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30 Apr 2016 20:25:07
Just reading on newsroom celtic, Desmond wants Keane in charge and that's his first choice.

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30 Apr 2016 22:04:06
Read that earlier tae.
Hope it's not true.

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30 Apr 2016 22:28:05
What does Desmond know about football, Keane has an atrocious record as a manager, we need a manager who has a proven European track record none of the names mentioned so far hardly excite me.

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30 Apr 2016 11:38:47
Celtic XI v Hearts: Gordon; Lustig, Ambrose, Sviatchenko, Tierney; McGregor, Brown, Bitton; Roberts, Griffiths, Kazim-Richards.

Subs: Bailly, Rogic, Commons, Mackay-Steven, Armstrong, Izaguirre, Janko

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30 Apr 2016 14:02:19
Is that 2 strikers or is he sticking to his guns and his dodgy formation?

{Ed007's Note - It was 4-3-3. Rumours about some supporters moaning about playing with 3 DMs, 3 AMs an no striker are as yet unconfirmed but are more than likely true.}

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30 Apr 2016 14:32:08
Whats the fascination with 4-4-2? Its 2016 not 1986. How many top teams play a 4-4-2 these days? It only works if you play on the counter and are willing to give up possession like Leicester. If we went into a big european game with that formation we'd get smashed.

{Ed007's Note - I think it's the best formation to use in FIFA and Football Manager.}

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30 Apr 2016 15:22:20
I don't have an issue with formation tbh if it's done well but for us to be 1-1 with Ross County at home with 15/20 minutes to go and to stick with 2 CDM's who were both playing terribly and only 1 up top is a shambles.

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30 Apr 2016 21:13:08
Here who said anything about 442? All i asked was is that 2 strikers. I personally enjoyed the excitement of the 352 under MON. Ronnys formation has proved to be shady on more than one occasion. Boring to watch, hardly convincing. For me, football is meant to be ebtertainment, goals and attacking football. Am not interested in what we're getting right now. doesn't mean i want a 442 right enough but going by your reasoning, you kust absolutely love the ronny shambles 451?

{Ed007's Note - It was Neil Lennon that played 4-5-1.}

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30 Apr 2016 21:36:56
Because 4-2-3-1 is working a treat for us this season 😉🔫 .

{Ed007's Note - People get very confused when you start talking about formations and they are very often misled about formations as they constantly need to adapt and change during a match. Is it really that important where a player stands at kick-off? If Lustig and KT push forward along with Brown are we playing a 2-1-6-1 formation? What if the ACM takes a step forward and is online with LG, have we switched to a 2-1-5-2 then? Who cares where a player stands when the game starts?
There's a guy at Clairefontaine who for maybe 20 years has been studying if and how different formations are applied. He advocates and teaches that certain sides (he cites Barcelona, Chelsea, Ajax and Kashima Antlers) that have achieved varying levels of success have actually now reverted to something between no formation at all and the Metodo approach and that strict formations should be a thing of the past. He wants to see intelligent players that can adapt as the game changes and this is what is being taught to the French kids who are seen as the future of the game in France. The reality is that whilst defending, even these sides will adopt a 3, 4 or 5 at the back with one or two in front. However, going forward these clubs look to 6 or 7 players being entirely flexible in the positions and space they fill - the premise being if they are intelligent players they will naturally work as a unit and make themselves available to constantly open up new options.
Top clubs are looking for players that can be flexible and can adapt - as such, it will be a move away from a player simply being placed "wide left" or whatever.
People who play Football Manager usually fancy themselves as some kind of experts when it comes to talking about formations, avoid them like the plague, I'd rather let Charlie Sheen spit in my mouth than get involved in that conversation.
Most normal football punters lost their understanding when they done away with the 1-11 numbers.}

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30 Apr 2016 07:30:49
A former colleague (a Lancashire lad) tells me that although the official reversion for Lambo invoking an exit clause to leave Rovers is that management did not uphold certain promises previously issued, some of the faithful believe he is leaving to go to Celtic. Note that this is only a rumour.

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29 Apr 2016 14:42:46
Hi ed . have you heard anything about a meeting where Desmond openly/ publicly criticised pl and the transfer policy and intimated about getting a high profile manager?

