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“Stealing patter is nothing, back in 2012 they stole a dead clubs identity”, “He’ll be calling journalists ‘mate’ next” – Celtic fans rinse Beale’s ‘we won’t stop’ war cry

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Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?

Or at least that is what people tell us.

It must be because I swear everything that mob across the city are doing right now it seems as if they are trying to be us.

Linked to Muscat, a Japanese manager. Bealball, whatever the F that is. 9 in a row. European Champions.

The only original idea they have ever had is being liquidated and, well, they can keep that.

But with Beale in the door two minutes, here he is, at it again, with this:

Beale said in this interview, “Me and Ross have always had a positive relationship because we have a massive enthusiasm for the game.

We’re almost like football nerds, we watch every game and know all the players. We won’t stop night and day to push this club forward.”


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I’m genuinely thinking about logging into YouTube and checking for a Mic’d Up video.

If this club ever had an original thought I have yet to see it.

No wait, I’m forgetting about liquidation:

I’ll leave it with this final one:

“He could be a very good player for us” – Celtic tipped to move for out of contract star ‘we’ve been missing’ since Broony

As the transfer rumour mill continues to circulate Celtic, the rumours of who will be joining and who will be leaving will be firmly on the minds of the fans.

As Ange Postecoglou goes about his business quickly and, most importantly, quietly, the lack of rumours coming out of the club leave us all guessing and with an opinion who the club should be targetting.

And there is one player available who is attracting attention ever since he announced he would not be signing a contract extension at his club.

Discussing him, Paul John Dykes and Liam Carrigan certainly seem to think he could do a job for us.

Speaking on A Celtic State of Mind, Carrigan said, “I hope we are because I’m in a minority that actually really rates him and thinks he could.

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He’s not quite Celtic class at the moment but with the right training, the right conditioning and being utilised the right way, he could be a very good player for us.

I really, really liked his performance for Scotland when he came in at the last minute and did superbly well. So yeah, I like him.

I like his wholehearted approach. I think we’ve been kind of missing that, shall we say a wholehearted type of player since ever since Broony left.”

Wholehearted is certainly a word to describe his style. Available for free in the summer of for a nominal fee in January, Porteous is one that I think we should avoid.

His disciplinary record at just 23 years old is shocking. He has been banned for a total of 12 games for five red cards and a yellow card suspension.

Comparing that to Broony, the legendary captain only missed 11 games due to suspension in his ENTIRE career.

Let’s hope this one is body swerved by Ange.

“Celtic supporters would have been happy to see the back of him” – Andy Walker hails rising Celtic star

The headline does look contradictory but I guess the point I’m trying to make from the get go is, look how far Antony Ralston has come.

From a player who was on the very periphery of the Celtic first team, his career at the Hoops looked dead and buried. Especially after his disastrous loan spell at Dundee United.

The now Scotland internship looked set to be out on his ear before Ange Postecoglou walked into Paradise and worked his magic on the 23 year old.

And now? Ralston is an integral part of the Celtic machine.

So much so that Andy Walker details just how important Ralston is to the first team.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Walker said, “I think Ralston doesn’t let anyone down. I think what Celtic are trying doing is to have all over the pitch is a bit of quality and two players for every position almost.

And you can see that. And if Juranovic goes then, with Alistair Johnston coming in, he will compete with Anthony Ralston.

And I don’t think Ralston has let anyone down. He’s a player that has been improved by the current manager.

I spoke to a lot of Celtic supporters a couple of seasons ago and they would have been happy to see the back of Antony Ralston but he is a much-improved player under Ange Postecoglou.”

Ralston signed a contract extension at the start of the season keeping him tied to the club until 2026.

With the departure of Josip Juranovic seemingly on the cards, Ralston may well have the opportunity to grab that right back slot to make it his own just like fellow countryman Greg Taylor did when Diego Laxalt left the club.

He has all the attributes to do so.

“He still seems to divide opinion” – Celtic nine a row legend under the microscope

I’ve never understood the bad rep James Forrest gets from some sections of the Celtic support.

The guy has been at Celtic for every single one of our nine in a row seasons, won a Quadruple Treble and, next to Scott Brown, is one of our most decorated players in our history.

He is a bona fide legend.

But there are still some people who just don’t rate him as a player.

