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23 hours ago, jasonc2397 said:

Nice work with Celtic @Vladis, I’d be interested to see how Shelbourne and the League of Ireland more widely have fared in your absence. Spotted that they’d dropped down the coefficients a bit…

Hi @jasonc2397

Shelbourne is doing well. Their manager now  is Jim Goodwin who started his professional career in Celtic. Funny enough). Second season in a row after my resign they continue winning traditions with another two league titles. Unfortunately they didn`t jump into UCL groups stages neither last year nor this season. I don`t remember exactly where Ireland was in coefficients rank at the moment of my move to Glasgow  but for now they are at 16th place near to Greece,  Austria and Czech Republic.

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This season could topple the real life invincible’s at this rate!!

Let`s hope so. Our form is incredible so far!

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December 2028

Scottish Premiership

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Another two crashing victories and first loose of points this season in Old Firm Derby

UEFA Champions League

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Perfect football, great result and knockout rounds again! The opponent in the first round is very tough.

Next opponent - Barcelona (First Knockout Round)

Scottish League Cup Final

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Another trophy in our collection, not so significant in comparison with another ones we have but still.

Club News

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Kopa Trophy is massive achievement for the club and our home-grown Russell personally.

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Another famous award. Bazunu left behind such giants like Meslier (currently in Juve) and ter Stegen (still in Barcelona).

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And a deserved inclusion in World XI of the Year, even as a substitute.

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January 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Good start of the new year with 5 wins in a row

Scottish Cup

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After beating Ross County in League Cup Final, we defeated them in another cup. 

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As you can see Scottish Cup is very prestigious so we pay serious attention to this tournament.

Club News

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23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Michał Piątek

The only signing in winter transfer window is this young Polish midfielder. He should replace in near future aging Under or Pedrinho on the right flank in attack.

Also we sent on loan to Hibernian our young talent Conor McLeish who recently turned 18.

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February 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Only one win separates us from the title. Would be great to do it in Derby,

UEFA Champions League

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Good result against enormously strong attack of Barcelona. It would be very hard at Camp Nou but we know that we are capable to make surprises.

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Rangers/St.Mirren (Semi Final)

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March 2029

Scottish Premiership

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It`s a special way to secure the title - to win the Old Firm Derby! Incredible season so far.

UEFA Champions League

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Absolutely deserved defeat. We were even lucky to concede only two goals. But I`m mot too concerned - their squad is fantastic.

Youth Intake 2029

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Not as good intake as last year but some good youngsters came to the club,

Connor Bradley - looks like perfect Target Man in the future

Billy McDowall

Kyle Macdonald

Shaun MacFarlane

Murray Beattie

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April 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Unfortunately, it will not be undefeated season but we are in 3 points of club record for number of points in the season.

Scottish Cup

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St. Mirren sensationally beat Rangers at the previous stage so we prepared for tough game and as predicted It was not so easy win,

Next opponent - Dundee Utd (Final)

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May 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Final Table

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109 Points! Club record is broken. And amazing stats for both scored and conceded goals. 

Scottish Cup Final

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Tough final - respect for Dundee Utd. Treble for the second season in a row!

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2028 - 2029

END OF SEASON REVIEW

Scottish Premiership - Winners

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UEFA Champions League - First Knockout Round

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Scottish Cup - Winners

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Scottish League Cup - Winners

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Player Stats (Overall)

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Team of the Season (Delany`s version)

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Англия Paul Rawson --- 22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Lucas Lourenco --- Турция Cengiz Under

21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Morten Thorsby --- 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Lewis Ferguson

22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Ronaldo --- 23px-Flag_of_Serbia.svg.png Strahinja Pavlovic --- 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Callum Show --- Флаг Северной Македонии Bobi Terziev

Ирландия Gavin Bazunu

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Awards

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Club Finances

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European Rankings Update

Nation Club Coefficients

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Another good UCL campaign and Motherwell in the final of ECL helped Scotland to secure 8th place in the ranks. That slightly increases chances to get two Scottish team in UCL group stages.

Club Coefficients

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We`ve moved up two places and reached top-20.

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2029 -2030

Pre-Season Review

Recruitment

Players Out

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Everyone has its price. I had no plans to sell team leaders Lourenco and Pavlovic but the offers were good and due to respect to these players I let them go to the top clubs from top leagues.

Pedrinho was a great servant for the club for seven seasons but he seriously declined physically and with so high competition for a place in the team I think it was the right moment to sell him.

I had a big dilemma before the start of pre-season as we have three wonderkids at one position of advanced forward: Russell, McMillan and Grady. At the end of last season I was experimenting a lot with having them all on the pitch at the same time but couldn`t say that I was happy with what I saw. So I decided that I need another year of thinking and experimenting and for that time we loan Grady out to Arsenal where he is considered as regular starter.

