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In six seasons at Shelburne we have won every trophy possible at local level and also represented Ireland in the group stage of the Champions League two seasons in a row.

A move to Celtic is a logical decision for Dean Delany. Celtic's history is closely linked to Ireland. It`s a club with a huge fanbase and opportunities to achieve great things.

The basic principles on which Delany's team will be built do not change:

- A commitment to developing young players through club vertical;

- Creating British core (though at Shelbourne It was transformed more to Irish core);

- Attractive football

 

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2020 - 2027 Overview

 

Scottish Premiership

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UEFA Champions League

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UEFA Europa League | Scottish Cup | Scottish League Cup

 

Nation Club Coefficients

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League reputation | | Qualification Places

 

 

The Celtic Football Club 2027

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Facilities | Finances

 

Staff overview

Coaching team

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Planning structure of the coaching staff: 1 Assistant Manager (currently 0), 2 GK Coaches (currently 0), 2(3) Fitness Coaches (currently 1), 5 Coaches (currently 0), 1 Head Performance Analyst (currently 1), 2 Performance Analysts (currently 1)

Medical Team

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Planning structure of medical staff: 1 Head Physio (currently 0), 3 Physios (currently 2), 1 Head of Sports Science (currently 1), 1 Sports Scientist (currently 1)

Recruitment team

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Planning structure of the recruitment staff: 1 Chief Scout (currently 1), 8-12 Scouts (currently 4), 1 Loan Manager (currently 0), 2 Recruitment Analysts (currently 0)

 

Squad Overview

Transfers 2020 - 2021 | Transfers 2021 - 2022 | Transfers 2022 - 2023 | Transfers 2023 - 2024 | Transfers 2024 - 2025 | Transfers 2025 - 2026 | Transfers 2026 - 2027

Goalkeepers

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 23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Lucas Bergstrom 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Justin Bijlow  

Defenders

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23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Davide Bettella | 23px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Straninja Pavlovic23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Roman Zobnin | 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Niklas Stark23px-Flag_of_Belgium_(civil).svg.png Jason Denayer23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Max Kilman23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Giorgos Kyriakopoulos

Midfielders

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Callum McGregor | 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png John McGinn | 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Lewis Ferguson | 23px-Flag_of_Wales.svg.png Joe Morrell22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Lucas Lourenco23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Thomas Muller22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Pedrinho23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Ferdi Kadioglu23px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png Takumi Minamino23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Cengiz Under20px-Flag_of_the_Democratic_Republic_of_ Yoane Wissa

Strikers

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Paul Rawson23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Will Russell



Youth Prospects

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png David McMillan23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Conor McLeish23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Kenny Grady23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Colin Robertson

 

Current season (2026 - 2027)

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

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January 2027

 

Scottish Premiership

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Perfect start of career at Celtic Park. 4 wins with 13 goals scored and 0 conceded. 

Scottish Cup Fourth Round

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It was easy game against semi-professionals. The main highlight of the match was the debut of the 16-year-old David McMillan who became both the youngest player in club history debuted in official matches and the youngest goalscorer (he scored two goals in this match).

Next opponent - Queen`s Park (Scottish Championship).

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New Signing

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Ian Bradbury

Bradbury is an emergency option as we lost Kyriakopoulos for two months. Very talented player, we should keep an eye on him and look for possibility signing on permanent basis.

 

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February 2027

 

Scottish Premiership

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The match against Hearts was the toughest in this month. Anyway our winning run continues.

UEFA Europa League

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Despite the fact the we conceded very easy goals in the first leg It was great performance. 

Next opponent - Everton (EPL)

Scottish Cup

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The draw so far seems to be very favourable to us.

Next opponent - Hamilton (Scottish Championship)

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International match reports

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March 2027

 

Scottish Premiership

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A strong-willed victory over Hibernian earned us an early win in the league

UEFA Europa League

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Fantastic win at the first leg meant nothing. Match in Liverpool was a mix of luck and great performance from Bergstrom. Everton is a really strong side so I`m very happy that we are going through.

