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SKY REPORTER GIVES COMPELLING BACKROOM TEAM UPDATE

You know, it really is a strange one. Not the appointment of Ange Postecoglou, but the whole issues with Celtic and allowing their managers to appoint there own backroom team.

Not since the days of Brendan Rodgers, have we seen a manager allowed any form of control of the staff they want to bring in. I think we even need to go as far back as Martin O’Neill‘s days to remember a Celtic manager having TOTAL control of all first team affairs.

With all the talk of Eddie Howe knocking back the Celtic job because he couldn’t get his own team in, you would think that Postecoglou would have already sounded out his guys and work would be ongoing to get them to the club ASAP.

Not according to Sky Reporter Anthony Joseph. Joseph is Sky’s correspondent for Scottish football and he gave an really interesting update on the backroom team scenario. Speaking on the Only As Good As Your Last Game podcast, Joseph revealed, “It depends what kind of role they’ll be in. Certainly, Kennedy and Strachan haven’t been told anything yet, and neither have the other guys that Ange is wanting in.

“But that the pro licence thing doesn’t affect anything. Celtic are very confident Ange will get this certificate of recognition which gives him three years to essentially enrol on the pro licence and complete the pro licence which which should happen.”

So the argument that we could be left in a situation where Ange doesn’t get the backroom team he wants because of the Pro Licence really shouldn’t matter. So why are the club holding onto Kennedy and Strachan? Are they going to be forced upon Postecoglou or is he going to be allowed to get his own team in?

Time will tell, but lets hope whatever situation happens, it doesn’t affect the managers ability to get on with his job.

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WHAT SUTTON SAID TODAY CONFUSED THE WHOLE OF CELTIC TWITTER

Right off the bat, Chris Sutton waded into the Ange Postecoglou debate but went about it in a way only Englishmen would understand, and Scotsmen would scratch their heads at.

Cricket isn’t the best analogy to use when you are speaking to a largely Scottish audience but that’s exactly what Sutton did, and the Celtic fans were confused beyond belief.

Sutton said of the appointment,

“For the Celtic cricket fans from an older generation…

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Ange Postecoglou taking the Celtic job in the current situation is like being sent out to bat against Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee without pads, helmet, gloves and a box…”

And it was enough to send the majority of Celtic twitter into a meltdown. Of confusion. Some levied the accusation that Sutton was having a go at Postecoglou. Some thought it was at the current squad. Many got the gist of what Sutton was trying to say and to be fair, it did take me a while to work it out.

Sutton was simply pointing out that Postecoglou was walking into a job with no protection and suggested that he needed help if he was going to be successful with the massive job he has ahead of him.

No doubt Postecoglou has a massive job ahead of him and no doubt he knows what he is walking into, but is there doubt in his ability to lead Celtic through this difficult phase in their history? Time will tell.

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Deleted Mystery Tweet Claims Celtic Star Is “Free Agent”



Leigh Griffiths has been the subject of intense speculation since it was first revealed that Celtic may not be taking up the option of extending his contract by a further year.

With the former Scotland hitman being linked with a return to his old club, Hibs,  it is still not known whether or not Griffiths will, in fact, remain at the Hoops. Until now.

This afternoon, Griffiths brother Aaron, tweeted a cryptic message which seemed to suggest that Griffiths has in fact been freed, “Not without a contract from Celtic he won’t he’s a free agent as far as I’m aware”.

The tweet was screenshot by user @Conor67_ as it was swiftly deleted which prompted many fans to wonder if the popular striker has in fact been released by the club.

Griffiths has not been without his controversies this season as his well reported off field issues have seriously impacted his ability to not only break through to the Celtic first team, but also the national squad.

The Celtic support are split on whether or not Griffiths should be offered a new deal for next season, but with Patryk Klimala already gone and Odsonne Edouard looking more likely to be heading to Leicester City, the question is not whether Celtic can afford to extend Griffiths contract but can they afford not to?

OUTSPOKEN PUNDIT PUMMELS BOARD WITH HYPOCRITICAL DEFENCE OF LENNON AND HAMMOND SIGNING POLICY

There has been a lot said about Celtic’s hunt for a new manager. The Celtic board have, quite rightly, been lambasted for their handling of the Eddie Howe affair and now they are being held to account for the potential shambles of the Ange Postecoglou appointment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the Postecoglou appointment IS a shambles, but the circus that has surrounded it is.