And may be even more notable departure: Callum McGregor retired from football after twenty (!) years at the club. And though last years he was mostly out from the regular squad his loyalty means a lot for the club and for the fans.

Also after two years of successful loan Bradbury returned to Arsenal as he expected to get chance for the first team. 

Players In

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Great news for all Celtic supporters. One of the best club products returns home. Though on loan but his contract is expiring in one year so we have chance to sign him for free.

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23px-Flag_of_Wales.svg.png Chris Mepham

Solid replacement for Pavlovic. May be fee is too high for 31 y.o. but he agreed to play for a very modest wage and his experience should help us in UCL.

Also we`ve moved from U18 team David Stephen who is ready for the first team and could be even better than Lourenco in the future though my assistant is very cautious about his potential abilities. 

Expected Starting XI & Second XI

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+ Andrew Robertson is still here but more like mentor for younger players. And also another young academy product McLeish will train with senior team and have some playing time for quicker development.

Friendly matches

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This summer we went to UAE where won all three matches against best local clubs.

Board expectations and title odds

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August 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Suddenly at the first three games of the season we lost same number of points as in the whole last season. 

Scottish League Cup

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Next opponent - Dundee Utd (Quarter Final)

UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw

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Good draw. We have all chances for the 2nd place.

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September 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Draw against recently promoted Hamilton was a worrying sign but with few tactical tweaks here and there seems like we on the way to last season form.

UEFA Champions League

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Great start with smashing win against best Danish team,

Scottish League Cup

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Next opponent - Patrick Thistle (Semi Final)

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October 2029

Scottish Premiership

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After we reoriented our tactical style on more  quicker attacks from the flanks our game really improved and I like what I see on the pitch. And we still break any records with number of penalties we kick.

UEFA Champions League

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Aguilar plus some luck were key factors with the win over Man Utd. We need just one point to secure 2nd spot.

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November 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Only two league games in November and another 6 points.

UEFA Champions League

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Total destroy of Gent at home with hat-tricks from our young stars McMillan and Russell. Next match at Old Trafford will be the fight for the 1st place and we are not favorites at all.

Scottish League Cup

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Next opponent - Hearts (Final)

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December 2029

Scottish Premiership

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Very busy calendar caused a lot of minor injures among the squad. As a result - not the best football in last matches and second defeat in this season.

UEFA Champions League

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As a predicted we lost in Manchester and suddenly 15 points were not enough for the 1st place. But I could say we are lucky with the next round draw.

Next opponent - FC Porto (First Knockout Round)

Scottish League Cup Final

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First final with Celtic lost under my management. Awful game and deserved defeat.

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2029 Awards

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:applause:

 

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January 2030

Transfers

Players Out

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Suddenly Man U activated release clause and we lost one of the best players. Funny that you can`t find anyone more happy then director of Chester (Vanarama NL) whose team received 40% of transfer fee (30+ millions)

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We couldn`t refuse this offer for 30 y.o. who is not regular starter. 

And also we terminated contract of Andrew Robertson who became a real deadwood.

After we lost two players on the left flank of attack I decided to changer our formation to narrow 4-3-1-2. With few additions the squad is capable to adapt to this scheme.

Players In

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Very long and tough process of signing this player and finally another Scottish star joins us.

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jonathan Lunan

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With change in formation we need some more depth in midfield so these two young players should provide cover for more experienced team mates and try to realize there potential.

After decent loan spell in Arsenal we returned Grady as we now play with two strikers.

 

Scottish Premiership

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We were at winter break until January 19th so only two matches and 6 points.

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Ayr (Fifth Round)

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February 2030

Scottish Premiership

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Perfect month with important wins against teams from top-5! Our strikers are on fire.

UEFA Champions League

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It`s amazing result and it`s almost impossible not to qualify to the next round now! Grady is a phenomenon! And he is 18 y.o. only. 

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Arbroath (Quarter Final)

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March 2030

Scottish Premiership

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We have unusually scored little this month but conceded nothing and what is more important - secured the title.

UEFA Champions League

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We did what we had to do. Porto tried there best but scored only one goal.

Next opponent - Man Utd :(

Scottish Cup

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Easy win on the way to Semi Final.

Next opponent - Falkirk

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Youth Intake 2030

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And again as last year - pretty poor intake at the whole but with few promising youngster.

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Unexpectedly and pleasantly.

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April 2030

Scottish Premiership

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Two matches in a month and two Derbies with opposite results and opposite football showed on the pitch.

UEFA Champions League

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So we knew about the power of Man U and even grabbed a draw in home match but at Old Trafford we` been shown what is top football looks like.

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Rangers

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May 2030

Scottish Premiership

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So with retransforming to the new tactical scheme without wingers in this season we`ve dropped in some statistical indicators but the quality of our squad let us still to be dominant in the league.

