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Discussion
So back again after a long break from FM now that I have the time. Going to be starting a homegrown challenge with Celtic with the ultimate goal of repeating the feat of the Lisbon Lions.

Player Eligibility
The following groups of players will be available as well as all Scottish players;
  • Scotland Internationals born/raised outside Scotland
  • Born/raised in Scotland but capped for another Nation
  • Eligble for Scotland but uncapped for their Nation
Squad Building
It will be a gradual process building the squad, I'm not going to offer out my best players but good offers will be accepted. I have set the following guidelines;
  • Each season reduce the number for non-Scots by 50%
  • Have a max First Team Squad of 25
  • After 2019/20 each non-Scot counts as two spaces
Reserves
  • Must be U21 first game of the season
  • <10 first-team appearances
  • Max 2 seasons out on loan
  • Max 1 season loan out of Scotland
I'll probably add more to this later as I don't think I've played FM in over a year so a bit rusty.

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Current First Team
  • 29 players
  • 9 Scottish players
  • No players that meet the other criteria at first glance
  • Is 50% of 20 too many changes in one window?
The first group of players I will look to ship out in some form
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Squad Building
My main priority looks like it could be a struggle finding some good quality centre-halfs. Obviously Scott Brown is missing here but at his age, a replacement is needed soon. I would also like to upgrade the keeper at some point but Scott Bain is capable to take over from Fraser Forster at the end of the season.
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Good luck bhoy, will be keen to see how this develops!
The Man formerly known on SUSIE as Poolie Exile
Give my story a read - Now I would walk 500 miles...

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We've had a great start to the season with promising friendly results and a comfortable 1st round CL win. I have struggled to even get anyone out on loan as I disabled budged in the first windows. I assume there have been some changes this year. So the six players above have been placed into the reserves until January.

The first-team squad size is now 23 which means I will need to bleed in some youngsters.

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Changes

Player Eligibility
  • Scotland Internationals born/raised outside Scotland
  • Born/raised in Scotland but capped for another Nation
  • Eligble for Scotland but uncapped for their Nation
Squad Building
  • Reduce number of non-Scots by 25% January 2020
  • Each season reduce the number for non-Scots by 50% from season 2020/21
  • Have a max First Team Squad of 25 (now at 23 so in the maintain phase)
  • After 2019/20 each non-Scot counts as two spaces
Best of luck! Will be following.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
My second team Celtic. Good luck, love a good homegrown player save.
Interesting...
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I've managed to make one transfer out so far, hopefully, they make it permanent.

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I promoted two youngsters to the first team and both are performing well. Ewan Henderson particularly. We now have 11/25 Scottish players in the first-team.

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The first team standouts. Odsonne Edouard has been phenomenal with 20 goals, 14 coming in just 8 league appearances.

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Domestically it has been utter domination. Particular highlights so far have been a very young side winning 6-1 over Dunfermline, Mikey Johnstone netting 4 as we win 8-1 in Perth and of course the Odsonne Edouard hat-trick in the win over Rangers.

We strolled thought the UCL qualifiers and were drawn a tough group. We currently sit 3rd and a home win over Galatasaray should seal UEL last 32 after an injury-time penalty earned us the points in Turkey. The Chelsea loss at home was disappointing after coming back from 2-0 down to conceded a Pedro effort in the 88th.

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So I've now had time to have a proper evaluation of the Scots under 30 at the club. This is how we line up meeting the criteria in the first post. I have looked to extend all of their contracts so essentially these are the players I'll look to improve on when making signings.

Of the younger players here Stephen Welsh and Ewan Henderson have been promoted to the first team and impressed. I'll look to bring in Karamoko Dembele and Calvin Miller in January once I make some space or maybe loan them out.

So going forward from the 2020/21 season they will all be promoted to the first team leaving me 7 spaces for non-Scots for that season.

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Intake Preview
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Facility Upgrades
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Domestically the wheels have come off a bit. Since dropping points for the first time of the season against Hearts we have only won 3 in 7 league matches. We have spectacularly threw away a 6 point lead and are now behind on goal difference with a game in hand.

In Europe, we have exceeded expectations. We came extremely close to last 16 qualification. After an incredible 4-3 win over group-topping Athletico following another win over Galatasary all that was required was a draw at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, we fell just short losing 1-0.

