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31 May 2022 08:58:02
Morning Ed. Know it's maybe too soon to go down this road, but what's the thinking on Mark Lawell being brought in to take on the DOF role. Is he qualified for that position? Can't help thinking he left his high profile job at City group to be a head scout for us.

chasaboy

{Ed007's Note - Mark Lawwell will take up his position as Head of First Team Scouting and Recruitment which has a lot more involved than just being a head scout - a job Jay Lefevre currently does for Celtic.
Lawwell will be doing the same job for Celtic as he done for Man City and I still wouldn't be surprised to see a DOF come in as well.
The good thing is that bringing in guys like Lawwell shows for the first time in a while that Celtic are planning in the long term, Lawwell will still be here long after Ange leaves, we can't end up in a situation again that when the coach/manager leaves the Club falls apart.}


1.) 31 May 2022 11:05:56
Here’s hoping, witnessed far too many times when we have had some success then sat back admiring ourselves. Let’s hope we have learned from past failures to kick on. Cheers Ed.

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07 Apr 2022 11:27:40
Interested in peoples thinking. Know we are a work in progress but at the moment, are we capable of competing in the CL should we get there. Also, who can we gauge our progress against. Only really got sevco at the moment, who flounder a bit at home, but do get decent performances and results in Europe. We seem to be the opposite, although we do get some results in Europe we are a bit hit and miss.
What do we need, realistically, to at least get to a point where we are matching up to comparable size clubs in Europe.

chasaboy

{Ed007's Note - A top coach - which we now have - who knows how to set up a team to counter opposition's tactics and a group of players that can play that way. When it came to Europe Neil Lennon had a better idea of how to play than Brendan Rodgers who went toe-to-toe with Barca and PSG.
We always seem to struggle against lower ranked teams because they are so well drilled & organised - we need to become one of those teams.
I honestly believe that if the current squad was in place and playing the way we are we would have qualified from the EL group we had this year so I think it's vitally important to get CCV signed up to keep the continuity of the partnership with Starfelt and to a lesser extent Jota.
There will be plenty of people screaming we need a LB but I'm not 100% convinced one will be brought in. Ange likes Taylor who has vastly improved in the second half of the season and with Scales and Juranovic able to cover there....
We're a bit heavy numbers wise in midfield and unless there's a huge shift McCarthy will likely be moved on and possibly Bitton - who I would have no problem with staying as he adds definite quality in that CDM slot - but if he leaves I would like to see us trying for Lewis Ferguson and if not him just promote Bosun Lawal who has been getting rave reviews and can play comfortably as CDM or CB.
It's hard to say where we could improve the midfield without spending crazy money imo and it's the same up front as long as we can get Jota permanently and if not then add some serious quality there, with CL to offer and the money we could push the boat out on a replacement for Jota - a "marquis" type signing.
I don't think the team needs a lot of personnel change to make progress in Europe - as I said a lot of that comes down the Ange coaching and tactics - and I don't expect there to be a lot of incoming transfers this summer but obviously that along with everything else I've said will depend on players leaving, there might be a surprise or two along the way with exits that could change things.
Oh and I think we need to replace Bain with better quality as our No.2, I used to rate him and was happy he was our back up but he seems to have regressed while he's been here, obviusly his sharpness isn't up to scratch without playing games but I would like to see a young GK (23/24) coming in to learn from Hart and Stevie Wood.}


1.) 07 Apr 2022 12:28:57
Good summary Ed.

{Ed007's Note - Thanks, Buzz ??


2.) 07 Apr 2022 12:31:55
Are you going to apply for the assistant manager vacancy Ed. ? Definitely sounds as if you’ve got a plan. Do you fancy that Dundee U goalkeeper instead of Bain? The DU guy might push Hart a bit harder.
Anyway, I agree with what you say, it’s all looking good under Ange so far. Long may it continue.
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{Ed007's Note - I'd definitely take Siegrist - and he's a free - but I don't think he would be willing to sign for anyone as a No.2 unless it was seriously stupid money. We've spoken about him quite a bit with Joonas on the podcast and he says the same thing. TRIFC were sniffing around him and a couple of teams from England but I'm sure Joonas said he had held talks with a team on the continent.}


3.) 07 Apr 2022 13:08:28
the young bhoy in the reserves has been getting great reviews but think he needs to go out on loan and get proper first team games to further his development but my goodness thankfully for us and himself we have hart who’s been outstanding and must be great for the youngster to learn off!

