We just need to keep continuously improving the squad each season, that’s what Celtic’s failed to do and we took full advantage of it.
The mhanky hordes delusion in part stems from the Record and Sun telling them individual players are worth 40 million with half of Europes elite trailing them after a couple of good games. Add to that the online obsession from certain quarters regarding everything RFC trying to influence their board and you have a recipe for disaster. Personally I love it, long may it continue. Instead of trying to counter the obsessive mhanks on Twitter I may now start to encourage them.No likely about it. Édouard, Ajer and Christie are off in the summer. They aren't signing new deals and Celtic need to sell or they lose them for free.
From looking at their squad they need:
A first choice GK
A first choice and back up RB
2 first choice CBs and a back up CB
A first choice LB
A first Choice CDM
2 back up CMs
A backup RW
A first choice and back up LW
A first choice and backup ST
Where is the money coming for all that and a full new backroom staff.
It's looking like they'll be lucky to get £20-25 million combined for Edouard, Ajer and Christie.
Their fans honestly don't seem to realise how big their rebuild is and how much it'll cost. You aren't replacing those 3 players for £2/3 million and bringing in the same quality off the bat. They'll need to spend big to replace those 3 but they won't have the money to build the full squad if they do that.
This is going to be close to Gerrard's rebuild for us that their new manager has to do. Their rebuild is going to be 2/3 years minimum.
Apparently they just need to be more clinical.No it isn't. Everything over there is fine. Please don't change anything
Gordon Strachan doesnt appear to have realised it either.I think the manky fans have, but the club execs haven't.
Feeding on arrogance is what got them into their current situation, I cannot for one moment see Rangers falling into that trap with the excellence of Coaching and Leadership the club currently enjoys.On the surface of things I tend to agree with being a good bit ahead of them at present. For whatever reason in professional football - things change very very quickly. So just enjoy your night, our season and don’t get too arrogant.
Ineed.Which we will, in Stevie G we trust.
I’d like to think the club wouldn’t allow as many as 4 of our top players leave in one window... in fact I would go as far to say that I think that is highly unlikely. I accept that one or two will probably be sold this summer, but what makes you think “we’ll lose AT LEAST four of our top players”?
I’m not doubting our top players will attract interest and bids. Hagi is another that you have not mentioned. However, receiving multiple bids and accepting multiple bids are 2 very different things. Just because we receive a bid for a player does not mean we have to accept it.For a srart, the vast bulk of us are expecting Alfie to go. No surprises with that one. Leeds are going to come in with a bid for Kent, but given how well he's been playing I think a few EPL clubs will try to sign him. Kamara is also arousing significant interest as is Helander. I also think that we may receive enquiries about Aribo. The size of the fees will be significant in each case imo and will test the resolve of the club to refuse them.
Totally correct. We've done so well to get to where we are, built this team over a few years - got ourselves into a great position and opportunity re the champions league spots but we need to keep going and not take anything for grantedWe can't be complacent, it's the main reason they are where they are. This season shows how much things can swing just like that.
In hindsight, that title award looks even worse now.They quite simply thought we were so far behind that they didn't need to put themselves out. Last season they were awarded a title that I'm still not convinced they'd have won easily (as I recall, game in hand, two OF games left, 13 points difference, but could have been 4, I might be wrong here?). In reality we had reeled them in and had stumbled after Xmas. But we were definitely in a better place. We just must not make the mistake they made, negligence and over confidence.
I think Desmond & co have figured it out - that's why there's the constant propaganda by the likes of Strachan that they aren't that far behind. If they admit publicly to being miles behind, how can they attract genuine talent or sell their season ticketsTheir arrogance and complacency has bitten them on the arse big time and its been marvellous watching it unfold while our magnificent team has reclaimed our rightful place.
And the icing on the cake - they still haven't figured it out yet
I was referring more to the unwashed hoards mate.I think Desmond & co have figured it out - that's why there's the constant propaganda by the likes of Strachan that they aren't that far behind. If they admit publicly to being miles behind, how can they attract genuine talent or sell their season tickets
100% - wasn't correcting you. The denial of the moon howling masses is lovelyI was referring more to the unwashed hoards mate.
