Brozek in Glasgow chess game. Check.


Two years ago I had a memorable journey from one end of Poland to the other, mostly in silent prayer that our man from Poland would slow down, to check out a few footballers, including Wisla Krakow striker, Pawel Brozek, who obliged with a goal.

Pawel has played mostly as a lone striker, he can hold the ball up and bring others into the game.  He’s not a particularly tricky player but he has good positional sense inside the box.  His move to Trabzonspor last year hasn’t worked out well as he has played back up to scoring sensation, Burak Yilmaz, who is averaging better than a goal per game in the league this season.  Brozek’s record at Wisla was comparable to Maciej Zurawski, who he replaced as top striker in the league.

The Polish CQN brigade told me Celtic should move for Pawel and his twin brother before Trabzonspor signed them.  When news leaked that Pawel was a target to replace ex-Rangers player (too soon?) Nikica Jelavic our man in Poland suggested he would pick up a lot of points for Rangers in the SPL.

If he comes to Celtic on a six month loan both parties will have plenty of opportunity to figure out if there is long term fit.  In the meantime, should Pawel arrive we have someone to put pressure on Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes and the Cheeky Chappie will have to consider his next move (again, too soon?).

On the subject of Jelavic….  Remember in August 2010 when we were told he “effectively went on strike” to engineer his escape from Rapid Vienna after the player declared he wasn’t able to face Aston Villa?  I hear he’s unable to play against Hibs this afternoon.

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  1. Hope the Pole signs. He may not be the number 1, 2 or 3 target but has a decent pedigree, particularly in Poland and as well as giving us something different – it leaves FPLG in the you know what!!



    Mon the Hibees

  2. Fast off the mark with this one Paul! I tip my hat to you sir



    Sounds like the sort of striker we need. Can he head the ball?

  3. Paul67 says:



    28 January, 2012 at 12:16



    Get well soon TMcL….hope to get my revenge on you for stealing my first place in last week’s quiz. Hail Hail

  4. All the best to him if he signs for us.



    Paul67, if he does sign with us, do you think that’s us finished for this transfer window?

  5. All the best Tom, get well soon.






    Dear Mr Whyte,



    I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more than prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise. I will address them, as ever, in order. Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last as a ‘begging letter’. It might perhaps more properly be referred to as a ‘tax demand’. This is how we, at HMRC have always, for reasons of accuracy; traditionally referred to such documents.



    Secondly, your frustration at our adding to the ‘endless stream of crapulent whining and panhandling vomited daily through the letterbox on to the doormat’ has been noted. However, whilst I have naturally not seen the other letters to which you refer I would cautiously suggest that their being from ‘pauper councils, Lombardy pirate banking houses and pissant gas-mongerers’ might indicate that your decision to ‘file them next to the toilet in case of emergencies’ is at best a little ill-advised. In common with my own organisation, it is unlikely that the senders of these letters do see you as a ‘lackwit bumpkin’ or, come to that, a ’sodding charity’ . More likely they see you as a citizen of Great Britain, with a responsibility to contribute to the upkeep of the nation as a whole.



    Which brings me to my next point. Whilst there may be some spirit of truth in your assertion that the taxes you pay ‘go to shore up the canker-blighted, toppling folly that is the Public Services’, a moment’s rudimentary calculation ought to disabuse you of the notion that the government in any way expects you to ’stump up for the whole damned party’ yourself. The estimates you provide for the Chancellor’s disbursement of the funds levied by taxation, whilst colourful, are, in fairness, a little off the mark. Less than you seem to imagine is spent on ‘junkets for Bunterish lickspittles’ and ‘dancing whores’ whilst far more than you have accounted for is allocated to, for example, ‘that box-ticking façade of a university system.’



    A couple of technical points arising from direct queries:



    1. The reason we don’t simply write ‘Muggins’ on the envelope has to do with the vagaries of the postal system


    2. You can rest assured that ’sucking the very marrows of those with nothing else to give’ has never been considered as a practice because even if the Personal Allowance didn’t render it irrelevant, the sheer medical logistics involved would make it financially unviable.



    I trust this has helped. In the meantime, whilst I would not in any way wish to influence your decision one way or the other, I ought to point out that even if you did choose to ‘give the whole foul jamboree up and go and live in India’ you would still owe us the money.



    Yours Sincerely,


    H J Lee


    Customer Relations


    H.M.R.C. (Tax Office)

  6. Steinreignedsupreme on

    collybhoy: 28 January, 2012 at 12:24



    “paul, how tall is brozek??”



    As tall as a Pole…

  7. Multiple contradictory reports flying around today. Apologies if I’ve misused any long-awaited apologies.

  8. blantyretim





    who’s up front for them today, the magnificent healy and er…. maybe just him

  9. I canny wait for the radio today.



    the death in the family atmosphere will be so strong that I’ll be able to reach out and touch it from over here in Slovakia.



    Now if Celtic would just sign a blooming Slovak, I’d be made up.

  10. Why are we concerend with a players height. Henke was 5′ !0”, Jinky 5′ nothing. If we were to sign a player of the calibre of Messi or Maradonna would any one complain they are 5′ 7” and 5 ‘6”? Skill counts the ability to pass a ball, put in the back of the net, read the game. Are we a basketball team or a football team? Give me a small skilfull player over a lumbering carthorse, and we have a few of those, anyday.

  11. Paddy Gallagher on

    Full name



    Paweł Łukasz Brożek



    Date of birth



    21 April 1983 (age 28)



    Place of birth



    Kielce, Poland






    1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

  12. I hope Tom gets well soon. I know we have our differences but I hope he gets well soon.



    I’m not going to be posting anymore of my archived posts. I’m going to delete them all in the morning.

  13. Steinreignedsupreme says:


    28 January, 2012 at 12:27



    very gud m8


    tall as a pole n strong shoulders,sounds alrite


    c’mon the hibees

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    Further Police Officers arrested this morning in connection with allegations that the News of the World paid Police Officers for information.



    One more example of the public interest being corrupted by those charged with upholding it.



    There are rogues in all walks of life. The idea that any aspect of the Governance of Scottish football is somehow naturally immune to corrupt practice is naive or detached. The issue really is: What is the extent of it?



    Is it just a series of nudge and wink understandings?



    Is it implicit in the culture and the structure?



    Is it organised, deliberate and long standing?



    If the judgement in Rangers’ tax case is published, even if certain details are redacted, we will get an insight into the corporate approach of the SFA to their role as Guardian of football in Scotland.



    In this light and others, it is imperative that the judgement is published.

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