Erik ends difficult year with loan move


I know we all liked big Erik. He brought instant calm to Ronny Delia’s team when he arrived two years ago today. But, while 2016 started authoritatively for the central defender, it ended with him looking pensive and out of his depth at Ibrox, albeit in a Celtic win.

2017 has been largely forgettable for the player. This season has effectively been a write-off for him, after an injury in the Champions League qualifiers. It would have been better for all if he got a permanent deal elsewhere but at least a loan return to Midtjylland will afford him time to regain his confidence, hopefully leading to a new deal elsewhere in the summer.

I am sure we are still looking at the central defensive space for this month.  There could be more in and out.


A Celtic State of Mind presents its 30th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.

Kevin Graham is joined by Scotty Alcroft to interview Scottish pro-independence politician, Tommy Sheridan, at The Penalty Spot in Glasgow.

The interview took place as part of A Celtic State of Mind’s first live event – Five-a-sides at The Penalty Spot – and, as such, there is some background noise (including mobile interference – apologies) from the audience.

The other voice you may hear throughout this episode is that of former Celtic striker, Frank McGarvey, who is a friend of Tommy’s, and who was also interviewed separately that day for a future show.

You are sure to enjoy Tommy’s eclectic input, as he discusses everything from Catalan independence to Coolio, with a constant undercurrent of that thing called Celtic.


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  1. BMCUW & Kev J



    Blue Monday was yesterday.



    The words of an old Chinese proverb say it perfectly. “ If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow “



    Fine words indeed , but who writes that s@ite. The words of an esteemed happy poster seem more appropriate.



    Play nice guys.








    I agree,Erik rarely let us down during not a particularly good time for us.



    BR inherited a team which included a number of players whom we really didn’t think were good enough to wear the famous jersey,and he has achieved wonderful things with much the same core squad.



    But if he doesn’t rate a player,he has a duty to himself,the player,and his employer,to allow him to move on. For the benefit of all involved.



    Not the worst buy during that period,but clearly not in the plans. And a loan deal,so we will probably struggle to even get our money back.



    Heyho Moneyball isn’t always easy…




    I think we can see how difficult it is to get players out as well as in.



    Erik is a whole hearted player not really sure what happened to him but as you say if he’s not in BR’s plans it’s best for all if he moves on.



    We still have Erik, Shiftkey and Scott Allen if I’m not mistaken!



    Where did Liam Henderson go, loan or permanent deal??




  4. The talk yesterday was that a move to Southampton was on the cards. I wonder if this story ever had merit?


    As it stands Erik has went “home” as such on a loan. If he can get form and fitness back I’d be confident the Southampton’s of this world would interested.

  5. Auldheid ( ages ago from the last article )



    In complete agreement the fiscal policy though unpalatable for fans at the time, may have helped set up Rainjurz downfall, trying to copy Seville, it ended in riotously in Manchester.



    Those periods of Rainjurz v Celtic was tough going.



    The decade or so of cheating that you regularly microscope, was the decade up to the demise, but the decade before i.e. Maurice Johnston to Laudrup, Gascoigne , Butcher et all fell before the years, they’ve actually pled guilty to?



    They couldn’t even always compete with Celtic in all their cheating years combined.



    As for Sevco they are presently an irrelevance in the world of medium sized business never


    mind professional football.



    January ‘transfers’! the only difference now is we are the club with a bank account and a biscuit tin.




  6. Feeling Guilty –



    ” I know we all liked big Erik ” .Mmmmm -Sorry –



    I’ll fess up to never being convinced — I was surprised when Celtic signed him — I’d watched him playing for FC Midtjylland in the Europa League v Napoli . Late 2015 . Napoli won 4 -1 in Denmark and 5-0 in Italy . He looked clumsy and prone to rashly diving in and being taken to the cleaners . Probably confirmation bias – but -IMO -he often looked clumsy and prone to diving in and being taken taken to the cleaners while wearing the Hoops .



    That said – Good luck for the future -Erik.

  7. Completely random question for today.



    Has Craig Gordon a 100% win success rate in any kind of cup final appearance ?

  8. SAINT STIVS on 16TH JANUARY 2018 12:26 PM



    Yes I believe that is correct Played 4, Won 4 (one on penalties)

  9. Saint Stivs on 16th January 2018 12:26 pm



    3 League Cup finals, 3 wins


    2 Scottish Cup finals, 2 wins

  10. Boycotting games to achieve SFA reform and clear out of people prepared to lie and cover lies up is always going to be difficult to organise.



    However E Tims have come up with a suggestion that might force the SFA to the table with the SPFL to rake over coals of 17 years of cheating which is a bookies boycott.



    ” With the SFA facing allegations of corruption and collusion, there have been calls for a boycott of the Scottish cup, in order to attract attention to the current crisis facing our game, and despite the fact its not in the papers, it is a crisis, a crisis of confidence.



    No, a boycott could be self harming, and the only way to make these people sit up and take notice-the governing body, that is, is to hit them in the pocket.



