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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. Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    thanks – is it very heavy on baseball references and stats? – i know a little about it but some of the stats been used in film had me confused

     

     

    cheers

  2. Shieldmuir Celtic on

    Some of the posts in here about Peter Lawwell must be written by the Daily Record. They don’t know the facts so they just make it up.

  3. dirtymac @12:47

     

     

    I stress again, I base my view on information available.

     

     

    Coincidentally, don’t you think that John Park has upped his game since Neil summoned him to the dug-out during the, Ross County debacle ?

     

     

    I think that Neil was hammering home to JP that day, the message that “I’ll not be getting sacked for the duds you bring in!” “So shape-up or, ship-out!” said Neil Francis Lennon! IMO!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  4. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    The Rugby Football League have bought Bradford’s Odsal ground to safegaurd it from developers,and will rent it back to Bradford………mmmmmmm

  5. Steinreignedsupreme on

    KevJungle: 25 January, 2012 at 12:37

     

     

    “My information is that…Neil wanted Diawarra who cost £4 mill. Then PL appeared with Mo for half the price ?

     

     

    “Neil watches Mo in training EVERY day and, dizny play him ?

     

     

    “I can only form an opinion on the information I get!”

     

     

    Maybe someone should have told you Bangura has been injured then…

  6. Ten Men Won The League on

    With Mo Bangura out injured for a few weeks initially, then it makes it all the more pressing that another striker is brought in before the window closes

     

     

    5 days and counting

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Oldcastlebhoy- the traditional way players were scouted was to use ex-baseball players.

     

     

    Billy Bean’s ‘big idea’ was to use scouts from outside that background to find players other clubs would not be interested in, but who could do a job for the As.

     

     

    These people would be wizards with the statistics, sometimes using this to do really well with the ‘Fantasy Baseball’ games which were becoming popular, with the advent of the Internet.

     

     

    And that’s it in a nutshell, baseball as a sport is very statistics heavy, so clearly some has to feature in the book, but not in a way that detracts from the story.

  8. KevJungle

     

     

    I would rule it out, as none of our players are for sale. We have to WIN the League this season, Neil knows and the board know it.

     

     

    HH

  9. Kevin

     

     

    I have also been informed that, PL signed Daryl Murphy and, Efran Suarez ?

     

     

    Ah, that’s where PL went wrong. he must have thought he was getting Suarez (now at Liverpool) instead of Juarez.

     

     

    Bad PL, very bad.

     

     

    Mort

  10. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    While we are the subject of lip reading, Lenny mentioned last season that if celtic went onto win the league then maybe he would tell us what the so called Checky chappie said to him after the so called shame game

     

     

    I wonder if he will lets us in on the secret once we have the title in the “onion” bag this season.

  11. Dontbrattbakkinanger

     

     

    Thanks for that – I like stats – I play Football Manager constantly buy some of the spreadsheets yer man was analyzing were crazy!!

  12. Posted by a senior poster of fallow fallow today

     

     

    Paul, are you ‘King Laudrup’ in disguise?

     

     

     

     

     

    We are guilty of rank amateurism

     

     

    ——————————————————————————–

     

     

    We’re in the financial grubber – fine, we all know that. As bad as that is, and the reasons for it are well known, it’s the rank amateurism which has characterised our club’s management (chairman, chief executive and manager) which is particularly galling.

     

     

    Mr Whyte, while rescuing us from LBG’s ever more draconian diktats, has drawn the club into disrepute with his threats of lawsuits against the BBC (which appears to be lying dormant); his failure to disclose his directorship ban; and the almost constant reference to lawsuits against him personally for unpaid bills or breach of contract.

     

     

    Now, whatever you might say about Martin Bain’s claims for breach of contract (I personally have no time for the charlatan), the negative publicity which has surrounded our chairman from the moment he walked down Edmiston Drive has been profoundly damaging to the image of the club.

     

     

    It’s well-known that the Scottish media needs no encouragement to write negative pieces about Rangers. But our chairman is providing them with considerable ammunition.

     

     

    The HMRC case is what it is and we won’t be able to escape the spectre for quite some time. But the pantomime of other disputes needs to stop.

     

     

    Which leads me on to the playing side of the club. Why is it that we also conduct our business in public when we’re linked with players? Last summer was an absolute shambles, even before the European debacles. Targets were mentioned by Ally, derisory bids were lodged and disappointment ensued.