Next opponent - Man City (EPL)

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2027 Youth Intake

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png David Stephen - very promising youngster

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Mark Archibald

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Very pleasant deal.  Toulouse and Ligue 2 are a good platform for loans and we get more advanced access to French market.

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April 2027

 

Scottish Premiership

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Not the best performance in April. There are no more easy matches as we entered championship group but our game could be better for sure.

UEFA Europa League

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First Leg and 60 minutes of second one were pleasant to watch for me as we were in game against one of the best clubs in the world (Pep is still there). But then guys from Man City showed real class and destroyed our defense. Anyway we took a good account of ourselves in this competition. 

Scottish Cup Semi-FInal

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We did the job in the first half and all remaining time were in thoughts about the final.

Next opponent - Kilmarnock

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May 2027

End of season review

Scottish Premiership

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The end of the season showed that ,yes, we are the most powerful team for sure but at the same time level of top 5-6 clubs in Scotland is really decent and we should give 100% in these fixture to guarantee the win.

Scottish Cup Final

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Fantastic football from our side and 2nd title this season.

Other competitions review

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Season awards

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Player stats (overall)

Team of the Season (Delany`s version)

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23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Ferdi Kadioglu --- 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Lucas Lourenco --- 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Pedrinho

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png John McGinn --- 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Lewis Ferguson

23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Max Kilman --- 23px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Strahinja Pavlovic --- 23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png David Bettella --- 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Roman Zobnin

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14 hours ago, RageMaster said:

@Vladis Can't wait to see how you mould the squad and hopefully you get some more luck with the youth than you had at Shelbourne. KUTGW! 

Hi, @RageMaster. Thanks. Talking about the squad I don`t plan massive overhaul, maximum 4-5 changes for the first team. In mid-term we need to rejuvenate the squad as we have a lot of aging players but It`s a matter of several transfer windows because I want to make this process as painless as possible for the team's results.

Agree about youths. If we can produce another two-three youngsters of Russell quality I will be happy.

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June - July 2027

Pre-season review

 

New kit (and title sponsor)

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VMware is the new title sponsor of the club. 

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Transfers

Players Out (63,5M €)

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A lot of high-earned aging players were sold which were not considered as an important. Only one unplanned sale is Max Kilman. But the offer from Napoli was too good to turn down considering the facts he is 30 y.o. and his wage was 98k per week.

Players In (5,5M €)

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Ian Bradbury (Loan Extended) - Ian is really great young fullback who is progressing quickly and should be regular starter this season after Kilman departure.

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Bill Barnes (Mandatory fee 6,25M € after 25 matches) - Another prospect from EPL top club. Very brave and versatile player.

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Kyle Walker-Peters - Very experienced player. An immediate option as we are still in search of someone who can close this position for years.

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Miguel Patmore - Great luck to sign such good and perspective player for free. Could cement our midfield for many years ahead.

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22px-Flag_of_North_Macedonia.svg.png Bobi Terziev - My boy :D One of favourite players at Shelbourne who debuted at 16 y.o. at professional level and already have 12 international caps. I know his abilities. Doubly he will be world-beater but could be great servant for our club.

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jonny Harrison - Decent addition to our attacking line

Other deals

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23px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Brian Ferguson - Versatile defender who can be developed into really good player. Next season he will spend on loan at West Brom.

22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Ronaldo - Brazilian-borned who started his career in Northern Ireland. Was in my shortlist last two years. Good spread of skills and decent potential. Will start at U18 team.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Callum Shaw - appeared to be unnecessary for Fiorentina and returns to his homeland. Next season will play on loan at home and first professional club - Alloa.

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Starting XI & Second XI

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I`m satisfied with options at my disposal. Currently we are in search for another CD and I plan to give playing time to our young prospects from U18 team McMillan and Stephen.

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Pre-season friendly matches

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Everything was according to our plan. Especially delighted with fixtures against Atletico and Chelsea where we have successfully tested alternative tactic based on more cautious approach with quick counter attacks.

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Board expectations and tittle odds

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July - August 2027

Transfers

Near to the end of transfer window we received an attractive offer from Burnley for our main goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. It wasn`t easy decision to let him go as he is really top and there is not absolutely equivalent keeper at the market who is available for us for adequate money. But on the other hand he is near to 30 and is on high wage. Anyway, the decision has been made. Good luck him in EPL.

