Celtic shopping in narrow gap before profiles rise


Oliver Burke made all the headlines two years ago with a big money move from Nottingham Forrest to Leipzip but progress since has not gone to plan.  He has played 46 minutes of league football for West Brom in the Championship this season, so has lots to do to recover his early promise at Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers has James Forrest in the form of his life this season, while Scott Sinclair is back in the team and scoring goals, but Forrest clearly tired before the winter break and, apart from Sinclair, options on the left are limited.  Burke will fill the role hoped for Daniel Arzani, before his injury at Dundee.

Of more strategic interest is the potential signing of striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who plays for Slovakian club, Dunajska Streda.  The Ivorian, who will be 22-years-old later this week, has played 32 games since leaving Africa, where he managed just nine starts in Tunisia.  This is where Celtic now have to operate, in that narrow gap between when a player shows enough form to interest, but before his profile attracts the attention of others.

This has worked well for us before (van Dijk) but will inevitably have a high variance of success.

Although 18-year-old Timothy Weah has appeared in only six senior games, he will be more of a known quantity than Bayo.  Celtic have experience of the French youth teams, in particular, Weah’s club PSG, from where they acquired Odsonne Edouard.  Still, Weah and Bayo will both need plenty of support to settle.

If both deals go through we will have four strikers for the run in, a vast improvement on hoping Edouard can give us 20 minutes for key away games at Pittodrie and Ibrox.

This is all a bit early in the window for Celtic to be this busy.  Unsettlingly so.

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  1. All signings have elements of risk,


    A loan signing may be less risky.


    If he’s duff he returns to parent club.


    Some deals like Musonda don’t work out but i have no clue how much that risk cost.


    We have got a player like Burke on loan who has cost more than we have ever spent on a player and has something to prove.


    Only negative about him is if he does perform well he will be out of our price range so stay will be short.


    Weah for 18 months is a good deal for a player though young has already played and scored for a world renowned club. I saw him for USA against Colombia recently where he played on the left side and was involved in both goals.He looks pacy and skillful and will add something.


    Modern technology has made it easier to study opponents and systems but having new players to adjust will have them all scrambling to see what they have to do to stop us.


    This is to our advantage as it will take them at least a season to understand.


    The unknown can be frightening.

  2. Fool Time Whistle on

    I’ll be disappointed if Lewis Morgan is not given a better opportunity in the 1st team.



    He looked good in pre-season, got injured then struggled to get over it.



    Since then, he’s been a rarely used sub – often when games we are behind.



    This kid has talent in both feet & a great attitude.




  3. Sleekit Dinner





    Select an Old Beef and lay it on the board, thickly.



    pound board repeatedly.



    rub with essence of Francie an’ Josie, (remove ALL warmth and add bitterness)



    season with a Little Andy Kapp. and Hector Nicol. ( Andy Cameron at a pinch)



    Next : a sprinkling of football facts (add learnt historical anecdotes for authentik flavour)



    add in heaps of True LOVE for the Club



    (If you can’t find any real LOVE for the Team, jist make it up)



    Mix with a kopy of the Rekord



    Shred everything



    Mix it repeatedly, then mix it again till thick



    Leave to stew



    Serve bearly warm, daily.

  4. I would have cancelled the trip to Dubai, immediately after their meek surrender at Ibrox.



    Only in football would a capitulation and failure of that scale be rewarded with an expensive holiday.



    HH. ?

  5. 16 roads, i think you will find they are with their employer, doing their work.



    how would it benefit the players and the team to cancel the trip ?

  6. 16 Roads



    Surely the other perspective of – top of the league, won the league cup, up for the treble and still in Europe counts for something in the grand scheme fof things ?







    I agree – unfortunately at this club, time and patience is in short supply.



    These players need a run of games and unless they set the heather ablaze on their first appearance, future time in the first 11 becomes limited due to demands and high expectations.



    HH. ?

  8. South Of Tunis on

    SAINT STIVS @ 4 31 .



    Choccy is in my all time Celtic greats squad of 22 . A great player !!!!

  9. BIG WAVY on 7TH JANUARY 2019 4:34 PM






    Possibly so, however this is Celtic, and at this club you are only as good as your last result.



    You seen yourself how their weak in mind and heart a lot of them were at Ibrox – a holiday in the sun isn’t going to toughen them up, is it?



    Send them to a beach in Donegal or somewhere freezing cold.



    HH. ?

  10. jock wallace school of beach training, what next the battle fever and dips in the sea.



    ffs, what millionaire employee is going to put up with any such nonsense.