{Ed007's Note - Tobi Oluwayemi, Paul rates that lad highly and is always praising him up.}


4.) 07 Apr 2022 13:29:49
We should always be trying to sign players to improve the the first eleven, and it will be hard because it truly would take millions to buy someone to get into are team that's how good and consistent these players have been, but truthfully I my mind the only two position I believe that could be improved without paying crazy money would be left back instead of Taylor and centre half instead of starfelt, think we will go all out for vicars so don't think we will go for another centre back but I think we will go and try and get a left back, firstly I would be trying to get rid of the deadwood first, can't wait for a easy pre season for a change with the work Ange has already done last summer and in January,


5.) 07 Apr 2022 13:33:22
Personally think we don’t need to change much. As long as we don’t repeat the past and reach a point (boardroom thinking) where we think we have peaked and then start declining. Many times over the years we have not pushed on from a position of strength. One or two quality players per window should keep the squad evolving without breaking the bank. We hopefully, have learned some lessons from past experiences and the new CEO seems to be doing ok, just wish I knew who he was and what he looks and sounds like. Then again, that may be a good thing after the previous one!


6.) 07 Apr 2022 13:42:25
We were told by people in the know that it’s the second season big angle’s teams kick on and get success so that might be the case when it comes to European football!?!?


7.) 07 Apr 2022 13:54:14
I will be one of the odd ones out here, if we take in new players, they need to improve the area of the pitch they play, Ferguson for me is not a player who will do that. It has nothing to do with who his family are, it's about him as a player, he is not better than any of our current midfielders. Bitton is pure class and has lots of experience and our new lads are all better than him. Just because he is Scottish doesn't mean we need him in our team. A team identity is taken from and created by the manager imo.

{Ed007's Note - Bitton is going into the last year of his contract so like Julien it's an offer a new deal or sell him while we can get some money, Bitton also turns 31 this year and may feel he wants to be playing/starting every week, he did mulll over returning to Israel last summer. Lewis Ferguson would easily cover Bitton's position in the squad the way Ange rotates and has a lot more to his all round game than Bitton - and he's howegrown to keep that UEFA quota up.
I don't understand why anyone would be against us signing probably the best young midfielder in Scotland outside of Glasgow.}


8.) 07 Apr 2022 14:13:49
Ed, we already have that player, CM is only 28 ?.

{Ed007's Note - I prefer CalMac playing further up the field mate - I don't playing in the CDM role suits him at all - we've also got Ideguchi who plays where Bitton does.}


9.) 07 Apr 2022 14:16:51
Ed your maybe correct, a different manager may be able to get the best out of the lad and what Ange has done for Ralston and Bitton, he may be able to take Ferguson to the next level. Interesting times ahead hopefully.

{Ed007's Note - ??


10.) 07 Apr 2022 15:55:20
I think Ferguson is decent but I also think he gets a tad over rated from the media take away his pens and his goal scoring record ain’t that great same with his assists.


11.) 07 Apr 2022 16:36:19
think Ferguson would be out of our price range now wouldn't he? weren't the Italian clubs after him quoted around £6 million.

{Ed007's Note - It was reported the potential fee was £3.5 million. Aberdeen turned down a £2 million bid from Watford last summer for Ferguson which seriously upset Ferguson, his family and his agent to the point they publicly spoke out about broken promises leading to Ferguson putting in a written transfer request, he's been desperate to get out of Pittodrie since then.}


12.) 07 Apr 2022 20:43:07
Some good points there Ed, Ideguchi hasn't had a chance, who is to say he can't be as good if not better than Bitton who has impressed this season if he does end up moving on might take a while to adapt to the style and pace of the league. Lawal sounds like he's capable of stepping up to the first team next season and seems to have overtook Robertson who people have forgotten about. Whoever the man is to fill that position I'd hope it means Calmac can push further up as he links up play better and isn't the ball winning kind of player sitting deeper. I'd say we maybe need another striker if Ajeti moves on. I also liked the look of Solbakken from Bodo too. There seems to be continuous links with Ghayedi not sure if that's of we don't sign Jota up permanently.


13.) 08 Apr 2022 01:35:08
I've been hoping for the last couple of seasons that we would go and get Ferguson. He's a very capable player and he would be much better in our team than what we see of him at Aberdeen. You're right Mark (in my opinion) , he would be a terrific replacement for Bitton and I firmly believe he would become a regular first team player at Celtic. He has that old school toughness to him and I think fans like to see that in a player instead of someone who falls over and yaps as soon as an opponent looks at them. HH.


 

 

20 Mar 2022 09:56:18
Not taking anything for granted, but we are in a reasonably good position. With that in mind, what's the thoughts on forward planning come the end of season? If CCV and Jota sign, we might only recruit a couple of additions. Would that allow us spend a bit more on higher quality? This being dependent, obviously, on us not losing anyone.

chasaboy

1.) 20 Mar 2022 10:26:39
7 games to go that's all Ange should be concentrating on. What we do in them will go along way to what happens in the summer.


