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. So if Rangers go burst and Murray buys clyde etc etc – can they dodge their debt and be back to playing football in three years? Could Murray have had this planned? I’ve always considered his ego far too rampant not to have held notions of saving his ‘institution’…




  2. Murray chose to go public.


    This is more significant than that he was talking to the manager or anyone else.


    I have no idea why he chose to do so, however.

  3. Gordon_J backing Neil Lennon says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:33






    Non players were paid through the EBT – but I don;t think anyone has ever managed to get a list of the names involved



    Interesting, cheers.

  4. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Len Brennan: 25 January, 2012 at 15:44



    I don’t expect Celik to play for Rangers unless they punt Jellylegs in the window.



    If the Huns don’t manage to raise some doe then expect the Celik move to fall through due to ‘excessive demands’ from the Swedish club.



    Of course, if they sell Jellylegs then Boyd will be drafted in to fill the gap as a cheaper option – so Celik may still not play.

  5. archdeaconsbench on

    ASonOfDan says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:39



    Reading between the lines then, its fair to assume Celiks’ Rangers debut hinges on money coming in for Jelavic….

  6. “It was the best of times, it is the worst of times.”



    A Tale of Two Diddies – Charles Young Dickens

  7. archdeaconsbench



    Aunt Sally stated no-one had to leave for someone to come in.



    Can you imagine the hounding Neil Lennon would be getting the now if he had came with that…

  8. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    We should put in a bid for La Femme Nikica, then drag out the payments, for years and tears, like it was only a tax bill.

  9. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 says:


    25 January, 2012 at 15:42



    Bada ,BT texted me there ,groupon doing deal on ‘dream castle at euro disney.


    never been on site ,so nought about it.

  10. I’ve got this feeling that Celik will not get as many penalties as Jellybags.


    Can’t think why…



  11. Steinreignedsupreme on

    ulysses mcghee: 25 January, 2012 at 15:47



    “So if Rangers go burst and Murray buys clyde etc etc – can they dodge their debt and be back to playing football in three years? Could Murray have had this planned? I’ve always considered his ego far too rampant not to have held notions of saving his ‘institution’…”



    I’d be very surprised if that happened given it is not just Rangers but all of the Murray companies that are being pursued on the EBT issues.

  12. Forget about rangers on here ,if you want to talk about there problems feel free to join anyone of there sites,look at the big picture concerning our strikers,if hooper or stokes or sammi get injured,who can we turn to Bangura injured,rasmusson whom lenny dos,ent rate .so rather rant and rave about rangers woes ,the punters on here should tell celtic football club to get a decent striker in.

  13. timbhoy2 says:


    25 January, 2012 at 16:06



    Were you a nazi in a former life?Do stop telling people what to talk




    Freewill it’s a wonderful thing.

  14. Could anyone explain why Murray or anyone else could simply buy Clyde and create Newco? Aren’t they owned by a family who have experienced first hand the anti-Catholic mindset that is (was) pervasive in the SFA? Would they want to collude in the preservation of the club which epitomises that attitude.

  15. timbhoy2



    I think we should tell the board to build a new stadium somewhere, in case a meteor hits Celtic Park this week…

  16. SffS


    dunno what happened, big fella


    yer man Tim was only on for a short while this week


    didn’t say too much this time



    however, i was reading CU other day


    his fella was mentioned as a talented CB


    check him out



    Fricson Erazo


    he is one of a few mentioned….



  17. I see Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has got a two match ban from the sfa for gesturing to his own fans.


    Hibs are not going to appeal. Would liked to have seen him play at Ayebrokes, one of their better players imo.



    Hail Hail

  18. Steinreignedsupreme on

    timbhoy2: 25 January, 2012 at 16:06



    If you don’t want to read about the Huns and their woes go on to Swallow Swallow (any auld crap).



    We don’t need to create any crisis at our club – despite your best attempts.

  19. Hi All,



    I’ve been looking at that site Newsnow for years with Celtic of course as the search subject. For some reason I had a brainwave and put r**gers in. Look at the bounty of gems you can unearth.












    I highly recommend it, in small doses of course.




  20. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on

    Smugness is an awful trait…but…



    Huns will break hands off any lover above £6m for their best senior player. Celtic not even opening discussions on a relatively junior player until £10m is offered…



    Jelavic is critical to Hun first 11.James F is an option in Celtic’s .



    How the mighty have fallen..and the descent hasn’t even properly begun..



    Smug…? You bet!

  21. Afternoon All



    Hearing Everton have agree a fee to sell Winger Diniyar Bilayetdinov


    to Spartak Moskow.


    Maybe Aiden McG on his way elsewhere with a sell on fee to the Tic.







  22. The Knowledge in The Guardian newspaper is one of those columns where readers can ask questions that are then answered by other readers. I think someone mentioned an Albert Kidd entry the other day (the question was about players who are idolised by clubs they never played for.)



    Here’s a question from today’s eedition:



    “I was just browsing Dixie Dean’s Wikipedia profile and was surprised to read that he was a Mason,” writes Mark Johnson. “I was just wondering if there are any other known footballing Masons or any footballers belonging to other mysterious, secret societies?”



    Send your questions and answers to knowledge@guardian.co.uk

  23. McGeady in Spain today. On same flight to Alicante as my friend. I thought he may be taking in the El Classico.




  24. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Mo Bangoura is a practising Druid, an ancient secret society of great antiquity and secretiveness.



    He sees the goal as a wee Stonehenge-like sacred structure, and for that reason most of his goals are scored to coincide with the solstices.