Creative options


Since July I’ve written about the over-dependence we have on Kris Commons as a creative player.  He’s pretty much our only option, and if he’s not fancied, injured, suspended or just off-form, we look like a team full of energy but without a key to open the door.

It may be that Ronny doesn’t figure on having a classic No. 10 in his team, and it’s more than possible that we won’t play one against European heavyweights, but against packed SPFL defences, we need someone who can create space in dangerous areas.

As we mentioned last month, some years ago Celtic reportedly looked at Bosnian international, Semir Stilic, while he was at Lech Poznan.  His star faded before a journey through Ukrainian and Turkish football before he returned to Poland with Wisla Krakow 12 months ago on an 18 month contract.  Since then he’s been a sensation and has kept Wisla in touch with the top of the table.

He’s refused a new contract offer from Wisla and is subject to a bid from Dinamo Zagreb, thought to be in the region of €250k.  He’s likely to be on circa €2k per week.  We’ve scouted the player, he’s soon out of contract, going cheap, on low wages, on form and we’re short of what he can give.

This is the kind of player Dinamo Zagreb pick up for buttons and enables them to compete as effectively as they did against Celtic with a fraction of our budget.  He has the making of an effective January signing.

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    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    14:13 on 4 January, 2015





    No getting through to you that there are a lot of Celtic supporters with genuine reasons for dissatisfaction?



    I don’t have a problem with those who think that everything is the best in this best of all possible worlds-you should have to listen to my Dad when he starts on his ‘back in the day’-but it does not alter the fact that there are genuine reasons for concern.



    Until that is understood,and acted upon,Celtic support will be divided.



    Rangers went bust,their troops united.



    Rangers went bust and we splintered.



    It’s f…..g heartbreaking that they seem to be coming out of LIQUIDATION,let’s remember,more unified than us.



    We have not built on a golden chance. Whoever was in charge of that failure to do so should be held responsible.

  2. Our youngsters didn’t look too good today, so I wouldn’t be betting on future stardom from what I have just seen.

  3. Incidentally Zybesk has been telling us to sign Semir Stellic for months now, so no problems with that one



    Hail Hail

  4. Paul….. what about zyro or a radovic from legia….. both creative whom opened us up at ease … both imo would fit straight into Ronny 4-2-3-1 formation… zyro on left of att mid 3 , radovic in centre of att 3 with stephan dropping to holding mid with broony





    Me anaw,mate.



    I’m sure he has a webcam in every pub in Swindon,and a few in Bath,Bristol and Cardiff.



    Must cost him a fortune,but as long as SOZ-congrats,bud-is happy,that’s fine.



    How’s yer lass enjoying her round the world trip?

  6. gerrybhoy ref youngsters not looking good today – I can’t remember the last time Ambrose looked good but he’s still playing!

  7. was told last night,nobody is coming in,unless someone gets sold,could be the party line all the same.

  8. God knows who wrote this but it is powerful:



    And in the naked light I saw


    Ten thousand people, maybe more


    People talking without speaking


    People hearing without listening


    People writing songs that voices never share


    And no one dared


    Disturb the sound of silence



    “Fools”, said I, “You do not know


    Silence like a cancer grows


    Hear my words that I might teach you


    Take my arms that I might reach you”


    But my words, like silent raindrops fell


    And echoed


    In the wells of silence



    And the people bowed and prayed


    To the neon god they made


    And the sign flashed out its warning


    In the words that it was forming


    And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls


    And tenement halls”


    And whispered in the sounds of silence

  9. Maybe we could invest a couple of million in a youth academy near the Campsie Hills and produce a couple of creative players from there

  10. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    14:14 on 4 January, 2015



    “Rangers went bust,their troops united.” …… Eh, in the nicest possible way, where have you been for the last 2 years … !!??

  11. themaestro72



    14:21 on 4 January, 2015



    Point taken; however the wee Bhoys lost to Fenerbache, Schalke, Gladbach, Hoffenheim and Zurich before losing the last place play off to Fenerbache on pens after a 2-2 draw. Doesn’t augur very well, especially with a goal diff of 6 -18

  12. pauloantony



    13:52 on 4 January, 2015



    I enjoyed reading your post about rising above the FOD hordes and how that annoys them still more…….



    …….but/and I would contend that it’s not only your demeanour that enables you to take such an attitude…..it’s that other vital word ………. boss.



    Namely, you are. They’re not.



    That dynamic is pivotal in allowing you to rat easier on the high ground while they slither in the mire.



    Celtic could learn a lot from that. Boss the present situation. Call out the big lie and big liars. And start acting as the principal player.



    HH jamesgang

  13. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on




    I don’t think he’s a dreadful player …



    I don’t understand your comment



    Johansen is a decent player but not as a holding midfielder …his passing is suspect and he lacks positional discipline

  14. Paul67



    What you make of ronnie saying expect nothing til the end of the window ?



    Do you expect our board to back our manager in this window ? Or we saving for the next window.

  15. It really cant go on like this much longer…..What is it going to take for the PLC to open their mouths?


    IMO there is only one possible reason for the silence of the Celtic board….their complicity in trying to resurrect the old firm, and really, their behaviour is nothing short of shameful.


    I do not want these kind of people representing Celtic…..we need wholesale changes.


    Celtic supporters should have a board willing to fight their corner, sadly, that’s not the case.


    Somethings got to give……If PL and cronies cant defend Celtic from corruption and lies, they should step aside.




  16. Was heading oot and her maw phones




    Players in Scotland


    Young McGinn at St M, in my view best young left sided player we have played against, out of contract in summer, sign on pre-contract and leave until summer getting games £300k ?


    Ryan Jack at Aberdeen, best holding midfielder we have played against this season, no idea of cost, but worth a punt £500k ?


    Ryan Christie , Inverness, very highly thought of, offer deal and leave with Inverness until summer to get games £500k ?



    Replacing Kayal, Boerrigter, Berget, Wakaso & Tonev, when we move them on





    Laura is visiting Melbourne Mick from tomorrow for 2 or 3 days, really nice gesture from Mick to look after her


    She is still in Sydney, and was out for the day yesterday with serial Lurker John Bhoy son


    Seems to be doing ok, going by what I hear :-) thanks for asking



    Hail Hail

  17. CRC



    From last post



    I am making a serious attempt to give the booze a swerve but if the hostelry in question serves juice of some description I will be in- I think you have my e-mail so give us a post with details.




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