is entitled to play in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League for another club as from the group stage. Moreover, as from the start of the round of 16, a player can be registered in accordance with Paragraph 44.01 to Paragraph 44.04. A substitute player who has not been fielded is entitled to play for another club competing in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League in the course of the same season, provided that he is registered with the UEFA administration in accordance with the present regulations.

Paragraph 44.01:

For all matches from the start of the round of 16 (32 for the EL), a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition. Such registration must be completed by 1 February 2018 (24.00CET) at the latest. This deadline cannot be extended.

Paragraph 44.02:

One player from the above quota of three who has been fielded in a UEFA club competition group stage match for another club in the current season may exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded:

a. in the same competition for another club; or

b. for another club that is currently in the same competition.

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13 Dec 2017 12:41:38
Right so if Leipzig had gone through or finished 4th Compper could have been registered as the exception? I'd guess the club are setting their sights higher than this guy anyway based on the amount of negative reviews he's been getting from practically anyone who knows German football.

{Ed007's Note - Yep, you've got it sussed, Kev (yes) There was never any serious interest in Compper, he's no more than a name on a list of possible signings for short term cover at CB.}

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13 Dec 2017 15:13:44
What I liked about the possible signing of compper was that the boy has experience and I think that's what is lacking there BR brought in Toure for that when he first arrived think we need the same now. As to the nights game do we know how fit Bitton is the reason I ask is cause I think he plays better this season as part of a three at the back he then has the freedom to go forward into the middle of the park taking out any forward press team may put n us what do you think ED?

{Ed007's Note - Seems you called that spot on with Bitton, Richy (yes)

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11 Dec 2017 19:12:47
Any truth to the rumour Griffiths to be used to smooth McGinn transfer, hence OE suddenly being given the starting spot?

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11 Dec 2017 20:10:21
Can't see there being any truth in that Kwaj when Clubs in England would pay £10m+ for Griffiths. We would lose a fortune by having him as part of that deal. Plus at this stage of his career would Griffiths be happy to see out the most important contract of his life on the wages Hibs would offer him, doubt it. Maybe when he is in his 30s. Hibee or not money talks.

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11 Dec 2017 20:41:28
I can’t see any team being willing paying £10m for Griffiths. Nobody even showed an interest in him as far as we know after he banged in 40 goals 2 seasons ago.

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11 Dec 2017 21:03:34
What will happen is Griff will start mid week score and the talk of him being left out will be gone.

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11 Dec 2017 21:22:47
I recall plenty Championship Clubs sniffing about Kev, Wolves and Leeds being 2. Were Everton not interested too. Anywho all ifs and but one things for sure he won't be used in a swap deal for Mcginn.

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11 Dec 2017 21:44:21
Agreed. He’s too good to be playing at Hibs, as is McGinn probably.

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11 Dec 2017 22:28:33
I'm sure wages would come into it aswel Hibs wouldn't be able to scratch the surface of what he earns at the moment, he will end his career there im sure but that's a while away. Id take McGinn, very impressed with him every time i see him he's going to become a great player.

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12 Dec 2017 00:43:26
Sometimes I wonder is it really for to improve our team that we buy certain players or is it to weaken the opposition. I think of how buying Ciftci, Mckay Steven and Armstrong decimated Dundee Utd and only Armstrong made an impact with us. I liked Scott Allen when he played at hibs and we bought him and he did nothing. I think we need players who will strengthen our starting eleven so unless we're going to offload midfielders or McGinn is so much better than we have already what's the point in buying him or would he want to come here to be a squad player like happened to Jonny Hayes. Forgive the rant but I get frustrated at times with a buy buy buy mentality and i would only buy to improve us as there is no point in winning by weakening the opposition as we will only go backwards in europe if we don't strengthen.

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12 Dec 2017 07:23:49
Thing is donjim for every Scott Allen there is a James McCarthy. Once in a while a rare talent comes through and McGinn definitely has all the attributes to be a success. Whether he can come in an hold is own at Celtic we won't know until it happens but you could say that about a £10m foreign player aswel. Buying any player is a gamble.

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12 Dec 2017 09:21:58
I don't think we bought players to weaken dundee united. Bit of a daft statement, these players all played well for their team, we bought them relatively cheap with the hope they could do a job. Not everyone does well, spent a lot more money for random players who haven't made the cut. As Stan said buying players is a gamble.