{Ed007's Note - Now this is a mix of half rumours, half truths and possibly a big dollop of BS in there as well but I'll try and make it as sensible to read as I can mate.

- Peter Lawwell's position has been being independently audited over recent months - board members are not happy with the way things are going. Dermot Desmond never even stayed for the penalties at Hampden and made it abundantly clear to Lawwell late on the Sunday night that it was unacceptable.

- Dermot Desmond has taken it upon himself to appoint the next manager which could spell the end for Lawwell and Park if true. And we know DD likes to aim big(ish).

- A Director of Football has been discussed but who or by whom I couldn't even guess. MON over Roy Keane has been mentioned but I think that's pie in the sky stuff.

- The Keanes and Moyes level of manager are not prepared to work under the current conditions with Lawwell and Park and want significant investment in the team.

- The Keanes and Moyes level of manager want to be able to bring in their own people (if Moyes could bring in Steve Round it would be quite a coup imo) and have full control over player recruitment in a more traditional approach.

- Bitton and Johansen will be moved on to provide the manager with funds to start with a portion of any sales going into that fund too.

- The two board members who wanted Neil Lennon out are adamant that he won't be returning to the Club.

That's about all I can think of just now DRB and remember I'm not saying any of that is true.}

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29 Apr 2016 15:36:03
That's some pretty promising BS though! Here's hoping!

{Ed007's Note - It sounds OK doesn't it Jimbo but we'll see what actually happens.}

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29 Apr 2016 15:39:57
Peter Lawwell is a paid lachie who works to the remit given to him by good ol' Dermott Desmond!
So I don't think DD is in a position to openly or publically slate him, DD needs to take a long hard look at his own role in the deterioration of our team over the last 3 or 4 years, especially the last 2 seasons under Ronny Deila .

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29 Apr 2016 15:58:55
I don't disagree with you Drewzy, until I see real change I ain't putting another penny into the club, whilst the billionaire major shareholders invest jack $#@! I don't care if that makes me a bad fan or a stayaway or whatever. I, like everybody else I feel, have been taken as a bit of a mug for several seasons. Getting rid of JP and PL would be one hell of a start though.

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29 Apr 2016 16:35:20
Thanks for that info Ed, sounds better than it has done for quite a while, even if it just means PL is made aware that he better reassess his priorities for the club then that will be good. here's hoping we appoint a high profile manager.

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29 Apr 2016 17:16:11
Hopefully get a total clearout. Sounds promising.

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29 Apr 2016 19:01:07
I have said from the beginning that I thought it would be DD that picks the next manager is same way he picked oneill and Strachan

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29 Apr 2016 19:17:34
Jim Tim I agree with you and have been thinking along the same lines as yourself, we have without doubt been getting shortchanged and taken for granted by our board for years, but my point was that DD calls the tune PL is his employee who runs the club according to the instructions of DD so I think DD has a Hyde on him slating PL, if you do everything on the cheap you end up where we are are at the moment, empty stands and unhappy fans!

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29 Apr 2016 19:27:05
That was really interesting Ed thanks for that I would not say PL is bad for the club IMO but for me he has to step RIGHT back from the football side and let what ever manager do his job and PL do his (the money side of it) give the manager a budget and let him get on with it.

{Ed007's Note - Lawwell has done well with regards to incoming finances, sponsorships etc The only part of player recruitment he should be involved in is contract negotiations. It's not even the amount of money that he's spent it's what he's spent it on, he's wasted millions on duds all on the say so of John Park.
I don't think Lawwell would be happy to relinquish the power he has though.}

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29 Apr 2016 20:24:47
Thanks ed . the story as told to me came from "a reliable source" hope the crux of it is true and change is on its way . I keep forgetting to check the rumours page was looking on banter for post to come up . glad I never done a rabmac . 😆.

{Ed007's Note - :=D

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29 Apr 2016 23:12:48
Interesting post DRB enjoyed reading that. Fingers crossed this is true.

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29 Apr 2016 23:55:36
Good post there is hope after all. Surely with a high profile manager like Moyes or Rodgers will probably be enough to lure some decent out of contact EPL players up North and put a bit of credibility back in the league.

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30 Apr 2016 01:41:19
Does anyone think with this information in mind, we might very well see PL leave to go to Sunderland? If DD appoints next manager, i can't see the trust in PL being reestablished.