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Open for a surprise
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Squad Building
Current first-team squad members: 25
Squad size at the end of the season: 32
Reserves: 17 (11 out on loan)

So as you can see from the numbers the squad is very bloated. I have an idea of at least 10 that will be shipped out permanently and some that will be loaned out. From next season the reserves will consist of 11 players all either Scottish or that have come through our youth system (bought before 18 or younger).

Current non-Scots at the club u21 will also get some more leniency when selling however, the aim remains the same. I don't want a massive overhaul more gradual.

Transfers
So far there have been two major sales. Odsonne Edouard joined Man City for £60m reaching £75m after appearances, I did manage to include a clause that seen him loaned back to finish the season. Long term club servant Nir Biton also left for Southampton for £8m, he was a handy player to have but his departure will force me to look to the younger players to step up. 10 went out on loan and a couple of youngsters on frees.

https://i.imgur.com/rChZiPB.png

First to come in was Cammy Logan, a young Scottish right-back who I probably shouldn't have signed. He looks like he could turn into a good full-back but we are probably covered in that area. Tony Watt of Barcelona fame returned, he will be a decent 3rd choice striker and do well in the reserves. Billy Gilmour was loaned with the option to buy for £20m - I'll probably take it up as he looks a real talent. As I said above Odsonne Edouard returns on loan to add to his 33 goals. El Hadj Coly has been brought in to continue the conveyor belt of French strikers passing through Celtic Park and turning a tidy profit.

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An update on how the squad building is going. This is essentially how the squad would roughly look in 2-3 seasons if I wasn't to add to it. Technically Kris Ajer breaks a lot of rules however I imagine there will be a bid for him before then anyway. He is being kept around due to the fact of his homegrown status.

Looking at things I need the following

  1. CB
  2. GK
  3. AM

https://i.imgur.com/CF2HEBP.png

The players below fall into the same category as Ajer - they can hang around a little longer but will essentially be sold for profit.

https://i.imgur.com/ZgRQmvl.png
I have identified some targets for the positions above.

CB - John Souttar is my number one target as he looks like he could play the ball out from the back and be a replacement for Kris Ajer. I also have young Robbie Daes who looks like he can come back form loan and do a job for us. Both have had a fairly good season so far.

GK - It will be disappointing not signing Fraser Forster at the end of the season. A combination of trying to stick to the rules and wage demands mean he'll be returning South. I did arrange to bring in Angus Gunn at the end of the season for £3.5m. At only 24 he still has a lot of room for development and his wage demands were half of Forster's. Though representing England at all youth levels his father Bryan Gunn has 6 caps for Scotland.

AM - I took up the option to sign Billy Gilmore for a club-record £20m. He has to be a success because it would be impossible to recoup our losses if not. I also signed Ryan Gauld, once considered the most exciting prospect in Scotland. At £1m and fairly low wages, it was an easy decision.

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Always love a good home grown story, keep it up!
We had the chance to clinch the league at Ibrox but crashed to a 2-0 defeat. Ultimately it had no great effect as we went on to win the title by 9 points and wrap up Celtic 4th consecutive Treble. Incredibly Livingston made it to the final despite needing the play-off to save them from relegation beating QoS for survival. Dundee Utd ran away with the Championship.

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Squad Review

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Loans Ending
  • Fraser Forster
  • Mo Elyounoussi
  • Odsonne Edouard
Contract Ending
  • Jonnny Hayes
Already Sold
  • Nir Bitton
Player Eligibility
The following groups of players will be available as well as all Scottish players;
  • Scotland Internationals born/raised outside Scotland
  • Born/raised in Scotland but capped for another Nation
  • Eligble for Scotland but uncapped for their Nation
Squad Building
It will be a gradual process building the squad, I'm not going to offer out my best players but good offers will be accepted. I have set the following guidelines;
  • Each season reduce the number for non-Scots by 50% 2019 - 20, 2020 - 7
  • Have a max First Team Squad of 25 22
  • After 2019/20 each non-Scot counts as two spaces +6 for non-homegrown players
Reserves
  • Must be U21 first game of the season 7 now allowed
  • <10 first-team appearances difficult to do with reserves and u18 legaues
  • Max 2 seasons out on loan
  • Max 1 season loan out of Scotland
Goals for 2020/21
  • 100 points
  • 100 goals
  • <22 conceded
  • Net positive transfers
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