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. Sandman Is Neil Lennon on

    malceye says:


    25 January, 2012 at 17:48



    West Ham bid rejected.


    Apparently they won’t transfer funds into a/c no. Fido67 in Monaco







  2. fergus slayed the blues on

    What is the story regards a Russian bid for jelleylegs .


    When does the russian transfer window close ,is it after our own ,Oh how convenient for CW

  3. Zbyszek tells us that the Russian press are saying that one or more Russian clubs are showing interest in Jellybaws

  4. A Lone Wolfe's Tones on

    In response to a post in the early hours by my brother St Stivs.



    Saint Stivs says: 25 January, 2012 at 00:57






    Just been on my daily CQN lurk n seen your post from the early hours.


    Emotional stuff, tears in the eyes reading it n love you too Stevie.



    Funnily enough after your text yesterday i had been pondering over all the games you mentioned,


    all amazing games, experiences and memories and all down to you,


    so.. simply, thank you, thank you for making me a Tim, thank you for all those times,


    (even the baron years i have a peculiar fondness of – with you n wee John n Stiv O on occasion)


    n most of all thank you for being my brother n always doing your best by me n looking out for me down the years.


    (If i ever win the lotto ill make you a millionaire, its embarrassing to think of the cash you must have spent on me)



    I cant really pick a favourite game, there are many stand-outs for different reasons but the Juve game has to cap it for


    best atmosphere, it was unbelievable that night, electric – the hairs on neck n arms literally standing on end with shivers down the spine,


    just that feeling of, we are back where we belong, this is what we’ve waited for, this is the Celtic i’ve heard all the stories of,


    its still vivid that rush of the shaky hand stuff at the corner kicks.



    First game at cappielow, my only real memory of it was one of the twins (John i think) bare chested with a tricolour wrapped round him.



    Love street 86 i just remember shitting myself to be honest, it was mental, and a grown man on his knees in the street after the game


    with his hands grasped looking to the heavens rejoicing, always sticks with me.



    The centenery season just had that Tim magic that you cant explain, all that year you just knew it had to be,


    even when behind into the last 15 mins of games. Hampden, as a kid was such an occasion, i want the old Hampden back !



    All the Euro games as a kid too, the ball from Mick McCarthy against Honved, no one in school believed me, they all thought i was at it, i was gutted.


    The game against Partizan, what a game, what a rollercoaster.


    Overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Cologne to go through – my best memory of John Collins in a Celtic shirt (apart from his thems free kicks)


    Maybe just me but the atmosphere felt different then for Euro nights, cant place it, just really special.



    Not forgetting the thems games of 5-1 & 6-2, shame you weren’t there, hahahhahaha, Ouch !,


    but i was, again, thanks to you probably.



    Just one point about your post.


    My first game at the victorian toilet block was actually a 2-0 to us game in August 94,


    Burns first in charge at the bigotdome and our first since being band.


    Collins with his huns special free kick and Paul McStay who ran the show that day,


    I nearly lost my voice through singing, we pumped them on the park and in the stands, outplayed and out-sung, what an experience.


    The 3-3 each was the following season, another classic, the flyin pig denying us a deserved victory as per,


    i remember being right in line with it, feck knows how he kept out big Pierre with that effort.



    Seville still too sore, i’ve never been able to watch the game again,


    denied what was ours by cheating bassas, but i hold dear the run, seen every home game, and again just being there for the final.



    I feel something special building with Lenny again, i like what the club are doing with the scouting etc,


    just feel it needs to be better balanced, bit more quality where it matters, when it matters,


    n move on those that don’t work out quicker, the board is full of experienced business men, find a way – make it happen.


    Big changes on the horizon, just hope and pray the board stay true and make the most of them?



    I miss it, miss the Celtic, miss you n surprisingly miss the smelly wee port in allot of ways too.


    Rabbited on enough, could spend all day at this, hope you, Sandra, the little one n auld Susan are all well,


    oh n Brenda aswell hope she is through the worst of her recent troubles.



    As a last thought, when you going to take your little one to a game, you know you want to Stevie ! Keep it lit.



    Thank you Celtic, thank you St Stivs and thank you CQN.



    Hail Hail

  5. A Lone Wolfe’s Tones says:


    25 January, 2012 at 18:11



    Heart-tuggung post. Big shout out to all brothers.



    Including you Geo!!

  6. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    One thing we Celtic supporters have to keep in mind and that is that Chris Whyte is not stupid when he bought Rangers for a pound he had a plan in mind he may also have backers helping tp fund his plan.As far as I can understand the guy has a reputation as an asset stripper now he will get the maximum for selling Jelavic and he could well go to Russia we must not be surprised at anything he does.The guy has made some money during his career the exact amount is not clear as he tends to hide behind smoke and mirrors however,it would in my opinion be wrong to see him as some sort of joker who is in over his hea he bought Rangers with his eyes open he knew exactly what he was buying into now this is likely to be bad news for your average Rangers fan but no doubt is in my mind that Chris Whyte will do allright from his Rangers dealings.H.H.

  7. How can rangers reject a bid that has not been made?



    On this Independence issue, how can we consider independence when a major town is so Anti-Catholic and Irish you cannot have the colour Green in it.



