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. Paddy Gallagher on

    SydneyTim says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:15


    Ps. Huns won last 3 titles





    Cheating huns won last three titles – spot the difference!

  2. SydneyTim says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:14



    I f you love the club which I believe you do how come you never talk about thee great things that are happening at our club??



    Like Emilio Izaguirre?



    Like Fraser Forster?



    Like Beram Kayal?



    LIke Joe Ledley?



    Like Victor Wanyama, Victor Wanyama



    Like James Forrest



    Like Kris Commons



    Like the best squad in years, man don’t you get tired of just…know what I mean..



    Yours in positive Celtic…




  3. hen1rik says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:01



    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.





    Yes I agree mate, its far too big of an issue, to be hushed down…Very serious stuff if our suspicions are proved correct (AGAIN)

  4. Auld



    my heed hurts efter all that! Get what you are saying right enough.



    Whose having a party when a certain club dies and how quickly do you think we can book a hall?




    The tax case is the least of their worries! Skint with a shower of fraudsters and conmen in charge.

  5. MICK11 says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:21



    I think Duffield has got something to do with it but i could be wrong.

  6. Goldstar. Its invasion day. It’s that wet outside, I am sure I saw a great white going down the street



    Paddy we did not win the league as we had no center half and no goalscorer

  7. hen1rik says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:14




    i dont think our board would back a newco, but we will not know until or indeed if that day comes



    thing is the future of rangers will be living within thier means which means we should have the better squad most seasons ans there’s something great about beating that lot, though a newco version of rangers will never be rangers, you know it, i know it and they know it

  8. Paddy Gallagher on

    SydneyTim says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:23



    Goldstar. Its invasion day. It’s that wet outside, I am sure I saw a great white going down the street



    Paddy we did not win the league as we had no center half and no goalscorer




    No we didn’t, but they had the referees.

  9. hen1rik says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:23





    For me its all far far far too cloak-in-dagger! something quite simply doesn’t sit rite in all of this.

  10. Bankiebhoy1



    For once the mrs didn’t snort derisorily when I told her what I was laughing at on cqn. Raised quite a laugh in fact

  11. Starry. Where is the centerhalf or striker in your list



    I do agree a very very promising set of players, best for years



    Will be ruined if we don’t sign a goalscorer :((




  12. tommytwiststommyturns on

    What a shot from Ozil there, off the woodwork keeper knew nowt about it. RM more in the game tonight.




  13. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    keep givin it a punt…



    oh, and if ye haven’t had a good flounce within the next couple of weeks, questions will be asked…



    I did a major and – if I may say so myself – very dramatic flounce one Friday night… the full umbrage, all sails up…. only to find out that the poster wasn’t referrin to me at all…. ye cannae beat it

  14. SydneyTim says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:26



    We signed a centre half Mate and even if we signed Messi tomorrow you’d still be moaning cos you live in the past the huns won three in a row get over and enjoy the rise of the new Celtic Lions..

  15. SydneyTim says:



    25 January, 2012 at 20:45



    I’ve put you on ignore but I’m getting grumpier in my old age so.



    Here’s a thought.



    If instead of buying and then paying the players in 2007 and 2008 that bought them the last three titles, they had elected to put that not inconsiderable sum aside to meet the tax bill that will kill them off as competitors for the foreseeable future, they would not be in danger of insolvency. They would not be worrying if they will be around to win titles next year, never mind the next three.



    Their net debt went up from £6M in 2006 to £31M in 2009. Bringing it back down with the money they borrowed but could not repay to get it back down to acceptable levels is not good sense if it endangers the clubs existence and it clearly has, it is crass stupidity and irresponsibility of the highest order.



    That you continue to fail to grasp this point when what many have predicted would happen for a number of years is unfolding in front of your eyes is either a tribute to your tenacity or stupidity.



    They have not yet met the full consequences of their stupidity, one of the consolations when they do is not having to listen to yours. or will you say we are only winning because they really are skint? I suspect you will, perish the thought of actually saying anything positive about Celtic.



