Monthly Archives: July 2021

“Questions Have to Be Asked” – Stephen McGowan Destroys Celtic Board’s Lack Of Ambition

Celtic fans have known for a long time now that the Celtic boards ambitions do not match theirs.

The supporters long for the return of the European nights where AC Milan, Manchester United and Juventus all came to Celtic Park in hope, rather than expectation.

There was a time that the cream of Europe where the only teams that managed to escape Parkhead with any kind of result but now? Anyone can roll up at the gates of Paradise and walk away with Celtic’s scalp in their boot bags.

Stephen McGowan lays the blame fairly and squarely at the Celtic powerbrokers and cites major boardroom mismanagement and lack of foresight and ambition that has led the Hoops to become European “also rans” in his column in todays Daily Mail.

From the coup of appointing Brendan Rodgers, to the amateurish actions in appointing Neil Lennon in the showers and the 105 day courtship and eventual knock back of Eddie Howe, the club has not only become a joke on the field, but off it also.

McGowan also says that a decade of dominance as Celtic swept all before them allowed the board to miss an opportunity to become a European powerhouse and he is not wrong. Unchallenged access to the Champions League was something Celtic enjoyed above every other club in Europe.

But instead of going for the jugular and reaping the financial rewards open to them, the board stuttered and stammered from the Deila appointment in 2014, the failure to back Rodgers throughout his tenure as manager to the eventual disaster that was Neil Lennon’s second term as Celtic boss after Rodgers saw through the board and jumped ship the the English Premier League.

Celtic’s consistently ridiculous way they went, and still are, boing about transfer business is a source of frustration amongst the Celtic fans and has been for the last decade. But nothing has changed. Not one iota.

The “Banter Years” (although McGowan never named it but clearly references it) also saw the fans take their eye off the ball. McGowan writes, “It was more fun to peer into a set of binoculars and mock the idea of Rangers coming over the hill than it was to raise the goggles a little higher and study the bigger picture.

And he was 100% correct. Because I was also one of those fans. Pointing and laughing as *Rangers went from shouty managers in bushes to ridiculing appointing an u18 manager from Liverpool. And look where we are now.

A board not fit for purpose with a team not fit for the Premiership with a manager not deserving of all that lies in front of him, the board are in serious danger of Postecoglou walking before Christmas rather being pushed.

Ange is already a frustrated figure having served just under 50 days in the hot seat and two competitive games. Things need to change and change quicker. And that starts with Dom McKay, who, like Peter Lawwell before him, is posted missing at a time when fans need clarity.

“He Will Understand The Pressure Of Celtic” – Former Double Winner Gives Seal Of Approval to Celtic Target

With Celtic now in the hunt for a new goalkeeper, former Celtic defender and Double winner Gary Caldwell, has said the expected signing of Joe Hart would be a welcome addition to the inexperience of the Hoops back line.

Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Caldwell said, “It’s difficult to find goalkeepers, one that are available, that probably don’t cost a lot of money, I wouldn’t think Celtic would want to invest a lot of money in a goalkeeper.

“I think that’s where for me Joe Hart ticks a lot of boxes. He is a good age. He’s a good character. He will understand the pressure of Celtic.

“He’s had that before at Man City, the pressure of winning league titles.

“The question mark is is he a good enough goalie? Has he had enough game time over the last few years.

“As back to 2018/19 he played 21 games and very little since then. But for me, he ticks lot of the boxes. He is somebody that can come in, in terms of character, tried and tested and bring a bit experience to have very very unexperienced back line.”

It certainly does seem like Greek international Vasilis Barkas’ time is up at Parkhead and with the league campaign set to kick off at Tynecastle on Saturday night, it is clear that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou does not trust Barkas as his number 1 for the season.

The main question is this. Is Joe Hart the answer to the goalkeeping position or will he just make us ask more questions?

