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  1. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    That's a good point actually. It might take a while to convince him to sign on again but I'll give it a go! Over the five year period, this is what the financial side of things looked like for all sides who have competed in the Premiership. Transfers are permanent transfers only, and do not include retirements. No big surprise to see Rangers in the red It's good to see Partick Thistle and St. Johnstone making the most of their youth prospects, with both sides only adding an average of 2 or 3 players per year. Hamilton and Motherwell win the prize for best value in the market, with an average of only £12k and £7.6k spent per player, but both have spent the majority of the save in the Championship. Kilmarnock have been raking it in! £8m to the good thanks to the sales of guys like Greg Taylor (Bournemouth), Greg Kiltie (Rangers) and Adam Frizzell (Stoke).
  2. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Five Year Roundup! A while ago I shared two youngsters who'd come through at the Forth Valley and Fife Elite Academies. Steven Mulraney came through at Forth Valley before being snapped up for free by Dundee United. After just over a year on Tayside, Manchester United signed him for £2.6m and he's since spent two seasons on loan in the Championship, making 41 appearances each for Fulham and Cardiff. He's got ten caps, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him make his league debut for United soon: Jamie Campbell came through at the Fife equivalent, and also made a free move from the academy with Cardiff taking him down south. After making his debut for the Welsh side he was sent on loan to Fulham (a similar progression to Mulraney!) and West Brom before becoming a stalwart for Cardiff. In January this season, Arsenal signed him for an incredible £36m! He's now Scotland's most expensive player, but has only made 3 substitute appearances for the London side since signing - a loan move looks likely next season: Celtic Transfers In 5 years at the club, we haven't made a single signing. Heading out the other way though has been £51m in transfer deals, including four players leaving us so far in this summer window which I'll go into at the start of the new season. Let's have a look at players who've left Celtic Park in this save, and where they are now: Season One Nadir Ciftci was a cracking player for our reserve team in the first half of the season, but didn't have the quality to be a serious contender for a first team place. He moved to Sturm Graz for £1.9m, where he still plies his trade. The 29 year old has scored 62 goals in 141 league appearances for the Austrians. Ross McLaughlin signed for Annan Athletic for £5,000, before moving on to Falkirk for the same fee just one year later. He's been out on loan at Clyde and Airdrie for the last couple of years, still only 21 years of age so has plenty of time to develop but doesn't really look good enough to force his way into the Championship side. Ewan Henderson, the younger brother of our midfielder Liam, left for £12,000 to Stenhousemuir. He's still there playing in League Two, and has made 110 league appearances. Conor Hazard headed back to the country of his birth with Portadown in Northern Ireland. He's now their first choice keeper in the Danske Bank Premiership, and lifted the Championship trophy with them 3 years ago. At the end of the season, goalkeeper Dorus de Vries retired and took up a coaching role at his first club Telstar 1963. He was there for two years and is currently unemployed. Season Two Former Manchester City youngster Dedryck Boyata left us in a £6.75m move to Stoke City, before making a £4.6m move to Real Betis only a year later. After two and half seasons with the Spanish side, he moved to compatriots Real Valladolid for £725k this January. Callum McGregor had been a fantastic player for us in the first season but fell out of favour and made a January move to Burnley for £4.6m. He couldn't find a way into the English side's team either and after only 8 appearances in 2 years he made another January transfer to Brighton last year, just missing out on promotion to the Premiership thanks to a playoff final loss to Sunderland. Aidan Nesbitt went to Fife side Dunfermline for £120k, and is now playing in the Premiership with Inverness following a £46k move. Several other players left us for free or thereabouts, but most notably Mikey Johnston has just achieved promotion to the Premiership with Hamilton. Kolo Touré retired at the end of the season and is still a Reserves Coach for us, working with the Crusaders in League One. He's a brilliant coach, but I'm not quite sure he's worth the £12,500 wages we're paying him, so I might let him leave at the end of his contract in a couple of years. Season Three Cristian Gamboa's £2.6m move to Rayo Vallecano was followed by a £700k move to Fulham in January the next year. After two years in