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01 Jun 2020 22:44:48
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01 Jun 2020 22:02:36
You just know this Ajer story is going to run the entire length of the transfer window with a bid on the last day.

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01 Jun 2020 14:37:35
So big Ajer has binned the agent that was doing all the mouthing off in the press.
Has he done it because he's staying or has he done it because he's wanting a bigger agent to get a better deal?

{Ed007's Note - That's usually a sign a player wants a move.

{Ed002 - Kristoffer Ajer (CB) Milan see Ajer as a cheaper option to their primary target but funds may not stretch as they look to sell players and buy lower priced alternatives. With other options falling by the wayside, Ajar is of interest to Leicester. Top of the list for Atletico Madrid - but only if they lose a CB - which they are trying to avoid. Previous interest of Spurs, Newcastle and Ajax has moved on}.

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01 Jun 2020 15:39:58
Sounds like the once mighty Itals are struggling with their transfer valuations. One day the English will follow suit and then where'll we be?

{Ed007's Note - At the higher levels of the game I think you will see a lot of trading players in the next few windows. Ajax are the most cash rich club in Europe at present due to hefty sales of de Ligt and de Jong - and have money coming in from the sale of Ziyech (whilst getting a really great replacement at one third of the price) - the sale of Onana and Tagliafico (and possible van de Beek) will bring in more.
Manchester United have a pile of cash (which came through increasing debt). Chelsea have their "budget" from last summer and Hazard money. They have the "budget" and already have cash sales for the summer circa £75M. Manchester City are well placed.
Liverpool have this facility with Natwest following their mortgaging all of the assets and could draw on it if needed - but that is not the purpose of it. Arsenal realistically need to sell to buy (and Kia has his claws in to the club). Everton and Aston Villa should be sorting out their FFP issues. Spurs are proving "difficult to deal with" as Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy have differing views on matters (JM very much wants DL to press Lille in to letting Luis Campos leave - but he has something attractive soon to be on the table).
Bayern Munich have funds but don't want to go wild.}

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01 Jun 2020 17:47:26
I honestly think this talk of ajer leaving is nothing more than paper talk at best, has he publicly said anything or been quoted to suggest otherwise?
Even if it's true and he does go I don't believe he'll be that much of a miss, he's still a young lad with lots to learn but he's played first team for a few years now so there's no excuses, he's great on his day but far too inconsistent and his positioning is all over the place most of the time, I wouldn't even say he's a centre half he's more of a deep lying defensive midfielder.
With simunovic off I don't expect him to leave unless a real concrete offer does come in but him leaving would be a massive rebuilding job at the back and the way the market is just now i just can't see it.

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01 Jun 2020 19:37:18
Thanks for the informative answer Ed. You’re more in the know than I’ll ever be and you’ve educated me with clubs’ finances I wasn’t aware of. For too many years the Netherlands have developed their players far in excess of what we ever have and the like of de Ligt and de Jong bears that out. Getting 75m Euros for a 20 year old tells you a story and the highest we could get is the £23-25m for Tierney. Ajax are in a far better league than our Premiership and we’ll always be playing catch-up even with leagues lower than the Dutch. If the English leagues do implode it’ll probably get to the stage we’ll be scouting talent kicking balls off house walls.

{Ed007's Note - Football finances are a murky world mate but Ed002 is an expert on them and keeps us all right.}

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01 Jun 2020 20:43:52
I think Simunovic was always a good bet to leave this summer, but the Ajer speculation is similar to the KT transfer, with the player possibly keen to extend himself at a higher level; so it may leave us for the third season in a row - looking for a new-look back four?
(Maybe even a GK as well if FF goes back) .
Obviously with the season ending early, The Manager, Board and scouting network will have had plenty time to discuss targets, player contract extensions, surplus staff and plan meticulously for the forthcoming 'window'. Knowing how important 20/ 21 is to the club.

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31 May 2020 18:47:54
There is rumours on the Scottish s*n saying that we are linked with one of these 3 goalkeepers. Claudio Bravo, Joe Hart and Ben foster. That doesn’t excite me at all.

{Ed007's Note -

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31 May 2020 18:55:10
I think we need to strengthen in a couple of areas with centre half top priority and I would try and sign Forster on a permanent deal ASAP after his form this season and I’d try and bring back Elyounoussi on loan if we can as I think the permanent deal would be too much thoughts?