£20m For An Imposter? Take It And Move On

I don’t care what anyone says, Odsonne Edouard is a footballing imposter posing as a Celtic striker.

Tonight’s display was simply unacceptable.

From the striker.

If Celtic manage to steal £20m from Brighton for Edouard after not only tonight’s display but also after the pre season and first leg display then that would be magnificent business from the Parkhead club.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not solely blaming Edouard for Celtic’s exit from the Champions League but the big Frenchman has clearly not been interested for a long time at Paradise and these last two Champions League qualification games has been proof of that.

Why did Ange play him then? Easy answer? He had no choice.

With Griffiths’ “calf injury” and Ajeti clearly not in the managers plans, Edouard had to play. More in hope than in expectation did anyone expect him to give a performance tonight.

Edouard clearly has his head in a move to the EPL minnows of Brighton and the quicker Celtic get him out the door the better.

Edouard isn’t Celtic’s only issue here. Christie, although into his last 6 months of his contract is at least trying. But many would argue that is because no one is actually interested in a player that cannot get a shot on target and was patched from Scotland’s Euro 2020 starting line up after a dismal 20 mins against the Czech Republic in the opening fixture.

He now needs Celtic more than we need him and it shows in his displays.

Ange is hamstrung and has been so by the Celtic board who have overseen such corporate mismanagement every single one of them should be huckled out of Celtic Park by their oxsters. Including the absentee landlord Dermot Desmond.

Every single year Celtic fans need to endure this amatuerish nonsense from the board and every year the supporters take it.

When is enough enough? Now? Saturday? Next week?

The board need to take a long hard look at themselves. So does Edouard and others in the team that have let down the fans.

Peruvian News Outlet Links Celtic To Incredible $9m Striker Move

This has to be the most outlandish story I have seen so far in this transfer window. One of those stories that’s simply not going to happen at Celtic for two reasons.

  1. The reported target is 31 years old
  2. See point 1

Libero Peru have linked the Hoops with a $9m (£1.7m) for Gianluca Lapadula. The media site tweeted out today:

Translated :

Good morning, Peru!

Flag of Peru

A PERU IS WORTH Lapadula was valued at $ 9 million for the Benevento that has received concrete offers from Glasgow and Celtic. If the “Bambino” agrees to go to Scotland, he would play the Champions League.

Lapadula currently plays for Benevento Calcio in Italy’s second tier and scored just eight goals in 38 appearances for the Italians.

Having just returned from successful Copa America campaign where he helped the Peruvian national team finish fourth in the South American tournament after being knocked out in the semi final stage by Brazil.

Lapadula scored in the 3-2 loss to Colombia and the hitman was the tournaments top scorer with 4 goals.

There is no doubt the man has talent and quality following his showing in the Copa America but this type of signing just doesn’t fit the Celtic model of business.

With Odsonne Edouard expected to leave after Wednesday nights Champions League qualifier and Leigh Griffiths now an injury doubt for the opener against Hearts, Celtic only have Albian Ajeti as a recognised striker, reinforcements are clearly needed up top, but is Lapadula the right man for that job?

“That’s A Good Shout” – Barry Ferguson Tips Celtic Goalkeeper Move

As Celtic seem to be set to persist with Vasilis Barkas as their number one goalie this season, Barry Ferguson said mistakes were made last season when Celtic let Craig Gordon leave for Hearts.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Ferguson name checked an ideal goalkeeper for the Hoops and reckons Celtic would do well to get the Scotland international on board, “Yeah, that’s a good shout. I watched the game last night, Hearts and Inverness Caly.

“And it still baffles me that Hearts have got a goalkeeper that still baffles me that Celtic let Craig Gordon go.

“And he looked excellent last night when I was watching him. I know he’s getting on in age but he looks as fit as he’s ever been.

“And he’s obviously went back to Hearts. That was a big surprise to me last season, and I think that’s one that Celtic will look back on and regret.