London he was back to Spain with a £600k move to RCD Mallorca where he's made only 3 appearances. Jonny Hayes had a bit more fortune following his £2m move to Austrian side Admira Wacker Mödling, becoming a first team stalwart for the side where he still plays. Scott Allan and Mark Hill both signed for Ross County where they still play. Allan has been a first team player, while Hill has spent two years on loan and is currently transfer listed. Lewis Bell moved to Nottingham Forest for £37k, before making a £1m move to Blackburn this summer which has earned us £330k thanks to a sell on clause. Again, a number of players left us on cheap deals to sides lower in the pyramid where they are still active. Jamie Lindsay is another one who left us for free to spend two seasons in the Premiership with Dundee before achieving promotion this year with Hamilton. Season Four Stuart Armstrong was this year's major departure, he made 38 appearances following a £7.5m transfer to Watford as they won the English Championship. This season, he missed just one game in the Premier League. Armstrong has also become a first choice midfielder for Paul Lambert's Scotland side, with 33 caps to his name since making his debut during my first season at Celtic. The only other transfer of note this year was goalkeeper Ross Doohan's move to Belfast side Linfield, where he has won the Northern Irish Premiership in two consecutive seasons. At the end of the season Scott Brown and Craig Gordon both retired, and both moved into our backroom team. Season Five We had something of a clear-out this season after Broony and Craig Gordon's retirements. Erik Sviatchenko became our most expensive sale after a £10m move to West Brom, and made 26 appearances as they achieved an 11th place finish in the Premier League. Leigh Griffiths also moved to the English top flight, but has only made 7 starts since an £8.25m move to Hull City. Regan Hendry made a £250k move to Partick Thistle at the start of the year, and missed only one game in the Premiership this season. We've had a couple of major departures already at the end of this season, which I alluded to in the season roundup. It's good to see the majority of our departures still in the game though - in previous saves I've seen most players retiring from the game at a young age but with the chance of getting game time in League One with the Crusaders they are building up a reputation and getting moves around Scotland. So far, only one player is no longer in the game as Martin Robertson (who came through in an early youth intake) bows out after failing to make a mark.
  3. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    SEASON UPDATE 2020/21 Youth Players It might have been the year of Tommy Caffrey, but as you can see Max Potter and James Leighton are also big success stories as both push their way into the first team. Leighton's about on a par with Leo Fasan in terms of appearances between the sticks, as I rotated them all year, he just edges it with 30 appearances to Leo's 28. He's made huge progress this season and next year will be our number 1 'keeper. Fasan is valued at £4.1m at the moment and Brentford and Bournemouth are sniffing around, so it might be time to let our bearded Italian saviour move on to give way for Leighton and Robbie Kelly. Tommy Caffrey's form, ability and potential raise questions as to the future of Moussa Dembélé, with the Frenchman only managing 32 appearances both this season and last due to injury. With the return of Lee Gribben from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, it could be difficult for him to find game time. Manchester City are swirling, and he's valued at £13m... so it's a toss up between cashing in on our brilliant, but usually crocked, striker or persevere in the hope that he can keep fit and develop as a left winger (he's still got no familiarity in the role despite training in it all season). Daniel Church is also a question mark, as in terms of ability he is more than good enough to make the step up to the first team, but with Kieran Tierney, Calvin Miller and Josh Hughes all excellent in that position it's difficult to give him a chance. Church has the edge on Calvin Miller, so I may look to sell 23 year old to make way for Daniel to come through. It's going to be an interesting transfer window! Champions League On the park, we followed up an incredible 6-3 win over Manchester City in Glasgow by storming into a 2 goal lead down south thanks to two goals from Jack Aitchison. Sergio Aguero brought one back, but at half-time it was 8-4 to us on aggregate and we looked to be sailing into the quarter finals. Another Aguero goal followed by a Brahim Diaz strike saw Manchester City overcome our early 2 goal lead to win the second leg 3-2. Celtic 8 - 6 Manchester City, an incredible Battle of Britain tie, and we were rewarded with a trip to Madrid to face Atletico. Asier Villalibre, a £33m signing from Athletic Club Bilbao, scored a brace to put Atletico in a commanding