Bernabei and the Magic Window


What a great start to the weekend, seeing photos of Argentinian left back Alexandro Bernabei (21) in Glasgow.  The player has made 60 starts in Argentine football.  He made an additional 20 in the Copa Sudamericana (equivalent of the Europa League), a tournament where his current club Lanus appear to give youth their chance.

That’s 80 games in total, 16 more than Virgil van Dijk played before arriving here at the same age.  You and I have long discussed the Magic Window, when a player has produced enough evidence for Celtic to have heard of him, do a proper scouting job and make their move, but before he piques the interest of more monied suitors.

If Alexandro is indeed a player, 80 games in Europe would almost certainly be too many for Celtic to be a potential destination.  The South American Magic Window may be slightly wider.

If you are a scout, how many performances would you want to see before you put your name to a multi-million-pound purchase and contract?  Albian Ajeti scored in five of his first six league games for Celtic, surely enough for you to endorse him as a nailed-on target at any level?

The risks involved in transfer work is significant.  Results vary widely, even from the very best practitioners.  This is doubly so when no one at the acquiring club has worked with the player before, more so if they have never worked in the country/continent.

What happens at the club after a transfer is also important; players need an environment that permits them to grow and succeed, so I don’t think outcomes are entirely random.  Alexandro succeeding in Glasgow will have a lot to do with how well his induction into life in Scotland goes.

I double checked that bizarre Ajeti stat, it’s true.


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  1. bigrailroadblues on

    Good morning all from Govanhill. Saturday fun and good times on its way.👍🍺

  2. Gooooood morning cqn from a sun kissed Garngad



    Right let’s get Jotta signed next week. Is Jota copying BRRB the soo side Rebel’s gallivanting?



    1 week today we are off to Turkiye, canny wait. Where the all inclusive bars will be drunk dry and a good show of Hoops tops/t shirts by the grandkids will be on display.



    I believe we have 2 friendly’s whilst we are away on the 6th and 9th July, anyone know any bars in Alanya where we could watch them???



    D :)

  3. bigrailroadblues on

    David66, more to the point, does anybody know any bars that would let your unruly crew in?🤣🤣

  4. BRRB – You mean all models with great patter and lively chat……there corrected that for you.



    D :)

  5. I am a fan of Jota but the signing of CC-V was the big one for me. I am relaxed about Jota and any other possible signings.

  6. Being suggested Bernabei deal being held up to allow him to serve his ban in Argentina


    Apparently Lanus playing weekend and midweek.



    Makes sense to me though no doubt SFA will double ban for being crafty Fenians

  7. Emdy know the current rules regarding Covid testing and self isolation for footballers?



    Because if things don’t settle down before the start of the season we might have to quadruple the size of the squad.

  8. Seeing as it is rather quiet today, and while we wait/hope for news on signings, The Celtic Star did a wee article through the week on Ange and next season, including a link to a podcast from Australia. Though it is approx 90mins long it really is a super listen, a great way to pass a bit of the afternoon, and another example of just how special this man is.




  9. “ERNIE LYNCH on 25TH JUNE 2022 12:18 PM


    Emdy know the current rules regarding Covid testing and self isolation for footballers?”



    If there are such rules, then I am sure a well informed chap like yourself already knows what they are.


    Should we be concerned?

  10. Moderator1888 on

    Ernie Lynch



    There are 3 rules for Covid, which one the SFA/SPL use is a lottery




    1. The Uk Governements


    2. The Scottish Governments


    3. The SFA’s/SPL



    All of the above 3 are fairly consistent except one of them.



    One of them has a bias against a certain team, their rules are subject to change and bending at a moments notice…..



    …..particularly if it can help the huns and hinder the Ghood Ghuys



    Sound about right?

  11. IniquitousIV on

    Seems to me that Hertz have made a couple of prudent signings and kept others who contemplated leaving. Cochrane and Grant will help them, and if they can keep Boyce, Simms and Beningarime ( sp ), they will be in very good shape.

  12. bigrailroadblues on

    Good evening all from the Vogue. Ruglen main street looking marvellous in the June sunshine. I’m probably taking that too far.

  13. INIQUITOUSIV 4.29pm



    Rumours Aberdeen are interested in Boyce



    Think Jim Goodwin could do a decent job up there, although hopefully Liam Scales does well

  14. Bada 4.39pm



    Not been on the blog since last weekend … good stuff with your Fitzpatrick bet

  15. BRRB 4.39pm



    “evening” … surely still afternoon….



    read you were in Alfredo’s at the beginning of the week, I was just up the road (working) one of these Mondays I might nip in… always enjoyed Alfredo’s for a pint

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    BRRB- Hope those Butchers Aprons are down from the Main St…..just home from East Belfast……wild there…

  17. bigrailroadblues on

    Bada, didn’t notice. Had my beer blinkers on. I have visions of the young team in here rampaging down main street with flame throwers to remove them. 😳

  18. bigrailroadblues on

    GFTB, I’m usually in Alfredos or McKinnons early when I’m suffering from stress, brought upon by being sober. I really must get out more.