Celtic work remains below-radar


I like the below-radar way Celtic have operated this transfer window.  Mikael Lustig arrived early without much of a murmur and Rabiu Ibrahim’s trial and signing went through with casual understatement, while Jaroslaw Fojut completed a pre-contract agreement before many of us had even reached his Wikipedia page.

Most of the headlines surrounding Celtic have been in connection with English clubs wanting our players, closely followed by public declarations of ‘I’m going nowhere’ from the players in question.

Compare and contrast with the situation over the city.  Almost daily Nikica Jelavic has to deal with a completely different scenario his club have placed him in, today telling STV, “The manager appreciates me and likes me, but I know the club are in a difficult financial situation and if they decided they needed to sell me, I would accept it.”

If you bump into Nikica tell him he’s talking rubbish.  His club were recently bought by a billionaire, they have no financial difficulties and they are reliably informed they are going to win their tax case.  Rangers players telling the media that their club are in a “difficult financial situation” are miles off-message.

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  1. The Pantaloon Duck on




    I too like the way Celtic have conducted their recent business. I shall be very happy if they conclude it by signing young Fraser on a proper deal and bringing in that elusive striker.



    If I bump into Nikica, I shall simply apologise for invading his personal space and walk on.

  2. starry plough says:


    25 January, 2012 at 11:38


    Celtic is a properly run football club…




    Hmmmm. We’re one weekend of bad fixtures from renewed howls for proper investment in Centre Half/Centre Forward, and marginally ahead of a Club in the midst of the biggest ever crisis in its horrible history.



    Don’t get me wrong, we’re on a good run and the feeling is good, but in the wider picture just because they aren’t, and having to stop the currant 4 in a row (see what I did there?), does not indicate that we are a properly run football club.

  3. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on




    Do I detect sarcasm??



    I was amused at the Bosnian striker getting out of there after one day, one day was all it took for the media to build him up, this made it even funnier.



    Paul67 how about a Facebook style ‘like’ option, or a thumbs up thumbs down type of addition to the blog for comments made? May be useful to gauge reaction to comments made on the blog. Just a thought.

  4. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –



    “West Ham are a great club; they are not a second division club,” said Jelavic.



    To be fair to Jelavic he is living in denial as much as anyone else involved with Rangers.



    By the way, where are all these characters that were shouting the odds about four-in-a-row a couple of months ago?

  5. BlantyreKev says:


    25 January, 2012 at 11:45



    I meant in relation to our transfer dealings, we have conducted our business properly as opposed to the huns way of doing things, tapping up players in public etc etc.



    We are one injury away from a striker crisis that’s for sure and I am sure that behind the scenes Neil and his scouting team are do all they can to remedy that.



    In football you are only ever as good as your next victory and if we win at the weekend we will be in the first final of the season and top of the league.



    That’s a nice picture is it not?



    Hail Hail

  6. …hopefully we’ll all soon be reading something like





    “ranjurs are not a 3rd Division club…….”




    Boaby McWilliamson, RFC 2013

  7. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on




    Lustig- right back



    Fojut- centre half.



    Ibrahim-centre mid.



    Tax- doesn’t have to be taxing.




    Have I got them all right?

  8. lochgoilhead bhoy on

    Sheik Yerbouti says:


    25 January, 2012 at 11:44



    You might not want to go there but it is on the the daily record site.



    Craig Whyte profile: The Scots billionaire on the brink of taking over the club he loves


    Nov 18 2010 Keith Jackson



    “…..By the age of 26, Whyte was already Scot land’s youngest self-made millionaire. Now, 13 years on, and in charge of a vast business empire, his wealth is off the radar.”

  9. Paul 67



    Celtic have done their work very cleverly. IMO!



    Sods law tells me that, if we don’t bring in a striker then sumdy will get injured. Ye can put yer hoos on it!



    Can I also say that, I think we should forget about the huns until “We’re” in an, uncatchable position.



    The reason I don’t want to talk about the huns is because, mibbery will keep them in the hunt, always dangerously close to us.



    “Keep yer guard-up!” CSC.



    Hail! Hail!

  10. The Pantaloon Duck on

    Latest from Celticfc.net:



    “There was bad news for Mo Bangura, however, as he has tweaked his right knee again and will see a specialist next week to assess how long he will be sidelined.”



    One of these days, Mo Bangura is going to be an excellent answer to a quiz question.

  11. Sheik Yerbouti @11 46-



    Baba Diawara ?



    Italian fitba paper reported that Diawara had signed for Seville. .



    A couple of days later the same paper reported that Maritimo whilst acknowledging that Diawara had signed a contract with and had been ” paraded ” by Seville , he had done so without Maritimo’s permission and as far as they [ Maritimo ] were concerned he [ Diawara ] was still a Maritimo player.



    Maybe those ” Rules are Rules ” chaps from UEFA will punish Seville like they punished Sion ?

  12. Maybe the MBB’s wealth is in Bermuda contained within a three sided 2D shape and that’s why there is difficulty in locating it!!

  13. What is the Stars on

    Hi Lads



    Been given 3 horses for today



    4.10 Mussleburgh Indian Voyage (each way)


    4.05 Limerick Lady Milano (win bet)


    4.40 Kempton Chatterati (win bet)



    Bon Chance Mes Ami

  14. Paul67



    Speaking to a Rangers fan friend (I know, I should know better) we hoi round to talking about their options and both concluded it makes no sense for them to sell players. We both agreed if they were to lose the tax case they’d go under, and if they are going under just to reform there is little point in converting assets into cash if they can wipe their debt and keep their players – or am I missing something?

  15. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    “By the age of 26,Craig had already become Scotland biggest Whyte collar Wide-O, 13 years on he is about to put his favourite club off the SPL radar.”

  16. Kevjungle



    “The reason I don’t want to talk about the huns is because, mibbery will keep them in the hunt, always dangerously close to us.”



    Kinda agree with you for once b-b-b-b-but…



    thankfully they have been so urination of late that even MIBbery has escaped them and long may it continue.



    Pat Fenlon Hibs revolution begins this weekend.




  17. Moonbeams @12:14





    Pat Fenlon Hibs revolution begins this weekend.




    I pray your right.



    Hail! Hail!

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