As a replacement for Justin we have signed 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gavin Bazunu, Ireland`s leading keeper, with Nigerian routs, born in Dublin. He is only 25 so could develop himself further for next 2-3 years. Signed for Aston Villa for 10M.

Next signing is another my favourite from Shelbourne times - England Alex Kirk, Arsenal academy graduate. It is unlikely he will ever become a regular starter in Celtic but may be we could slightly make a boost to his career.

And major transfers at Deadline Day:

Lyon came with really good money for our key defender Bettella. Considering that I had a really good CD from Liverpool in my shortlist I quickly had agreed the deal and let Davide to conquer the France.

And those player from Liverpool is 23px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Dejan Lazarevic, 21 y.o. Partizan academy graduate. An estimated amount of the deal is 23.5M€. So for now  we have interesting Serbian partnership in central defence Pavlovic - Lazarevic.

Scottish Premiership

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Excellent start of the season with 4 wins and 14 goals scored. 

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UEFA Champions League

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It's fair to say we got lucky with the draw. Though Partizan sensationally beat a very solid Basel in the previous round so we took our opponent seriously and  did what we had to do.

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We will probably only be in a battle for 3rd place. I have no idea how Sparta got into CL groups only if @SixPointer is managing them :D.

Other Scottish clubs in Europe:

Rangers - Europa League group stages

Dunfermline - Europa League group stages

Scottish League Cup

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It was not so easy as scoreline shows but our attacking line on high.

Next opponent - Rangers (Quarter Final)

 

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14 hours ago, Vladis said:

 

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July - August 2027

Transfers

Near to the end of transfer window we received an attractive offer from Burnley for our main goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. It wasn`t easy decision to let him go as he is really top and there is not absolutely equivalent keeper at the market who is available for us for adequate money. But on the other hand he is near to 30 and is on high wage. Anyway, the decision has been made. Good luck him in EPL.

As a replacement for Justin we have signed 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Gavin Bazunu, Ireland`s leading keeper, with Nigerian routs, born in Dublin. He is only 25 so could develop himself further for next 2-3 years. Signed for Aston Villa for 10M.

Next signing is another my favourite from Shelbourne times - England Alex Kirk, Arsenal academy graduate. It is unlikely he will ever become a regular starter in Celtic but may be we could slightly make a boost to his career.

And major transfers at Deadline Day:

Lyon came with really good money for our key defender Bettella. Considering that I had a really good CD from Liverpool in my shortlist I quickly had agreed the deal and let Davide to conquer the France.

And those player from Liverpool is 23px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Dejan Lazarevic, 21 y.o. Partizan academy graduate. An estimated amount of the deal is 23.5M€. So for now  we have interesting Serbian partnership in central defence Pavlovic - Lazarevic.

Scottish Premiership

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Excellent start of the season with 4 wins and 14 goals scored. 

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UEFA Champions League

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It's fair to say we got lucky with the draw. Though Partizan sensationally beat a very solid Basel in the previous round so we took our opponent seriously and  did what we had to do.

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We will probably only be in a battle for 3rd place. I have no idea how Sparta got into CL groups only if @SixPointer is managing them :D.

Other Scottish clubs in Europe:

Rangers - Europa League group stages

Dunfermline - Europa League group stages

Scottish League Cup

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It was not so easy as scoreline shows but our attacking line on high.

Next opponent - Rangers (Quarter Final)

 

If Sparta play anything like I did in the group stages you will be nailed on for a third place at least :lol:

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Thanks to forum update my last post with September update has disappeared. Therefore, I will at once present a two-month update.

 

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September - October 2027

Scottish Premiership

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Our fourteen-game winning streak came to an end at Motherwell. On the bright side is beautiful win in Old Firm derby.

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UEFA Champions League

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Absolutely fantastic start in CL. Match with Bayern was a real art of counter-attacking football. We gave them ball but let almost nothing to do with it. Similar picture at Giuseppe Meazza but this time we may be were more lucky. Sparta is a tough nut to crack, besides the draw with us, they also took points against Inter.

