I read some discourse heading in the direction of Joe Ledley last night, which I can’t quite figure. Joe had initially seemed keen to sign the contract which had been in his hands for several months. Celtic wanted to get the deal done but it became clear this week that it wasn’t going to happen, and that Joe would leave under freedom of contract in the summer, if not this week.
This is the player’s absolute right. He committed fully to the cause until full time on Wednesday, and when Celtic decided to accept a bid reportedly close to £1m, rather than let him run down his contract – most probably from the stand, he agreed to join Crystal Palace, who were almost certainly not top of his desired destinations. Although he clearly pushed Palace all the way on the contract.
Joe could have just as easily free-wheeled for four months while continuing to collect his wages and shopping around for a new club, which would have suited him far more than Celtic.
Best wishes to Joe, I’m sure he’ll keep Palace up this season.
A formal welcome to Celtic to Leigh Griffiths. His interview on Celtic TV last night betrayed an irresistible focus. ‘What will you bring to Celtic?’ ‘Goals’. That’s what it’s all about Leigh, score goals, lots of them. Then score some more.
I was pleased Stefan Johansen got some game-time on Wednesday after 45 minutes for the youths on Tuesday; really hope we see him tomorrow. Did you notice his movement on Wednesday? Every time he passed the ball he sprinted into space. Hope he gets a start tomorrow but most of all, let’s break a record.
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