     

     

    How difficult is it for our manager and our CEO (who’s been an agent and a member of the media fraternity) to conduct business in private and refuse to be linked publicly with players until the deal is done? If other clubs wish to talk about our involvement in transfer dealings, so be it. But we need to be far more savvy than blurting out what ought to be private and confidential negotiations.

     

     

    Take Jaager as an example. A few days ago McCoist said that he would like to offer the player a contract. He made public his intention to offer a contract. Where is Jaager now? Sitting at home in Estonia having left Murray Park without a contract.

     

     

    Now I don’t happen to believe that we need another right back, but the principle remains. Don’t hold yourself hostage to fortune by making public statements which are based on “could be’s” and “maybe’s”.

     

     

    It’s not difficult – just shut your mouth until you have got something concrete to say. Tis better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

  13. voguepunter says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 12:58

     

     

    You’re some man,lip reading as well.

     

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

     

    Well, sumdy’s got to do it!

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  14. KEvjungle

     

     

    Who gives you the info canalamar ?

     

     

    All Goods signings NL

     

     

    All Bad PL

     

     

    I just wish one of them would put a hole in the AIDEN money

  15. I’m not quite sure about wealth being ‘off the radar’ and transfers being ‘under the radar’.

     

    Let’s just hope that those planes are spot on that damn radar as I’m flying on Saturday. :-)

  16. Steinreignedsupreme says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 12:58

     

     

    Maybe someone should have told you Bangura has been injured then…

     

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

     

    What, injured since August ?

     

     

    Why is he on the bench almost every week if, as you say “he’s injured ?”

     

     

    Hail! Hail!

  17. Celik might not be joining rangers after all, previous club refusing to release his registration so he can get International clearance until rangers stump up compensation.

     

     

    Gathering this money is proving to be a problem for the ‘Billionaire’.

     

     

    HH

  18. The Honest Cover-up on

    I’m Neil Lennon (tamrabam) says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 13:00

     

     

    I suspect the whisper will always remain a mystery, a bit like the truth behind the “Smell the Glove” t shirts in ’98.

     

    Would love to hear what was said mind you.

     

    I reckon Lennon will be content to stay quiet and watch McCoist venture back into the world of TV presenting and quiz shows while Neil continues to manage the team he loves.

  19. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I do not normally have much faith in the authorities recouping “misplaced” taxes, but with news today that the British government now owes £1 trillion (for the less numerate that’s a lot of zeros, a lot of zeros indeed) and with England Manager elect Harry Redknapp currently on trial before a Crown Court jury for tax evasion I am coming round to the idea that if the Tribunal does rule against White and Co. there will be no way out for Rangers, no way out at all. If Jelavic wants a paid football career he better get his skates on.

  20. kevJungle beginning to doubt you now, after your last statement.

     

     

    EVERY Celtic fan knows he has been more or less injured fro mthe start and only recently returned in the past few weeks to the the first team squad.

     

     

    Are you Hugh Keevins? ;)

  21. Heskey on a free in the summer according to BBC. Do we take a gamble and get him on loan? I reckon he would be a good player in the SPL.

     

     

    Potential Hunskelper!

     

     

    LB

  22. James Forrest is Lennon

     

     

    An in-law who has bhuns in the family, posh seat types at ibrox.

     

     

    HH

  23. If………. errr…. mmmm..*cough*……’Mervin’s’…… deal falls through over at Asbestox we should nip in and sign him.

     

     

     

    Just think of the number of tops we’d shift…….

     

     

    Giruyrfc CSC

  24. Celtic Mac at 13:16

     

     

    I heard an interesting thing about £1trillion last week. If Jesus was still alive and had spent £1m every single day from the day he was born, he still wouldn’t have spent £1tr.

     

     

    Mort

  25. bournesouprecipe on

    BFDJ

     

    Real Radio

     

    24th Jan 2012

     

     

    “Rangers do not have any debt”

     

     

    ‘There’s only a potential liability to the taxman!’

     

     

    Ikidyounot CSC

  26. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    A son of Dan

     

    And what makes you think that craig whyte is a lowly mere billionaire, he is off the radar man, a gazillionaire thingy at least- Keach Jackson, investigative reporter extraordinaire told us so.

