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Cole, Kazim-Richards, keeping the receipt

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“News” broke this morning that Carlton Cole has left Celtic. Next they’ll be telling us the Berlin Wall has fallen.

Carlton had ‘left the building’ some time ago. Last month I asked about him in unflattering terms “Didn’t look like a Celtic player on paper or on the field, so why did we sign him?”. He was a pay-as-you-play punt, available to sign between transfer windows. If he could cut it, he’d get a game and be paid, if not, he wouldn’t cost a penny.

He didn’t work out (of course), but there’s no real harm in taking punts like this. I suspect Celtic also had a break option in Colin Kazim-Richards contract which allowed them to encourage him out of town this month. He was another bizarre looking signing who didn’t work out, but unlike Carlton, at least we got the odd shift out of Colin.

Don’t look for top-level strategy in all this but you’ll find a low-level strategy known at Celtic Park as ‘Keep the receipt” business. Get them in, get an option to make the move permanent, but give yourself an out, in case the warning signs have substance.

In short, the Carlton Cole-Colin Kazim-Richards strategy looks indiscriminate but it’s not really. Making transfer mistakes is a problem for all, but if you’re going to do it, and every club does, make cheap mistakes.

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  1. Geordie Munro on

    ” All this tosh from paul, PL about we can’t compete with Modle Maribor etc”

     

     

    Sydney Tim,

     

     

     

    I musta missed those days.

  2. And WE didn’t win… We have lost everything. All Celtic had to do was speak up 4 years ago when the shoehorned a new club into the league. I knew they would turn them into an old club. CVeltic did too.. and have helped. All they had to do was speak up in a meeting Say this club does not qualify as a club. Dememanded all trophiess be stripped for rangers recod and given to rightful owners All they had to to was say. They did NOTHING Now they are doing worse and stringing RES12 guys along.. Why any delays in taking no need. Just point out corruption in SFA past deeds. Celtic let Campbell Ogilvie continue as head of SFA FFS!

  3. HRVATSKI JIM

     

     

    may your mum Margaret Brennan rest in peace.

     

    condolences to you and your family

     

     

    HH

  4. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    HUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE on 17TH JUNE 2016 11:37 AM

     

    Joey’s Diary

     

     

     

    Magic.

     

     

    Merr `o the same.

     

    Reg`lar basis.

     

    O.K.

  5. antipodean red on

    Hrvatski Jim,

     

     

    Sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. May she rest in peace.

  6. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 17TH JUNE 2016 11:52 AM

     

    WEEMINGER

     

     

    “The 80s Thatcherite economic miracle? Musta missed that!”

     

     

    —————————————————————————————

     

     

    I hate resisting temptation.

     

    :-(

  7. BMCUW

     

     

    Sorry to correct you, mate, but the weather in Ayrshire wasn’t ‘good’ during our break, it was feckin’ scorchio for the 3 days, and still beating the Costas on the fourth day when the pharmacist delivered the bottles of Aftersun to the hotel to enable us to make our way home through the heat haze.

     

     

    Hope this helps!

  8. Greetings.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin here.

     

     

    Anyone mind if I come back to the fold after a year in the wilderness?

     

     

    Hail Hail to old friends.

  9. Welcome back to the fold Tom. Try not be a stranger there’s a good chap.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    KTF

     

     

    UTLR

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    AULD TAM on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:33 PM

     

    Greetings.

     

     

    Hail Hail from Sydney ,pal.

     

    Welcome back.

  11. foghorn leghorn on

    AULD TAM on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:33 PM

     

     

    Greetings.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin here.

     

     

    Anyone mind if I come back to the fold after a year in the wilderness?

     

    ———–

     

     

    are you a hun?

  12. foghorn leghorn on

    AULD TAM on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:33 PM

     

     

    Greetings.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin here.

     

     

    Anyone mind if I come back to the fold after a year in the wilderness?

     

    ——

     

     

    to be fair going by the quality of the posts recently i think most cqners have just been killing time until you returned

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    AULD TAM

     

     

    Gaun yersel’,bud.

     

     

    Yer in good company. As ever.

  14. foghorn leghorn on

    AULD TAM on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:33 PM

     

     

    Greetings.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin here.

     

     

    Anyone mind if I come back to the fold after a year in the wilderness?

     

    ——-

     

     

    and you might as well start by falling out with virtually everyone, so whats your opinion on the following topics

     

     

    scottish independence

     

     

    brexit

     

     

    res 12

     

     

    PL’s heated driveway

     

     

    squirrels

     

     

    ?

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WEEMINGER

     

     

    Ooops,aye-I did miss the smiley.

     

     

    MARADOMINIC called it better than I did though.

     

     

    HH to that fine fella.

  16. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MACJAY

     

     

     

    You weren’t here. You didn’t live through her “economic miracle” any more than I did.

     

     

    But I,and many more like me,suffered it.

  17. Thanks guys.

     

     

    Wanted to return for the new season and the new era.

     

     

    Missed the craic, even while lurking occasionally.

     

     

    Life’s too short.

     

     

    Big cyber handshake to Bada Bing.

  18. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:46 PM

     

    MACJAY

     

     

    I`m not biting.

     

     

    However……………………

     

     

    :-)

  19. Auld Tam

     

     

    M’on in you. We’ve been waiting for you.

     

     

    Jump in, the waters warm. Mainly cos all the old codgers and young rajs are peeling in the pool!

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  20. foghorn leghorn on

    AULD TAM on 17TH JUNE 2016 12:33 PM

     

     

    Greetings.

     

     

    Tom McLaughlin here.

     

     

    Anyone mind if I come back to the fold after a year in the wilderness?

     

    ——-

     

     

    and watch out, there’s a dodgy Del Boy type character on here trying to flog surplus knocked off T shirts

     

     

    so if a guy with initials WC asks if you are an extremely large fellow, just say no!

  21. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    ELDIEGOBHOY

     

     

    We are a broad church,old bean. Every one of us has different opinions.

     

     

    But we ALL have a common one.

     

     

    Hope yer fine and dandy,and kicking like a guid yin.

  22. SydneyTim says sack Lawell now on 17th June 2016 11:38 am

     

     

    Won what? perhaps the ” bury the head of sporting integrity in the sand of corruption” competition?.

     

     

    PS To whom it may concern- the site has become unworkable and must be costing thousands of hits. Has taken me most of my lunch hour to post this message, with a superdooper connection. Same problems at home with a superdooper pc, just unworkable!. I persevere as I’ve been coming here over 6 years, don’t know that new recruits would.

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