Scottish Cup Final

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Good show for spectators and very tough win.

 

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European Rankings Update

Nation Club Coefficients

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All Scottish teams spent good European campaign even despite only Celtic represented country in UCL. Rangers reached Quarter Final of Europe League and Hearts stopped at the same stage but in Conference League. And now we came close to Portugal and Netherlands though it wouldn`t be easy task to win this rankings battle with them.

Club Coefficients

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We`ve moved up 4 places and step-by-step go the one of our key goals - top-10.

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Scotland at World Cup 2030

10 (!) players from the Celtic were called for the Scotland team at once: 

Defenders  Ian Smith, Aaron Hickey, Callum Shaw, Kieran Tierney (left Celtic in May)

Midfielders  Jamie Fraser, Jonny Harrison, Jonathan Lunan

Strikers  David McMillan, Will Russell, Kenny Grady

Group stages

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Second Round

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Winners - Portugal

Runners-up - France

Award winners:

Golden Ball - Kylian Mbappe (FRA)

Golden Shoe - Wilfried Gnonto (ITA)

Best Young Player - Pedro Simoes (POR)

Best Goalkeeper - Diogo Costa (POR)

Dream Team

 

Celtic players at Euro (who spent at least 10 minutes on the field)

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Aaron Hickey - 3 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.43 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Ian Smith - 3 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 7.07 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jamie Fraser - 3 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.80 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jonny Harrison - 2 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.85 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Kenny Grady - 3 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.93 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png David McMillan - 3 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.97 avg. rat.

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Will Russell - 2 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.50 avg. rat.

21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Morten Thorsby - 4 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.88 avg. rat.

21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Kristoffer Ajer - 4 matches: 0 goals, 0 assists, 6.93 avg. rat.

20px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png  Brian Aguilar - 4 matches: 2 conc, 3 cln, 7.50 avg. rat.

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2030 - 2031

Pre-Season Review

 

Recruitment

PLAYERS OUT

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It wasn`t too hard decision because: 1) we have Aguilar who is without any doubts number one, 2) 49,5M, 3) Gavin really wanted to join Leicester and if we hadn't accepted the offer he would surely have been unhappy.

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Though they are good players with Scottish passport, we have really high competition for places in the squad and I just didn`t find place for them.

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One of my Shelbourne`s favorites didn`t have strong chance in Celtic and after two loans in his (and mine) former team left the club after the end of contract.

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Age, just age.

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Just the youngsters who wouldn't have had a chance to break into the main team.

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Some notable loans. All these youngsters are pretty talented so we will follow their progress.

 

PLAYERS IN

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Англия Phil Nelson

Biography

Serious upgrade to our defensive line. In pair with Smith they should cement our penalty box.

 

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21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Filip Ronningen Jorgensen

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Fantastic deal. We gave real top-class player for free. Even though he is now most earned player in the club with salary 100k p/w but I`m sure he is worth it.


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Our new backup keeper. Not as good of course as Bazunu was but decent enough for his role.

 

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Two talented youngsters will join our U18 team.

 

Another movements:

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23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jamie Fraser - another year with us on loan from Liverpool

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Aaron Westcarr - returned to the club after two years on loan in Doncaster

Англия Brian Ferguson - signed for free in 2028, was on loan at Newcastle and Leeds last seasons

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Expected Starting XI & Second XI

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Cengiz Under, Morten Thorsby and George Stevenson

 

Friendly matches

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This year we decided to visit Insonesia where we`ve shown masterclass to the best local teams. 

 

Board expectations and title odds

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The new kit

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Next three years we will play in this complect designed by Umbro and with the new title sponsor - Norwegian Airlines.

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August 2030

Scottish Premiership

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The start of the season is even better than I predicted! Having top strikers is a big advantage in tactic we use. On the other hand I have some concerns about heavy dependence on them.

Scottish League Cup

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Next opponent - Rangers (Quarter Final)

UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw

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I could say we are really lucky with the draw but we shouldn`t lose focus.

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September 2030

Scottish Premiership

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Good run continues. All our striker are on fire,

UEFA Champions League

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We were destroyed on the flanks. It could be be a turning point as I`m not sure we have long-term perspective in our current tactic without wide players in attack. Majority of teams we face play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 and If the quality of opposition`s wide players is high we have real problems. So it looks like we will turn to more classic and more stable 4-3-3. 

Scottish League Cup

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Important victory for us and especially for our fans.

Next opponent - Dundee Utd. (Semi Final)

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October 2030

Scottish Premiership

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I would especially highlight comeback in Derby - probably the most memorable moment of the month. The first third of the season is behind us. Not all victories are easy, but still we have not lost a single point

UEFA Champions League

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We did the job and took the point we should have taken.