“But David Marshall is a great shout. He played with Scotland, and played ever so well for Scotland. I don’t know his contract situation at Derby. I don’t know if he’s got another year left or so.”

It is a conundrum for Celtic boss, Ange Postecoglou as he is faced with a dilemma of either sticking with the £5m signing from AEK Athens or try to find a replacement and effectively write off a huge sum of money not seen since the days of John Barnes/Kenny Dalglish and Rafael Scheidt.

It will be interesting to see if Postecoglou can prise a goalkeeper out of Barkas but early indications are it may not happen.

“Have Celtic Got Money To Spend?” – Barry Ferguson Embarassess Himself On Live Radio

There has been many claims made about Celtic this year by various pundits and to be honest, the majority (not all) of them have been spot on.

From the Eddie Howe debacle to the current crisis we find ourselves in with the first team squad, Celtic really do need to up their game if they are going to give Ange Postecoglou the best start possible to his Celtic career.

Ange, so far, has been very impressive in how he deals with the media and how he sees his vision of how he wants Celtic to play, but so far, the lack of cutting edge in the transfer market is hindering his progress.

Barry Ferguson is one such pundit and generally when I listen to him on The Go Radio Football Show, for a former *Rangers player, his views are quite balanced and fair.

I know that last comment will not go down well with the Celtic support, but those who are honest with themselves and listen to him regularly will agree. Until now.

Assessing Celtic’s chances to win back the league this season Ferguson says the Govan side are the clear favourites but did make a strange claim when speaking about Celtic’s dealings in the transfer window, “Quite a lot of business already done and people have agreed deals. They have not signed with clubs but virtually agreed with them.

“He is clearly frustrated and he has brought a few players in but he’s wanting another four or five, but it’s hard to do.

“Money, as well, have Celtic got the money to spend? They have brought £13.5million in for Ajer, which I think is brilliant business going into the final year of his contract, but Celtic are playing catch up.

“Rangers are clear favourites at this moment in time.

Ferguson must have been sleeping since January where Celtic have raked in the guts of £35m and more in transfer fees and are not required to sell players this window to keep the lights on, unlike the club formerly known as Rangers.

With almost £14m spent already this summer, the club have only just begun their spending spree. Let’s see what the rest of the window brings.

Is Celtic Stars Time Up As Stephen McGowan Highlights Postecoglou’s Shopping List?

With Celtic’s activity in the transfer market starting to gather pace, trusted journalist Stephen McGowan has predicted that the Hoops supporters are about to witness a massive upturn in incomings and outgoings this week.

Vital Celtic reported this morning that Daily Mail reporter McGowan expects striker Odsonne Edouard to finalise his £20m move to Brighton after their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday but interestingly highlighted the key positions Postecoglou wants to strengthen before the window closes.

We all know centre back, right back, wingers and strikers are priorities but according to McGowan, Postecoglou is also on the lookout for a defensive midfielder. So that leads me to ask, ‘Where does that leave Ismaila Soro’?

Soro broke through to the first team under Neil Lennon and impressed the supporters with his energy and enthusiasm and went on to make 21 appearances that season.

Soro shows he has a great engine and excellent potential and since former captain Scott Brown left the club for Aberdeen, many would have thought the young 23 year old was a shoe in to step into Brown’s role in the centre of the park.

Against West Ham on Saturday, Soro showed his rawness and (possibly?) inexperience as he barged down Antonio in the box to concede a penalty as Celtic suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat.

If Celtic do bring in another defensive midfielder, does this indicate that Postecoglou deems the young Ivory Coast international not quite ready for the step up into first team or will it mean that the new Celtic gaffer simply thinks he is not good enough to fit into his style of play?

Either way, it doesn’t bode well for Soro this season.

I hope the young man does make it at Paradise. I enjoy watching him play and his enthusiasm for the game is infectious.

In my opinion there is a player in there, let’s hope Postecoglou can draw it out as he has the potential to become a star at Celtic for years to come.