  11. Is everything OK with Kieran Tierney? i didn’t spot him in the Celtic TV Bhoys training in Dubai video when he’s normally all over anything Celtic TV. That and Calvin Miller’s recall from on loan – Anyone know anything?

  12. A PSG ST holder friend reckons Weah is a bit of a player, better than Eduard when coming through the academy.

  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    So, nothing on the BBC website or RS news bulletins about the death threats to Chris Sutton.


    Wonder why that would be……?

  14. 16 Roads,



    If you had asked me just after the final whistle I would have had each of them individually booted in the hee haws by everty season ticket holder, live on Celtic TV.



    A monumentally disgraceful performance…….

  15. SAINT STIVS on 7TH JANUARY 2019 4:44 PM






    It depends on the mentality of each individual player one would imagine.



    Scott Brown and Kieran Tierney would train in Antarctica with no issues.



    They Lisbon Lions didn’t need train in Dubai that’s for sure, anyway when are the players going to face weather conditions like that in the country where they play football?

  16. Bada Bing



    I’m falling out of love with Broonie. Don’t feel good about it I’ll admit but it felt a right time to part.

  17. whats cold weather got to do with fitness and recuperation ?



    your just being a bit silly now.

  18. BIG WAVY on 7TH JANUARY 2019 4:50 PM









    That should be the manager’s job though – he’s far too soft with some of them, yet wee Emilio whom at least has a bit of dig about him – is banished because of that penalty mistake at Pittodrie.



    HH. ?

  19. Remember the goal Beaton allowed the Huns v Albion Rovers in the cup,? Moshni nearly killed the keeper……

  20. succulentlambstinks on

    Surely the other perspective of – top of the league, won the league cup, up for the treble and still in Europe counts for something in the grand scheme fof things ?



    Top of the lge only because sevco let us off by no beating 10 men teams.


    Lge cup nothing to write home about.


    Still in Europe by the skin of our teeth and due to Rosenborg winning nothing less.


    Yes it looks rosy. Now add a few plyrs who haven’t plyd a half season add the odd 2 mill here and there and still be left playn Sinclair and lustig. I’m full of hope.not.

  21. SAINT STIVS on 7TH JANUARY 2019 4:55 PM



    whats cold weather got to do with fitness and recuperation ?



    your just being a bit silly now.









    What I do know is this though – lots of our players are shite bags and they are undeserving of a holiday is Dubai.



    Ok YOU.



    HH. ?

  22. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Levein suspended for comments about Madden. Was Madden asked to explain his comments about MoreLoss being “a bit silly”?



    FAN-A-TIC on 7TH JANUARY 2019 3:31 AM










    Do you think that reasonable , decent Scottish people would have a favourable view of the IRA and its activities ?






    There are some reasonable Scottish people but unfortunately they are in the minority.












    Profoundly disagree with you on that point .






    Absolutely agree with your condemnation of SOME Scottish institutions and the Scottish media in general.






    However , I can`t condemn people who misinterpret historical songs with songs which glorify terrorism.






    eg. Do you consider ” Derry`s Walls ” to be a historical song , ergo acceptable , or an offensive Orange hymn of hate , much beloved of bigots ?





    Derry Walls






    Have never had the temptation previously to know or read the lyrics.






    Just did. This is a sectarian song mentioning directly the Catholic King James II, chrimson blood, swords and shields, rebel death,






    Not just an offensive “hymn” of hate, but a song of sectarian hate revelling in revel Catholic death.






    What is your comparative choice of “hymn” sung by the Celtic support,Macjay?






    MWD 5 hours 30 mins.

  24. MWD


    Realise you are referring to Macjay.


    Was not sure how he managed to conflate my assertion that it makes no difference what Celtic fans sing as mssm and authorities often cite songs of freedom as terrorist in a country where the majority of population are anti catholic/Irish into using Derry’s Walls as a comparative ?


    The huns will do what they do in the best wee country in the world without scrutiny or condemnation so has no relevance to a Celtic support who are vilified often.


    Touch of deflection me thinks.

  25. Just been putting the jan and Feb fixtures into my calendar. Brutal number of games over the next 6 weeks.



    HH jg

  26. Good evening CQN from a bewildered Garngad


    I was told on here yesterday that we had signed 3 players, is it true that we only have 1? Burke.






    D. :)

  27. as a teenager going to parkhead on the muirhead celtic supporters bus, it was always sean south/the merry ploughboy and the soldiers song, if anyone can tell me they are sectarian songs I apologise.hh.