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November 2030

Scottish Premiership

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First lose of points came from struggling Dunfermline. Unexpected, yes, but we should be more accurate with our chances.

UEFA Champions League

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Perfect UCL month with two wins that guarantee us qualification from the 1st place.

Scottish League Cup

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Next opponent - Motherwell (Final)

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December 2030

Scottish Premiership

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Not the best performance in away matches but there are reasons for it - too much rotation and tactical inconsistency. But we perfectly ended the year with impressive win over Rangers.

UEFA Champions League

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Crushing win in Copenhagen in the last game of group stages.

Next opponent - Manchester City (First Knockout Round) :(

Scottish League Cup Final

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After defeat last season we returned the title.

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2030 Awards

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Second season in a row :applause:

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2 years ago Russell won the same award and now it`s time for McMillan

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And probably even more prestigious award for our young star.

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January 2031

Transfer window

As we have returned to the tactical scheme with wide attacking player we needed to strength up this line.

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Good temporary option. I have some doubts that we need to consider his buy out but for the next 6 month he should really help us.

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Very good skilled player who was on my scouts eyes for the last 2-3 seasons. He became unsettled in PSG and we took a chance with a fairly modest wage agreed.

But...my fault that I didn`t check the fact that Celtic is his 3d club in one season and... UhZrhkV.png. So he will train with the team and play for reserves team. Hope he will not lose his form.

Scottish Premiership

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Absolutely great performance with the new tactical style implemented from the start of the year.

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Ross County (Fifth Round)

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February 2031

Scottish Premiership

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Great month! Even the loss of points against Harts didn't upset me. 9-1 win over Dundee Utd is probably one of the best games in my career and it`s especially fantastic considering that we played away from home.

UEFA Champions League

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We`ve done the job perfectly. Didn`t allowed too much for Haaland and Co, and found the chance to score in quick attack. If we could play the same way at second match I think we have chances to go through.

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Dundee Utd.

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March 2031

Scottish Premiership

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What a magnificent month. 23 goals scored and 0 conceded only in 4 matches and another Old Derby win.

UEFA Champions League

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I`m really happy how solid we looked in these two legs. Home match was like a mirror of fixture week ago - solid defensive work and goal from Grady in counter attack.

Next opponent - Man Utd (again)

Scottish Cup

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Next opponent - Rangers

Youth Intake 2031

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Probably the worst intake for the last 4 years under my management. 

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April 2031

Scottish Premiership

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Crushing win over Hibs secured for us another title!

UEFA Champions League

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!!! What a legendary match at Celtic Park! Miller who even wasn`t considered as senior team player in first half of the season made so important hat-trick. 

Before the Semi Final we lost Aguilar with sudden injury and during the match Gomez also got injured. But we managed to secure a draw and will fight till the end in the second leg,

Scottish Cup

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Good show for spectaculars of both clubs but we are going to the final.

Next opponent - Livingston (Final)

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May 2031

Scottish Premiership

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Perfect end of this great unbeatable season. Our fans should be on the 7th heaven after 5-1 win in Derby.

UEFA Champions League

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Despite the loss I`m proud for my boys. Our level of football was outstanding in these two legs even with some key players being out but Barca is the top of the tops. In the final they beat Lyon and clinched the trophy.

Scottish Cup Final

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2nd tier Livingston made a real sensation reaching the final. But for us this match was an easy walk. 

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2030-2031

END OF SEASON REVIEW

Competitions Review

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The best season so far for me at Celtic. We finished the season unbeatable in the league and during all tournaments this season we lost only two matches and all of them in UCL: Ajax at group stages and Barcelona in Semi-Final. In UCL we looked really great but were not so lucky with the draw in knockout rounds: two Manchester sides and Barca.

We started this season with quite experimental narrow 4-3-1-2 formation but predictably were very vulnerable at the flanks in defense so from 1st January I transformed our tactic to high-pressing 4-3-3 and it gave a lot of benefits to our play and I think style that we implemented really suits us. 

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Player Stats (Overall)

Best XI of the season

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Will Russell

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Conor McLeish ------------------------------------------- 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png David McMillan

23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Jonny Harrison ---  23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Lewis Ferguson

21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Ronningen Jorgensen

22px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg.png Ronaldo --- 23px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Ian Smith --- Англия Phil Nelson --- Флаг Северной Македонии Bobi Terziev

23px-Flag_of_Argentina.svg.png Brian Aguilar

Awards

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Club Finances

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European Rankings Update

Nation Club Coefficients

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We continue to climb the ranks and this season we have chance to move even further to the the 6th position which guarantees two clubs in UCL group stages.

Club Coefficients

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We are in Top 10 - it reflects our big progress for the last 5 seasons.

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