A winning window?


We have watched Celtic through many transfer windows but I don’t think we have ever hit as many targets before – both in terms of who we brought in and who we moved out.

It is still early in the season but Kyogo Furuhashi (26) looks every inch a superstar in hoops.  Two years ago we pondered who was better, Edouard or Dembele, without reaching a clear conclusion.  Today, Kyogo would be first pick from the three of them.  It has been 17 years since we have seen a striker with such promise – so no pressure, Kyogo.

The first assumption is that Georgios Gialouakis (26) will have to wait on Kyogo being rested to make his mark.  With a long season ahead, who knows?  Georgios offers an aerial target that we have missed for many years, there could be occasions when he is preferred, or when both are used.

I hear great things about Josip Juranovic (26) from Zbyszek.  He was a stand out for Legia last season and no one there is happy he has left.  He gets forward, has an end product and can defend.  The defence is already vastly more stable than it was last season, the addition of Jura should help.

Carl Starfelt (26) is frustratingly difficult to assess.  He is good on the ball, fast, and reads the game well enough to cover for teammates.  Then there are the mistakes that cost goals.  At the same stage of Christopher Jullien’s Celtic career, the French defender was sitting on the bench, unable to win a place in the team that exited the Champions League.  Christopher soon settled, Carl must do the same.

That’s four 26-year-olds added at their athletic peak.  Not often we do that.

Paying £3.6m for a 19-year-old from Israeli football is at the higher end of what Maccabi Petah Tikva could have hoped for.  Liel Abada’s instant return in goals and assists indicates why they got that figure.  He is the youngest of the 12 signings this window and will continue to develop for years.

Joe Hart (34) is by some margin better than any of the three keepers who shuffled through the starting line-up last season.  He has already brought authority – as well as saves (!) – to the team.

Five years ago, James McCarthy (30) was miles out of our reach.  The subsequent seasons have not been kind, as the player’s appearance stats were subverted by various injuries.  30 minutes into his Celtic career, he again missed out through injury.  James has controlled games in the EPL.  If we get him fit, he will play in our most important games.  Let’s hope.

Filipe Jota (22) has skill and incredible pace.  Last season he was on loan at Real Valladolid, who finished 19th in La Liga and were relegated.  There is a rule of thumb I used whenever Patrick Roberts moves.  Patrick is a slight and skilful player, similar to Jota, but since leaving Celtic, Patrick has mostly played for teams at the bottom end of the table, where robust defending is required, often at the cost of creative players.  The slight, pacey and skilful players should ply their trade with clubs operating at the top end of the table.

There is development work ahead for Jota but he starts from a respectable high.

Cameron Carter-Vickers’ (23) signing was not quite as late as John Guidetti (another story) but he slipped through the window with minutes to spare.  My big worry about central defence is that I don’t expect Christopher Jullien to contribute much before Christmas (he is a slow starter to the season), leaving us short of cover for the Europa League.

Jota and Cameron both have the incentive of a permanent deal with Celtic to play for.  This worked well for Odsonne, let’s hope for the same.

Liam Scales (23) is the same age as Cameron and will hope to force his way into either central defence or left back.  £500k is decent money to pay for a League of Ireland player, his addition should ensure we do not force Nir Bitton back into the middle of the back line again.

Liam Shaw (20) and Osaze Urhoghide (20) are unlikely to see much game time this season.

Do you want to know how important it is that we sold Odsonne Edouard and (to a lesser extent) Ryan Christie?  Wait and see what happens across the city, where a team who publicly made it known they needed to sell players were unable to do so.

You either manage your assets or you fail to manage your assets and they expire looking more like liabilities.  Under different circumstances, Odsonne, Ryan and Kristoffer Ajer would have been sold a year ago, but the decision was made to retain them for the 10-in-a-row season.  I know, you all said “Sell them!” at the time………

None of them attracted clubs of the calibre that Kieran and Moussa did.  That we got north of £30m for them from EPL bottom dwellers is above my expectations.  There are deductions for sell-on clauses, of course, but this money, in addition to the revenue from Jeremie Frimpong (minus sell-on) and Patryk Klimala will have a huge impact on Scottish football in the years ahead.

Leigh Griffiths moved on, thank goodness.  Boli Bolingoli and Vasilis Barkas did not, both will wither on the vine.

So, are we going to win the league?  I’m feeling good about it.

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  1. Nothing contentious never mind bad ever gets said about the huns……………..


    lest the offending hack gets a slew of death threats, angry outbursts, violent confrontations etc………………


    Nothing gets out or printed or broadcast



    A penny for Kent’s ( sp) thoughts having missed out on a move??

