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. Snake Plissken on

    Sydney Tim



    That is one way of looking at it but in a two team league when you spend the most money invariably you will win the title and their true debt figure currently minus the tax case being settled would make interesting reading.



    Think of this – they got 3 years of Champions league money on the trot and are still in bother before the case is settled – why?



    Spending money they don’t have and will never get even if they got to the final of the CL



    It’s like a filling a plastic bag with water at the top while there’s a hole at the bottom.

  2. Moonbeams. Heeeeadddddiiiiiiinnnnsssssssssaaaaaaannnnnnnnddddddd



    Our perfomance has been shocking

  3. Hugh Keevins says on clyde, if rangers enter as a newco we should bite the bullet and let them in, so what he’s saying is then its ok to cheat.

  4. paladin says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:57


    Joe hart is turning into one helluva keeper !



    World class save.

  5. JimmyQuinnsBits




    I do post every now and then, generally when I’m half cut to be honest :-).




  6. The Battered Bunnet on

    The Spirit of Arthur Lee at 20:28



    Proud of you Arthur.



    You’re living the best years of life.




  7. Auld Neil Lennon heid says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:56



    Regarding the granting of a European licence to the huns, i have a sneaky feeling something big is gonnae come out of this.

  8. SFTB




    such as



    Winning Miss World


    Carrying a jockey to victory in the Grand National


    Re-uniting Yugoslavia


    Getting “I’m forever blowing bubbles” to Number 1


    Not getting sent off in his first game for diving with no one near him.









    I think you are confusing him with Kittoch’s Victor>

  9. Snake. Their debt actually went down from approx 45m to 30m when the bank was in control of their finances


    This was achieved with an investment in a few players and large increases in european income and selling off a few players for profit



    We did not Invest and suffered with huge losses in European income


    Europe is where you make your money


    Our players were not able to match 2nd rate teams eg Cha




  10. Ten Men Won The League on

    SS1 for Barca/Real



    Pique nearly sells the jerseys in the 1st min but Higuain misses a glorious chance



    Ramos just misses with a header. Real should be 2 up

  11. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Whit a point-blank save by the Barca keeper. RM could be 2 up by now!



    Celtic First – you got the radio on, mate?!




  12. hen1rik says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:58



    H.K ~ no way is that acceptable start from the bottom and work up



    G.S ~ ally had final say on players coming in, the buck stops with him, no excuses please, if he happens to win the league this year will he take the credit? hell yes he will






    we need a striker and if we dont get that player and lose the league, then i’ll be looking to lenny not the board, if we win the league i’ll also look at lenny

  13. Worthy of another outing………..




    Kittoch says:



    25 January, 2012 at 08:16



    ​Some say he instructed Usain Bolt to get a move on


    ​and that he told Tony Robbins to get a life



    ​All we know is he’s Victor Wanyama

  14. SydneyTim says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:45



    Do you never get tired of talking pash, where’s the love man for Celtic where’s the love, youn constantly rubbish our club whit”s yer francing problem??

  15. Bhoys my hat is on the table with knife and fork and I will have it with chips if Peter lawell risks his own salary by buying a goalscorer



    Our clubs transfer policy and hence success, depends on our CEO bitting the bullet and realizing that his personal bank account is not important to the fans

  16. We Celtic fans kin only watch and wonder..



    Fur the Market ayewiz hiz the last and final say.



    If the Market believes that Jellybelly is worth a Buy..



    He wull be bought… end of Story..






    The Price that he wull be Bought fur..has nothing tae dae


    wi whit the Market itsel..considers tae be the Proper Valution


    of the Player.






    Well.. tae pit it crudely..



    The Transfer Market.. in th U.K….at this Time o’ Tight Money..



    Is whit we ca’ in the Trade…



    A Transfer Market that is based oan



    A Lick and A Promise..type of Funding..




    “A Penny doon..and A Half-Penny..when.. ever the Buyer,kin get rid o’


    some o’ it’s collection o’ McEwan’s Deid Marines.”



    Naebuddy ,his any READY.. money tae spare..


    when it comes tae ..getting thur Hauns oan



    anything over Three Or Four Million Pounds.






    Therefore, whit is Happening is Maist Huge Transfer Fees are being Funded by Promisary Notes.



    Like Ah said.. “A Penny Doon..and the rest whenever, the Buyer kin


    dig up some Lolly’



    Jellybelly, was Bought by this exact method of payment..



    The G.A. still owe.. Money… to Jellybelly’s original Handlers.



    The Prices of Big Money Deals, which are Published by the Newsies..


    hiv nae connection whitsoevah wi’ the Reality of the Actual Fees involved.



    There is nothing to stop the Yellow Press to come up with Whatevah Fee


    that they Wish..and they Take Full Advantage o’ …well.. that, Advantage.






    In My Opinion..



    Will be Sold to the RUSSIANS.. as..



    The English hivnae any Ready Cash.. things, are tough..



    And the G.A. need ..CASH UP FRONT..



    they are no interested


    in ..Promises, tae Pay over X numbah o’ years.



    Fur.. as Ah already told ya..



    The G.A. still Owe Money oan Jellybelly..dating from his original incoming








    If Jelly Goes..



    It wull be tae the .. Russians..











    the READY.



    A half way… mirror image..o’ the Aiden Deal.


    no a Full Mirror Image..



    Because , Celtic Pocketed..



    Awe o’ the Russian Rubles fur .. Themsels!



    Yep…. Nae English Team.. could Come up wi’ the Nine Million .. in


    Cold Hard Cash…wi’ FULL payment, oan the Line.







  17. Starry. I love my club. I hate the CEO and board who have given huns Titles and cash



    There is a difference between Celtic plc and Celtic Fc



    Ps happy invasion day to all :))). Peeing down here

  18. stephbhoy says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:08


    hen1rik says:


    25 January, 2012 at 20:58



    H.K ~ no way is that acceptable start from the bottom and work up



    Agreed 100% but cmon its Scotland and you know what this country’s like, money talks.

  19. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:12



    And Cascarino scores





  20. I am Neil Lennon... Larrybhoy on

    Owen – not so much a happy clapper or board apologist as a genuine Celtic man…. lurk no longer :-)

  21. stephbhoy says:



    The only way we will STOP a newco enetering straight into the SPL if we make sure our board know its a no goer and if they back us.

  22. See from now on I am dropping the ‘are you a hun’ question and I am going to ask ‘are you Hugh Keevins’ instead…

  23. Sydney Tim- It’s Australia Day today, a national holiday, picnics, bbq, beers, for chrissake away out and enjoy yourself for once in your life and leave the SPL title to the professionals, Peter, Neil the backroom team and above all our fine young players.

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