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The Scottish South of the Wall

For many years now, Rangers and Celtic have hinted that they would like to move to the Premier League to play at a higher level, as well as bringing more money into Scottish football. Recent changes have allowed this dream to become a reality. Nearly.
Started on 13 September 2016 by BeanyUnited
Latest Reply on 28 September 2016 by mgriffin2012
Larsson! Much love from the Celtic fans for him!

New era of Celtic starts with wholesale changes

After the initial pandemonium from the Celtic fans, on the back of Larsson's signing for the club, the day to day business of the new manager took hold very quickly.

Assistant manager John Collins let replaced

It may only have been June, but with the early rounds of Champions League qualifiers coming up, business of all sorts had to be done and done quickly.

In the minutes that followed Larsson's appointment, assistant manager John Collins was announced to have had his contract mutually terminated.The former Celtic left sided midfielder, played 221 times for the Scottish club and was appointed assistant manager alongside Ronny Deila last season.

The Celtic board made it clear to Henrik Larrson that it was his right as new Celtic manager, to mutually terminate the contract of any members of staff lower than himself in the food chain.

It's not all bad news for Collins, who found himself named the Accrington Stanley manager just two days later.

It wasn't long before Collins was replaced however, as the club announced the signing of Yves Colleu, who has made a name for himself as the assistant manager at many footballing sides.

His career has seen him manage and be assistant of French side Rennes, assistant manager at Lyon, PSG, Cameroon, his native country Oman and controversially he even had a stint as the assistant manager of Rangers but this ended disastrously.

Larrson released a small statement on the appointment simply saying, "Yves Colleu is someone who has a large pool of footballing knowledge, he has a long career as an assistant manager and he was my obvious first choice pick as soon as I joined the club."

I chose Colleu as I am in the Championship the pool of top draw AM are low so I went for a safe pick who who is good at judging my players ability, to aid with best players etc.

Larsson oversees the hiring of 11 scouts, six coaches and two physios

When Larsson joined the squad, he joined a very, very small coaching and scouting network. It is well known that for any side to be successful in England, a large contingent of scouts is a must.

The SPL is a much easier league, therefore talent is easier to come across. In the Championship and if their season goes as planned, the Premiership, the level of opposition is tough from the top dogs to the scrappy underdogs. As a result a club needs to have the best possible scouts to make sure they can keep their squad competitive and ever improving.

Larsson oversaw the hiring of 11 scouts, from all over the globe, who all agreed to work under a Chief Scout. The Chief Scout, John Park was a big fan of Celtic's sign young players policy, so was keen to implement this across the entire scouting network.

As a result every single scout agreed to the criteria of player they must scout out for their new club.

On the coaching side of things, Celtic brought in six new coaches, mainly ones for fitness and attacking training sessions, as they were two positions that the club struggled in massively upon Larsson's arrival.

Finally Larsson pleaded the board to hire two more physios in case of an injury crisis as he stated, rightfully so, that four physios was simply not enough for this level of football. The amount of games that his side were due to play this season, meant they needed the best possible attention if they were to pick up knocks to prevent them making them worse in later games.

Captain demands to leave Celtic and his wish is granted

The honeymoon period of Henrik Larsson's appointment at Celtic but no one expected it to end with such a crash.

It broke the morning after Larsson's appointment that club captain and fan favourite Scott Brown handed in an official transfer request citing his reasons behind wanting to leave being he 'needed a new challenge'.

The 30 year old club and national captain had made a name for himself throughout his career as being a true hard man in central midfield. Someone you loved to battle beside you but despised if he faced up opposite you.

The transfer saga was over within two days, with Brown handing in an official request, Celtic decided to let their man go. They were eventually able to sell their captain to French league holders PSG, for a club record £20,000,000. A club record transfer fee received for Celtic.

The fans were devestated that they had lost their club captain but understood that firstly it was his own desire to leave and secondly the fact that Larsson was able to haggle so much out of PSG, was applaudable.