{Ed007's Note - I agree and I'd be happy with that.}

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31 May 2020 20:05:39
Ha ha Ed its all starting again 😂.

{Ed007's Note - 😢

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01 Jun 2020 11:01:21
If Forster can’t be bought I’d take joe hart. He’s had a couple of dodgy years but I’d be confident Stevie woods would get him focussed again and back to form. He’s improved every keeper we have had recently and there is no doubt a sharp hart is a good keeper.

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01 Jun 2020 13:16:28
Wouldn't touch Hart or Bravo with a barge pole fastened to a pole vault. Just watched the 3-3 Man City again a couple of nights ago and Bravo's positioning and reflexes were awful. It's Hart's reactions after losing goals which concern me. I'd bring back The Holy Goalie in his present state before I'd touch those two.

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01 Jun 2020 15:55:37
Forster is a must even if again it's on loan. We would need 2 CB if Ajer leaves especially if we continue with the 3-5-2 or at least have it as a back up option. Definitely need a LW and possibly a decent back up RW to push Forrest/ give him a rest as Shved hasn't kicked on. RB is a concern as we may end up short if Elhamed gets injured unless we promote O'Conner up to first team squad.

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30 May 2020 22:24:08
Looks like Jonny Hayes has confirmed on his instagram that he's away.

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31 May 2020 17:30:12
Honest player not good enough IMO. Will be remembered for his goal at Greyskull. I will remember him for jumping the Advertising board at Hamilton with the game at 1 each. Good luck to him.

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30 May 2020 16:49:33
Jozo follows hayes out the door.

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30 May 2020 17:07:11
Wonder if he would have been a great player had he stayed injury free. There was a period of time under BR that he looked class.

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30 May 2020 17:27:20
Boli being told he can go aswell. Hope this is to make room for Birger Meling of Rosenborg 🤞.

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30 May 2020 17:33:55
Somewhat surprised at Jozo going. It is what it is though, we move on and so will he. Thanks for your effort big lad. HH.

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30 May 2020 17:41:20
I wonder if we are lowering the wage bill and going with a more streamlined squad or are we planning on replacing them with some quality . Surely after Hayes and Jozo going we must be confident of keeping Ajer, if not that could be 3 regular defenders gone. Jozo was injury prone and he couldn’t play on plastic pitches, Hayes was average for us but a real trier, we could easily replace these with better players.

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30 May 2020 18:45:11
Jozo will be remembered for that tackle on Miller. Sad to see them go but they couldn't keep everyone. Wonder whether Abd Elhamed, Ralston and Hendry will be following suit.

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30 May 2020 18:52:30
Stevie is that a fact about Boli? Its a shock to me about Jozo and it looks like we will need a full defence the way things are going not to mention a goal keeper also strange situation to be in unless we have the players lined up for replacement but the way the club has done its business the last few years I won't get excited about new players coming in just yet.

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30 May 2020 18:58:47
More likely be hickey from hearts, stevie.

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30 May 2020 19:13:57
I just hope benkovic isn't his replacement.

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30 May 2020 20:13:06
Thought it sounded suspect Lennon not mentioning Jozo getting a new contract sorted. He still had a year left with an option of a further year I'm sure has he released? Would love Meling as a senior LB but it'll be Hickey on a free. Not too sure about him as only time I've seen him play was when wee Karamoko have him a tough time. So a new CB and LB looks priority on top of a GK.

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30 May 2020 21:26:03
Dont know if its fact Tony but I wouldn't imagine the club will stand in his way if he found another club. Hickey would be a pointless signing, never been that impressed when I've seen him and no better than Taylor.

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30 May 2020 23:55:10
Love Joso just to injury prone.

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31 May 2020 00:10:39
Eh what about 11 12 13 nurture plan ahead.

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31 May 2020 17:31:56
Read he started 125 games in 5 season's. That says it all for me. Thought he was decent.

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31 May 2020 20:35:25
I didn’t think telling Bolingoli he had to go carried much weight, as he has a contract and can say that he prefer to see it out .

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28 May 2020 19:07:12
looks like there could be something in story about the boy omrani from cluj, i know we where in for him in january but there president coming out and saying we had 2 failed bids over 2 windows looks like something lennon could pursue again,
on the coaching position anyone fancy paul hartley i know a lot will say no way but for me a good choice, i know he's got a good project going at cove but if lenny comes calling just a suggestion guys.

