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14 May 2017 10:17:47
Supposedly we're interested in Dani Gomez. He's 18 and a striker. Player for Real Madrid B. He's played for spains under 19's aswell. Potentially to replace Dembele if he leaves? Or a third option up front?

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14 May 2017 11:08:27
The more I read BBC Gossip the more I think Dembele is off. It's important to take these things with a pinch of salt though as often the red top rags are just propoganda.

As much as I love Dembele, it's important to remember talk of big-money offers from England for Boruc, Bitton, Kayal and Lee Naylor not too long ago. The club resisted and ended up with little to show for it.

If Dembele's form takes a dip and the new guy scores a barrel-load, we'll end up with a fraction of the £20m+.

It's a tough one. Let's see what concrete interest there is first.

14 May 2017 12:25:22
Dembele himself hasn't made any noises about wanting to leave and BR has spoken about wanting to keep squad together and not needing to sell. Reckon pinch of salt is right on this one. Win win situation for us really as long as we get a meaty sell on clause out on. Might be tin hat time but for all his magic, Dembele has also been pretty inconsistent at times and is still pretty rough about the edges, 25-40 mill player potentially but investing that in him just now is a gamble for any club.

14 May 2017 12:35:04
To be fair? Even if his for dips and he stays? Which I doubt . He only cost £450,000 so anything we get above that is good business. Think of the money we lost on bangoura, cifti, pukki to say the least 😂😂😂.

14 May 2017 16:49:19
@Honest_Mistake, I'd take 4 seasons of Dembele up front ahead of £30M all day long. We focus too much on how much money we can get for players instead of enjoying the players while they're here.

14 May 2017 17:35:19
Exactly, not a single first team player will be sold this window I reckon.

14 May 2017 19:02:16
Ken, that's exactly what I'm hoping for. That and the chance of either signing PR or making him the first loaner to get a testimonial! Will leave it to BR regarding who comes in but we've already got best team in over a decade imo.

14 May 2017 20:09:20
Exactly kevbhoy. 4 seasons of hun scalping for £450,000? We know what we have. A bit like larsson. Forget cashing in . Just enjoy the memories.

14 May 2017 21:04:13
Larsson was 26-27 by the time Celtic knew what they had on their hands and football money, mad as it still was, wasn't the craziness that it is today. Would love if we did hold onto MD for next few years, even if we only got a fraction of the magic we got with Henky but reckon the board will have an offer too good to refuse sooner or later.

14 May 2017 23:19:18
Who was interested in lee naylor for a offer never mind a big offer? 🙈.

15 May 2017 13:47:45
Honest mistakes, surely the biggest and most stupid mistake is to believe one word on the BBC Gossip column .
Surely you are experienced enough to understand the criteria for reporting by media re Scottish Football is : if it annoys Celtic FC or Celtic fans it is true and should be reported with a wee bit added on .

12 May 2017 18:45:51

Celtic XI v Aberdeen: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney; McGregor, Rogic, Armstrong; Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair.

Subs: De Vries, Toure, Bitton, Gamboa, Sviatchenko, Forrest, Eboue Kouassi

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12 May 2017 13:07:18
My mate was saying Celtic have met with Solanke about his role within the club prior to a deal being made? Has anyone or ED seen anything about this? Probably drivel but thought I would ask.

{Ed007's Note - Yes there has been talks with the player and his agent, it'll come down to money.}

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12 May 2017 13:34:26
If we signed Solanke and keep Dembele we'll be looking really promising in the forward dept.

{Ed007's Note - Do you think LG could leave if we sign Solanke? I'd say that would push The Thumb down to 3rd choice and he quite rightly isn't going to be happy about that.}

12 May 2017 13:44:13
He'd be within his rights to be unhappy Ed, aye. LG has his limitations but he's been great for us domestically. We need three strikers though. Looking forward, I'd have Dembele as 1st pick, as we've seen, and Solanke as back up once he's shown he can fit in and start scoring. If LG was being kept out on merit, then he'd be free to go in my eyes should he wish. We'd then be left with little choice but to promote a youngster.