It is understood PSG originally offered £14,000,000 for the player, but after two solid days of negotiating Larsson got his price.

Celtic now must turn their attentions away from the staff investment and quickly onto player investment.

Numerous players depart

Larsson has been at the club for only a few days, but already eight players have departed. Efe Ambrose was sold to AFC Bournemouth for £1,500,000 where as Kieren Tierny (Millwall), Derk Boerrigter (FC Utrecht), Aidan McIlduff (AFC Wimbledon), Colin Kazim-Richards (Sivasspor), Eoghan O'Connell (Oldham), Joe Thomson (Carlisle), Tom Rogic (Hamburg), Jamie McCart (Kidderminster) were all sent on season long loans for the coming season.

Larsson stated he was "happy to have done his business quickly in terms of departures so he can quickly move onto strengthening the squad".
Big changes are ahead at Celtic and hopefully they're for the best!

Celtic bolster defensive options with capture of Grant Hanley

Upon his arrival at Celtic, Henrik Larsson was informed that he must sign young and Scottish players. He has completed that here, with the signing of 23 year old, Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers for a mere £6,500,000.

Larsson admitted during his first ever press-conference as Celtic manager, that his side must be bolstered in central midfield and in defence. Hanley is a very modern form of centre back, instead of the old fashioned hoof the ball clear as soon as he wins possession of the ball, Hanley enjoys to run with the ball and play smart passes to the midfield, creating attacks by doing so.

Hanley made 154 appearances for Blackburn Rovers after joining at the age of 16. He made a name for himself between the ages of 14 -16, at Old Firm rivals Rangers,youth academy before his move to Blackburn.

Fans respond well to the first signing of the summer

Fans spokesmen Josh Kenneth released a statement on behalf of Celtic's largest fan group stating that, "The fans are very much looking forward to seeing a young, yet experienced player join our side. Premiership football is the aim for us and Hanley is more than capeable of making the step up with us as soon as we earn promotion."

Radio shows and internet forums have been flooded with fans praising the scouting staff and Larsson, for acquiring a young and Scottish centre back, who is so calm on the ball for such a smart fee.

A good signing man but a large fee hopefully he's worth it!
That is a ridiculous price you managed to get for Scott Brown great job their and not a bad price for Hanley either
mgriffin2012; Personally I think the fee for Grant is fair enough, for a player of top ability in this league, potential to be a top half prem defender according to multiple scouts and he has age on his side. BUTTTT it is a strong investment for a Championship side so hopefully it pays off :)

Ninja: PSG were desperate to replace a CDM, not sure who left, but they started off at £13.5 (already a good fee) but with him being a fan favourite and club captain I knew the CPU would budge for a few more million ;)

Celtic snatch Jake Livermore from Hull City

After the departure of veteran midfielder and club captain, Scott Brown, Henrik Larsson made it clear to the fans that he was in the market for a young hard working central midfielder.

Larsson believes he has found his man in the form of now, former Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore.

Celtic part ways with £8,000,000 for industrious Livermore

The Hull City man who made has quickly made a name for himself, as a hardworking, hard tackling central midfield who also possesses technical ability. He is not your generic hard working midfielder such as Scott Parker, who offered little in terms of technical ability, but worked damned hard.

It is probably his passing and first touch which out of technical attributes he possesses the most. To replace a club captain is never an easy task and while Livermore, is not being asked to fulfil the role of captain, he still has big shoes to fill.

On signing for Celtic, on a four year deal, Livermore has made 154 league appearances varying from League Two, to the Championship, to the Premiership and he will be looking to storm the Championship with Celtic.

Good signing man! Livermore will only bring good form I'm sure!
mgriffin2012: Pretty happy about it as well! Young yet still experienced at a higher level, scouts did say he can blow hot and cold from match to match but it is my job to get the best out of him!