Scottish League Cup 

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Not the easiest draw. Two really tough games including derby with Rangers and we are in the final.

Next opponent - Motherwell (Final)

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November 2027

Scottish Premiership

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Second defeat in the season and in the same manner as with Motherwell. Mistake here and there in defense cost us points. May be we need some more time to achieve better cohesion among defenders. Anyway It`s only local problems at this moment as we are leading comfortably in the league.

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UEFA Champions League

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We are sensational in European campaign. Patience, hard work and set-pieces are two major factors of our success this CL season. 

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Finally! After several unsuccessful requests, the board agreed to update our training facilities.

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brilliant read - i usually always do a Celtic save. Currently on my 3rd season on FM22, and finished 2nd in UCL groups that had Man Utd, Porto and Dinamo. Looking forward to the rest of it now. Love seeing Ferdi in there also, signed him but he wanted to move on after only one and half seasons. Cant complain, signed for 4m and sold to Brighton for 22m. Great read.

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2 hours ago, Jodydoc said:

brilliant read - i usually always do a Celtic save. Currently on my 3rd season on FM22, and finished 2nd in UCL groups that had Man Utd, Porto and Dinamo. Looking forward to the rest of it now. Love seeing Ferdi in there also, signed him but he wanted to move on after only one and half seasons. Cant complain, signed for 4m and sold to Brighton for 22m. Great read.

Thanks, mate! I really enjoying playing in Scotland. We are huge team but teams like Rangers, Hibernian, Motherwell constantly improve there squad and can cause problems for us.

Ferdi was brought by Lennon before I arrived here. Great player with adequate wage (only 32k p/w), would like to keep him for longer time.

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December 2027

Scottish Premiership

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Another great month! Amazing result for Pavlovic - 4 goals from corners.

UEFA Champions League

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Fully deserved win over Sparta and we finish 1st which is huge achievement already. Let`s see how far we can go in knockout rounds.

Next opponent - Monaco (First Knockout Round)

Scottish League Cup Final

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Motherwell is doing well this season and It was tough final. Another trophy in Delany`s collection.

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I love Norway so was really pleased with the offer from the board to make a link with Tromsø side. And it could be a good path for Scandinavian market which is rich for talents.

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January 2028

Transfer Window

Players Out

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I`m pleased with the money we received for backup GK Bergstrom and 3d choice fullback Zobnin. Ronaldo went to Ligue 2 to gain experience and adapt for senior level football. Loans of Norrington-Davies and Morrell are related to new signings.

Players In

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I've gone a bit away from the club's transfer policy and signed some very experience players.

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21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Morten Thorsby - described as Model Professional. Super hard-working midfielder who has all abilities to be a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room.

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Scottish Premiership

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Another great win over Rangers and two unnecessary draws.

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Scottish Cup

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Not the best day for Rangers` fans...as almost all recent Derby days :D

Next opponent - Ross County (Fifth Round)

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February 2028

Scottish Premiership

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Finally a month without conceded goals, though it was not so hard schedule.

UEFA Champions League

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We continue to surprise. Attacking line of Monaco was very dangerous but we managed to play solid in defense and converted our chances well.

Scottish Cup

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Two two very difficult strong-willed wins. Especially impressive was comeback in match with Ross County with two goals at extra time.

Next opponent - Aberdeen (Semi Final)

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March 2028

Scottish Premiership

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And again Motherwell! We were in lead until the 70th minute but then just stopped to play and conceded 3 goals! Let think it was the lesson for us.

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UEFA Champions League

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Another absolutely brilliant performance from our team in CL. It was fully deserved victory! Russell is the main hero with hat-trick. 

Next opponent - S.L. Benfica

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2028 Youth Intake

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Overall good intake, and I`m especially pleased with high percent of good personalities among these youngsters.

Paul Swanson is really exciting one. He is already Model Citizen and doesn`t have any notable weakness.

Jim Flett is another naturally right left-back with decent potential.

Lucas Macbeath - looks like good playmaker in the future. In AMC position he should be more helpful, I guess.

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