{Ed007's Note - I've always got the impression that Rodgers isn't a Griffiths fan, even before he spoke to the press about him in January about him needing to shape up. Remember when Rodgers first came in and was asked about Griffiths and him scoring 40 goals last season he replied something like 'But I wasn't here last year', which I thought was a bit of an offhand reply.
I was thinking along the lines that we would target a youngster like an Ajer or Eboue Kouassi that would love the chance to come into a massive club like Celtic, working with and learning from Rodgers and his staff etc and would be happy to bide his time playing in the odd game for a year or so.}

12 May 2017 14:17:01
I think you might be right with that impression. I'm going to call it and say Solanke is being lined up as second choice striker, who will get plenty of time to impress. Even a third choice striker would have had plenty chances this season had we opted to use one!

{Ed007's Note - If you play with a lone striker you need 3 in your squad, any less and you'll be in trouble at some point as we seen.
Could LG be moved on, Solanke brought in and Aitchison made the 3rd, would you be happy with that?}

12 May 2017 14:22:57
What would you say the chances of solanke signing are ED? I'm really hoping we get him, he must be the real deal and if his attitude is correct he will be a success. Only time will tell.

{Ed007's Note - There's definitely a chance but he will need to drop his financial demands. If another club offers him what he wants he'll go to them, there is a vaguely related family member supporting Solanke in his quest for very large sums of money.}

12 May 2017 14:29:36
It great to see Celtic showing some business nounce with regards to finding these young players at end of contracts. Snapping them up on cheap fees because of the development fee loop hole. Celtic is becoming more appealing to these types of players as we are given them a massive platform to develop and showcase themselves. I think Griffiths would stick around unless we signed an out and out striker. This lad appears to be a winger from what I have heard.

{Ed007's Note - No mate, Solanke can play anywhere in the final third but his
preferred position is a striker and that's where he sees himself playing.
Srdan Plavsic who we were linked to yesterday is a right winger.}

12 May 2017 14:36:20
Is his natural position not AMR Ed?, maybe getting brought in to replace roberts?

{Ed007's Note - No, his natural position is a striker. Google this lol

Celtic favourites to sign Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke

12 May 2017 14:50:03
i wouldn't let LG go he is needed here. it all what iffs but who said the young guy solanke is going to be another moose what if he doesn't like playing and staying in glasgow, its better we keep LG until the we find out.

12 May 2017 15:16:50
I would be very happy with that Ed. Said on here before, given the opportunity with cross border rules, Solanke is pretty high up my list and ticks all the boxes as to what we're after. Are Chelski after 8m for him off an English side?

{Ed007's Note - That's what's been estimated a tribunal would rule as a fee if he joined another English side.}

12 May 2017 15:40:32
i read that he`s worth 1.7million, is that right.

{Ed007's Note - His personal wealth? I have no idea of that.}

12 May 2017 15:53:14
I don't think I'd be happy with Moussa, Solanke and Aitchison tbh Ed. LG comes with a guarantee of goals and if Solanke was to come and not settle or not hit some good form then I wouldn't like to see us relying on a 17 year old rookie to win us vital games if anything happened to Moose.

{Ed007's Note - It would be Solanke that would come in if Dembele got injured.}

12 May 2017 16:01:24
i mean to sign him and he would be a replacement for roberts, i don't know much about him, i have just done some research on him and im useless on computers and internet reseaerch so don't know if the places i searched are reliable or not lol, but its still to early to say what's happening, im sure BR has a few tricks up his sleeve. HH.

12 May 2017 15:49:18
Is solanke better than Griff? Or is he just promising with an inflated price tag due to the team and league he plays in . The main positive would be the cross border price like moussa.