  2. jamesgang on 1st September 2021 6:02 pm






    You shouldnae mate!



    Bad for you.



    Higher salt content than sea water, I once heard a cardiologist say!



    Cannae win!



    HH jg








    Big Man Would I Lie To You…







    It’s making me Happy as its no the best of times.




    Taking away being able to go and Worship is Wrong especially in the situation we were faced with.

  3. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BAMBOO on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021 6:03 PM


    They want every man woman and child injected with something that hasn’t been tested properly .






    Acht yer hole




  4. ‘ the addition of Jura should help.’



    Love it paul67 – the addition of Jura always helps.

  5. Paul 67,



    Some observations:



    Kyogo, the best of the three ie Odsonne and Moussa. That remains to be seen, but the best individual performance I have seen against a really top class team was by Moussa. 3-3 against Man City. A very high bar indeed.



    I am also glad that Leight is “away “. Its a shame really how things have evolved.


    However I would wager we are still paying the majority of his wages. Could WGS who is involved with both teams have brokered this deal. ?



    HH to all.



    PS : Vaccination cards or control measure. Be wary.

  6. Jamesgang – Hrvatski Jim – thanks ultimately our HR team will provide us with Guidance but even they are struggling at the moment.



    There are so many different variables of not only this virus but of employees needs etc.



    My ultimate concern is All staff not just vaccinated or not protecting the rights of a few to the detriment of the many.



    I can see changing contracts of employment and new contracts to include clauses.



    Everyone is talking about this taking its toll on staff and companies but for the few of us who have implemented and put in place the guidance for staff and managed this situation on a large scale on a daily basis there is a bit of burnout.



    Thanks again guys



    D :)

  7. JAMESGANG on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021 5:57 PM



    One man and one women’s trails are another man’s opportunity! Yes – beanfeast for the lawyers and occupational health companies.



    Most workers are sensible as they see the need to protect each other. We get a very high compliance rate except in countries such as France.



    Regarding the Netherlands there are two piece of legislations that are relevant: the privacy act (employers may not record and can not ask for medical data including vaccinations status and covid test outcomes) and the right to physical autonomy (an employer can not require you to undergo a medical procedure. Even if you give consent due to the inequal power relationship between employer and employee consent can be considered to be given under duress.



    However third parties can record the information but again participations with the third party is voluntary due to the right to autonomy. In the Netherlands individual rights supersede the public health crisis.



    That is where we can come in.



    Anyway, i have bored the blog enough about this.




    No – a new vaccine normal takes at least 5 years to test. The covid ones were only tested for a few months.


    The truth is we dont know if they are safe . And now …..whats next ?……oh its the BOOSTER jab (2 a year every year) Bill gates and co laughing all the way to the bank.




    I’m afraid I didn’t heed the warning – took 5 mins to clean my desk and screen!

  10. Greenpinata,



    Kyogo still has miles to go before he is the Levels we Hope he will be. Looking really good so far howevaaaaah.



    I Loved Big Moussa bullying the hun defence @ the corner flag. We have lost that for a few games now. January is Celtic Time—– a Lambert type goal wouldn’t go a miss.

  11. I used to always want ex Celtic players to do well ,when they left the club.



    I no longer care ,and in Ryan Christie’s case ,I hope he flops .



    In fairness to him ,he continued to work hard for his move in his appearances so far this season.



    But …..



    He has moved for money.


    Bournemouth is a minion club.


    Now that they are in the championship they are even less of an attraction.


    The parachute payment will make them one of the favourites to go back up,



    I hope they don’t.


    Christie bagging up Scott Parker ( a failure at Fulham) makes me sick to listen to how he wanted to move to “ play football the right way.”



    What is ANJE trying to do ?



    Bitter .


    You bet I am .


    Christie was a flat track bully.


    Who S—- his pants every time we faced Sevco.



    He was inept when it mattered most .



    Good riddance .


    You are about to find out ,how mediocre you are .




  12. TinyTim,



    The Guy I sit beside in 401 says Ryan is a Good Dude.



    I reckon he is too.



    We wurnae able to get a Deal sorted.



    Ange can now concentrate on his players who WANT to be at Celtic. I thought Ryan was ideal for Ange’s style of fitba. heyho.

  13. JACKIEMAC on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021 6:26 PM


    ‘ the addition of Jura should help.’




    Love it paul67 – the addition of Jura always helps.





    I saw that earlier and thought the same


    No man is an island?


