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Celtic will always create new heroes

The sale of Jota to Saudi club Al-Ittihad has not only left a void on the wings that needs to be filled but also a void in the hearts of many Celtic fans who had elevated the Portuguese to hero status. A player of great skill and

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Celtic, Saudi, and an offer we couldn’t refuse

I write this latest blog having just woken up to the news that Jota has completed his move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad. Before I say anything else, I think it only fair that I wish Jota all the best, and thank him for the magnificent contribution

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Can Marco Tilio bring magic to Celtic’s number 23?

The number 23 has become synonymous with some of the biggest names in the world of sport.  Stars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, David Beckham, and Shane Warne have all claimed the number 23 as their magic number.  For the conspiracy theorists out there, the number

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Why Jota’s transfer from Celtic to Saudi Arabia is about more than money

After much speculation, we now know that our ‘Superstar from Portugal’ will not be plying his trade in the East End of Glasgow next season. Jota has sealed his lucrative move to Saudi Arabia and Al-Ittihad, who are managed by his fellow Portuguese Nuno Espírito Santo. With

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Will Jota’s departure open the door for a resurgent Liel Abada?

When Celtic return for pre-season training this week, apart from the usual fitness and sports science stuff that will need to be attended to, the team will meet with the new manager in person for the first time. I say “in person” because I’m sure most of

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Will Marco Tilio be Celtic’s next Wizard of Oz?

The signing announcement of Marco Tilio was a welcome cheer for the Celtic support in what had been a trying 24 hours. We had the official confirmation of the new home kit which has split fan opinion.  Worse still, we had to contend with the breaking rumours

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Farewell to treble-winner Aaron Mooy, as Australian announces retirement

He came. He saw. he convinced the doubters, and now Aaron Mooy leaves Celtic having played a key role in securing the club a world-record 8th domestic treble. After managing a long-standing back injury all season, the 32-year-old Australian midfield playmaker confirmed his retirement during the week. 

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Celtic fans will be amazed by the matchday experience in Japan

In these times, barely a day goes by where I don’t read about some kind of ridiculous treatment meted out to football fans somewhere in Scotland. Whether it’s fans being kettled by police, filmed without their consent, or sometimes even having their houses raided, Scottish football continues

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Three factors that have to change before we can progress in Europe

Ever since Brendan Rodgers’ return to the club was confirmed last week, the discussions have started over what to expect from Rodgers 2.0. A lot has been made about progressing in Europe, and Brendan Rodgers emphasised his aim to move the club forward in a European sense

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Celtic in Japan: A masterclass in how not to build a brand

Let me preface this blog with a little bit of background. For those who don’t know me I have lived in Asia for the past 17 years. The vast majority of that time has been spent in Japan.  When I first moved to Tokyo in 2006, Shunsuke

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