We need a quality set up off field in terms of management and coaching.

{Ed007's Note - I really don't see how Lawwell's job is tenable. RD was his project and he MUST fall on his sword over it unless he throws Park under the bus.
I said the other week I spoke to a well placed and knowledgeable source in England that compared Lawell to Levy at Spurs, he has far too much financial and emotional investment in the Club and would need to be sacked/pushed.
If DD is in the kind of mood thst's rumoured a mutual consent push could be best for both parties. I would be surprised if Lawwell seen Sunderland as a big enough job for him, remember he is a power hungry, narcissistic megalomaniac who probably sees a Man City or Chelsea job more to his stature.}

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30 Apr 2016 02:49:54
Surely yous don't think PL picks who the manager is going to be? DD will always have the final say on that .

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30 Apr 2016 02:55:05
I hate it that these actions are knee jerk. But it has came to that. Pl has been attepting to line his nest for years and I agree that suderland might not be the biggest fish he fancies. Wish there were trickles from the next level up on his chances of being moved to the top table. Think the Sunderland link speaks volumes as to where he will actually end up.

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29 Apr 2016 22:42:32
I can only speculate drewzy, but DD leaves the running of the club to PL, DD has got other things going on. Simple as.

However, as what we've heard from the most valuable source on the page, this might change, as DD probably being a sensible man, can't be too pleased.

DD has spoken himself about CFC being an 'emotional investment not a financial one', so, given his riches, is it? I know people who go without in order to watch Celtic games. Yet DD only seems to dip in his pockets to please his Irish playboy pals. See Keane and Keane eg. That pisses me off.

I agree with you, and basically what I'm saying is the money CFC make for DD is peanuts compared to his other ventures. So surely now with mounting pressure against himself, he has to take pride in the running of the club, and twist, because as the s*** falls down the pyramid - from Berget, to RD, to PL and JP, it will soon end up on his door, if not already.

The reality is, until we are in a position of regular CL qualification (which is PL's fault we aren't) and some sheik or oil baron wants their logo on our kits and stadium, DD will be our owner. So, the running of the club, on a footballing basis, needs to change.

I've said all along that PL is good at the financial side of things. Between himself and rasputin JP though, they are unfit for purpose. And although have been given money, have used it very unwisely.

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30 Apr 2016 10:09:32
I don't think PL will be going anywhere to be honest
Yes celtic gambled on Ronny and it hasn't worked out
Tried a new direction and it failed
But in PLs time here celtic have been successful on and off the pitch.
Every club picks the wrong manager now and again
Hopefully they reorganise and pick the right man this time.
I am not a supporter of PL or the board but I ain't against them either
All I care about is my club is successful and healthy.

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29 Apr 2016 20:50:47
Ed can you tell me any more about Lennon and the 2 board members or do you need to watch what you're saying? I know you don't like to throw gossip and scandal about the site but I can't find anything about it on google etc.

{Ed007's Note - During Lennon's final season in charge there were two members of the board who were very vocal about the lack of trophies won under him, and the embarrassing CL campaign.The board unanimously agreed that after the money and time invested in NL the CL campaign was a mitigating disaster with the 6-1 drubbing by Barca seen as a significant example of the deterioration of the Club under NL's tenure, not to mention the whole staleness around the club with Rangers demise and whether he was the man to lead the Club forward considering his failings to deliver trphies in a Rangers-less league. The board felt the Club was going backwards and that NL thought he was untouchable because he portrayed himself as the ultimate Celtic minded poster boy. A far cry from the Liverppol daft youngster who came over to Motherwell for trials.
His off field activities and shenanigans were also noted as a major source for concerrn with regards to the future public image of the Club.

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29 Apr 2016 22:22:10
I agree Ed, PL has financially run the club well if anything too well, until DD changes the financial remit nothing can change, but the other posters are correct PL should limit his involvement in player recruitment to contract negotiations and its time to cut John Park loose, he has wasted million on a succession of dud strikers, DD has to take the lead and sort out the mess .

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28 Apr 2016 19:01:43
Celtic reportedly interested in Icelandic LW Arnor Traustason who plays for IFK Norrkoping valued at £2m. If that is true then surely that means we won't be after Elyounoussi anymore who would be a better addition Imo.

