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    Quote Originally Posted by SkStu View Post
    Johansson declaring for Sweden according to his agent.

    https://www.todayfm.com/sport/irelan...n-agent-954938
    Did he have Swedish citizenship when he played for Luxembourg?

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    Yeah, he was eligible through his dad. His Irish connection was more complex (grandparent) which I believe posed part of the problem as the birth wasn’t registered. Real pity, he’d be ours but for FIFA and the Grand Duchy w@nkstains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkStu View Post
    Yeah, he was eligible through his dad. His Irish connection was more complex (grandparent) which I believe posed part of the problem as the birth wasn’t registered. Real pity, he’d be ours but for FIFA and the Grand Duchy w@nkstains.
    Pity Thomas Delaney didnt have the same agent...

    Centinkaya implies that he influenced the decision, telling the family, "Is your name Johansson, then there is only one country that you can represent".

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    Does look like he was pressured into the decision
    There's an interview with his new agent here: https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotbo...a-for-sverige/
    The google translation includes this
    Hasan Cetinkaya continues: - It has been very sensitive and difficult for him to make this decision. But… I have worked for the best of Swedish football here and that is what Hĺkan Sjöstrand (secretary general of the union) knows about. I think it has a big part in it being this way, that I work with Ryan.
    His agent should be working for the best of anyone other than the player here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razors left peg View Post
    Pity Thomas Delaney didnt have the same agent...

    Centinkaya implies that he influenced the decision, telling the family, "Is your name Johansson, then there is only one country that you can represent".
    He kinda has a point any man named Johansson fits better in a Swedish shirt, this is how the world ought to be, can’t have a Johansson lining out for Ireland, I can accept this one.

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    I wonder if the FAI's present turmoil had an impact. Did we have an equivalent to the secretary general that would engage with Johansson's agent and the resources to do so? All very, very disappointing as we have been on the wrong side of some players' eligibility decisions recently and this was one we were on the right side of.

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    O’Shea with another good 90 minutes as West Brom beat West Ham, played RB, was tidy on the ball and solid defensively. Got a bust lip from Antoine as well, no harm in toughening him up! Ajaya was sent off so he may start next league game, although Bartley came on to play centre back while Dara stayed RB.

    Watched a small bit of Molumby in second half as Millwall lost 2-0 to Sheff United, has developed nicely physically in past few months, continues to have nice control and passing. Obafemi played 70 minutes or so, two starts in a row. He did ok, linked up with Ings nicely on a couple of occasions, but tired a lot at the end and gave the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions. Needs another goal or two to keep his momentum.

    Nathan Collins came on late for the second game in a row to shore up the stoke defense. Another stoke win 2-0 with McClean getting late goal. Nice to see O’Neill “trusting” Collins in pivotal moments in games. Next step is to displace Lindsay as starting centre back.

    Coventry and Elbouzedi came on at the 70 minute mark for Lincoln City. They lost against Ipswich. Would be nice to see Coventry starting consistently, he has not started the past two games. Big few weeks for him.

    O’Connor played a full 90 minutes for the mighty Thistle who went down 2-1 to Arbroath, a big relegation battle ahead for them.

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    A relegation battle is pressure football . Interesting to see how he handles it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCWA View Post
    He kinda has a point any man named Johansson fits better in a Swedish shirt, this is how the world ought to be, can’t have a Johansson lining out for Ireland, I can accept this one.
    If that's the case having an Obafemi representing Ireland must blow your mind

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    Afolabi gone on loan to Dunfermline in the Scottish championship according to reports over there.

    Sure the quality won't be great but its a hardy division of mens football and will test the fight in him anyway.

    If he scores goals he might get a shot at a higher level next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle of Tonic View Post
    Afolabi gone on loan to Dunfermline in the Scottish championship according to reports over there.

    Sure the quality won't be great but its a hardy division of mens football and will test the fight in him anyway.

    If he scores goals he might get a shot at a higher level next season.
    Anything is better than reserves football I suppose.

    O'Connor unlucky in that Frimpong is injured now, might have been a chance for some game time for him.

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    Happy with that. A few months training with Celtic seniors, now off to Dunfermline to play regular first team football having just turned 20. Much better than hanging around their reserves and hoping for token appearance towards the end of the season. Hopefully he’ll do well and will be back challenging for a starting place with Celtic next summer. Next up Luca Connell, Dembele their 16 year old stud came on at weekend so slight hope for Connell, but either way I would prefer him to head off on 4 months loan and play regular full games. He’s still only 18

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    Happy with that. A few months training with Celtic seniors, now off to Dunfermline to play regular first team football having just turned 20. Much better than hanging around their reserves and hoping for token appearance towards the end of the season. Hopefully he’ll do well and will be back challenging for a starting place with Celtic next summer. Next up Luca Connell, Dembele their 16 year old stud came on at weekend so slight hope for Connell, but either way I would prefer him to head off on 4 months loan and play regular full games. He’s still only 18
    Is this even legal from Celtic ?

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    I see Garcia McNulty has made the bench for Wolfsburg under 23s, in their European premier league international cup vs Reading U23. He’s been a regular with their u17s, so positive to see he’s potentially progressing through the age groups

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy_c12000 View Post
    I see Garcia McNulty has made the bench for Wolfsburg under 23s, in their European premier league international cup vs Reading U23. He’s been a regular with their u17s, so positive to see he’s potentially progressing through the age groups
    It was actually Brighton they played. Warren O'Hora played the full game for Albion: https://www.brightonandhovealbion.co...-narrow-defeat

    Elsewhere Ali Reghba, Conor Tee and former Wexford player Darragh O'Connor all featured in Leicester's 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb:https://www.lcfc.com/news/1590697/wr...citys-under23s

    Ryan Cassidy seems to be back in form after his recent injury, scoring his second in two games for Watford's U23s against Colchester: https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/unde...-good-attitude

    Youngsters Connor O'Reilly and Matthew Healy stepped up from Ipswich's U18s to their U23 side to feature in their 3-0 victory at Coventry, alongside Barry Cotter: https://www.itfc.co.uk/news/2020/jan...ntry-0-town-3/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle of Tonic View Post
    Afolabi gone on loan to Dunfermline in the Scottish championship according to reports over there.

    Sure the quality won't be great but its a hardy division of mens football and will test the fight in him anyway.

    If he scores goals he might get a shot at a higher level next season
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    Particularly if he helps Dunfermline go up, they may consider giving him a more solid (if more modest) home than Celtic. So a sigh of relief, rather than a big cheer - let's hope he can build on it quickly

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    Another landmark night for our youngsters: O’Shea, Masterson, Knight, Molumby all start in championship. Coventry, Ronan start in league one. Kenny must be rubbing his hands
    Last edited by tommy_c12000; 28/01/2020 at 8:43 PM.

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    Disappointing end to the transfer window with no loan moves for the likes of Parrott, Idah or Connell. Also a few signings and loan recalls that will put pressure on the starting positions of some of our players at their various clubs.
    Keane O'Shea Given Best Long Cox

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    In light of Anthony Scully's move to Lincoln, I saw these linked on YBIG and couldn't help but share. The most bizarre things I've seen in a while.

    First one is 17 year-old Anthony from London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrE_52QMEbw

    Second is 20 year-old Anthony from Dublin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72PNAr5FFMg&t=52s

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    He's like a reverse Ryan Manning.

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