Michael Lustig arrived early on a pre-contract from Rosenborg. A right back as tall as the North Stand he is one of the most curious signings we’ve made in a while, considering the strength we have in that position.
Rabiu Ibrahim, past-wonder-kid of African football, came in after negotiating an end to an unproductive stay in Eindhoven. I hear lots about Ibrahim’s ability but Celtic will have to find a way of turning that into a productive force in the SPL, something PSV were unable to do in the Netherlands.
Polish international striker, Pawel Brozek, arrived on load from Trabzonspor, where he spent most of last year at the side of the pitch. Pawel is an experienced pro who is likely to enjoy his time in the SPL. He’ll keep the front pairing of Abbot and Costello on their toes, neither of whom will be certain of retaining their place.
Young players, Paul Slane, James Keatings and Lewis Toshney went out on loan to MK Dons, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock respectively, which Josh Thompson continued his tour of English towns and cities by heading to Chesterfield for 6 months. None were likely to make more than cameo appearances this season, all will benefit from the career development opportunity.
Throughout the month I ignored stories that we would sell our prime first-team assets, Hooper, Stokes, Samaras, Forrest, Commons, Ki, McCourt and Matthews were all linked with clubs in England and offers were received for six of the above, but who in their right mind would sell top players in January when you are in a nip –and-tuck race for the title?