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12 Dec 2017 10:39:44
It's getting really stupid really early I see.

Griffiths to Hibs? O da, please!

Let's keep it to players who will never come being spotted at CP.

Or, taxi driver inside info. Which we all know is irrefutable.

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12 Dec 2017 10:54:46
I'm still hoping for the retired pair of Kinkladze and Riquelme to appear Mp.

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12 Dec 2017 11:57:37
What? They're not coming?

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12 Dec 2017 12:20:39
Maybe if Griffiths is on his way then the Robbie Keane to Celtic rumour will resurface.

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12 Dec 2017 13:00:57
McFaddens father is in the Saracen Head negotiating terms with PL right now.

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12 Dec 2017 13:20:11

after the 2 free kicks against the worlds best national side, he ain't going to hibs, slightly worrying he's being overlooked - but he's normally vocal about these things and has been strangely quiet. I think he knows the score at celtic, Rodgers hasn't called him fat and lazy in a wee while and how much would it cost to replace him.

with the craziness that is Engerlish fitba tho, its not beyond the bounds of belief that a Fulham could offer £5-10m and still have change for a few more £10m+ players. But I don't even think Tim will be betting on this one.

{Ed007's Note - How is LG getting overlooked, because he's been on the bench for 3 games? Why do these stories never surface about players like Armstrong, Bitton Rogic or the likes when they are benched?
Every time LG doesn't play a match there's loads of stories about fall outs with managers and impending transfers yet every one of them are complete bollocks. I'm surprised nobody has said that LG driving a taxi in the Christmas advert was a subliminal message that he was leaving!}

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12 Dec 2017 16:07:43
aye but he didne have shoes on. he's deid.

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12 Dec 2017 20:03:26
Personally I like LG when he is on form he is very good striker indeed. Just feel personally he needs games to go on a run with goals. don't think this stop start kind of season suits him and is difficult for any striker. Also would happily take McGinn and think he would shine under BR in our midfield would definitely add simply playing in a better team with better players he would add something.

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12 Dec 2017 20:08:02
LG has played in around 20 games this season already. How people can claim he's on his way out is beyond me.

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12 Dec 2017 20:40:47
Maybe a bold statement but i can see Griffiths being at Celtic for another 5 seasons. Id be happy to go into next season with Griffiths and Edouard.

{Ed007's Note - If Edouard can keep doing what he's doing I'd be happy enough with that and Jack Aitchison stepping up to the 3rd striker spot. He'll be 18 by the time next season starts and he should be starting to push for a first team squad place and some domestic gametime next season imo.}

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12 Dec 2017 21:54:37
and just think of all the unemployed stewards at ibrokes not defending the posts after a pumping if LG goes, so he must stay.

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12 Dec 2017 21:55:11
If he's good enough he should definitely be pushing for a place Ed. I've seen quite a bit of the youths this season and he does look a player. When you consider Edouard is only 19 next season really is the season that Aitchison needs to push on as he will be compared with other youths his age currently getting game time and questions will no doubt be asked.

{Ed007's Note - That's my thinking, at some point we need to try our own youths rather than looking at other teams youngsters for a first team spot.}

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11 Dec 2017 17:11:20
Brendan Rodgers commented yesterday that Brown v McGinn was a 'No contest' and that young McGinn wasn't in Broonies league. Do you think that was him playing it down or was it a veiled message that he isn't interested in signing him? . Personally I'm not convinced he's much better than what we have or even if we need a midfielder. Ntcham is the future for us in there if we can hold onto him.

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11 Dec 2017 20:46:00
I think it was more a comment on the stature of the players rather than ability. Brown has been Celtic and Scotland captain for years and played in huge games whereas John McGinn is getting compared to him after a handful of caps and one or two cups. It’s not paying Brown the respect he deserves.

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11 Dec 2017 21:17:22
Brendan raved about McGinn after the Hibs v Hearts game last year. I'm hoping yesterday's comments were the first shots fired for January's negotiations to sign him.

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11 Dec 2017 11:07:44
First time posting here, surely Rodgers would've wanted a response from the players after the poor midweek performance and he didn't get it. hopefully some of the squad players can step up when they're given the chance, but then the winter break can't come quick enough. a 3 week break and hopefully a few new additions will see us really kick on in the second half of the season.

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