position in the first leg, but Tommy Caffrey popped up in the 87th minute to give the travelling fans hope ahead of the return leg at Murrayfield. Unfortunately an 83rd minute strike in Edinburgh from Marcel Sabitzer meant the 2nd leg finished 2-2, as our dreams of reaching the Champions League semi final were crushed by Diego Simeone's men. Out of Europe for another year, but we will hopefully come back stronger next season. A Europa League final, followed by a Champions League quarter final, both ending in a loss to Spanish opposition is a sore one. Back on home soil: While we won the league comfortably in the end, by 18 points over 2nd placed Rangers, we did lose 6 matches in the league - that's a joint worst performance for us in this save. Fortunately, other teams aren't capitalising on our poor form. When Rangers qualified for the Europa League knockout stages in only the 2nd season, they followed up with domestic disaster as a lengthy spell at the foot of the table saw Pedro Caixinha sacked before they eventually climbed up to 4th place. Hibernian managed the same feat a couple of seasons ago, and followed it with a 10th place finish in the league. Neil McCann led Dundee to the Europa League group stage this season, while spending 5 weeks at the bottom of the table before climbing up to a 3rd place finish. If the other teams can match their European exploits with some serious domestic form we may have something to worry about, but for now here is how the league looked this year: St. Johnstone have courted with relegation for the last few seasons, only avoiding it in the last two years by winning the relegation playoff. Finally this year they've dropped out and will be replaced by Hamilton who return to the top flight after a 4 year absence. Lower down the pyramid, our reserves pulled off the great escape and finished 8th in League One. I'm hoping for a much more convincing season next year from our youngsters. No treble for us this year, as a 109th minute extra time strike from Jordan McGhee (Rangers' £1.1m signing from Hearts) saw our rivals from across the city lift the Scottish Cup. We had a significantly easier run to the final than the Ibrox men, but couldn't take advantage of it and Derek McInnes lifts his first trophy at the club.
  4. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Just finished the season, and it's been some year for young Tam Caffrey. The young Irishman is now valued at £10.5m and Tottenham are already trying my patience... Full season update to follow!
  5. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Youth Intake Day! I didn't bother with a January transfer window update because, apart from recalling our players out on loan at the beginning of the window, there was no player movement. Manchester United were back in for James Leighton, and yet another contract (that's his 3rd renewal since coming through in the last intake!) means he's staying here for now. I almost didn't even bother with this update either... Ander Saizar 'stands out as one of the better players', but as much as you try Huw Jennings, you cannae polish *****. Saizar is actually, IIRC, the first Spanish national to come through since setting up the affiliation with Albacete Balompié almost 5 years ago. A professional personality with 18 determination, hopefully he'll reach all 2.5 of that PA On the park though, we've had probably the most enjoyable match to watch of this save! Hopefully we can avoid a slip up in Manchester in a couple of weeks.
  6. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    I'll start giving him games when he gets back from injury, Ryan Christie is out for 3 months now as well so it's a good opportunity. Small worry - if the Reserve team get relegated from League One, do you's reckon that'd trigger the relegation release clauses in any of my players' contracts? Or is it just if the first team do? I just realised that the Relegation release clause of £0 that I give basically every player to drive the wages down might come back to bite me on the ass this season...
  7. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    You read my mind! I've had him training on the left wing for the last 6 or 7 months for exactly that reason, but this is the progress: No sign of any familiarity... Hopefully when he comes back from injury I can give him some games there and it might make a difference? The coach report says that 'can only play one position' - I don't know if that's just a criticism of the current situation or if it's an indication of a lack of versatility?
  8. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    He's excellent! To be honest, I'm more likely to be fending off bids for him at the moment than Dembele who's out for the next 2 months with injury. He's been quite injury prone in this save which is a bit *****, but on the other hand it means that clubs haven't been in for him for a while. We've got Aitchison and Lee Gribben though so I might move him on in the summer.
