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  1. Had some belting fixtures this year... Playing as Celtic I've just lost 6-4 at the Emirates in the Champions League.
  2. The current version of Football Manager is was designed for a football world which is now 10 years old and various things in football have changed beyond description in that time to an extent that the code used at the moment IMO is not fit for purpose. This is not a criticism of SI as the game was fantastic to replicate how football was 10 years ago but things have moved on hugely since then. IMO the two main things that hold the game back are the reputation system and the players ability/current ability models. I think there needs to be something more fluid in terms of who will sign for who and what a players ability should be. An idea I'd have is that a player has a CA and PA for different levels of football. Example... J Altidore has attributes that made him an absolute beast in a lesser league than the Premiership. His CA for a level of football like the Dutch league should be about 160 and his PA about 170... At a higher level like the EPL his CA should be 110 with a PA of 135.... Maybe the PA and CA could be calculated against particular traits required in a particular league? For example players with good decision making, passing, first touch would shine in La Liga whilst in the Premiership if you were a weaker player you would toil unless you had good awawareness, movement and first touch so you weren't hunted down by the fast pace of the game? Thoughts?
  3. 2016/2017 - Six in a Row I wasn't overly excited about this season as I had it marked down as a year of transistion due to the fact that I was going to be losing some of my ore experienced players due to contracts running down. First I'll talk about the players who departed the club. James Morrison left for West Ham after only one season in Celtic colours. He was only taken on a two year deal and I only ever really saw him as a stop gap playmaker. He did very well for me and left with my blessing. The same went for Beram Kayal. I thought he'd get a move to a bigger club but again he left with the blessings of everyone at Celtic Park. I was less happy to see Scott Sutter and Connon Wickham leave. Wickham spat the dummy out on transfer window day and to ensure harmony remained at the club I let him go back to Ipswich on loan. The Sutter deal came out the blue but a couple of million for a fullback approaching his 30th birthday was just too good to turn down. The biggest loss fo the summer though was Giorgos Samaras. A guy who'd done amazing for me. Was gutted to let him go but had to free up space in the squad to allow Johnny Russell to make the left wing position his own. Mario Suarez was brought in from Atletico Madrid to plug the gap of experience and also bring quality fo the squad. Linus Hallenius was a Swedish striker signed from Genoa. Again I don't see this guy as the long term answer but think he can do me a turn for a season. Scott Sinclair was signed to provide depth to the squad in attacking areas. I had him on loan a couple of seasons ago and it was good to welcome him back whilst Mirsad Hidic was one for the future. We also broke the club transfer record to sign young Bosnian playmaker Enver Softic from Red Bull Salzburg at £7m. I believe this guy is European class and will go onto prove himself to be one of the best players on the continent. We also failed to talk Gary Hooper into extending his contract and after failing to punt him on deadline day I banished him to the reserves for a season. Here's how the league finished... I ws very happy with how we done in the league as there was a lot of new players in the team and I was expecting a little more inconsitancy. It is also very heartwarming to see the top five teams in the SPL going into European competition. This is mainly due to the good work we have done over the years and I think next season we go straight in the Champions League group stages. Again we scored over 100 goals and although our defence wasn't great I'm not overly concerned as I think I now realise it's just the way I like my team playing that's going to mean we lose goals. The domestic cup competitions were a huge source of embarssment to myself after we lost in the final of both to Hearts and then newco Rangers. I'm going to put it down to having a lot of young players integrated into the team this season and playing in their first cup finals. Totally unacceptable though and something I'm hoping to improve on next season. European football for the year though proved to be very memorable. After seeing off Maribor and HJK in qualifying we went into a tough group with At Madrid, Milan and BATE. Some stunning performances, including taking six points from the head to head with Milan, saw us comfortably qualify for the last 16 where we faced VFB Stuttgart. After a 3-1 win at home a tense 1-0 reversal in Germany saw us ito the quarter finals to play Chelsea. In front of a packed Celtic Park we recorded a 1-1 draw before going down to London. Despite going 1-0 down a Ramires goal in 13 minutes a late Joe Ledley strike proved to be decisive in a 3-2 away victory that sent us in the Champions League semi finals. Despite being over powered and out classed by Real Madrid in the semi's I feel the team has the potential to at least compete at that kind of level. Player stats for the season? As you can see the sart turn of the season was Enver Softic who had an amazing debut season hitting 27 goals from midfield. James Forrest again was amazing for me yet again and Johnny Russell really began to fulfill his potential. Sadly I'm going to have to say goodbye to William Barbio. This guy has a lot of potential but I had to phase him out the team this season as he was not going to be permitted a work permit for his new contract. He showed in his fleeting appearances that he was a top player. In terms of young players? Stuart Easton was forced into the limelight after Scott Sutter left the club and had a top season for a 19 year old kid. Melker Hallberg began to show some of the potential we saw in him when we signed him four years ago. He's now 21 years old. Vjeran stipanovic is becoming hot property and we will do well to keep a hold of the 21 year old Croatian left back. Tony Watt also kept up an impressive goals to game ratio, however, Dylan McGeoughs progress has appeared to totally stall.
