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. Gary hooper and anthony stokes have scored 29 goals between them this season



    Scott macdonald and Gary hooper have the same scoring rate in the spl

  2. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on




    I stay 1 minute from St Aidans and was there last night for my Bhoys Mass for his first Communion.



    Old Joe is a cool Dude

  3. SydneyTim says:



    25 January, 2012 at 21:43



    I see someone clarified the £6M position. I enjoy a scone when I’m digging out information. The amount of debt Rangers incurred in SDMs time was colossal.



    Get a scone out and read this:







    SDM did not spend a tenner to our fiver, he spent £25 to our £1 or, if the tax case is lost £120 to our £1.



    You have totally underestimated the sheer scale of what was needed to match never mind better their spend. Add to that the knock on effect of the desperation to win at any cost to keep them alive and by any cost I mean the remarkable rise in honest mistakes in 2009/10 and the backlash in 2010/11 when Celtic finally stood up for themselves and you have a better idea of what Celtic were up against (not to mention the constant critcism from those who did not dig deeper.)



    I am not saying mistakes were not made, I’ve told PL to his face what one was (and he has listened) but when you consider what the club was up against, the Board who are part of the club, deserve a bit more slack than you have been prepared to cut them.

  4. tommytwiststommyturns on

    mhaddog – I think TBB is right in that neither Hoops or Stokesy are 30 goals a season strikers, but I have high hopes for Gary.


    We need a big, mobile, target man who can play the lone striker role or link up with GH or AS….problem is we can’t feckin afford him!


    My solution was to sell Ki, but that was before we lost Beram and I wouldn’t trust PL to make all the funds available to PL for said striker.



    Ronaldo scores for RM.






  5. The Battered Bunnet on




    Of course, you’re entitled to your view. Fair enough.



    Tell me though: Which defenders in (even) the SPL are unable to live with Hoops’ pace? Go on. Name them. Who has been roasted by Hoops’ speed over 5, 10, 20 yards?



    I can’t recall seeing him run away from any defender. Quite the contrary. The wee legs go like the clappers, but they don’t cover much ground.



    Maybe my memory is simply failing of course.

  6. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    fritzsong says:


    25 January, 2012 at 22:22



    I’m no expert but IMO, in a word, probly… but I don’t see him as a classic poet. He doesn’t use standard poetry techniques, and is very light on metaphor. But if you take him as a story-teller and forget some of the snobbery that goes around, he’s mighty fine.



    However, its the song I enjoy the best, and that song – to my taste – is sublime, speshly sung by wee Eddie




  7. JamesQ



    I knew he was in the ludge, but wasn’t everyone in Ayrshire then?


    Probably more to do with gettin’ a late drink…….;)



    I’d guess ludge membership was different then to now, but don’t really know.



    It’s the man himself I’m talking about – a maverick, sentient, challenger……..



    What resonates with yer average, modern….erm……’booler’?

  8. West Wales Celt on



    I can’t disagree with the relative similarity betwixt the strikers you mention.


    Neither can I forget the impact of great strikers like Henke, Hartson and Sutton.


    These were the great strikers of my era.


    Interesting that the most successful by far of this troika was the diamond in the rough, picked up for a song.


    We are unlikely to achieve that level of return again.



    On projects, I also agree.


    Hoops and Bangura are projects enough.


    I’d try and tease out an under-the-radar target man in his mid to late 20’s.


    A target man capable of 20+ goals a season won’t guarantee a title but he sure would help matters…

  9. The Battered Bunnet says:


    25 January, 2012 at 22:28



    Gary Kenneth, David Weir, the whole St Mirren defence, Aberdeen frequently, and that Idiot at Hibs….

  10. bournesouprecipe on

    Reporter: “What did you think of the penalty decision?”



    Dalglish: “What do you mean?”



    Reporter: “The handball”



    Dalglish: “Exactly”



    sharp or what

  11. The Spirit of Arthur Lee on




    They were asking where there great great great grandad was tonight.



    back to you

  12. tommytwiststommyturns on

    To be fair, Benzema skinned Puyol for his goal. He should have started the game!