12 May 2017 16:55:19
Bit tough to call right now Delbhoy. Like I said when Dembele signed though, give him a few years and I think he'll hit a level of player which we wouldn't be able to afford. He's got a lot of attributes I like in a lone striker. Big, powerful, good feet, comfortable all over the final third. Not a million miles from Dembele really in terms of the 'type' of forward they are. It would be a real good bit of business. Just taking Kolo of the wage bill as a player would all but cover his salary I would have thought. No brainer for me.

12 May 2017 17:42:18
LG is a proven 40 goals striker, I would keep him.
At some point the moose will move on and I can't see solanke sticking around if the reports being money motivated are true. There is a risk to keep recruitment continuous and hit the mark. I think keeping LG - who could run riot domestically wouldn't be a good move.

12 May 2017 18:18:07
Jim tim! I only asked as I only know what's been reported on solanke. Dembele scored well for Fulham and it was well documented he was in demand! But if Liverpool were offering 8 million? Then a cross border fee would be an another amazing coupe.

12 May 2017 18:28:08
Solanke can play anywhere across front 3. Watched a bit of him at Vitesse a d he's comfortable on either wing and has pace to burn

Sinclair Dembele Solanke

Subs - Griffiths Forest and potentially the Serb winger

It also gives us the option of the 3rd striker as if Dembele and Griffiths are out Solanke can move into the middle. Would be a great signing IMO.

12 May 2017 19:36:50
Sorry Ed, just getting round to reading your reply. I mentioned Aitchison just in terms if Solanke potentially not settling and not hitting the form everyone would hope, in which case I wouldn't be keen to lose a 40-goal striker unless we knew Solanke had settled well and was an able replacement.

{Ed007's Note - But that's the exact situation we ended up in this season when Dembele and Griffiths were out. I'm not saying I want LG sold but if we're targeting someone like Solanke it doesn't say much for Rodgers' thoughts on him and I can't see him being happy not even making the bench, not many strikers of LG's quality would be.}

12 May 2017 22:03:35
LG must stay. He has to be the one constant in the next 4 years. MD will be here one for season. Solanke could be similar. Think we may be getting our hopes up on Solanke in terms of ability. He's about 20 years old with about 10 goals to his name. And not like Moussa who had double that and also at a better level in the english championship. I certainly wouldn't give this guy Sinclair/ Moussa level wages.

{Ed007's Note - Neither would I mate. Yeah he deserves a few extra grand because we're getting him so cheaply but I wouldn't be spending a major piece of the wage budget on him. I'm not sure he has the right attitude to play for us, he seems a bit of a Pogba type character, all bling and his head shoved up his own ass. It's just all about the money to him and I imagine him as the total opposite of Dembele.
Rodgers knows the kid well though and if anything happens we should trust him and his staff's judgement, it could be the making of him as a man and a footballer, he'll soon get taken down a peg or two in our changing room if it's needed.}

13 May 2017 00:42:54
I just don't see the point in demoting Griffiths to third choice striker for a guy whose not really proven at any level, even the dutch league. Like you Ed I'd rather we brought in a youngster whose hungry for something other than money. Reminds me a lot of Jerome Sinclair going to Watford last year. Probably went for "first team football" when in reality he just wanted decent cash and hasn't bothered his backside getting into their that team. The fact Solanke is English puts me off too. We know they like to overrate their youngsters. Sterling and Stones being the prime examples. As long as you don't have 2 left feet you are worth at least £10m down there.

{Ed007's Note - It's a strange one and I'll be surprised if we ever find out what it would mean to LG's Hoops career if Solanke signed, RB Leipzig have shown interest and would probably be willing to pay the money he wants.
I'm probably reading too much into it but I just got a hunch if there was a deal available to sell LG Rodgers wouldn't stand in his way.}

13 May 2017 20:09:38
Just read your post about solanke and his pogba like attitude
Alarm bells of Rodgers last attempt to get the best out of this type of player balotelli
Cost him his job at Liverpool,
Is there much in the borini rumours that are circulated just now.