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28 May 2020 19:19:51
@liamlennon if we weren’t going to promote from within regarding the coach situation I’d like to see us go for Shaun Maloney or for an older head I’d go for Jim Duffy.

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28 May 2020 19:46:19
agree on maloney gaz but I'm sure he left his coaching position with us to go concentrate on belguim mate.

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28 May 2020 20:24:57
I think we should be looking at Steven Gerrard for an assistant coach give him a step up from his present position.

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28 May 2020 20:27:26
Martinez has just had his contract extended for 2 years to the world cup. No way Maloney will leave that to come back. Both will end up in one of the better jobs in world football.

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28 May 2020 20:27:34
Correct liamlennon. It was a decision that confused me. I don't understand how any ambitious young coach is going to learn his trade when he only has occasional contact with players. Leaving any club for international coaching duties is usually reserved for highly experienced coaches, not a young guy starting out. HH.

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28 May 2020 21:22:27
Jamie carragher as first team coach and Steven Gerrard as his interpreter.

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28 May 2020 22:30:20
Think Gerrard is a good shout, has he not got some experience Under 18s 🤪🤪🤪.

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29 May 2020 01:12:39
Get big Mjallby back in, although I doubt so he would settle just as a coach after he was assistant manager with us. Him and Stevie woods would sort our defence out immensely.
Think it needs to be someone who's celtic orientated or knows at least what it's going to take, keep McManus and O'dea with the development team for a bit more experience then when lenny leaves brown will become manager with McManus and O'dea with him, youse heard it here first! 😅.

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29 May 2020 11:00:41
Omrani is absolutely p! sh and im sure it was just his agent using our name to try get him a move and that there was no interest in him at all.

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29 May 2020 13:12:21
Chris Sutton and Michael Stewart as coaches, just to see how many heads would explode 😂😂😂👍.

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29 May 2020 19:51:42
What about Alan Stubbs for the coaching role?
Loves Celtic and done a good job at Hibs .

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30 May 2020 12:25:27
Wouldn't have Hartley anywhere near club. Modern day John Collins with his ego and he is one of the most obnoxious people to walk the earth.

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30 May 2020 16:49:11
Shaun Maloney is a stand out option. Should be at least sounding him out. If he says no then move on to next target.

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31 May 2020 09:36:13
Bring Nakamura back, get some set piece training done.

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27 May 2020 15:23:34
That's young Calvin Miller away.

{Ed007's Note - "Brendaned"}

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27 May 2020 15:58:23
He was a decent winger in the Development Squad but don't think he would have displaced Forrest.

{Ed007's Note - He was voted the best player in the world for his age playing as a left winger or a CAM, Rodgers decided to play him as a LB and that was his career on a downward spiral right away. Rodgers' trying to get young players to do things they weren't capable of doing (plus filling their heads with lies and bull$hit) to the detriment of their career was called being "Brendaned" at Livrpool.}

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27 May 2020 22:50:54
Need to have a bit of sympathy for the lad when you get converted to a left back when Tierney was first choice and fully fit, another clueless move by rodgers.
To be fair at that time he was never really going to get a decent run in the team with sinclair on the left hand side aswell he should have left on loan and went to a team where he would stand out so he could eventually come back and had a chance, all the best to him.

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28 May 2020 00:45:30
Filling heads with lies and bull Sounds like modern day life. 🤔.

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28 May 2020 11:19:53
I can remember him playing his first game, I think it was a midweek match at Celtic Park.
I felt sorry for Calvin because getting played out of position at left back was not fair.
I can also remember him running riot on the wing in the youth cup finals at Hampden.

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28 May 2020 13:30:10
My bhoy played against him plenty and to be honest he was never good enough to hold down a place in the first team especially on the lw.

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28 May 2020 22:46:17
There's no-one who loves Brendan like Brendan loves Brendan. If that means he fecks up the career of a young lad along the way then so be it. Listen, he's a talented coach overall but he is very much about his own success first and foremost. If we win 10iar I hope he is nowhere to be seen. He came in and had a very positive impact but his manner of leaving was deplorable especially when you consider his attempts to take our entire coaching team with him. If he was a Celtic man (which he said he was) he wouldn't have done that and thankfully the like of JK said no. He'll be a mainstay of our coaching staff for the long term because he knows the definition of the word 'loyalty', and he delivers it in spades even though he could probably do better elsewhere financially if he wanted to. HH.