    If RM score again, they’re through on away goals….




  13. Real Madrid could win this. They are well on top. Fifteen minutes to go. They need one more goal.

  14. The Battered Bunnet on

    I notice that it’s Hoops’ 24th Birthday tomorrow.



    I hope he gets a some good presents. A wee turbo charger would be useful, and perhaps a Di Natale to help him out.



    BTW Starry, Weir mibbe, but Kenneth…nah.

  15. Is it possible that the days of 30+ goals a season strikers are gone as a result of the way poor SPL defences line up.



    Until 5-10 years ago opposition in domestic football always played 2 up front, even at Parkhead. With the introduction of 11 men behind the baw negativity, it’s hard to see anyone being so productive any time soon.

  16. Starryplough. Its called learning from mistakes


    We only have 2 goalscorer who have scored 21 Spl goals between them


    We need more, we needed more 4 years ago , but do e nothing about it



    Asonofdan my 1st ever game was hampden park Leeds united I was a last min sub for my sick cousin


    My 1st every away game was anfield. We lost 1 0 but won the 2nd leg after extra time. 5 2 I think My best every Away game was love st 1980


    I have more Celtic memories then you have had square slice :))




  17. Just a wee comment before I head up to my scratcher – well a few as Real Madrid have just scored a second so scratcher time has been delayed!



    Some good comments on here tonight – interesting points of view, I especially liked The Battered Bunnets one from an hour or so ago in response to Sydney Tim. Very balanced and articulate.



    The goings on in the Barca match put hun games into a poor perspective – all the skill, passion plus all the aggression that would allegedly have a Celtic or Rangers player arrested for..!



    The strong, mobile target man we all seem to be in agreement we need is a signing which simply wont happen.



    Sure we might get a Chris Killen or a heaven forbid another Daryl Murphy but the players who carry those physical attributes and the players who also know how to make the most out of those attributes are ‘experienced’ professionals.



    They are in their late 20’s or early 30’s and not the ‘intellectual purchases’ Lawwell spoke of at the last AGM.



    Todays Celtic wouldnt buy Chris Sutton (if he was available for the same money) or a John Hartson – its all about re-sale value, how much more revenue would that player be responsible for bringing into the club through success on the pitch, compared to the next target down the list etc



    ‘Intellectual purchases’ – theres a phrase I think will haunt you and I.



    I could ofcourse be completely wrong and would gladly eat a toli pie if wrong!

  18. Battered Bunnet


    An interesting observation on our strike force.



    I tend to judge strikers not by the quantity but the opposition.


    Scott McDonald scored at Ipox and against Manure – both of which are good enough for me.


    Hooper has also scored at Ipox, and whilst I would like to see him attack the ball in the box, I think he is a player capable of scoring in big games.


    Zurawski , I didn’t rate – too many of his goals were against wee teams.


    Hat -tricks against Dunfermline or Peterhead may win you a match ball, but , not a lot more.


    Stokesy, I am not sure about – big heart, went south too young, and has probably found his level at SPL .


    Only my opinion, of course.

  19. jeez_I_thought_blinker_was_pants on

    C1st, if you’re still on, what’s the story with Sevilles’ sponsor-less jersey at the weekend?



    BTW I worked for Alpine one summer, no way would I have touched the Pineapplade!!

  20. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    TBB, I don’t have names for you, But I have certainly seen him do it. Remember he needs to be a couple of yards behind the defender not to be flagged offside.



    Playfusbal, I didn’t say ‘most song’, I said most popular. Even by your measure Burns is second. I don’t like Scots talking our country down. Burns is a major figure in World Literature.

  21. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    bankiebhoy1 says:


    25 January, 2012 at 22:31



    BB, think you answered your own question, they believe they’ve ‘inherited’ him cos he was a mason… questions for me are a) why did a maverick jump the goat and b) why do the wee sma-minded boolers think the masonry defined him?



    Mind you, maybe there’s somethin ‘haunded doon’ which we don’t know about ;)