13 May 2017 20:12:58
Thought there was a hunite going there for gazillions of ££££.

13 May 2017 23:57:30
Has Rodgers worked with Solanke before?

14 May 2017 10:49:30
Not sure but the reports indicate he knows him from the time at Chelsea.

11 May 2017 07:50:56
Morning Lads, anybody know the script with the CB on loan at hull (rannochia) , is he for sale?, looked tidy when i've seen him, left footed also i think.

{Ed001's Note - yes, Inter have set a price for him, if I remember correctly it is about 8m.}

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11 May 2017 08:26:21
Cheers Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

10 May 2017 18:08:35
Seen Josh Kerr supposedly going to Brighton in summer . thought he looked good anytime I've seen him . is he being released not renewing his deal or bought?

{Ed007's Note - It's just like the Billy Gilmur deal mate. Kerr's deal ends next month so we will get an agreed fee, I don't know how much.}

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09 May 2017 16:52:14
Celtic have triggered a year's extension on Izaguirre's contract. That's a great piece of business, we need back-up for KT and Izaguirre seems to be more than happy to be that.

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09 May 2017 17:42:23
Solid back up for tierney, brilliant news :)

09 May 2017 17:54:40
nothing exciting about it.

09 May 2017 18:37:46
Great news but I hope that isn't an indication that we fear losing KT.

{Ed007's Note - Relax, KT will be a Celtic player for the foreseeable future. He has told the Club and his agent that he has no intentions of leaving Celtic and he has told a couple of people that he'll be here for The 10 by which time he'll still only be turning 24 that summer.}

09 May 2017 19:25:36
It might not exactly be exciting James but it's good continuity. Izzy is about as good as I would expect a back-up to be, whilst being content.

09 May 2017 20:05:59
Spot on jim tim.

09 May 2017 22:00:16
i like izzy jim, but its not exactly moving the club forward is it?

09 May 2017 22:01:22
its not going to move us any further forward jim, he should be shown the door along with the rest of the dead wood.

09 May 2017 23:22:19
As long as we sign a left footed quick cb in the summer that can do a job there if needed Izzy is fine for a 3rd choice backup.

09 May 2017 23:36:27
Izzy is still a cracking player. He played for 3 months when KT was injured and was excellent. To call him 'deadwood' is laughable. Would people rather we let him go then spent money on back-up to KT that could be better used elsewhere? Need some continuity in the squad if we are to hit the ground running for the qualifiers.

10 May 2017 00:18:30
Agree with LM67. Still unsure about someone who is happy to be back up but I suppose if he's getting a decent wage and his family is happy. gen up. that's all that matters. Crackin' player. Final ball is shit, but hey hoh! definitely a Bhoy forever!

10 May 2017 09:09:31
hes done at 31, no need to spend just promote one of our own youngsters, nothing laughable in saying izzy's best days are behind him its a fact, i like izzy but we need to build for the future.

10 May 2017 09:08:20
It's not particularly moving the club forward James, no. But KT will. And I wouldn't put Izzy in the 'dead wood' bracket because he is serving a purpose, albeit as back up to KT. Like LM says, there wouldn't be much point in going out getting a LB as promising as KT, mainly because we couldn't afford to unless KT was sold; and nobody would want that surely. Let's put that money towards a priority, not a LB. A year extension is good in my eyes, and hopefully over the next season a youngster might develop and get a chance to show that he could be understudy to KT. Then Izzy could be shown the door.

10 May 2017 12:35:04
Not sure if KT was injured for 3 months next seasono it's fair to expect Calvin Miller to step in at short-notice.

This makes sense to me - Izzy loves the club and he's not on a big wage. I'm sure this coming will season will see Miller get more exposure and hopefully enough for him to cement his place in the first team squad.

Spending a couple of million on someone we don't realistically expect to challenge for KT's place would be naive.

{Ed007's Note - I'm hoping Rodgers has seen the error of his ways regarding Miller at LB, he's still listed as a striker on the official site so fingers crossed that he isn't going to be 'Brendaned' as they called it at Liverpool where he made some bizarre choices regarding young players.}

10 May 2017 14:51:25
young ralston could easily move across from right back to left back if kt was injured.

10 May 2017 16:48:31
I haven't seen a great deal of Miller but have heard and read lots of promising stuff. Moving a telented young forward to full back was bizarre to say the least. The fact Miller has been playing as a left forward again with the youths suggests that one has been knocked on the head.

