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Celtic work remains below-radar

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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. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Subject:

     

    Australia Day Special – £10 off Your Order PLUS Free Delivery!

     

     

     

    Small print: when you spend over 70 quid.

  2. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SOAL – this is the kind of football we can only aspire to. At one point in time we showed the world how the game should be played and now Barca lead the way with pure beautiful inventive football. You’ve put up with too much SPhell !

     

     

    Mon the Cleland under 8’s!

     

     

    TTTT

  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.

     

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    When it comes to deciding Rangers future if it is in terms of what division they end up in one of the deciding factors will be trust.

     

     

    It will be easy for Rangers and or the SFA to demonstrate that our suspicions re the treatment of the small bill are unjustified/unfounded, in fact doing so would put the doubters like me in our place so you would expect the SFA and or Rangers to come clean with the evidence that they are.

     

     

    However if it transpires that Rangers only paid £500K up front to get the licence in May, reneged on the agreement and failed to inform the SFA after the 30th June they will be exposed as totally untrustworthy.

     

     

    I think they are, most Celtic men think they are but clear evidence of avoiding football rules on top of avoiding tax rules will prove so beyond any level of doubt that they represent a danger to the integrity of our game.

     

     

    After the morality of trying to escape paying their tax right to the bitter end lack of trust will be a key argument for refusing any easy solution.

  4. bournesouprecipe on

    It’s just been pointed out, that Danny Alves’s goal was like a Mark Wilson’s ( v them ) scorchio.

  5. West Wales Celt on

    ST:

     

    “top striker”

     

    Definition?

     

    If you mean someone capable of 20+ SPL goals a season you have my full support.

     

    If you mean something more than that, perhaps an established striker with an established reputation and a record at top level to boot; forget it, we can’t afford such players and cannot attract them to the SPL.

     

    Up and coming, under the radar or aged talent, those are the options.

     

    We should be signing one from those categories mind…

  6. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    ST, we all want more players. You say a CF and a CB would have won us the league. They could both of have been injured, what then? You say it would have guaranteed us the title.

  7. Starry. I started off by wanting to look at the Celtic boards performance over the last 3 to 4 years. I think it’s been awful

     

    If you look at the the Hun performance only over last 3 to 4 years, it does indeed show up our boards poor performance

     

     

    West wales. You do tend to listen to both sides , which I find very refreshing

     

    As for our strike force Last year 35 goals hoops and stokes

     

    This year 21 so far. Not the sort of goals scored i would like from

     

    Our front 2

  8. Spirit of Arthur Lee

     

     

    Does your bhoy/ghirl play up at Ravenscraig with that team. My son plays for EK Thistle on a Sunday morning – soon to start the 7’s on a Saturday morning.

  9. SYDNEY TIM I See Three Stoogies are telling you were to go, i too was told more or less i was a hun.Tell them that they are armchair supporters,they dont like being told that,

  10. SydneyTim

     

     

    Out of interest how much do you contribute to Celtic on a Annual basis to let them go out and buy a ‘Star Striker’.

  11. Mhaddog. At least we would have tried

     

     

    You could also say hartson sutton Larson petrov. Bobo. Could have been injured

  12. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on

    kelvinbhoy

     

     

    Indoors on a Tuesday

     

     

    I believe the 7’s league will start on March once the Hoops have won the league

     

     

    Love

  13. Paddy Gallagher on

    timbhoy2 says:

     

     

    25 January, 2012 at 22:13

     

     

    How are you keeping pal, okay I hope…

  14. How did Burns (Rabbie), poet, lyricist, inspiration to Steinbeck,political free-thinker and bon-viveur become so associated in modern times with the type of little tight gentlemen who frequent bowling clubs and the like?

  15. The Battered Bunnet on

    West Wales Celt

     

     

    We’ve been ploughing the middle ground you suggest for a number of seasons.

     

     

    There really isn’t much between say Maciej Zurawski, Scott McDonald and Gary Hooper or Anthiny Stokes. All pretty much middle of the road, each with some qualities and some shortcomings, all capable of 20 goals per season. Tidy in most respects, but not the terrifying forward that defines so many of the good teams.

     

     

    I like Hoops. Too short to be a point man. Too slow to play on the shoulder. But he does have talent and I look forward to his development. Reminds me of McDonald in many repsects, except McDonald was more effective at the old goals business. McDonald was a scaled down Hartson. Smaller, less of a threat, and less effective, but capable. That said, he banged in 25 SPL goals in a season, scored in big games, and was a ‘right good’ signing. Hoops has 3 or 4 years ahead of him to learn and grow. If he does so, he might very well be the business, but as we swap posts, he’s 10 league goals per season behind the requirement.