And speaking on BBC Sportsound, Paul John Dykes was discussing the winger when he said, “James is a player that, when we do our broadcast, he seems to still divide opinion a lot of time.

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And I’ll always stand up for him because I just think what the guy has achieved, what benefit other younger players and new players coming into the club are going to get from somebody like James Forrest, who knows the club the expectations and the standards.

So I remember when he scores that hattrick that day I felt a wee bit vindicated because I always stand up for him.

And he’s not going to play every week but what a guy to bring on .

And as I say, I’m sure he’ll be brilliant in the dressing room and on the training park.”

That is, no doubt, why Ange Postecoglou offered him a contract extension.

He still has something to offer the first team as we have already seen this season, but the professionalism he brings to the team and the stature of having a player who has won everything there is domestically must surely be a source of motivation to the youngsters at Lennoxtown that can see that if you work hard enough at your game, you can make it in this game not only for club, but for country as well.

“This is what I have been told” – Former Celt claims he has inside track of Celtic transfers

I’m going to bet who knows nothing about Celtic’s transfer business.

As Ange Postecoglou continues his work at recruiting players the best way he knows how, with stealth and secrecy, the Celtic gaffer is a master at pulling off a signing without the media getting a whiff of it.

Look at last seasons winter window. A triple Japanese signing caught the Scottish media on the hop and Ange’s latest recruit, although was heavily rumoured to happen, the announcement of Kobayashi took everyone by surprise.

So when Frank McAvennie claims he knows what’s going on behind the scenes, a serious pinch of salt needs to be taken with it.

“This is what I have been told,” he told Football Insider.

“The situation is that Ange speaks to his agent and tells him who he identifies with and it is his agent who deals with Mark.

“I am not saying he does not speak to Ange but the day to day things go through his agent.

“I think Ange just wants to deal with the football which is great. He tells them who he has got and who he wants and they go get them for him.“

Yeah, you not buying it either? Don’t get me wrong, McAvennie probably does have contacts within Celtic Park (for tickets etc….) but the inside scoop on Ange’s transfer inner workings?

Do me a favour.

“Perhaps he might have signed for us had I been staying” – Martin O’Neill reveals reason Celtic missed out on 78 cap striker

The Martin O’Neill era was one of best times I had ever seen as a Celtic fan.

Starved of success until the Wim Jansen reign that stopped them winning 10 in a row, the club was expected to kick on build on the league and Cup double the Dutchman delivered.

But after a tempestuous relationship with the then General Manager, Jock Brown, Jansen left and John Barnes was appointed.

We all know what happened after that and after that disastrous appointment, Martin O’Neill was given the Parkhead hot seat.

After five years, one Treble and a European Final, O’Neill left the club due to look after his wife after she fell ill, but in his final season he managed to capture the loan signing of Craig Bellamy.

The Welshman was a fiery character on the field and when asked if he had the opportunity to sign him permanently, O’Neill on The Go Radio Football Show, said, “He came to the football club, we took him on loan from Newcastle at the time.

I think he was having the occasional argument with Graham Souness at that stage, so we took Bellamy.

And Bellamy would have been fantastic for us if we if we had signed him.

Perhaps he might have signed for us had I been staying on at the football club but I left in that in that summer.

So we never really got that opportunity to do so.

But Bellamy, for the period of time that he was with us was really excellent.”

“I looked at” – Chris Sutton gives Ange surprising transfer advice

If there is one thing that Ange Postecoglou doesn’t need, it’s transfer advice.

The Celtic boss has shown that he has an uncanny ability to spot talent whether it be in the UK, Japan or further afield.

The Japanese market had been brilliantly exploited by the Celtic gaffer. There’s been plenty written about that in the past and because of that success Yukio Kobayashi now joins the club as the Hoops FIFTH Japanese signing.

But it’s not just Japan the gaffer has dipped his toe into. Argentina, Russia and England have all been raided and raided very successfully.

But Chris Sutton has offered Angr his opinion on where he should set his sights next.

Speaking in his column in the Daily Record, Sutton said, “There are other markets out there to get into.

For example, I looked at the Ecuador squad during their encounter with Qatar and thought there were good players there.

“Brighton have been upwardly mobile on that score.