09 May 2017 14:22:31
any truth in these solanke rumours?

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09 May 2017 16:42:05
According to the Snide he has told friends he is going to Liverpool in the summer but don't know if that is true.

09 May 2017 13:47:23
Seeing solanke rumours starting up again . but the man city boy enes unal looks a better punt. or sebastian haller (going by eredivisie stats )

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09 May 2017 11:51:36
Apparently, Charly Musonda was given a tour round Parkhead with a view to a move in the summer. Though I heard this from the same apprentice that told me rangers wanted Tevez.

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09 May 2017 18:31:07
I'm sure Rangers did want Tevez. To be fair they probably wanted Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar too but that's life.

08 May 2017 12:04:11
Has anyone heard any names regarding potential signings coming in? And what positions Brendan is looking at strengthening?

Thanks in advance Bhoys and Ghirls 🍀🍀🍀.

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08 May 2017 13:37:17
Rodgers did say Celtic are trying to bring player in earlier rather than later so I'd imagine a couple of players coming in early within the transfer window. I'd imagine Onyekuru is on the radar still as he won't be able to move to a Prem Team due to work permit (i think) . A Right Back and Right winger will be two positions id imagine we will strengthen, and i heard a few rumours about Manoljovic being scouted earlier in the season. Hopefully we hear something soon. HH.

08 May 2017 16:18:07
Hi Bhoys,

Rodgers has stated an number 8 is his main priority. a center half and third striking option as well. a right winger as would be required if roberts goes. we have 3 right backs at the moment Kenlike and Onyekuru would have the same chances as getting a work permeate up here as down in the EPL.

ta.

08 May 2017 20:47:57
Onyekuru is maybe not coming, I had a couple of pints with a current epl players father on Sunday who told me that Onekuru is in constant touch with Kevin Miralles at Everton, and that he will be signing for them for 4million with à one million tax free signing on fee or him. James mc Carthy is still on the radar, he has no future at Everton and has told them he will not go to clubs like stoke, Bournemouth, etc, etc, and to sort out something better, he also told me that maybe we will sign a young right winger from Liverpool on loan, english 20 yr old. Just a chat over a couple of pints but you never know.

09 May 2017 08:08:59
Dominic Solanke's name has popped up again today as well. Apparently Liverpool who were front runners to sign him are now looking elsewhere. English clubs would have to pay £8 mill where as we could get him for as little as £400 grand. Considering the boy can play striker (his favoured position) , both flanks OR even CAM I think would be a great acquisition and you only need to look what has been done with players like Dembele and Sinclair to show of the potential of signing for the Hoops.

{Ed001's Note - it is nothing to do with cost of transfer. It is his personal demands that are the issue. He has been asking for an amount that would make him Celtics highest paid player by a mile. And I do mean a mile. Unless he reduces his demands Celtic will not touch him.}

09 May 2017 11:16:28
If Chelski are baulking at Solanke's wage demands then we know we're up against it lol. It's a shame because he would tick all the boxes otherwise in terms of what we're after up top.

09 May 2017 12:07:51
Did he not come out and dispute the fact he was looking for 50 grand a week ED?

I know that him disputing it does not definitely mean that is indeed the case, but should mean wages would be less!?

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea what he has said, just know why he has not signed a contract with Chelsea.}

09 May 2017 12:33:55
He's clearly dillusional. He must think he can just demand a wage like 50k a week and grab it. He mustn't care about his football to much if he's holding out for a wage packet rather than opportunity. Sounds like a spoilt brat to me.

09 May 2017 14:20:33
Telegraph were forced to apologise for reporting he wanted 50k a week.

09 May 2017 14:22:53
50k a week was fake news.

 


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