Speaking in his weekly column, Charlie Nicholas has criticised the board by, strangely, crediting the Lennon/Hammond regimes transfer policy, “Ange Postecoglou looks set to become Celtic manager – but how many top targets will he have missed out on by then? We had the Eddie Howe disaster but now they look to be finally in a position to land Postecoglou. There is no doubt that Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond would have put transfer targets in place before they departed.”

What a strange comment. Are we talking about the same Hammond that identified Barkas, Duffy and Laxalt? The same Lennon that said he had been tracking Laxalt for almost two seasons before he managed to get him? Or the same two guys that identified Jonjoe “Pass it sideways” Kenny? And there have been many more!

This is coming from the same pundit, who just back in January said of the signing policy, “Celtic have gone backwards and the signings have been poor. They were lazy about the signings.” The hypocrisy is incomprehensible.

Sometimes I genuinely think these “pundits” just need to take a deep breath before speaking or writing, which actually makes what he said worse as writing requires a degree of thinking. Nope, wait. It makes sense now!

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LEADING CELTIC PODCASTER DESTROYS LENNON’S “NEW BREED” QUOTE IN ONE SINGLE TWEET

I genuinely don’t know what Neil Lennon’s thought process was regarding “that” interview published yesterday. I understand he needs to come out swinging and give his side of the story, I get that, but his complete revisionism of the history of last season is astounding.

Lennon seems to have the opinion that the supporters turned on him because of a home cup defeat against Ross County back in November last year, “That was the first cup defeat in 35/36 games. It was the end of an unbelievable cycle of success and for them to be treated that way was bewildering. They should have been lauded for it rather than abused.

“They were getting pelted with missiles. It was very sad. There was a new breed of supporters that I had nothing in common with and who belie the values of the club.”

Lennon’s “new breed” of supporter attack certainly did not endear him to the fans. Many of them still believe he is a legend at the club despite the calamity of last season. I wonder what they think of him now?

Popular Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes completely blows his the former Celtic boss’s claim with a single tweet that was precise and to the point, “And an old breed of supporters who you have absolutely nothing in common with.” and the reaction was met with widespread agreement.

Lennon has chosen to forget the team lost out on the Champions League to a mediocre Hungarian side at home, in a one off tie.

But more importantly, in the same month as the cup defeat he had chosen to forget the he led the team to an 8-2 aggregate humping against a Czech team that should be nowhere near Celtic. And a 2-2 draw away to Hibs where two goals in the last 10 mins saved Celtic from further embarrassment.

Lennon’s interview achieved nothing except to alienate himself further from the fans and stain his overall legacy at Celtic Park.

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ENGLISH MEDIA REPORT EPL “BID BEING PREPARED” FOR WANTAWAY STAR

As the news broke of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer’s intentions of quitting the Hoops in the summer, reports in the English media suggest that Norwich City are set to table a bid for the Norwegian.

It was expected that Ajer would be heading to the English Premier League after speculation that Newcastle United were favourites to land the towering defender with an £8m bid, but with Ajer entering the last year of his current contract, the price Celtic would hope to receive could be a lot less than they had hoped.

Ajer said of his future today, “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club. Something is going to happen this summer.

“There are of course many rumours. Right now it’s just rumours. I have one year left on my contract with Celtic and I relate to it, but something will probably happen this summer.

“I have one year left and will be loyal to the club. For both me and Celtic to get the best possible starting point, it probably makes sense that it happens this year.

After reports linking him with a £20m move to AC Milan at the start of the season, Ajer may be resigned to EPL relegation mediocrity as a move to consistent drop zone club Newcastle United or, as expected, Norwich will do nothing for the defender’s medal haul, although it will significantly top up his bank balance.

Prominent fan group FIRES warning to Celtic board. There is trouble ahead

Not too long ago I received a message from the fan group “Celts for Change” detailing what their plans are to tackle the current crisis at the club and how their plans to force the board to listen the fans by strangling various sources of income from the club.

“Celts For Change 2021” are a group reborn from days of the Kelly & Whyte dynasty that almost forced Celtic to close down over debts of just over £1m. They, alongside Brian Dempsey, Willie Haughey and the legendary Fergus McCann, helped oust the old board before the unthinkable happened.

Celtic were eventually saved from oblivion, paid their debts and saved the clubs history. Something that cannot be said for the team masquerading as *Rangers on the other side of the city.

Celts For Change 2021 tweeted this afternoon “We want our football club back, not an accountancy firm” as they aim to raise awareness of the corporate suicide the Celtic board have displayed in their lack of investment in the side in the last ten years, alongside allowing *Rangers to catch up with them to the point that they stopped the ten in a row.