    One Nation?



    We go Independent I will cross the border that day and claim asylum from religious persecution.




  8. “RTV understands that a double-decker bus has been found on the moon……in other news, we can confirm that mighty Gers, Super-Striker Nikica Jelavic has been made the subject of a 10 million plus bid from both Barcelona and Mansfield Town…..”

  9. WHU bid leaked by the Huns.





    Never a £7m bid, it was £xM plus Piquonne, i.e £2 or 3 m plus a dud on massive EPL wages i.e. take it or leave it.

  10. Off the Record ! on

    As per the guy on Radio Clyde just now, I have a question for David Murray.



    Why in the name of Jehova, do they still call you Sir ?

  11. Re. Earlier questions.



    The news from Russia are that CSKA Moscow are interested in buying Nikica Jelavic. No confirmation that bid was made.


    Winter transfer window in Russia was opened today and will last opened for four another weeks.


    CSKA sold Wagner Love and will sell another striker.

  12. fergus slayed the blues on

    Eurochamps67 says:


    25 January, 2012 at 18:22


    sound more like it


    What’s the bet they are on the phone to WH on the 31st

  13. theweegreenman on




    According to Snyde there”s problems down Govan way.



    Anyone heard anything?



  14. James Forrest is Lennon on

    The Violins are out on Clyde tonight ….



    Weeping. Wailing. Gnashing of teeth. Pain, oh the pain …



    Some funny facts on the Great Disappearing Jaager. “In 2010 he tried to cut the ‘big time’ in Italy’s Serie C … but played only six games …”



    And this guy IMPRESSED McCoist enough to offer a deal! Oh My God!



    I am loving this. I am sorry, but I am.

  15. fergus slayed the blues on

    Anyone listening to snyde


    Sounds like the MSM have finally realised that they can no longer defend the indefensible


    The ragers are getting pelters and that’s from the PANEL


    hail hail

  16. A Lone Wolfe’s Tones says:


    25 January, 2012 at 18:11









  17. I think this is THE most enjoyable Clyde phone-in show I have ever heard,



    The guy who asked what question the guys would ask Minty if they had the chance was priceless. just summed it up beautifully and shafted him so skillfully. Comment on the quality visible in the directors box at Ipox very telling and well made but hellishly close to slanderous.



    Clyde lawyers will need to stay very vigilant at this rate.



    Think I’ll be tuning in, unusually, until 8pm.

  18. James Forrest is Lennon says:


    25 January, 2012 at 18:38



    Shame on you james,do you not feel a little


    guilty about wallowing in the despair of the


    hun and their gallant band of followers?..




    …naw yir right feckthim.



    Watch oot tinbhoy no be happy you mentioning


    our lovely rivals.

  19. Snyde is good listening tonight. Over and above that I’ve spent the last 20 minutes reading what FF have been saying regarding Minty’s visit to their training ground yesterday.



    They’re no happy with their lot.

  20. theweegreenman on




    Their advertising the comedy festival noo!




  21. Ah Jelavic



    Their Mark Viduka – brilliant in the home supports eyes but not as cost worthy to English clubs.



    EPL ain’t gonna change a life time of getting a player from Scotland on the relative cheap.



    Russia have the last riches in genuine expendable cash – so I would see Rangers holding out for a potential double figure sum for Jellyman (Cue Traynor etc saying they got a bargain unlike their disgusting deconstruction of Aiden McGeady)



    But I keep thinking about Monopoly – when ever a player is on their uppers (Even if they hold Park Lane) the only offers that come in are well under the asking price.



    But it’s funny because even after the Jellyman sale – and they can only sell him once folks – they are left with a stick or twist decision – who gets the money – furnish the club or risk it on a couple of signings…



    Whitechapel seems a lot likelier than Park Lane right now…

  22. fergus slayed the blues says:



    25 January, 2012 at 18:39



    Yup, the gloves are off. They could not hold their previous “nothing to see here ” line. It was damaging any credibility the show might have had.

  23. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Classic line fron Spiers about the endless procession of trialists-“the endless line of riff raff washing up at Murray Park”.



  24. malceye says:



    25 January, 2012 at 17:48



    West Ham bid rejected.


    Apparently they won’t transfer funds into a/c no. Fido67 in Monaco




    I thought it the account was mongrel1690

  25. 5 days till another failed transfer window On our part closes


    Failed as in , top target of goalscorer not secured



    Waiting 8 transfer windows Peter. Do your job

  26. bournesouprecipe on

    With the news that Mo Bangura has a ligament injury, this should increase the need for Celtic to dip into the market again, if only due to somebody having to play in the ole bounce games.

  27. theweegreenman on

    Please someone call in and ask “who’s het at the SFA for


    granting Euro licence for players with 2 contracts.”

  28. Ten Men Won The League on

    I posted before Xmas that the Huns wanted Jelavic to go to a Russian club as they would be able to hold onto him for an extra few weeks



    As of Monday lunchtime past, no Russian club was interested in Jelavic at the price Rangers were asking

  29. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Sydney Tim-I am not a big fan of PL myself,but i think we will get the striker in we are needing before Monday,fingers crossed.HH.

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