     

    And jus wait till craig whyte gets his teeth into the BBC because they slandered him- any day noo

     

     

     

    The Scottish media, Spiersy included have all kept their silence while the biggest story in Scottish fitba rumbles on. This site has pretty much called it correctly on the rangers finances for seasons, The redtops dined out on the succulent stuff while “looking the other way”

     

     

    The Scottish redtops and phone ins facilitated the onslaught against Lenny last season, they took it too far and and only after the great uneducated and unwashed bombers and pitch attackers from the dregs of Scottish society took their lead, they might have just realised that.

     

     

    There is a massive, massive, massive gulf opening up now between what the Celtic fans believe and the medias portrayal of the same events. IMO Probably bigger than at any time in the past half century. (Although the redtops did hit a few lows during the bunnets era, compare McCanns treatment from the media during celtic financial troubles against the current craig whyte silence)

     

     

    Amazingly there are still huns out there who don’t yet fully understand their own clubs plight, ironically if they logged on here from time to time they would have a better understanding.

     

     

    The red tops are digging their own grave, because soon there will only be one subject on the sports pages, the front pages and financial sections.

     

     

    After that there will only be one team left to write about.

  27. Steinreignedsupreme on

    KevJungle: 25 January, 2012 at 13:06

     

     

    He’s been injured a few times since he came – and not been on the bench for the last three games.

     

     

    Bangura has not been able to get a run in the team partly because of injury and partly because Stokes and Hooper have been doing the business. He will get his chance.

     

     

    Neil Lennon does not need to make statements regarding how much he rates a player if he does not rate him. You have to remember he is a young player adapting to a new culture – a bit like Ki … and it took him time to settle.

  28. With apoligies to Robert Burns:

     

     

    Nae twa happ’nies, short ae cash

     

    no allowed tae sing the sash

     

    and in my plans i didnae vector

     

    for a visit from wee hector,

     

    so oota here a’ll huvtae scurry

     

    or ma names no David Murray

     

    because wae him I’ve been so lax

     

    so he caught me fiddlin tax

     

    afore ma schemes are aw laid bare

     

    a’ll need tae find a billionare

     

    but only sell to wan who’s right

     

    aw feck aw that there’s craigy whyte

     

    so while a flee tae my french hame

     

    he can stay a take the blame

     

    and take the Rangers for a ride

     

    even though disqualified

     

    though told the court he can’t remember

     

    just last week,and in November

     

    Then companies House says “Craig,just haud it”

     

    remember now your books to audit

     

    i’ll jist haud oan said Craig tae thee

     

    Am waitin for the FTT

     

    And at my ankles like a dog

     

    There’s posters oan this pesky blog

     

    Who’ve cottoned oan tae aw ma acts

     

    and started gee’n oot aw the facts

     

    no mentioned in the scottish press

     

    bout how we’re in this awfy mess

     

    who’ve gee’n me such an easy ride

     

    Thanks a million Radio Clyde

     

    RTC’s woke up the nation

     

    Receivership,administration

     

    Baillifs liftin aw oor wares

     

    Headin doon the marble stairs

     

    and as the final key is turned

     

    oor history is all but burned

     

    no longer heard from spire and steeple

     

    “NO SURRENDER”

     

    We were Ra Peepil.

     

     

    QB

  29. “Each game is a final for me, so we want to beat Falkirk, and then we have Inverness in the Scottish Cup next week.

     

     

    “They are two very big games that could shape our season. I still remember when we won the Scottish Cup last year. It was a very nice feeling and one that money cannot buy. To win a championship and the cups this season would be amazing.” Izzy

     

     

    I love the wee guy and his attitude.

     

     

    HH

  30. ASonOfDan says:

     

    25 January, 2012 at 13:12

     

    Celik might not be joining rangers after all, previous club refusing to release his registration so he can get International clearance until rangers stump up compensation.

     

     

    Gathering this money is proving to be a problem for the ‘Billionaire’.

     

     

    HH

     

     

     

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

     

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

     

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

     

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

     

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

     

     

    Brilliant, just feckin brilliant!

     

     

    HH

     

    /Bishop B

  31. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Your Celtic heritage- the fraught Fifties

     

     

    Season 1950-1.

     

     

    Division A 7th P 30 W 12 D 5 L 13 F 48 A46 2 29

     

     

    On the bright side, we did of course beat Motherwell 1-0 to win the Scottish Cup, our first trophy since winning the league in ’38, due in no small part to the unhelpful intervention of deranged dictator A.Hitler.

  32. bournesouprecipe on

    It is understood that have agreed a £2m fee with Newcastle to make Fraser Forster’s loan move a permanent one.

     

     

    Unconfirmed CSC

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