The fan movement have already set the tone with an open letter to Dominic McKay where they set out some key points they want the new C.E.O. to address “We would like to outline our current strategy to you. As part of our ongoing protest, we will be recommending that all supporters delay renewing their season tickets until the following five points have been addressed.​

Peter Lawwell must have no further roles full or part time at the club after July 1st, our chairman Ian Bankier must also give notice of standing down, and the other members of the board complicit in the failings by their silence must do the same.”

Today’s latest tweet is designed to continue their plight to highlight the board seeing the club as a balance sheet and not a football club as the teams current decline. The board got complacent. Not only with the clubs signing policy, but also their management recruitment and transfer policy.

Celts For Change 2021 are continuing to put pressure on the Celtic board and it remains to be seen whether the board will listen or will continue with their wall of silence.

CELTIC BOARD STICK TWO FINGERS UP TO THE FANS

The Celtic board have tonight claimed that they have met their promise of “added value” to the fans from their pledge in June 2020 regarding the season ticket prices.

Thousands of fans forked out on average £550 for season tickets last summer to shower their backing for the club’s pursuit of the ill fated ten in a row.

The club then vowed to give the fans added value for their money in terms of a virtual season ticket where the supporters could watch all home games online. The board say the provision of two additional live matches, one live cup match, two delayed UEFA matches and some virtual programming was enough to meet their added value pledge.

The Celtic Trust disagreed and lobbied the club to issue shares as payment instead of refunds so the fans would be properly recompensed for not being able to attend games despite their financial backing.

A statement by the trust read, “The added value they say they have provided consists of a stream for a league cup game, two friendlies, two delayed European games (after they’d finished) and online programmes. 

“The Celtic Trust does not agree that any value has been provided which would meet the terms of the commitments made in June 2020 and we are also clear that no meaningful consultation has taken place given that no alternative proposals have been put to anyone by the PLC Board.

The full statement from the Trust can be read here. This is yet another example of the Celtic board still not getting the mood of the fans and proving yet again how out of touch they are with supporters.

REPORT: HOWE ‘SPOKEN TO’ CENTENERY LEGEND TO JOIN TEAM. ARE CELTIC FANS READY FOR THIS?

A report has surfaced today that Eddie Howe has spoken to former Celtic warhorse Peter Grant to join his backroom team when he officially takes over the reigns at Paradise.

Grant was pivotal in his role in the famous Centenry Double season way back in 1988 where he helped Celtic lift the league and Scottish Cup double as part of a midfield duo with Paul McStay.

The boy from Bellshill, nicknamed ‘Peter the Pointer’ genuinely loved playing for the Hoops and it now looks like he could be in line for another sensational return to his boyhood heroes if Howe gets his way.

Grant was part of the ill fated Tony Mowbray era in season 2009/10 but with rumours of a bust up with Neil Lennon at the time, it seemed that was enough to end his coaching career at Paradise the first time around.

However, Grant could be in for a sensational and emotional return as part of Howe’s backroom team and if he is brought on board, one thing is for sure, the lack of commitment and passion shown by the players this season will most certainly not be tolerated by Grant and that is definitely something that is required at Celtic Park next season.

“WE KNOW HOW CLEVER THESE AGENTS ARE” – REPORTER’S INSIGHT AT HOWE HOLD UP

Now that Bournemouth’s season has officially come to an end, there seems to be no reason why Celtic can’t up the stakes and announce Eddie Howe as the new manager.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, journalist Mark Guidi, has given his insight into why he thinks the deals has been held up until now.

Guidi has hinted that the Howe’s agents are possible at play and suggested that bonus’s depending on Bournemouth’s fate must be the reason he can’t be unveiled, “I can only imagine that some kind of contractual situation where bearing in mind Eddie Howe and Bournemouth parted company in August of last year.

“I think that it might be that Eddie Howe, even though he’s not the manager and he’s been away, but there will be something his contract, because we know how clever these agents are. There will be something that where if Bournemouth go straight back up Eddie Howe’s on a bonus.

“It wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case and contractually, they need to wait until Bournemouth’s season comes to an end. So it could be his appointed in the next three or four days, or it may be we wait another 10 days or so for an appointment.”

Now that The Cherries are resigned to another season in the English Championship there should be no reason left now why the Celtic board cannot announce their man and get on with the rebuild to wrestle the title back from their rivals over the water.

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