2.) 20 Mar 2022 12:22:48
If we want to be competitive in Europe we need at least 5 or 6 first team players this summer. However we need to concentrate on this season and bring home the treble.


3.) 20 Mar 2022 18:39:09
5 or 6 really don't think so myself. In what positions?


 

 

27 Feb 2022 21:48:17
Time to get real! Afraid Ange needs to a grip. Not nearly good enough recently, in fact we're bloody lucky to be where we are at the moment. Rightly praised for the high press fast tempo when it's on show and successful, but far too many performances have been one trick pony events and when that don't cut it we have no other options. If these performances came from Lennon or Ronnie, they would have been crucified. Things need to improve, a lot!

chasaboy

1.) 27 Feb 2022 22:44:18
We're not lucky to be where we are. We earned it. Sure the last few performances have been 2 dimensional. We are top of the league, no manager in that position would be getting crucified. It is to be expected that points could be dropped after an away European tie. I think we need a bit less of the dramatic BS! Every one at the club will be working to improve on recent performances.


2.) 28 Feb 2022 00:39:03
You get pats on the back when you earn it, criticism when you don’t!


3.) 28 Feb 2022 08:14:12
Chasaboy
Some advice don't write. One trick pony again you will get reprimanded of Ed ???. Know one wants the obvious pointed out ???

Ed tongue in cheek.

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4.) 28 Feb 2022 11:45:47
We all want the same thing. It’s okay having a belief and a philosophy but you have to be aware when you’re hitting a brick wall and have an alternative.


5.) 28 Feb 2022 13:39:14
???? Brilliant Ed.

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08 Feb 2022 10:36:03
Any news on what Celtic are doing about FKB. Not sure my tv will survive the season. Only saving grace is when you see the before and after pics of his puckered fat face.

chasaboy

1.) 08 Feb 2022 11:17:31
On sun why was he and Neil the analysts they have no connection with both teams, think sly are at the wind up.


2.) 08 Feb 2022 18:10:30
Callum has forgiven him, so who are we to object?
Still think he’s an imbecile though (Boyd that is) .
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05 May 2022 09:01:51
All about individual choices, CL and potentially higher profile or a relegation battle. No offence to Fulham but that’s the reality.

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15 Apr 2022 18:10:48
Think we need to be wary of adding more Japanese players. If they all were good enough for international call up, we could lose almost half a team with increasing regularity. Specially with all these pointless friendlies.

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11 Aug 2021 06:50:38
There’s got to be 1000s better candidates for any role at Celtic. So much for modernisation, this is just putting a new jacket on a histobook.

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10 Aug 2021 21:27:59
Name one player he made better. He was the begging of our downsizing and most the football was absolutely rotten. And he started that zonal marking that got us punished on most European outings.

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04 Aug 2021 12:53:26
The onus is on the Danes, ignorance isn’t an excuse. If he served two games of ban already, they must have been aware, then they should made inquiries to the appropriate authorities., at the very least.

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24 Jun 2022 22:23:48
Big if, but 4 years left and looking at the bleedin ordinary that go for more than double that in the pub league. I’d be asking for more.

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23 Jun 2022 09:05:56
Jeeze, what could we have achieved if we hadn’t been destroyed?

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11 Jun 2022 19:06:32
Doubtful that Desmond will ever sell. He sees us a family legacy. I’ve always been surprised that he didn’t do a bit more to get our profile higher than it is.
We don’t know much about what goes on behind the scenes because no one tells us. Maybe he does more than we know.

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{Ed007's Note - DD has no plans of selling his shares and as you say, Chas he sees it as a family legacy and at least one of his sons would be livid if his dad sold them.}


 

 

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31 May 2022 11:05:56
Here’s hoping, witnessed far too many times when we have had some success then sat back admiring ourselves. Let’s hope we have learned from past failures to kick on. Cheers Ed.

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24 May 2022 22:39:24
We have never had problems scoring in the CL or Europe in general. All our problems come from not having a secure lock on the back door!

chasaboy

{Ed037's Note - Do you think the way Ange plays Chasaboy that Celtic could be wide open against better teams in the champions league. Look at the Brendan Rogers era. Not changing his style of play in the champions league and Celtic got trash by Barcelona and PSG.
I heard something today that even if CCV signs, Ange has instructed the scouts to look for A CB,LWB and Stricker. These are the three main areas Ange has identified and Mark Lawell and and Scouting department are looking at these areas I think it safe to say now it's Good bye to Christopher Julian