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29 May 2020 17:29:00
Couldn't have worded it better BobTheCat.

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27 May 2020 08:17:29
Get James McLean and Lewis Ferguson signed up for the 10 that will tip the Rangers over the edge.

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27 May 2020 10:08:22
Ferguson no thanks better at the club and better out there.

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27 May 2020 10:10:53
I know we've had many rangers fans as players in the past. but the way his family is steeped in there ways I do not think his heart would be in helping us get 10. there's rangers fans then there's loyal rangers fans if ye get my drift and I think his family are the loyal kind.

{Ed007's Note - The Ferguson family aren't like that mate, their mum is a lovely women and Barry's wife and their oldest kid at least (maybe all 3 of them) are Catholics and went to Celtic Park with Maggie's dad on season tickets bought by Barry.}

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27 May 2020 10:36:09
Ed’s spot on Barry’s kids have been to a few matches at Celtic.
Lewis Ferguson is a kid with good potential a can see similarities with a young Scott Brown would let us give Broony a rest when needed.

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27 May 2020 11:15:05
Don't think either are good enough tbh.

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27 May 2020 11:19:51
ed007. surprised with that mate I just assumed they would have been right staunch rangers men and the whole family. I watch open goal and Derek Ferguson does seem like a decent guy.

{Ed007's Note - I'm pretty sure that both Derek and Barry have said when asked that it would be up to Lewis to decide and he'd need to do what was best for his own career if Celtic came calling and that he has the mental strength to handle the pressure.
I don't think it'll happen as I think Ferguson's next move will be down south but when you look around Scottish football he's one of the best midfielders outside Celtic and he's only 20/21.}

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27 May 2020 12:19:01
ed007. they boy has got abit a dig about him definitely mate. and i can only see him improving do you think Celtic would be interested in him.

{Ed007's Note - Yeah I do simply because he is a top young talent right on our doorstep.}

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27 May 2020 14:07:29
Ad sign him and I’m hoping we will he’s got potential to be right good player and he has a wee nasty streak so will do for me.

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27 May 2020 15:34:17
You want someone in our midfield who when he goes into a safari park the animals roll up their windows.

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28 May 2020 00:07:12
I like Lewis Ferguson, energy, dig, drive, commitment, passion, can score goals. Saw him against Burnley in Europe and he really stood out against them, he has the attributes to make it at a club like ours. If we have the chance to sign him we should, could be Browns successor in my opinion.

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28 May 2020 11:24:20
He definitely has a bit of dig in him because he might have finished up with the most bookings in the league last season.
Scott Brown was similar for years.
Lewis will adapt his game with experience, the same as Brown.

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28 May 2020 22:51:24
Ferguson is DEFINITELY worth the effort if we can make it happen. That's a lad who will be a major player for whatever team is lucky to sign him. He's young, he has grit, he has balls and he has self confidence in spades. If it's 2-4m then he'll be worth every penny. HH.

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29 May 2020 11:41:54
Bob - 2-4m? Remember this is the Sheep we're talking about and if The Wig wanted 10m for McKenna and he's a carthorse, then they'd be looking for crazy money for Ferguson.

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29 May 2020 17:34:08
He might turn out to be a better player than McGinn wouldn't mind signing him and loaning him back to Aberdeen for the next season or 2 to keep him progressing and getting games as right now he wouldn't dislodge anyone in the team atm. By then Brown may be considering retirement.

{Ed007's Note - What if Ntcham moves on?}

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29 May 2020 22:50:58
You are spot on there, the only way we can improve the midfield, improve the creativity, improve the mobility, bring the team up to another level, is if Brown retires because there is no way he will be dropped.

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30 May 2020 17:06:22
Ed am glad you said that about barry Ferguson and that. I have know for a long time he's not like that even though he is a proud rangers man. Spoke to him years ago and was a real nice guy to me. Few weeks before he had problems in glasgow with a group of neds and he was really angry with himself for getting caught up in it. Said his mammy went tonto.

{Ed007's Note - 👍

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