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The Shrewdest Transfer Window In Recent Years ?
It was a busy and productive end to a transfer window that many had feared earlier on would deliver so little.

It was a busy and productive end to a transfer window that many had feared earlier on would deliver so little. This frustration had been born out of the last few windows but this time the board and back-room team delivered with every position which needed strengthening being re-enforced.

Recent evidence of this was in the 2-0 victory at Ibrox in which new defender Christopher Julien was awarded man of the match. Right and left back has also been bolstered with Hatem Abd Elhamed and Boli Bolingoli, who had got off to a shaky start at Celtic Park but repaid the faith shown in him by Neil Lennon with a brilliant display at the weekend. The goalkeeping position was strengthened with the injury to Scott Bain. 'La Gran Muralla' Fraser Forster has returned for a second spell and is a commanding presence in the six-yard box. There are lesser-known talents that joined towards the end of the window and one of them is Republic of Ireland under-21 international, Lee O'Connor.



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 05 September 2019 - 12:32:38 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Sliding Doors – John Kennedy, Kieran Tierney and the short career of the professional footballer.
At the age of 20, John Kennedy, the Celtic centre-half who many had tipped for greatness and who would be a future Celtic legend took to the field for Scotland against Romania; the nation where the Celtic squad were when the news broke of Kieran Tierney's departure to London.

At the age of 20, John Kennedy, the Celtic centre-half who many had tipped for greatness and who would be a future Celtic legend took to the field for Scotland against Romania; the nation where the Celtic squad were when the news broke of Kieran Tierney's departure to London. Just 14 minutes into that game Kennedy's playing career was finished; his dreams dashed amidst a harsh challenge from Ionel Ganea. Long, futile attempts to save his career in the subsequent years were undertaken but eventually it was conceded that his playing days were over.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 07 August 2019 - 21:00:49 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
We'll Take It One Game At A Time
'We'll take it one game at a time' is the frequent call of Brendan Rodgers when asked to reveal targets or long term plans by those in the media.

'We'll take it one game at a time' is the frequent call of Brendan Rodgers when asked to reveal targets or long term plans by those in the media. As the dust settles on the huge miss-match at Hampden Park today, fans will already be looking forward to what will be Celtic's final game of an historic season.

In the first semi-final yesterday in which holders Hibernian got knocked out by Aberdeen, the empty seats were noticeable particularly in the Aberdeen side. There will be those arguing about the kick-off time and distance. These excuses are not valid as this would have been potentially Aberdeen's final meaningful game of the season. Neil Lennon has done a fantastic job with Hibs this season and we all know Aberdeen are chokers on the big occasion so they needed as much vocal support as they could get.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 23 April 2017 - 07:45:55 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
For Those Of Us Outside Of Football Management
For those of us outside of football management, it is difficult to comprehend the stresses and strains put on by it.

For those of us outside of football management, it is difficult to comprehend the stresses and strains put on by it. In Gordon Strachan’s autobiography, he describes in graphic detail the sacrifices and sometimes negative consequences of achieving success at the highest level in football management.
During a typical season there come the weekends when the pressure on the manager is decreased; there is respite and time to re-group and reflect which should be welcomed. This is known as the international break. There can be problems caused by these periods however when players have to jet away far and wide to join up with their national teams. Injuries can occur. Indeed current first team coach John Kennedy’s promising career in the Hoops was cut short while on international duty during a time when Scotland players who played across the city would mysteriously come down with injuries coming up to the international breaks, only to be fine come their next club game.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 24 July 2016 - 14:25:56 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Why Fishing In Familar Waters Can Be A Dangerous Thing
After the excitement tempered slightly as regards to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the attention of the supporters turned to the signings that the new manager would bring in.

After the excitement tempered slightly as regards to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the attention of the supporters turned to the signings that the new manager would bring in. First and foremost however, much of the deadwood needs shipped off to pastures new. The goalkeeping position is the only one not in need of surgery but instead of working from the back and going forward, a new striker is required to partner Leigh Griffiths. Rodgers is also concerned with the state of the backline and at the time of writing is rumoured to be trying to secure the services of 35-year-old Kolo Toure, whom he had signed for Liverpool but who since was released by successor Jurgen Klopp.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 27 June 2016 - 06:45:00 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
There Is No Crystal Ball
On May 20 2016, the nineteenth full-time manager of Celtic Football Club was announced as former Swansea City and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who hails from the picturesque seaside town of Carnlough on the north County Antrim coast.

On May 20 2016, the nineteenth full-time manager of Celtic Football Club was announced as former Swansea City and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who hails from the picturesque seaside town of Carnlough on the north County Antrim coast. He had became odds-on favourite with the bookmakers in the days leading up to the annoucement as the betting market changed rapidly with the names of Neil Lennon, David Moyles, Roy Keane and Paul Lambert filling the homepage of oddschecker.com in their ‘popular bets’ section. The price on the day before his announcement had drifted from 1/10 to 1/3 with Skybet but the man that most Celtic fans wanted, but many believed would not come, put pen to paper on a 12-month rolling contract.



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Posted by voc1967 on Monday 20 June 2016 - 13:25:00 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
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