Here is my update. I am in my 2nd season as Celtic. In my first season, we lost to Dundee United in the League Cup, but secured the double, beating Rangers to the title by three points after some end of season heroics by Giorgos Samaras and Paddy McCourt.
My formation, and team, looks much different from everyone else's on here. I am running a 433, which consists of a straight back four (full backs in regular position but set to attack, with 3 center mids set as att/defend/box to box, and the wingers pushed all the way up the field to support a single target man in the centre). I rotate the squad regularly and the only two guaranteed starters in my first XI are Samaras and Hradecky. I have never had a player complain about not getting enough time (outside of Zaluska, but that's a given).
Here is my depth chart (3 weeks into my 2nd season, so I have just finished some summer transfer activity and cannot vouch for a few new players):
LF - Robert Snodgrass / Paddy McCourt
CF - Giorgos Samaras / Victor Anichebe / Simon Church
RF - James Forrest / Anthony Stokes / Paul McGowan
CM (Att) - Joe Ledley / Kilian Overmeire
CM (Def) - Beram Kayal / Victor Wanyama
CM (Box to Box) - Erik Falkenburg / Kevin McDonald
LB - Emilio Izaguirre / George Elokobi
CB - Vegard Forren / Paul Hanlon
CB - Souleymane Bamba / Thomas Rogne
RB - Adam Matthews / Keith Watson
GK - Lukas Hradecky / Lukasz Zaluska
I just sold Brown, Mulgrew, Ki and Hooper, amongst a host of others, to fund the captures of McDonald (great long range shot), Falkenburg (had hopes of him being a box-to-box but has failed to impress so far) and Sol Bamba.
Giorgos, as a target man set to attack, is IMMENSE for me. I am surprised that everyone else has moved him on, as he's very easy to get great results out of. Last season, he scored 38 league goals in 35 appearances, named player of the year, won the golden boot, became a fan fav. As a just reward, I have him on 35k/week now. In all competitions last season, he made 54 appearances and scored 50 goals. So far, we've played a few CL games this season and 2 league games, and he has scored 5 in 5.
Lukas Hradecky is a 21 year old gem that I found. I usually buy Rune Almenning Jarstein, but wanted someone younger (I really want to have a player get around 500 appearances for Celtic under me). His potential is only 3.5 stars and he's already at 3 in my game, so I don't think he'll get too much better, but I have him operating as a sweeper keeper (in supporting role) and aside from the odd error, he's pretty stable. In his first game for the club, last season, he saved TWO penalties against Shevchenko, as well as saving 3 penalties in the quarter final shootout with A. Madrid (before Kilian Overmeire missed).
All of my wingers have been trained to play both AML and AMR, allowing them to swap easily. Victor Anichebe has been successfully trained in both and has been a massive utility signing for me. I just picked up Paul McGowan (honestly, to help fulfill my HG quota) and he's actually looking a tidy bit of business, and will probably push Stokes out of his adapted AMR role as McGowan's stats are more winger-suited than Anthony's are (unfortunately, as so far Stokes has been a model professional for me).
I am now focusing on raiding clubs throughout the world for potential future superstars. Brazil and Germany were my latest victims... My youth squad looks very good and I shouldn't have to bring in too many players in the future. Does anyone have advice for developing these players? I try to maintain a strict 25-man first team squad, so blooding youngsters is hard for me to do sometimes (with my rotation policy as well, as I try to make sure every player in my first team squad gets at least 15 starts per season)... Do I loan them out, let them rot in the reserves and hope to get a few sub appearances here or there, or instantly slot them into first team and replace older players? This is my dilemma.
Also, I want to move Rogne on, possibly. Has anyone signed Ciaran clark? I have my eye on him, his stats are great and he'd make an excellent ball-playing defender (Forren/Clark possibly the future -- sorry Bamba). I am afraid I might be priced out of a move, though.
Aside from Clark, has anyone else re-signed Aiden McGeady, or tried to capture James McCarthy? I bid for McCarthy, but Wigan came back demanding 13m with a sell on percentage clause of 25%. That's madness.