    You are back on ignore.




  16. Paddy Gallagher on

    SydneyTim says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:28



    Paddy so you think it’s ok for our board to ignore our managers wishes?





    No, but I do believe they deserve the credit due for being the most successful board in Scotland.

  17. Kittoch / Celtic40



    We’ve been laughing about it all day.


    CQN craic at its best…




  18. stephbhoy says:


    25 January, 2012 at 21:26



    Money talks matey, i would love nothing more to see them punished heavily but i seriously have a gut feeling when it comes to them they are the luckiest b$$$$$$s in the world.

  19. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on




    Then spend the rest of yer cash meeting the BOF squad at BB



    Stay in Aus

  20. The Battered Bunnet on




    Despite the reaction, you’re not a million miles away from the gen, in my view of course.



    Celtic are top of the league. Great, magic.



    Rangers are in the grubber. Hurrah!



    Reality is that Lenny has done a great job in taking his kids to 12 wins on the bounce, but if Rangers had done their job recently, even allowing for a loss at Celtic Park, they would be 6 points ahead, despite being in the grubber in most other respects.



    We are where we are right now, 4 points ahead, because Lenny has figured out something that he was missing earlier in the season, while Dudley Dursley has stumbled badly.



    Being pedantic: In my view, your point about not having signed a striker of quality in 8 transfer windows ignores the loans of Keane and Kamara in the Mowbray disaster. That aside, I’m not entirely sure why you only quote 8 windows. Were you referring to JVoH? In which case I’d agree, but that was 11 or 12 windows ago. Before that, we’re back to MON’s time. That’s how long it has been since we invested in a top drawer player.



    It’s not for the want of cash per se. There has been a demonstrable policy at Celtic these last 5 years of ‘just enough’. We have managed the business conservatively in terms of cost, without expanding on the ambitious.



    I don’t want Celtic to ape the irresponsibility of other clubs, close and distant, the ‘speculate to accumulate’ nonsense is utterly discredited now.



    What I do want is balanced investment. Investment means putting up dough in the expectation of profit over a defined period.



    In my view, the investments in the current crop of kids is sound, but the real return is still years away in terms of football success. We need a balance between projects and performers, and in this respect, a +30 per season goal scorer is the requirement. Jam tomorrow is important, but we need to eat today too.



    I’m with you. Peter, get the wallet out and deliver a substantial striker. A player that will enhance the current group. That’s what we pay you for.




  21. SydneyTim



    I thought Stokes and Hooper were the top goal scorers?



    Also thought we had just got Commons back from injury, how many goals did he get last season from January onwards?



    There are 5 days to go, who said we had to sign someone by tonight?



    EVERYONE waits to the last day to do business when fees are at their lowest and teams are willing to let players go.



    Really wish you would p1ss off and take your negativity with you.



    Oh! Are you Hugh Keevins?

  22. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Tried to get the telly to watch el classico, but mrs JQB and daughter are watchin some dance competition thingy… whoever sold us the line “head of the household”; I’ve got a poker lookin for a… well, ye know. Tried to engage in intelligent debate as to how these reality shows are whittlin away at the intellect of the proletariat, only to be silently handed a beer and told to go back to CQN.



    I may be on to somethin here

  23. Starry I will be happy with a center forward , something our wonderfull squad of players and wonderfull manager deserve



    AuldH. Rangers debt 6m in 2006. I think you must have been eating scones with funny stuff in it


    Rangers debt hidden mostly in the Murray empire as about 50 million



    As I said at the very beginning


    IF rangers had not tax liability then there performance in last 3 years is rather impressive


    Compared to Celtic Plc


    Want to compare apples to apples


    Just looking at Last 3 years bussiness performances




  24. Enough of this sympathy for mcoist!-just remember his cowardly cranking


    it up in that game last season-the handshake and wee “word” which made


    things a lot worse and his fat self feel a lot better pandering to the thugs-


    hed spit on yer grave -no sympathy!HH

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