     

     

    Stokes, like Hoops has no pace. Neither does he have the ability to link play. He is though more imaginaitve in the way he sees and executes chances. He is more alive to the possibilities, but is a distance away from being a +30 finisher. We trade at a lower level, and if a player has one attribute, chances are he is lacking in another.

     

     

    I see little point in spending another £2M on another project, another 20 goals striker, another Zurawski or Bangura.

     

     

    We have forgotten what great scorers, and scorers of great goals, can do for a team.

     

     

    TBB

  16. timbhoy2

     

     

    You are a hun!

     

     

    This armchair fan has had a season ticket since we were at Hampden for a season.

     

     

    I will be at the game on Sunday, now fok off, there a good wee bare… ;)

  17. Timbhoy. No we are all hoops

     

     

    Asonofdan. Followed hoops home and away for 20 years mate

     

     

    But if you think I and thousand if exiled Tims are any less Celtic fans then your right us to keep thinking that way

  18. A wee text I got tonight, first fro Four Green Fields and then from hamiltontim. Got to share it on Burns night:

     

     

    Wee sleekit creepy Rangers beasty,

     

    soon tae hae 5 stars removed from thy breastie.

     

    Ye took yer chance and skipped yer taxes,

     

    Noo HMRC huv yer baws in vices.

     

    Yer gaffers skint, the larders bare,

     

    ther’s hee haw in the bank anymare.

     

    The big rid waws ootside yer grund,

     

    will soon ger selt tae feed the fund.

     

    So when ye eat yer haggis the night,

     

    spare a thocht fur the bears in shite.

     

    And raise yer gless please everyone …

     

    for the one and only TOMMY BURNS!!

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  19. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    ST That’s my point, there are NO guarantees. I think we probably did try. It’s a lot more difficult to recruit REAL quality than you seem to think.

  20. Can someone tell me when they changed the transfer window so that it shut at midnight on the 25th.

     

     

    I was positive we had 5 more days of the window to go…

  21. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Auldheid – I dont have any faith in UEFA /FIFA getting involved in making sure there is “Fair Play” ,to use their own phrase when it comes to getting any justice here.They will happily take a backseat and watch the SFA re-habilitate the hun.

  22. never alone

     

     

    REPEAT being the operative word.

     

     

    A valid point is a valid point but to drone on about it adinfinitum. Jeezoooo. Yae would think he lived in outer Mongolia caged in a hut being force fed rats for his dinner while having his toenails pulled, hot irons poked in the raw skin and his eyeballs pulled from his eye sockets, twisted then bitten off while his testecles are being eaten slowly by wild ants.

     

     

    MWD

     

     

     

    MWD

  23. SydneyTim says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 22:09

     

     

    Why do you keep looking back the way?

     

     

    Did you not see yet that we are top of the league and still in both cup competitions, are you the kind of unforgiving resentful type of supporter that rips everybody knitting at every given opportunity from your deckchair somewhere in the Aussie outback…

     

     

    Gie it a rest Man…

  24. SPOAL…i’ll look out for your team when the 7s start. Stayed up your way for a few months some years ago. My brother in law was the asst priest at St Aidans and stayed with him when me and the good lady were between houses.

  25. Mwd. Aye u know but for people to see we were most successful club in last 3 years makes me want to vomit

     

     

    Ps it’s 9:20amWhen you coming round with the square slice, Mortons rolls ( burnt if course) and my Irn bru. I am starving :))

  26. JimmyQuinnsBits says:

     

     

    25 January, 2012 at 21:59

     

     

    It’s just my opinion but is Burns not hugely over-rated?

     

     

    Does his memory not owe more to a good excuse for a booze-up than anything else?

     

     

    I’d reckon a clear majority of Burns Supper suppers have yet to read their first line of poetry.

     

     

    Saw Mike (SNP) Russell’s comment: ‘Scottish literature is world-renowned.’ Come on, Mike. Behave yourself.

  27. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    The Battered Bunnet, what game do you watch? ‘Hooper has no pace’ god give me strength. Have you seen him running down a hopeless ball?

  28. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    bankiebhoy1 says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 22:17

     

     

    think he was invested in a ludge in Edinburgh – high street maybe, can’t remember?

  29. SydneyTim

     

     

    What Twenty years were they?

     

     

    Anyway, how much do you contribute to Celtic just now?

     

     

    Fair question considering your criticism of the club.

  30. ST keep on telling it as you see it, however if we were in a fair

     

    Competition over the last 3 seasons we could be going for

     

    7iar this season, also the Hun would have been bust without the CL monies.

     

     

    Ps I hear Someone has had a chat with you and the result of said chat was that you’re now a member of the Board fan club, I heard that someone is called Victor Wanyama.

     

     

    V

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