  9. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Champions League Update Oh yeah! There were some European games to attend to as well... We kicked off with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at home, before getting trounced 5-1 in Paris. We managed to inflict the same scoreline upon FC København in Denmark, but not before they'd held us to a 1-1 draw in Edinburgh (eurgh... Murrayfield). A 4-1 victory for Tottenham at the New White Hart lane saw Pochettino's side claim their revenge, but a famous 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain for the Hoops sees us clinch 2nd place in the group and we qualify for the knockout stages! We've been drawn against Unai Emery's Manchester City in the first knockout round. It's a fixture that could go any way, with our competitive history against each other in this save currently at 2 wins apiece. In 2018/19 they beat us 4-1 before a 2-1 victory at Celtic Park, and the following season a 2-1 loss in Manchester was followed up with a 1-0 win in Glasgow. We've also come up against each other twice in friendly matches, a 3-0 win for the Bhoys in 2017 and a 4-2 loss this season. So who knows. I'm hoping for a strong showing in Glasgow (Edinburgh... seriously I'm not getting used to it), but expecting to drop out of the competition over the two legs. Here is the draw in full:
  10. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Mid Season Update 2020/21 We lift the first silverware of the season with a 1-0 victory over Dundee United in the League Cup final. In other saves, this is a trophy that has been pretty elusive so I'm delighted that this victory makes it five wins from five seasons. We've been making it difficult for ourselves by forgetting every year that the Crusaders are in the group stages, so when the knockout stages come around half our team are cup tied, but fortunately we've got enough strength in depth that it's been fairly straightforward - this season we dispatched Hibernian, Falkirk, Rangers and Dundee United without conceding a single goal. Our 4-0 win over Hibernian is our ninth win from the last ten games against them, so we've blown away our early struggles in this fixture. Neil Lennon has moved on to take the Liverpool job (yeah, seriously...) and has taken his 4-3-2-1 with him, thank goodness! We've just hit the January transfer window and our reserve team are struggling in League One. Despite winning the division in the last two seasons, after 22 games they are bottom of the table with 14 games to avoid relegation. It'll take a ten point overhaul to avoid the relegation playoffs, but only 4 to avoid automatic so I've recalled any players out on loan at League One level and below and a couple that were in the Championship. Guys that were on loan at other Premiership clubs or Lee Gribben in the English Championship have been allowed to stay at their loan clubs, but I may reassess that at the end of January depending on how results look from now on. It's important for the development of our players that they're playing at as high a level as possible, so relegation to League Two would be a bit of a backwards step there. At the moment, Hibs' and Rangers' reserve teams are up there challenging for the title so hopefully we can turn things around and get back to where we should be. With the first team it's business as usual however, as we're 11 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table. That's quite impressive given Rangers have spent north of £12m on players since the start of the save and we've not spent a penny. I'm going to do a full round up of transfers and financial analysis at the end of this season, as it will be the end of 5 years in charge at Celtic Park (/Murrayfield) and we will hopefully secure 10 in a row. It will also be a good opportunity to do a 'where are they now' of the 38 players who have been sold so far. In the Scottish Cup, we'll play Lowland League side Berwick Rangers, who were relegated from the senior setup a couple of years ago after losing to Hibernian Colts in the playoffs. They're currently 4 points clear of East Stirlingshire, with Stirling Uni, Albion Rovers and East Kilbride all in the mix as they look to secure a place against Aberdeen Colts in the playoffs. Aberdeen are 13 points clear in the Highland League, so it would take a significant loss of form for them to miss out on a 5th successive Highland League title. Here are our results so far in the Premiership: The story of the season in terms of youth development has been the incredible form and progress of Max Potter and Tommy Caffrey, both have been pushing their way into the side with Caffrey even displacing Moussa Dembélé as our first choice striker. He's been helped by a 3 month injury to Dembélé, but 17 goals in 14 appearances is some way to announce yourself and he's also now made his first appearances for the Irish national team. He already looks fantastic, and hopefully he can improve on his work rate and the defensive side of things a bit.
  11. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    He's ideal for how we play at the moment! A bit before my time I have vague memories of him at Aberdeen when I was a kid. Some career!
  12. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    I gave him a new contract and I'm basically playing him and Fasan 50/50, hopefully that's enough to keep him happy for the time being. 26 appearances since the intake day between Celtic/Crusaders, not bad for a 16 year old! I'm really excited to get ahold of this guy for next season, he's on loan at Sheffield Wednesday the now. He could be a really good striker for us, needs to work a lot on the technical side of things though. He hasn't made any appearances for the first team yet, but 19 for the Crusaders, 28 for Stranraer and 53 for Raith Rovers on loan in the last couple of years plus 17 for SW so far this year is pretty good for an eighteen year old.
  13. A one club Journeyman...huh?

    Congratulations!
  14. [FM17] Project Brave - Youth Only at Paradise

    Manchester United want to sign James Leighton - I finally get a goalkeeper in who looks half decent and six months later the big teams are after him... bollocks.
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