You well remember the entire Celtic community in a nervous disposition at the prospect of Kieran Tierney leaving the club. There was certainly no campaign, subtle or otherwise, to punt him after his first weeks in the limelight, he was performing at a Champions League level and we wanted him to remain for as long as possible.
Compare and contrast to what is happening across the city, where left back and occasional central defender, Calvin Bassey, is being excitedly touted by everyone remotely connected with his club.
Earlier this month we discussed the many financial benefits Newco would gain from their Europa League run, including an appreciation on the perceived value of their players. Bassey is a prime example. Sell him, sell him now, before the inevitable return to the mean. Do whatever you can to make sure highlights of his performances this year at Ross County, or home to Celtic, are obscured in searches.
Until recent weeks, it was their chubby striker who was the focus of sale efforts. He missed out on European games since March, if anything his value will have suffered – a blow to a campaign that’s been running for years.
When transfer heat first took hold around Kieran Tierney, Celtic pulled the stops out and agreed a five-year contract. The player had the same balance on his previous contract as Bassey has now. Celtic got another two years out of the player and sold him for record terms (with a persistent injury). If Newco were wise – and if they truly rate Bassey, they would spend some of their European bounty on securing the player on a lucrative long-term deal.
“If Newco were wise”, listen to me.