Two of the players, Pervis Estupinan and Moises Caicedo, ply their trade on England’s South Coast. Some of the other individuals are in Belgium and France and doing well.

There are surely players just on the fringes of that Ecuador squad, such as Hatate is for Japan, who have talent, youth and ability who are available for peanuts. It’s just finding the right ones.”

The South American market hasn’t really been looked at seriously by the club.

To my mind Juninho and Rafael Scheidt have been the only ones to play for the club from Brazil and Emilio Izaguire from Hondura.

So could Ecuador or any other country in that region be next on the list for Ange?

Who knows because the Celtic boss is very good at keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to player recruitment.

I’m sure we will find out soon enough.

‘Couldn’t wipe the smile off his face’ – After Fabrizio, MLS journalist lifts the lid on brilliant Johnston interview

Transfer talk is all the rage these last few days for the Celtic fans.

After the brilliant announcement earlier this week that we had captured Yukio Kobayashi on a five year deal, next up was Canadian internationalist Alistair Johnston.

The right back is said to be discussing terms with the club and an announcement by Fabrizio Romano pretty much confirmed that Montreal and Celtic had reached an agreement, it seems now that its a matter of when and not if Johnston signs.

Now it’s the turn of MLS journalist Peter Galindo who revealed that during an interview with Johnston he revealed he was ‘honoured to be linked to Celtic:

The guy seems like a class act and further compounds Ange’s mantra that he doesn’t just sign a player, he signs the man.

Dan Orlowitz predicts Celtic’s ‘hidden gem’ could net millions

He’s not even in the door yet and Yuki Kobayashi is being tipped to earn us millions in transfer fees.

The Japanese defender signed for the club in a blaze of glory this week and the capture was met with widespread excitement amongst the Celtic fans.

A left sided defender, Kobayashi finally brings us balance in the centre of defence and the next big question will be who will Postecoglou pick between him, Starfelt and Jenz to partner CCV.

All that will come in due course but giving a run down on the defender, Dan Orlowitz claimed that if Kobayashi is successful at Celtic there is not doubt he could find himself at a ‘bigger club’.

Calm down Dan, there are not many bigger clubs out there than Celtic but I take his point. I’m sure he meant a bigger league.

Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, Orlowitz said, “Kobayashi is a very strong defensive signing. He’s still young, 22 years old, great when it comes to duels, greater winning the ball, especially in the opposing half, very strong in the air.

“I would describe him as a hidden gem in that he isn’t getting get as much exposure as midfielders or attackers.

But for those who do follow the J League, he’s regarded very highly among defenders.

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And I think that people who have seen how he’s evolved at Vissel Kobe, at how he’s done for the underage national teams do see a lot of potential there. And I absolutely do think that if he can succeed at Celtic, he can absolutely step up and move to a bigger club.

The sky’s the limit, as we’ve seen from countless Japanese players in Europe who have arrived and put in the effort, and eventually that’s paid off with big transfers.”

“Bottle jobs”, “It was cheating!” – Chris Sutton slams World Cup star

Chris Sutton is famous for his top class punditry.

The former Celtic striker is outspoken, calls it how is and is not afraid to give his views or opinions on the game. No matter who it offends.

Sutton has seen himself banned from a certain ground in Glasgow for giving his honest opinion on the game and how he sees it.

This time though it’s not Celtic, or Rangers, Sutton is talking about.

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It’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar hit the headlines last night for being the first player to score in 5 consecutive World Cups.

An incredible achievement, but it has been marred somewhat with his onfield antics where Sutton has accused the Portuguese legend of cheating to win his team a penalty against Ghana.

Have a watch:

And this morning he let Ronaldo have it both barrels on the Daily Mail Facebook page:

“It’s not the first time is it? I’ve got to say, the VAR officials are absolute bottle jobs.

“And I’ve got to say, it isn’t good play from Ronaldo. It’s a trerrible example for young kids around the world. Everybody will be tumbling over.

“He’s a brilliant player but it was cheating.

“It’s embarrassing really how they missed it. You don’t have to watch it too many times to see that he went over.

“Totally manufactures. Out of order.

“It wasn’t a penalty. It’s cheating and it’s out of order.”

Ronaldo is one of the greats of the game and controversy like this doesn’t do him any favours at all.