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. QuadBhoy says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:05



    Good lad.



    That’s the danger of reposting a text or e-mail, as it could have been previously posted somewhere under the author’s own name.



    It’s always best to quote your source of forwarded material.



    It is a brilliant piece of work and I complimented Torrejievo over on the RTC blog.

  2. The Battered Bunnet on




    Fair enough.



    So Gordon, how’s your Mum keeping?: I don’t get involved in that level of detail. You’ll need to ask my Father.

  3. Zbyszek your info is usually spot on so weshallwait and see. As I told you some months ago I would love to have you as my guest to any of the remaining home matches this season. Preferably the one we win the title. I,m sure I,m not alone in my gratitude for your excellent posts. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  4. Saint Stivs says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:12



    You have got to be be thinking he has done something


    under hand for the huns,whilst he was fuhrer at sfa.


    ‘Dont worry wiggy you’ve got a joab for life wae us ,


    at least until we go belly up.

  5. RalphWaldoEllison-is Neil Lennon Season 2011-12 on

    Morning from Charlotte, NC.



    A sun filled blue sky and a modest 61 degrees, and there there are some natives who are stuggling into fleeces and ear muffs!



    A good transfer window so far. The profile of the players signed is what we have become used to – young, fit, hungry, versatile, internationals, and with a decent sell-on value. And we signed some of our rising stars in the youth set up on contracts. Just sign FF now!






  6. The Battered Bunnet says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:15


    Beat me to it Stivvers.





    your punchline was better though, hat doffed.



    onto other matters, whats your thoughts on the SFA Youth school thing announced yesterday ?

  7. Does anyone know, was it just players who were paid through these ebts?


    In a Kevin Keegan style voice, “I would just love it”, if their recently departed dignified manager was involved too.

  8. archdeaconsbench



    I originally brought it up as it was info passed to me.



    It might be true, It might not be, but the fact remains rangers still do not have International clearance to play him.



    Ask yourself Why? GAIS are due £240,000 compensation before he can sign for rangers, now do you honestly believe the Billionaire has paid that this week?




  9. It is a little known FACT, that Owen Coyle’s granny actually runs Gweedore’s only ‘all-female’ taxi company.



    A source close to the garrulous grand dame of Donegal tells me that the fleet consists of two elderly Lanchesters with an eye-catching green, white and gold livery.


    Locals confirm that the car horn plays the full Willie Maley (including add-ons) and that all fares are E 1888, regardless of distance.



    It is widely accepted that most of the footballing business deals she concludes are done in the back of smoke-filled classic as it speeds around the boreens of God’s country.



    “Calling car ’67……come in, car ’67….Pick-up for Sir Alex….again…”

  10. Seven Fishes Four Steaks on

    James F, Smith will be back looking after his parents and TFPLG will be back on tv. Can it get better……. I believe it will. And I for one can’t wait. From the early 90s watching them spend spend spend to win win win was soul destroying. Travelling from Belfast every other week was very hard. But hopefully when HMRC win the death of rangers as we know it will more than make up for it. Tick tock……




  11. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    We would be better waiting til summer to get FF in permanently,get a striker in this window to help see us home.

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Thom the Thim- A.Hitler lost Hookey at the near post.



    Clearly Hitler had learned nothing from the failure of his ‘zonal marking’ system on the Eastern Front.

  13. archdeaconsbench on

    Saint Stivs says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:25



    Dunno if yr at the wind up, but thats a link to a discussion thread from last yr….. ;-))



    ASonOfDan says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:23



    Doubt there would have been anything like that kind of money paid upfront… Take it his former club still hold his registration? If this is the case, (and presuming GAIS haven’t received said payment) what part of him has actually signed on at the Death Star???

  14. archdeaconsbench



    If you look at the reports of his signing, one or two report it correctly.



    ‘Agreed in Principle’ to a Three and half year deal. ;)

  15. Seven Fishes Four Steaks on

    TopCorner, I like Tim V. In work now and can’t hear it. Post me a few if his names if you can. Cheers.




  16. “After Moonbeams I swore I would never write another novel. This is it . . .”




  17. The Battered Bunnet on

    St Stivs



    re Performance Schools.



    I’m not entirely sure what’s changed, other than a few coaches. The Performance Schools system was set up a couple of years ago.



    At face value, it seems like a positive thing to do, and I wish the kids and the scheme well, but as I said, I’m not getting the sense that very much at all has changed.



    Celtic, Dundee Utd and a number of other clubs already run similar schemes for their youth players, and if this scheme means more talented kids get more coaching while improving their schooling and life chances, terrific. If it simply replaces the schemes the clubs already run, cui bono?



    Am I missing something?



    We’ll see I suppose.

  18. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Gordon J et al-Will the names of those be published if the huns lose their case?

  19. archdeaconsbench says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:36




    sorry, I missed out the smileys, just my daft sense of humour,



    saw oweny just the other week there in Erskine morrisons, still looks fit.

  20. What In The Stars


    Thanks for horses tips,went to bookies,put on bet,noticed that Celtic Charlie was about to run.Put a few pound on ,won at 8/1.Ahead of the game already.Slan

  21. The problem with the Celik deal was hidden away in a report from STV about 4 days ago.


    It mentions the renumeration to GAIS which would need to be paid and that they would presue the payment.


    (sorry forgot how to do the bold thing again!)



    Mervan Celik has completed his move to Rangers, signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the club.





    The Sweden Under-21 international flew into Glasgow on Friday, completing his medical and finalising terms.



    “He’s very direct, very competitive, he can go by people and score goals,” Rangers boss Ally McCoist said of his new signing.




    “I am of the opinion he can play in a wide position in a four or a five, as well as through the middle.



    “I think he’s an all-action player who hopefully the fans will take to as well. More importantly, he will be a goalscoring threat when we get him in the team.”



    Despite having not played a competitive game since October, McCoist had hoped Celik could come into contention for Rangers’ weekend match with Aberdeen. But the club look to have given up hope of the clearance arriving on time.



    His former club, Swedish top flight side GAIS, are entitled to £250,000 in training compensation for the 21-year-old and have expressed their desire to claim the full amount.



    A statement on the Swedish club’s website confirmed: “Mervan’s contract with GAIS expired in December. But the club will receive training compensation from Glasgow Rangers when the contract is signed.



    “The renumeration to GAIS is 300,000 Euros (£250,000).”



    Rangers can field Celik before they pay the full amount of training compensation but must make payment within 30 days of the player’s registration.



    There is scope for the Scottish club to negotiate the final figure with their Swedish counterparts, but GAIS would be entitled to refuse any deal and subsequently claim the full amount.



    GAIS head coach Alexander Axen told the club’s website he believes Celik has what it takes to be a hit in Scotland.



    “I think Mervan is perfect for British football,” he said. “He is a tough, technically gifted player.



    “In this environment, he is likely to take another step in his development and be even better.”





    Looks like they’ll be paying, if Celik’s playing.








    /Bishop B

  22. fanadpatriot says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:44


    What In The Stars


    Thanks for horses tips,went to bookies,put on bet,noticed that Celtic Charlie was about to run.Put a few pound on ,won at 8/1.Ahead of the game already.Slan






    resident Gambler in the office, i told him the 3 tips and he went and put them on as well.




    added another for the yankee bet



    Goats Castle



    guess what team he supports.

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