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. bournesouprecipe says:


    25 January, 2012 at 13:44



    did they say if he’s a pl or a nl signing?

  2. bournesouprecipe on




    It’s on Twatterati, which is a shade higher than a text and two shades higher than a taxi driver.



    If it’s £2million we’ve spent well.

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    I expect the big goalie would be happy till the summer for one very good reason, massive pay cut if he signs now, innit.

  4. Reported in todays Shields Gazette.



    NEWCASTLE United goalkeeper Fraser Forster is close to a £2m switch to Celtic.



    Forster’s on a second season-long loan at Celtic Park, and Celtic manager Neil Lennon last week told of his keenness to turn that move into a permanent one.



    The Gazette understands a fee has now been agreed between the two clubs, and the proposed move now hinges on whether Forster can agree personal terms before the end of this month’s transfer window.

  5. Dontbrattbakkinanger says:


    25 January, 2012 at 13:51



    There is not higher authority on Celtic’s dealings than the Matriarchs of Coyle.

  6. Does Owen Coyle’s granny have any inside info on who might be the next Bolton manager?



    Personally I’d like to see Gerry Butler get the gig.

  7. A fine and simple quick sauce to brighten up your Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.



    Cooking and preparation time = 10mins






    1/2 pint Double Cream


    1/2 an onion (finely chopped)


    2 drams of Whisky


    1 beef stock cube (oxo)








    1. Add a little oil and the onion to a pan and and saute until soft.



    2. Turn heat up to high and add the whisky, let it catch flame and burn the alcohol off



    3. When flame dies season with salt and cracked black pepper to taste



    4. Stir in the cream



    5 Crush the Oxo cube and sprinkle into sauce and cook for 4 minutes



    6. serve and enjoy

  8. Kittoch


    After ” let it catch flame and burn the alcohol off” , what is left of the whisky?





    Just switched the telly over to BBC News to get the weather forecast.



    Blinkin’ flip,a live broadcast from Holyrood wi that fat choob Salmond in full glorious widescreen HD Technicolor.



    Had to switch it off as I canny afford a new telly.



    Going to bed now,and I’ll probably have nightmares……

  10. Silver City Neil Lennon on

    Fraser might be looking for better personal terms than if we took him at an earlier oportunity. I’ve always been comfortable with him even with his faults because his good points more than cancelled them out. This season his faults are fewer and less obvious and he could be thinking that should be reflected in his wage packet. The clubs have apparently settled on a fee (although isn’t that done at the beginning, in the loan contract) but FF is talking about being happy to leave any deal until summer. It sounds like a bargaining ploy to me.

  11. playfusbal4dguilders on

    Apologies if already posted.






    Mark Wilson – no ill effects of run out yesterday.


    Daniel Majstorovic – returned to training last week – available for cup match on Sun.


    Mikael Lustig – has been in rehab for 10 day with thigh strain- returns to training Friday


    Paddy Mccourt – back in training after taking a kick to foot in training last Friday.


    Paul slane – still has 2-3 weeks in rehab


    Beram Kayal – plaster removed, stitches out, on crurches weeks holiday in Israel


    Mo bangura – to see a specialise for his knee.





  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    seen the wee oil slick last night on newsnight, he had the bare faced cheek to claim the snp is the party of the minorities. Its a pity Paxman doesnt know anything about scottish politics or he could have challenged him on the destruction of evidence, identifying scotlands shameful stats on crime against its biggest minority eh.

  13. Gordon_J


    I actually read that as ” Celtic” and wondered what you were on about!


    If , indeed, they want the cash up front, then I would assume this will be another embarrassing `transfer` fiasco for Rangers.




  14. Afternoon all.



    I was sat chatting to a pal of mine at work, here in sunny Newcastle, about the whole Poundland scenario. It struck us that there could be a future Hollywood blockbuster detailing all the shenanigans on the darkside. Our concern was that it may be too unbelievable a tale to make it to the big screen but if we could overcome that we turned our thoughts to what we could call it and who would play the leading characters.



    Apparently, there is a movie out there called “The Inconvenient Tax” and “Apocalypse Now” has already been done. With the creative minds we have on here I thought we could come up with some suggestions for the title and the lead roles. Your thoughts are most welcome!



    Hail! Hail!

  15. Just doing a wee check on reports about Celik to make sure the info is not duff and I came across the fact that Celik agreed a deal ‘in principle’ the bares decided to announce a Three and half year deal and parade him in a strip.



    It was also mentioned that his previous club GAIS when the signing was announced, stated something along the lines of ‘now the wait begins'(compensation).




  16. DR Headline re above Celik rumour:



    `Gers refuse to buckle under request for payment`.



  17. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire says:


    25 January, 2012 at 14:12




    I have a wee different view on last nights Paxman interview with Salmond. I seriously thought Jeremy descended into infantile arguments “how will you get the gold back, on a big train to scotland”, and then the reference to “like Mugabe”, was just beyond the pale.



    And like Cameron, just reinforces the Independence position.



    just how I see it going.

  18. Their “Dear Leader” has already stated that they need to cut 7m a year.


    That is approx. the whole 1st 11 earnings.


    They are knackered, regardless of any tax cases.


    Their best scenario is being reduced to a Motherwell or Kilmarnock.

  19. Algarvian says:


    25 January, 2012 at 14:22



    Not according to that intellectual heavy weight BFDJ.

  20. soukous says:


    25 January, 2012 at 10:27


    “Has a player ever been idolised by a club that he has never played for?” asked Simon Coulthard last week.


    from Guardian Books



    Plenty is the short answer. Clubs around the world have soft spots for those to have never worn their shirts:



    Albert Kidd The former Brechin, Arbroath, Motherwell, Dundee and Falkirk striker is a legend at Hibernian despite never having played for the Edinburgh club after his two goals (the second of which was preposterously good) against Hearts in the final 10 minutes on the final day of the 1985-86 season denied Hibs’ rivals the title.



    * looks like he’s the hibee version of Sammy Reid…..”oul scot symon’s got a sore heid just because of Sammy Reid bye bye baxter”.

  21. Saint Stivs says:


    25 January, 2012 at 14:20



    “but jeremy” (snigger), “but jeremy” (snigger) repeat

  22. ASonOfDan says:


    25 January, 2012 at 14:15


    Just doing a wee check on reports about Celik to make sure the info is not duff and I came across the fact that Celik agreed a deal ‘in principle’ the bares decided to announce a Three and half year deal and parade him in a strip.



    *and they laughed at us for parading sleekit gub, at least his “signing” propelled us tae a Scottish Cup victory over them, not points drapped at hame tae the sheep.

  23. celtic40me says:


    25 January, 2012 at 14:27



    aye but jeremy






    i did seriously think though it was one of Paxmans worst attempts.

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