Desmond and Co smelt the coffee a while back which as you rightly say, is why this narrative is being pushed that they're still the better side, have dominated us in recent games etc
Do you not think if Howe was interested he would be there by now ?We had it with Gerrard, the sense it was a make or break appointment.
I did not see how we'd even compete a few years ago, let alone stop their 10*.
This is their moment - appoint poorly and they'll fall further behind. Eddie Howe, seems to be who they are pinning their hopes on, but I don't see him being given the time needed.
I really don't give a fuk about them tbh though.
He might get a tune out of Griffiths... and that tune will be Lucy in the Sky with DiamondsBoy at work is confident that with a new manager who'll get a tune out of Griffiths and building the rest of the team round Turnball they will be back next year
Long may this level of delusion continue
Gerrard and his team have had what 4 or 5 signings in his tenure that hasn’t worked out which happens in football. Tims have had that in this one season aloneOf course we have to keep kicking on and improving, however, I trust that we will.
Our recruitment for the most part has been excellent, there’s on the other hand has been diabolical, even their big money buys like Ajeti & Barkas.
We’re in a position of strength. Gerrard won’t allow us to slacken off.
It’s much easier adding 2 or 3 quality players than trying to rebuild a full squad and expecting them all to hit the ground running.
One big hurdle they also face is the Euro’s being played in the summer- players don’t normally enter transfer negotiations during this time - they would have to get in early or leave it late to sign playersThey’re in a better place right now than we were 3 years ago, BUT they have some BIG problems coming their way:
Most of their better players will be gone in the summer (bearing in mind they were only good enough to be runners-up this year). Either as a result of their loans finishing (Elyanoussi) or being transferred (Edouard, Christie, Ntcham, Ajer). These are all players nearing the end of their contracts, so the amounts received will be less than the filth would have hoped. Alternatively some may hang on and leave on a Bosnian next year, which would be the filth’s ultimate nightmare. They have a load of dross who they must be hoping they can punt to reduce their horrendous wage bill (Thumb, Rogic). This leaves them with the likes of Ajeti, Barkas, McGregor and perma-injured Julie as the foundation of their team for next season.
Their new manager will therefore have very little to build on and will need practically a new 1st team squad. Even if they manage to scrape together a decent war chest of around £50m, it’s one thing having the money and a completely different thing being able to get the players you want for the right price all in one window.
Realistically, they’ll be looking at a 2-3 year rebuild, just as we were when SG arrived. Most of our signings have been successful, if their new manager just gets a couple wrong then, providing we are still doing the business, they’ll hopefully be in a similar position to now in 2 years time, albeit with much less money thanks to poor transfers in the interim and ST sales collapsing from their fair weather fans staying away.
aren't ajer, christie and edouard out of contract next year? If so, i really hope they stay, contribute little to avoid injury then leave for nothing.It would not be unreasonable to expect 9 of their starting eleven from Sunday to be elsewhere next Season.
All bar Turnbull (and let's be honest, should an offer come they may cash in) & Welsh could well be gone.
New Keeper to replace Bain
Welsh unlikely to be a regular starter
Ajer wants out
Christie turned down a contract extension
McGregor, rumours continue he wants out
Eduoard wants out and played like he wants out
Then you look at players like Ajeti, Griffiths, Bitton, Ralston etc etc. Kept as squad fillers at best?
You’re assuming they’re aiming that high!One big hurdle they also face is the Euro’s being played in the summer- players don’t normally enter transfer negotiations during this time - they would have to get in early or leave it late to sign players
That’s a completely random no. you have pulled out of your butthole.I think we'll lose at least four of our top players during this close season, so I would not crow about their difficulties. I think, however, that we'll still be in a stronger position than them.
We wont lose 4 of our top players. Absolutely no chance. Which 4 do you think??I think we'll lose at least four of our top players during this close season, so I would not crow about their difficulties. I think, however, that we'll still be in a stronger position than them.