  4. Mr Tony Watt! http://instagram.com/p/RiwmG7zBHY/ Uploaded the pic on instagram a few days ago Surely he's due to a PA increase from -7
  5. Why would you possibly close this thread over a smilie? It's a Celtic thread surely us as virtual Celtic managers can take some pleasure in our FM victories?
  6. I'm in season 5 and I've not had a tycoon despite running a financially sensible club that has won the league four times and acquitted themselves well in Europe. I'm now toiling to renew my best players on new contracts. I've brought in a DOF who's got me a good scouting network though.
  7. What's your wage bill mate? I'm in season 5 and still operating with £375k per week. Quite restrictive... That's despite doing well in Europe.
  8. 2015/2016 - More Domestic Glory Okay season 2015/16 was another relatively successful one. Before I give more info I'll give a breakdown on ransfer activity. I would note that I had to be very cautious in the transfer market this year as the club made a considerable loss in the absense of Champions League football last season. The big movers were in the outgoings in fairness as a few first team players departed the club. Felipe Anderson, who I signed for £6.5m, left to join Liverpool for a club record outgoing fee of £11.75m. I really didn't want to sell him but the money was just too much to turn back. We also lost Wanyama on a Bosman to Watford that was a really, really bitter pill to swollow and we sold Lustig to Nordsjaelland to free up room in the squad for a good young fullback I have coming through, Easton. Kris Commons time at the club came to a natural end whilst Efe Ambrose also departed. I was sad to see Ambrose go as he was a good utility man for me and would have got more games with Wanyama gone but he couldn't secure a work permit. Incoming we were also quite busy. Johnny Russell was signed on a Bosman as a long term replacement for Samaras. Jon Viera was signed on loan from Valencia and James Morrison from WBA to try and fill the void left by the departure of Felipe. Given my surprise at losing him I didn't have anyone lined up to replace him so thought these two guys would get me thorugh the season. Nemanja Matic was what I would call a bargain buy from Benfica and would replace Wanyama in giving Livermore and Kayal competion for places in centre midfield. Connon Wickham was picked up on a free transfer, Seb Prodl was bought in to provide cover at centre half and the rest of my signings were really with the future in mind. I was particulary excited about the signing of 15-year-old Janoe Toldi from MTK. Anyway enough about the wheeling and dealing and onto the action on the pitch. I didn't have that high expections of the team for the season that lay ahead. I was really only wanting to secure my forth title in a row (the clubs 5th) and get back among Europes elite in the group stages of the Champions League. It came as a bit of a surprise that we recorded our best league season so far racking up a record 98 points. Although the league was won very comfortably, and impressively, I didn't feel as if we hit the same heights as in previous seasons and a lot more matches were won by late goals. As you can see from the league newly promoted Sevco have a European place after winning the Scottish Cup. This was a big disappointment for me especially as we went out having had a home tie against Hibs that we failed to win. They ended up putting us out in the replay before we extracted some revenge by beating them in the League Cup Final. In Europe our dreams were ended for second year in a row at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain but not after a nice little run. In the qualifiers we easily disosed of Zalgirls 6-0 on aggregate. We then faced CSKA sofia and lost the first leg away from home 1-0... the same scoreline we suffered going out to Elsborg in the qualifers 12 months previously. Thankfully we learned from last years mistakes and turned them over 4-0 in Paradise before easily progressing to the group stages thumping Glentoran 8-1 over two legs. We were handed a tough group with Man Utd, BATE and Atletico Madrid and done amazingly well not only to come through it but to actually win the group itself. In the last 16 we suffered a 3-1 away defeat in Paris before a late away goal in the second leg saw us go out of the competition. Here is my players stats for the season just passed. As you can see it was a little bit of a strange season with a lot of rotation and only five men playing over 40 games. This rotation meant that our goals were shared about amongs the team more than they had been done in previously seasons. Notes I'd take for the year are: James Forrest is by far my most important player leading the way in both goals and assists. Without him my season could have been so much different. Johnny Russell arrived and has now made the left wing slot his own. I'm excited about his future. Connor Wickham done well as a free transfer and will be given more game time next season. We now look to season 2016/17 and what promises to be my most challenging season to date. A lot of players contracts expire at the end of 2017 so I anticipate a lot of transfer activity over the summer where I say goodbye to some stalwarts of my team. I just hope that those staying and those coming in can continue to deliver. Roll of Honour SPL Champions - 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16. League Cup Winners - 2014/15, 2015/16. Scottish Cup Winners - 2012/13, 2013/14.
  9. Sevco have entered the SPL in my game with a bang... Haven't SI programmed it so Chucky Green refuses to go into the SPL if they gain promotion??
  10. You're going to get sacked. This has Mark Hughes at Man City wrote all over it! Prove me wrong
  11. Stuart Easton - Fullback who's came up from the Youth Academy
  12. Some screens of players in my team at the start of season 4: Tony Watt - as you can see his stats aren't great but he's scored goals for me so I'm not overly fussed... Dylan McGeogh - as I said he's not came on as much as I'd have liked.
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