The Sun’s Latest MoonHowling Headline Touts Galactico “Transfer”

Sometimes you see a story and you need to check the date. Not because I think it’s been stolen from my site (I wish) but just in case I slipped into a coma and I’ve come too on April 1st.

Today, as some of you may well know saw Rangers* take on the Spanish Galactico’s of Real Madrid in a pre season friendly.

The Govan team eventually ran out 2-1 winners after coming from behind with goals from Sakala and Itten after Madrid went down to 10 men.

The Spaniards played a full strength team minus just a few first team players as Carlo Ancelotti decided to rest Coutois, Carvahal, Modric, Kroos, Mendy, Benzema and Hazard and a few others but apart from that, it was a full strength Galactico side.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still a decent result considering we were humiliated against West Ham but The Sun chose to run a story from what I can only imagine was a wind up tweet from a Real Madrid’s supporters club that Madrid should sign Ryan Kent INSTEAD of Mbappe.

You the type of tweet I’m talking about. When we beat Barcelona in a real competitive match in the Champions League against a full strength Barca side there was many pictures of Messi mocked up with him revealing a photo of Tony Watt under his shirt after he had scored.

That kind.

And I was correct as the tweet was followed up with a secondary wind up tweet as shown above.

But the national newspaper ran the story anyway and it was a SERIOUS piece. Almost like it believed it was a serious suggestion.

Mbappe or Kent? What would it be? I’m sure Ancelotti is on the phone to Gerrard as we speak.

“He’s going nowhere” – Wayne Rooney Fires Warning To Postecoglou

Celtic’s search for a suitable right back has taken a massive blow as Derby County boss, Wayne Rooney, fired a warning that none of his players will be leaving the club, including Celtic target, Nathan Byrne.

Byrne has been on the Hoops radar as they seek to strengthen the right full back position as Anthony Ralston still remains the only recognised right sided defender at the club.

With all the best will in the world, Ralston clearly isn’t strong enough to reach the demands that Ange Postecoglou requires for his style of play and Ange has earmarked Byrne as the perfect man to slot into that area.

With the Championship club currently unable to bring players in due to a transfer embargo, a report says Rooney has fired a warning that his players will remain at the club until he gets the opportunity to bring in reinforcements, “None of my players are going anywhere.

“Obviously, we haven’t got enough players as it is.

“The way we are trying to play, they (Byrne and team-mate Lee Buchanan) are the two most important players on the pitch, so none of my players will be leaving the club this transfer window unless it is to benefit them, whether it is a loan, but that can only happen if we are allowed to bring players in.”

With less than a week to go until the new season kicks off, it looks increasingly likely that Celtic will kick off their first match with Ralston as the right back, but the Hoops fans will be hoping that the club will be working hard behind the scenes to get new players in, and quick.

“One Day I Will Play For A World Famous Club” – Hoops Targets Massive Hint To Celtic Transfer

Celtic have been making major moves in the transfer window this summer. The last two weeks have seen three players in Osaze Urhoghide, Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt joining the ranks and with the Parkhead club being linked to several players this summer, one reported target has dropped a massive at where he believes his future lies.

Japanese international Ko Itakura has spoken about his desire to make himself a star in the game and how he aims to play for a world famous club, and there are none more famous than the green and white hoops.

Speaking to the press, Itakura said, “Groningen is the place where I was able to put myself on the map, where I learned to communicate in a foreign language.

“Everything here I did for the first time, and at the next club it will no longer be the first time. I have grown as a person and as a footballer.

“My dream is that one day I will play for a world famous club so that everyone knows who Ko Itakura is.

“But I think that after my career I will always want to come back to FC Groningen. That says it all.”

There is no doubt that Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou will know Itakura well with his contacts and time spent in Japan, and it may well be that be that with the Hoops backline requiring serious strengthening this summer, Itakura may be the man the Ange identifies as the man to bolster his defence.

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