Larsson raids Hull once more as they snap up young fullback

A signing that fits all the criteria asked of Larsson at Celtic. Scottish, young and plenty of potential to grow into an even better play.

Hull City find themselves without yet another player as Celtic secured the signature of Scottish left-back, Andrew Robertson, who is 21 years old.

What Larsson had to say about the youngster

Larsson, who sanctioned the signing of Robertson for a club record transfer fee of £12,500,000 has assured fans that this is not a fee that was not heavily considered. As has become the norm after signing a new player, Larsson releases an individual statement alongside the clubs own statement, to speak to the fans in a more direct nature.

"Andrew is just 21 years old, but is already a Premier League standard left-back. In fact he could already be starting for the majority of sides in the top division he is that good. What is even better, is that he will only get better, meaning he has the potential to reach the highest of levels.

He is a man who feels no pressure, as he knows all to well he is Celtics most expensive ever signing, but this is not something that will bother him at all. He has already told me that he is excited to get the season started and to push for promotion.

Andrew is a player who matches all the criteria set for me as I accepted this job. He is Scottish and he is young. This signing pleases both the SFA and the board, but I can assure you I didn't sign him to appease the higher powers, he is a top class left-back who can have a very long, and very successful career at Celtic."

About Andrew Robertson

Robertson from Glasgow, has enjoyed a stellar career at just the age of 21. He has played for Dundee United and Hull City, being the regular starting left-back for both sides.

He has already represented Scotland at every level and has made eight appearances for the national side already.

He possess a great deal of pace, actually making him faster than a lot of wingers he is tasked with marking for the day, not only this he has a great amount of composure on the ball, as well as good technique.

The one major criticism that can be made of Andrew Robertson is he is heavily one footed, meaning if he is caught with the ball under pressure and the ball is on the wrong foot, he may struggle to make a good clearance. But this is something that he often avoid by his quick thinking on and off the ball.

Celtic win both legs in Champions League Second Round Qualifier

Sometimes at this stage of the Champions League, fairly large clubs such as Celtic, can be shocked by the minnows from far away European countries, in leagues only the most hardcore of football fans have heard of.

In the end FC Levadia Tallinn, from Estonia, were not able to defeat the mighty Celtic as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 in both legs.

Celtic win 3-0 away to make the tie dead

Away from home was always going to FC Levadia Tallinn only chance of giving themselves a platform to defeat Celtic in the two legs.

However Celtic dominated in every way, scoring twice thanks to a brace from Patrick Roberts and a goal from Leigh Griffiths.

Roberts opened the scoring after 32 minutes, with a deftly executed chip from the edge of the area, after the opposition goalkeeper was left stranded when he punched clear a cross.

Roberts added his second after half-time, nodding home from point blank range following a perfect cross by Mikael Lustig.

The home side did nearly pull one back with their only shot of the game, but the header went narrowly over the bar.

The game and the effectively the tie was over when Leigh Griffiths scored from point blank range on the 68th minute.

Second leg meant even more domination

With Estonian minnows FC Levadia Tallinn, knowing that they are already effectively out of the tie, besides a miracle, one would expect them to play a bit more adventurously than they did.

But just like the opening leg, the Estonian side only managed one shot in the entire 90 minutes, making it two shots in 180 minutes.

Celtic on the other hand, coasted to victory yet again scoring three times on the night.

Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong netted after just 15 minutes, firing home into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Leigh Griffiths scored once again, from equally as close range as he did in the first game, making it 2-0 to Celtic. On a positive note, fan favourite Kris Commons scored in the second half, after coming back from a serious broken ankle.

Robertson is a great signing I am sure! Well done on qualifying for the next round too man!
Fantastic acquisition in Robertson, and two brilliant results too!
mgriffin2012: Thanks a lot dude! Youth, Scottish and potential so great stuff :)

Justice: Thanks dude! Robertson will be a star for a long time

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