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28 Apr 2016 19:50:16
Haven't seen the Icelandic player Traustason but I was very disappointed Elyounoussi wasn't pursued. Given our strategy, cap etc I'm not sure there are many better available for an area we are desperate to improve. If JP and PL said no first time around I really didn't think we'd be back in. RD leaving after the season just puts the full stop to it.

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29 Apr 2016 01:13:23
True, He would be a good replacement for KC for goals and creativity if he is off at the end of the season. Sure the fee mentioned in Jan was £1.5m but Molde didn't want to sell until the summer. We need to replace these first team squad players with players that are doing well domestically elsewhere none of these projects. Be happy to replace both Stokes and Scepovic with Nikolic from Legia, Replace Cole and CKR and Ciftci with a decent target man. Be happy for this Traustason to replace Forrest if he's any good, Replace Mulgrew and Johansen with a powerful CDM that can play CB and a RB that can play CB too as looks like Fisher and Janko are off. That's downsizing as well as strengthening. 11 out 6 in. And that is without tackling the central Midfield issue.

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29 Apr 2016 11:01:27
Agreed. Was Nikolic not another name that kept popping up with us before we signed Scepovic lol? Would be interesting to see the written reply from Legia for a bid!

To get that proven quality up top we're looking at free agents or players with 1 year deals etc. I'd take a punt on a 37 year old Pizarro. Otherwise if we buy young, they've got to have pedigree. A name I've mentioned for a few windows now is Jurgen Locadia. Given a run I think he'd do the business. Like what you're saying about players being able to accomodate dimilar positions, he's versatile too, plays either up top or in a wing forward role.

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29 Apr 2016 23:59:33
I will YouTube him who does he play for? Pizarro still has it seen him play late last year and still has quality about him. I know Kramaric was linked as he was the player according to his agent was "left standing in the rain" and ended up going Leicester. Agree with Legia that would be an interesting one but hopefully they have patched things up with the talk of this CL reform.

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30 Apr 2016 03:15:22
Pizarro would be ghost in this team. Still has the quality. Granted. We don't create the chances he would need. How many times does LG have it served up on a plate for a simple tap in? Few goals. The rest have been pretty good finishes and I'll give him the credit. we have to work incredibly hard these days unless a team folds. Our play is so laboured. It has been wonder goals that have stopped fans lining up to take headers into the clyde.
Pizarro could mabey be of use in Europe . The old warhorse's seem to be the difference in some games. We don't have much else . sigh.

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28 Apr 2016 16:46:37
Paul Lambert talking live on TV, Jim Whyte says Paul you had 7 great years at Celtic, Paul replies I had 8 great years there you missed one out. When asked about Celtic job he said all he is concentrating on is the next 2 games for Blackburn and that he wished that Ronny would win the League.

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28 Apr 2016 17:54:44
I would have no problem with lambert coming in wouldn't be my first choice mind you but we can certainly and have done worse IMO.

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28 Apr 2016 18:24:10
Hardly shows any ambition with names like Lambert and McKay being linked with the job. Saying that, most of the names associated with the position are hardly ones to excite the fans. I'm sick of the usual suspects who are linked with us, both players and management. We have the opportunity now to make the right decisions to take celtic forward and develop the team we deserve.

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28 Apr 2016 18:43:21
I would be ok with Lambert getting it myself Dundeebhoy, 33-1 into 7/ 4 with one statement.

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28 Apr 2016 19:06:33
What makes lambert, mckay, Clarke etc stand out? It's obviously not their hugely successful management careers to date, or the exciting football their teams play or the European pedigree. They are no better than the money saver we just wasted 18 months on. Don't give me the celtic connection rubbish either. Just because some of the names played for us doesn't automatically make them good managers. Well be blindfold led to a manager sorry, coach who won't rock the boat, who will do the boards bidding and pretty much do the same as RD. Celtic fans have been short changed and misled for years now. Unless he'll freezes over it will be more of the same.

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28 Apr 2016 19:49:13
Its where we are as a club under DD and PL that's our targets get used to it.

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28 Apr 2016 13:51:55
I got told from a coach at a youth football tournament yesterday that Celtic are looking to bring in Ralf Rangnick, we seemly sounded him out in January to take over from Ronny but he wanted to see out the season with his current team RB Leipzig where he is also director of football they are currently second in the German second division and pushing for what would be a remarkable promotion as they were only promoted last year to the Second division.
He's a guy I've mentioned on here before good credentials! No idea if this is true or not could just be another name being floated about.

