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. Sorry that should read



    Has anyone else had problems reading the etims arse of the month article? It says I need to login!

  2. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Wouldn’t it be a great idea if somebody would record Clyde from now on and put them up on utube for those of us who can’t and won’t itunes for our htc’s?

  3. Daily Mail this morning says that the West Ham bid was £5M plus up to £1M of add ons.



    They also interview Neil Warnock who looked at Jelavic when he was at QPR but didn’t think he was anything special. Warnock reckons they will get nowhere near £10M as there is a doubt that he is good enough to make it in the EPL.

  4. If, for arguments sake, West Ham come back in with a £7.5m offer and its accepted. What is the normal percentage of a deal that is paid upfront? 50%? 30?


    And if £3-4m is paid upfront, will HMRC go to the Courts to get the money ring-fenced in case they go into admin in the next couple of months?

  5. UEFA’s disciplinary case against Celtic over the behaviour of a section of the club’s support will be heard in Nyon on Thursday.



    The European governing body announced in December that they were charging the Parkhead club after supporters displayed a banner of an offensive nature and let off fireworks during their Europa League match against Udinese in Italy on December 15.



    The organisation’s Control and Disciplinary Body will hear the case today but a UEFA spokesperson told STV on Thursday morning that a verdict, and any possible punishment, may not be announced until early next week due to the volume of cases being considered.


    STV sorry……..I know…

  6. Weather report.



    An earthquake, measuring 2.2 on the Richter Scale, hit Donegal at 1.04 am, this morning.



    Beat that, Jobo!! :>)

  7. Morning all.


    disappointed Tony Pulis won’t let Kenwyn Jones join us on loan. Think he’d be a hit in the sphell. Hope big Frazer sings before the window shuts.


    hh lbb

  8. Kayal33



    The English media are reporting the bid was £5 million. They would have no reason to massage a bid figure, unlike the media in Glasgow who seem to have forgotten Gordon Smiths ludicrous claims at the end of the summer window

  9. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Thinking today, as I’m sure many excellent CQNers, are, of Dick Byrne and his family.

  10. Kayal33 says:


    26 January, 2012 at 09:58



    I have a suspicion he won´t go and cue headlines aka “Jelavic not leaving is like a new signing”.



    I do however think they need to sell someone just to keep the cash flow ticking over and Jelavic is only one of their very few sellable assets of significant value.



    Hope we get the striker we need……………

  11. leebozbhoy says:


    26 January, 2012 at 10:04



    What a manager says just now should be taken wit ha pinch of salt. A lot will happen between now and midnight on Tuesday.


    Stoke currently have 6 strikers in their 25 man squad (Jones, Crouch, Jerome, Fuller, Sidibe & Walters). Crouch & Walters appear to be first picks with Jerome starting to get more game time. Come Monday night/Tuesday, if Stoke want to strengthen they may need to let one of their strikers go. Jones would be a great signing, exactly the type we need to give us different options to what we have.

  12. thomthethim says:


    26 January, 2012 at 10:03


    Weather report.



    An earthquake, measuring 2.2 on the Richter Scale.



    Try living on a Fault line lol

  13. Kayal33 @ 1017


    Agreed. Hope pulis changes his mind and the player wants to come. Would be a great signing.


    hh tae ye

  14. playfusbal4dguilders on




    Cant sign Javi Guerra – he only 5’11”.



    Why are we looking at dwarfffs;-)




  15. Kittoch says:


    26 January, 2012 at 08:51




    I am but a beginner to you’re Sensei like wisdoms regarding the great one, that person who is also known quite simply as Victor Wanyama.







  16. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Just a wee thought,


    No long ago there were rumors that someone from NI was trying to finance a bid for the hun.


    The way the meeja pack in scotland have behaved with whyte, I expect had the NI money been laundered terrorist ill gotten gains, and the meeja in scotland found out, we would still have heard nothing about due diligence. The scottish meeja are not fit for purpose.

  17. BlantyreKev,



    Have a read at the “Rangers Banter” page referred to at the top of that one.



    There are some seriously deluded people out there. But one does get it right: “We are just a laughing stock now”!

  18. kitalba says:


    26 January, 2012 at 08:30



    I have followed the Kibera Celtic story closely for some time now. What has Victor Wanyama got to do with them? (apart from being from the same country?)

  19. The Donegal earthquake was predicted by Owen Coyle’s granny sufficiently in advance to enable Daniel O’Donnell to hide under his dining room table. He was said to be wearing his onesie and fluffy ear muffs.

  20. BlantyreKev says:



    26 January, 2012 at 10:45




    I had a read. It fair cheered me up this morning.



    I would not be surprised if Hmrc dropped the case. They say they have been delighted to have been.associated with the mighty Rankers.

  21. Kayal33 says:


    26 January, 2012 at 09:58


    And if £3-4m is paid upfront, will HMRC go to the Courts to get the money ring-fenced in case they go into admin in the next couple of months?



    I’d like to see Celtic beat them to it and ring fence enough money to pay for the damage to Celtic Park at the last derby game :]




  22. whitedoghunch says:


    26 January, 2012 at 10:56



    Cheers for the website, forwarded it on to the boss / mrs!



    Got a table booked for Tickets next month, should be quite an experience




  23. it is incredible how delude they are.



    Pieman is bringing in trialists who have not had a club all season and yet they believe that they are going to splurge out any monies they get from the Jellyfish transfer.



    The amount they get from the transfer when it happens is also nonsense. They will sell to the person who can put the most cash up front as they will not be around to collect the balance. Rapid and Jelly himself will get a cut. The balance will be used for cash flow to get them to the HMRC decision when they can blame it all on that. Whyte will disappear and Newco will appear.



    Following from Paul’s article re Parma the point that they believe that Newco can gain access to SPL with a points deduction just does not hang. If they (God forbid) seek access to SPL why would there be a points deduction? They would have no relationship with the club that went into liquidation. Therefore, the only option is admittance at the bottom level.