Ending off-piste


The January transfer window closed in an underwhelming manner last night.  Celtic concluded a straight four-month loan deal for Adam Idah (22) from Norwich City.  I started the week bemoaning how physically light we were, so the addition of a 6’ 3” traditional target man is welcome.  It is somewhat regretful that this is not a strategic acquisition; there is no option to buy and if the player is a success, Norwich will use this to prime his resale value.

We seem to have talked ourselves out of a left back.  From what I hear, that’s not as much of a stress as it sounds, as latterly we were shopping distinctly off-piste in the ‘clearly for backup purposes’ lane.

The only permanent and strategic signature was that of Nicolas Kuhn (24), from Rapid Vienna.  Nicolas arrived in the middle of the month and has already made his debut.  He is every inch the data driven dream: creates chances, is useful in possession and after an injured season, has been fit since the summer.  They are out there, if we are prepared to commit to the system.

A few eyebrows were raised at the reported £2m Cardiff City paid for the signature of David Turnbull, a player who has been on the fringes of the Celtic first team since his arrival from Motherwell four years ago.  We paid £3m to Motherwell for David amid high hopes he would become a mainstay of the midfield for years to come.  He is a player with great technique and was the best finisher at Celtic Park.  With only six months left on his contract I expected a fee of around £400k, so happy with £2m.

Our winger population was thinned out a bit yesterday.  Mikey Johnston (24) went to West Brom on loan and Marco Tilio (22) returned to his former club, Melbourne City, both are set to return to Celtic in the summer.

Not one of you wants to hear this, but playing on the wings is a really tough gig, especially at Celtic.  Mikey has talent, he reminds me of one of those five-a-side players you can never get the ball off.  Decision making and a good final ball is never an issue at fives, Mikey needs to improve on both if he is to reach his potential.

The window shut with Brendan Rodgers words reverberating, “Obviously, statistics will give you a lot, but I’m not driven by it.”. So we’re off-piste now.

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    Christianity is actually the most common religion in South Korea.



    Sorry to be “that guy” 🙈

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Just watched Brendan’s media conference.



    I thought he handled it very well indeed.



    Very candid. He always wants the best.



    We tried to get others. It didn’t happen.



    He says he understands the frustration of fans. He wants readymade players too.



    Club worked hard. No one is to “blame”.



    We’re good when we’re united. We’re “difficult” when we’re not.



    Says he is looking forward to second half of season.



    Bit of a shame 90% of media conference was over before a question was asked about tomorrow’s game … but hey ho.



    Onwards to Pittodrie.

  3. 2-1 South Korea. Not been too impressive in this tournament but they grind out results and it’d be a brave man to bet against them

  4. So Northern Ireland hasn’t had a functioning government for 2 years – well the UK government hasn’t had one for 12 years.

  5. Word of warning for anyone thinking of buying an “indoor fire pit”


    I bought one hoping it would heat up a cold room. I’ve re-boxed it til summer when I’ll use it to cool down any hot room I might have

  6. Beamishismypint on

    Shocking window. If the league is lost there will be a toxic atmosphere. The head of recruitment is there through nepotism.

  7. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Maybe stating the obvious but I think all this moaning and groaning is because the rangers are theoretically 2 points behind us and they have finally got themselves a half decent manager, we are all feeling the pressure.



    On the other hand if their new manager had fallen flat on his face and lets say they were 10 points behind, it would be all sweetness and light on here. Instead we have a loose cannon rolling about the main deck.

  8. 31003 on 2ND FEBRUARY 2024 5:58 PM



    Jackson Irvine can still kick a ba’



    If i remember correctly Jackson was connected in family to late cqn’r Garry,Delaneys Donkey,he was the first to say Ange was the man when he was appointed to Celtic when most were(me) trying to spell his name :-))






    Yang & Oh both have semis to look forward to.




    That raised a smile.




  10. boondock saint on

    Always thought Jackson Irvine would have been a player for us. I think he went on to Burton Albion and then better things. Saw a documentary on the Australian National team at the last world cup and the big man was walking around in the dressing room with his hoops jersey on, good man!!! I remember some folks feeling underwhelmed when Big Gorgeous Samaras, was sent on loan to us, and then he torched the Killie defense and the rest was history…cept when he became a target for the boo bhoys, but still he loved us more. Not only a great player for us, but a wonderful ambassador. I hope big Adam has a blast and can enhance his reputation. I know he will receive more opporchancities with the amount of chances we create so best of luck big man. Someone suggested the other day of switching to a 3-5-2. Not a bad idea and having a big man knock the ball on for Kyogo. Might make some teams have to open up for us and then we can get in behind them. Hi, just the ramblings of a high school soccer, sorry WITS for the americanization, coach.


    Lets go Bhoys.



  11. AT


    First time I saw, heard or knew of Ange was when a poster on here shared an interview Ange had with an anchorman when he managed the Oz national team. Ange calmly answered every UNEDUCATED question posed by said anchorman.


    His answers to the questions posed were enlightening and all made sense. The fact the questions he was answering were after an Oz defeat meant the anchorman wasn’t ever listening to the answers Ange was giving. The guy was so upset he literally asked Ange if he knew what he was doing. I was immediately on Anges side before he had even taken a training session

  12. Tom McLaughlin on




    I remember that interview on Aussie TV. Craig Foster, the man who put Ange on the spot, became very unpopular after that and his career as a pundit died a slow death. Ange was greatly lauded by the Aussie public, even non-football fans, for putting him in his place.

  13. Roll on tomorrow.I like games at Pittodrie.


    If we win.Kyogo usually scores.Worth a bet.


    Yang was impressive when he came on.11 Caps now.

  14. Tom



    I’m guessing Mr Foster held his head in his hands when he watched a replay of that interview.

  15. Dont know about them having a good manager.Not managed in Glasgow before.A couple of decisions against his side,went to pieces.We will see how the new Galacticos perform.


    Win the next 3 games,we are flying.

  16. I was gutted about the transfer window but actually cheered up when I watched the Gaffer’s PC.


    We go with what we have and hope Cal, Joe, CCV and Kyogo can win the league again.



    But I’ll say this….if we lose the league it won’t be because we never signed a LB or GK….it will be because our wingers aren’t at the Jota, DiCanio, Provan or MacGeady level.


    We need much better on the wings.


    Lastly, I’ll say again…. Lagerbielke is going to be a top player ( he’s not slow FFS ) and if he goes, we’ll regret it.



    I really liked Adam’s first interview…seems like a sensible, hard-working guy.



    We ALL have a part to play to win this league.



    C’mon the Hoops☘️

  17. LAXALT



    I said earlier


    Let’s rest the wingers, make them work harder for a starting place.


    Play 3-5-2 with Johnstone & Bernabei/Taylor in the midfield 5

  18. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    At the game last week I was shocked at how abysmal we were. I have a confidence we’ll return to form tomorrow. Time to screw the nut and focus.

  19. PLB- I think that the break came at a time when we were playing as well as we have this season, could have put 7 or 8 past St Mirren, last week was poor,a quick start tomorrow is required against a team in freefall