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28 Apr 2016 14:44:54
Like Jungle Bhoy's just said - Lambert's leaving Blackburn and is now the 7/ 4 favourite for the Celtic job. I'm not his biggest fan, simply because his teams don't pass the ball, it's a typical English style he plays. If he had someone like Rangnick as a director of football is be more into that, there's also the German connection. There's some great foreign managers I'd prefer, if we had to go UK/ Irish it would definitely be Brendan Rodgers for me. The biggest reason would be the style of football he plays. I'd like a director of football - someone that the manager agrees to/ recommends, with pedigree and a Rodgers type as a head coach. He's made mistakes but he plays the right way and has some great ideas. I've heard Lennon say he went to Reading to watch him coach and stole some of his ideas. I've heard Roy Keane say he's probably the best coach he's seen, and obviously Warburton was his youth coach when he was at Watford, and you can see he's copying him. The main thing the board need to do is show real ambition/ imagination. We need to change the whole perception of the club as much as anything, get a bit of a fear factor back, especially with the Champions League coming up. We need to pay whatever it takes to get the very best man who will come to us!

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28 Apr 2016 15:36:04
I agree with that Delphic, our next manager shouldn't depend on who will save us the most money, we need someone to really come in and ensure that we firmly remain the dominant force in Scottish football. The board need to see the bigger picture and back the manager and realise that there's a far better chance of a CL jackpot if we bring in better players.

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28 Apr 2016 15:36:04
I agree with that Delphic, our next manager shouldn't depend on who will save us the most money, we need someone to really come in and ensure that we firmly remain the dominant force in Scottish football. The board need to see the bigger picture and back the manager and realise that there's a far better chance of a CL jackpot if we bring in better players.

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28 Apr 2016 17:56:19
I would have Rogers but I think if he starts producing the goods he will get too big for his boots and be looking to get back down south the first good chance he gets.

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28 Apr 2016 19:05:24
Delphic it doesn't matter about odds. Bookies will be covering themselves in case he takes job. doesn't necessarily mean it will be Lambert.

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28 Apr 2016 19:08:14
I would dearly hope that the board has got the message to get the right man in place and I am sure they know it's going to hurt there pockets in the short term Short term loss long time gain.

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28 Apr 2016 20:40:29
Yeah maybe we should go for somebody say like LVG, he might be available soon, would cost loads of money is a big name, might be a crap manager but surely if we pay him loads so that he can waste it must show that the club has some ambition at least.

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28 Apr 2016 13:49:04
Lambert to leave Blackburn at end of the season. I would take him as our new manager.

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28 Apr 2016 16:04:38
Why because he played for us?

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28 Apr 2016 16:35:52
why not has more experience than our previous 4 managers the fact that he played for us is of little relevance, but it surely shouldn't rule him out.

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28 Apr 2016 19:06:21
Dundeebhoy doesn't have more experience than Strachan.

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28 Apr 2016 20:09:41
DN30 at the point in strachans career when he got the job he didn't have as much experience as lambert does now that was my point.

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28 Apr 2016 09:01:38
Starting to think Steve Clarke will be the manwho will be appointed. He is out of work and will probably see the job as a pleasure regardless of the many constrictions Peter Lawwell will put in place.

Of all the other names linked there is not many that are realistic targets unless our major shareholder has finally seen sense and realised Peter Lawwell's way of doing things is taking us backwards.

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27 Apr 2016 17:48:03
I heard today from a trusted source that Celtic are interested in a year long loan for a full-back from Chelsea U21. England U19 international and rated by Mourinho. Apparently been in Glasgow for a medical, so I'm told.

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28 Apr 2016 15:28:40
jleb don't believe everything you read in the Scottish s*n.

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29 Apr 2016 12:44:14
Timalloy. I live in Kent and money couldn't persuade me to ever read the Sun. This rumour was passed on to me from a colleague, a serious Chelsea fan who knows the lad and his family. Ola Aina is the player in question. I mentioned this to some other Chelsea fans who said he is a VERY talented, very strong fullback. Rumours are rumours and I'm just passing this one on.

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