    The Scottish Cup is sponsored by William Hill, a chain of bookmakers. The gambling industry is fiercely competitive, and a huge chunk of its income is from football betting, although with Joey Barton and Ian Black now banned, that income may have taken a hit.



    Everyone likes a wee flutter on the game, a couple of quid here, a few bob there, and thats how we can begin the fight against the SFA.



    When you place your bet this weekend, on any cup game, do it with another bookmaker.



    Don;t boycott the football, and don’t go without your bet.



    Just don’t do it with William Hill.



    If you can spread this idea around a bit, either on other forums or on social media, then it might just grow enough wings to send a shot across the bows of the company, and in turn they will put pressure on the SFA to start to play fair, and without favour.



    After all, if a bookmaker is willing to tie his name to that shower, can we really trust them to play fair, especially as the SFA are known to give a helping hand to one club in particular ?



    Bookmakers are the next in the governments sights to be blocked from advertising, which is a crisis for both bookies and the advertising industry, and until some whizz kid politician hits on the idea of re-introducing the ten pence in the pound betting tax and giving it to the NHS, they will be on shaky ground, as the market is somewhat sautrated at the moment.



    We, as supporters, need to let them know who is in charge, and boycotting Hills this weekend is the first step.”



    It’s not difficult and central point is simple. How can bookies ask customers to bet on a competition their customers have no confidence is being run fairly.



    The immediate aim is simple. Let SFA demonstrate they can be trusted by producing a report from the Compliance Officer that addresses the facts put to him by lawyers you folk funded to gather.

  11. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    STARRY PLOUGH on 16TH JANUARY 2018 12:09 PM



    Where did Liam Henderson go, loan or permanent deal??









    Liam has been offered a loan deal with Bari.




  12. Some Klowns think they got £4 mil tor taking part……if that was the case the players would at least want their airfares refunded, in fact they probably haven’t been paid this last fortnight, Sevco HR would class it as ‘ a holiday period’

  13. Just taken the last few moments to e-mail the four MSPs who have still to reply to my original post.It will be interesting to see if they can be bothered to do so since they have already had two weeks to reply to the original post.

  14. !!BADA BING!! on 16TH JANUARY 2018 12:44 PM



    Bada, does said stupid hun realise they didn’t actually win it?



    Probably answered my own question there didn’t I?

  15. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Atommy Sheridan, can someone enlighten me re his Celtic credentials? The guys a user and at this point in time he is using us as we are his last resort.

  16. S1916- after the sh!@# in the DR last week, i’m sure they have dressed it up as a cup triumph for their heroes, the hun hordes will lap it up, will sit nicely alongside The Potty Training Cup

  17. Afternoon fellow Tims from a wet and cold Dublin.



    I wish big Erik all the best. A very likeable guy who gave his all.



    That said, for me, he was an extremely poor player. Slower than a Glasgow first bus on the turn. Technically very poor. He dived in to challenges instead of staying on his feet. Decent in the air to be fair to him but overall not good enough. I knew when BR arrived Erik was a goner! He is more suited to a team that defends deep as his lack of pace gets exposed in a high pressing team. I met him outside CP after a midweek league game last season – lovely fellow as I say.



    Hail Hail



  18. Talking to a Liverpool fan last night about their win over Citeh the other day he says, “yeah all we need now is a Centre half and a Goalkeeper”. This just after they spent 75 mil on big Virgil!


    FFS mental down here.

  19. AULDHEID on 16TH JANUARY 2018 12:43 PM



    I think back to the reaction on this blog (and other sites to be fair) when the SFA announced it would not carry out a review of the huns’ cheating. It was all about boycotting everything to do witnthe SFA which included buying tickets for Scottish Cup matches. Even TD stated he wouldn’t go to Scottish Cup matches ffs!!!



    Now it’s all too difficult too organise and we should boycott the SFA’s sponsors instead. What an absolute cop-out.



    William Hills did not let the old huns away with years of cheating, the SFA did and it is they who should be hit hardest. Boycotting their premier competition, the Scottish Cup, is the only game in town I’m afraid. I agree it’s a decision for individuals to make but just how hard is it to to decide not to pay the people who allow cheats to get away with cheating. If we can’t even do that then I’m afraid the game’s a bogey and the cheats have won.



    Enjoy paying to watch your team continue to be cheated. Shame really.

  20. !!BADA BING!! on 16TH JANUARY 2018 1:13 PM



    I wonder if the trophy will be displayed at Crumbledome next to a framed copy of “Ra Deeds”





    I think everyone knows my opinion of him,and I’ve ignored him for a long time.



    I hung out the olive branch,tried a charm offensive,to get him inside and it went the way I thought it would.



    But it was worth the effort.



    Thanks vm for your thoughts,but more importantly…



    That was wonderful news from your sister last night. I’m so happy for all of you. I did raise a glass of Dena’s favourite I’m not a drinker really slurp in your honour.






    Fine family you have.