    Our Mhan is!



    HH jg

  14. Bamboo



    Vaccines do not normally take 5 years to test. However, the reason coronavirus vaccines were passed as safe so quickly is because it is a pandemic and tremendous resources were put into producing the virus and testing it. Also, coronaviruses have been around for hundreds of years. The bulk of the research and development for Covid-19, the novel virus, was already in place over many years of research. Scientists then had to apply existing knowledge to the new virus. In other words, the search for a Covid-19 vaccine didn’t have to start from scratch.



    As for your comment about Bill Gates? You need to stay away from the internet.

  15. Ryan, Ajer, Eddie will all be successess in England,






    stuart, virgil, ki, victor



    a great testimony of the success of Peter Lawwells scouting prowess.

  16. seen this a few times, in what shape or form is ryan a bully.



    or a billy big time ?



    i wish the bhoy well,

  17. Bamboo



    bullshit like this is getting people killed.



    100’s and 100’s of millions of people safely vaccinated isnt proof enough?



    States in the USA that believe this nonsense is why a 1000 people a day are dying. totally F##cking needlessly. ICU beds not available. portable morgues as we speak.



    i hope you are a troll


    others wise you are a moron.



    Jesus wept.

  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    “A winning window?”



    Time will tell of course.



    Certainly a very unique window due to the appalling state of the squad.



    By sheer necessity we’ve signed a combination of stars and punts.



    Fully expect the recruitment strategy to be a more controlled affair moving forward and the next 2 windows to be 1-2 in / 2-3 out type jobs.

  19. I did a lot of work in one of the mass vacination centres. On the way out of a shift


    a bloke approached me and said ” Don’t you feel guilty about being involved in that?”


    I asked him what he thought was going on with the vaccines.


    He said that after everyone was vaccinated, the government would throw a switch


    and we would all become magnetic. Then they would fly helecopters over with big magnets


    and pick us all up. ” What will they do with us then?” I asked. ” Ah that’s the secret ” he said


    and walked off. I think the moral of the story is, if you hear a helecopter coming, grab a


    hold of something heavy. Or possibly stay off the internet / Buckie / Mind altering substances.

  20. “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”


    Bertrand Russell

  21. JHB on 1ST SEPTEMBER 2021 6:05 PM



    I have no idea how sevco keep it all going, running with 20 million losses every year and go again. However, there is not a pigs ears chance that any club will offer the crazy money they think their players are worth.



    Celtic tend to get 10 million plus for younger players with several years of success and with decent international profiles.



    Barasic has a decent profile but is 29 in November so they would be lucky to get 4 million. Tavernier is 29 in october so at most 3 million, apeice.



    Patterson is a 19 year old with10 games in the spl so he will need to plays outstanding for 3 years to get close to 10m.



    Kent has had one good season, prior to that he was very average and his stats were poor as. He is a couple of months away from 25 years old and is no longer one with potential. Perhaps between 7-10 million.



    Morelos is a 25 year old with poor temperament and the 3rd top goal scorer in apl last year. Not a chance they get anything like £20m, luckly to get half of that.



    Kamara is 26 years old next month and they think someone is gonna offer £15m for what is a decent holding midfielder from scotland. Luckly to get half of that.



    I am being very generous with my figures and I am not even adding the lowball offers clubs will make based on financial difficulties.



    The values will continue to drop as they players get older as the elemant of potential is moved from the overall price.




  22. told my suitcases “no holidays this year”



    now I’m dealing with emotional baggage.





  23. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Couple of internet behaviour “notables” for me from the window.



    1. The C2V conversation where a single negative comment was bizarrely recycled as fact.



    I won’t insult our new centre back by repeating the phrase. I certainly wouldn’t say it to his face.



    Guys – a Sevco supporter posing as a Spurs fan probably wrote it to sour the milk. Mission partly accomplished.



    2. One of the Celtic fan sites ran a story conflating the Ali McCann situation with (dearie me) “shades of John McGinn”



    Basis of the erroneous conflation was a £3m price tag for McCann that Celtic were allegedly hesitant to pay.



    As it transpires, the whole story was absolute bulls**t with no factual basis whatsoever.



    I look forward to the retraction (with non-bated breath)

  24. BadgerHC…or as Isaac Asimov said



    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”





    Was it a good window…the want-aways are gone, for the most part…good luck and thanks for the memories. Are yesterdays signings gonna fit into the system Ange wants us to play…only time will tell



    Was good to meet up with a few familiar faces on Saturday, and to put faces to a few more names from here ;-))