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#41 Brucey

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:38 PM

Excellent news I think, hopefully other clubs including my own follow suit.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 12:42 PM

View PostBrucey, on 14 July 2016 - 12:38 PM, said:

Excellent news I think, hopefully other clubs including my own follow suit.


Now would be a great time to lobby the government on this issue.

It`s not as if the Premier league clubs can`t afford it.

Celtic get just 2 Million from TV rights, but this is about the fans, the most vital part of any club.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 01:50 PM

Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain reported to have turned down £800,000 move to to the Far East.. fingers crossed then for The Gunners. Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezman would fit in at the Emirates as well i'm sure.

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 02:57 PM

Marc Wilmots is no longer Belgium's manager. Wales collects yet another scalp. ;)

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 07:00 AM

Riyad Mahrez is apparently going to reject Leicester's new contract offer. If they lose him and Kante that's them in a spot of bother. When I say bother, I don't quite mean a relegation scrap, but I can't see them reaching the heights of last season.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 10:46 AM

With 7 minutes to play, Celtic lead Wolfsburg 2-1 in Glasgow.

Feeling much better now about the second leg next week against the mighty Imps.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 10:50 AM

Can never read too much into friendlies, but yes I think you'll win the second leg quite comfortably.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 11:17 AM

Celtic hold out for the victory.

I agree, too much should not be read into friendly results.

It was however, important for Rogers to win his first home game, especially after last week's debacle.

It calms the fans a bit, as they crave European football.

Very young side put out by Roger's today, and they did very well.

Even Ambrose had a good game.  Roll on Wednesday.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 01:42 PM

13-time champion Wisla Cracow begins the 2016-17 campaign with a 2-1 win at home. Malecki and Brozek started things rolling with an early goal. After that, Miskiewicz and the men in front of him with horrible mistakes and we're tied. The hero of the day turned out to be the sub Pietrzak, converting a free kick into the decider. :cheers:

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 01:34 PM

A surprisingly easy 5-1 victory for Cracovia Cracow against the runner-up from last season. Even Kapustka didn't have to play more than 20 minutes. :atickhum:  The city has 2 winning teams so far...

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 04:41 PM

Is the Polish league very competitive?

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 04:53 PM

View Postfoghorn-leghorn, on 17 July 2016 - 04:41 PM, said:

Is the Polish league very competitive?
I'm not sure what you mean by that. If you're talking about Europe then no. Any player that starts to make a name for himself, leaves the country and ends up in Germany or some other place out west. That's why these teams haven't a prayer doing anything in Champions League. Internally, the league keeps you guessing because Poland never has a clear favorite to win a championship, unlike other nations I can think of: Spain ( Real or Barcelona ) Germany ( Bayern or Borussia ) Scotland ( Celtic or Rangers ) and so on.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 10:31 AM

I know what you mean about losing any decent players to richer leagues.

The fact at least that there is no clear favourite for the Polish championship, makes it a competitive league.

In Scotland, Celtic now have to settle for taking talented youngsters from the EPL clubs on loan,  instead of buying them.

We have Patrick Roberts at the moment from Man City. Very talented. He seems to be enjoying life in Glasgow and hopefully
he will be surplus to requirements at City when his loan period ends in a years time and he stays with us.

For that to have any chance of happening, we MUST qualify for the CPL.



The other problem is the big clubs taking our very young players from us as Chelsea done with the 15 year   old Islam Feruz.

Celtic took this kid from Somalia. We brought his whole family out of the country too. He was treated like a superstar due to his incredible talent.

Along came Chelsea, had a word with his brothers who "Handle" his affairs, and off he went to Chelsea.

He was too young to be offered a professional contract so he was able to simply walk away.

At Chelsea, he was just another face in the huge cardre of young talent Chelsea have amassed, and he disappeared without trace.

The frustrating thing is, Celtic have a fantastic youth Academy, where education is integrated into the training program.

Our under 14's recently won the equivalent of the CPL in their age group and the academy competes in Europe at all age levels.

It's becoming harder and harder for leagues outside the Super Rich Group to compete.

Our latest graduate to make the first team Kieran Tierney, is already attracting too much attention from English Clubs.

Thank god he has just signed a 5 year contract.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 12:01 PM

If reports are to be believed, Mario  Gotze is to return to Dortmund.

I don't understand the thinking behind this decision, especially considering the outrage it caused when he moved to Bayern in the first place.

He certainly won't be getting a warm welcome on his return.

The mighty  "Yellow Wall" will make their feelings abundantly clear once he shows his face.

This was the reaction when it became public that he was signing for Bayern...

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"The seeking of money , shows how much heart a man really has. Piss off Gotze!!!"


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He really should considering signing for someone else.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 01:15 PM

I think Spurs are interested in him.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 01:31 PM

He won't go there .

It has to be regular CPL football or he's not interested.

He left Dortmund because he couldn't see them beating Bayern to the title.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 03:31 PM

Way bigger transfer news than Gotze..........................................Hull might be signing Hal Robson-Kanu and Peter Odemwingie is on trial. :sarcastic:

Not quite like Middlesbrough acquiring the services of Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo to be honest.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 03:58 PM

View PostBrucey, on 18 July 2016 - 03:31 PM, said:

Way bigger transfer news than Gotze..........................................Hull might be signing Hal Robson-Kanu and Peter Odemwingie is on trial. :sarcastic:

Not quite like Middlesbrough acquiring the services of Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo to be honest.

MMmm. Is that really strengthening the team?

At least the club won't be shelling out a fortune for them.

Has Bruce been given a set budget or does he have to haggle with the board for money?

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 04:06 PM

I'll be happy to have them both for squad depth, but I'm a tad concerned that this might mean Hernandez (our best striker for nearly a decade) will be leaving.

Apparently his budget is £18 million, which is a lot less than most premier league teams. If the owners had sold the club to the American investors it would perhaps be more, but we'll to wait until after the transfer window for them to come in. If they don't, expect very small attendances, people have had enough of our owners for reasons I explained in the other football thread.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 04:17 PM

View PostBrucey, on 18 July 2016 - 04:06 PM, said:

I'll be happy to have them both for squad depth, but I'm a tad concerned that this might mean Hernandez (our best striker for nearly a decade) will be leaving.

Apparently his budget is £18 million, which is a lot less than most premier league teams. If the owners had sold the club to the American investors it would perhaps be more, but we'll to wait until after the transfer window for them to come in. If they don't, expect very small attendances, people have had enough of our owners for reasons I explained in the other football thread.

18 Mil Does not seem a lot for the EPL.  Who know's though. Leicester proved anything is possible, even in such a competitive league.




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