Few in the world match Celtic’s transfer success


They call it Helicopter Money. Income that just lands in your lap without you having to do any work for it. It brings a special kind of joy. The millions Celtic will earn as a result of a sell-on clause from Virgil van Dijk’s £75m sale to Liverpool is a classic of the genre.

Right off, let’s acknowledge a few facts. Virgil’s £2.6m capture from Groningen was a brilliant piece of business by the club. Many are due credit for this, including Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell, but the occasionally-maligned John Park, in particular, deserves applause.

Park lost his Midas touch after the January 2012 capture of Mikael Lustig, but that had as much to do with the change in comparative finances between Celtic and the bottom of the English Premier League, than any degradation of our former chief scout’s ability.

Virgil had played only 62 games in senior football when he signed for Celtic. We got him because we moved, showing incredible agility, before anyone else had the opportunity to act. We will not be able to exactly recreate the Virgil business – others see where and how exceptional value has been earned and copy, but this has always been the case.

What we can say for sure is that few clubs anywhere in the world have the success rate of Celtic at finding under-priced footballers and transforming them into Champions League players who are sold at multiples of five or ten times value.


Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic authors, Stephen Sullivan and Stevie Murray for a special festive episode – Christmas Jumpers for Goal-Posts.

Stephen Sullivan is a former Celtic View reporter who wrote the much-lauded Sean Fallon biography, ‘Iron Man’. He is now the editor of FIFA.com.

Stevie Murray has now written two books on Celtic – ‘Ten Men Won The League’ and ‘Kenny of the Celtic’ – and he is a respected and authoritative voice on the club.

Treat yourself to a signed copy of Jim Craig – Right Back to 67 and you will receive a copy of That Season on Paradise signed by Bertie Auld, just order the Jim Craig book at CQNbookstore.co.uk and we’ll do the rest…


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  1. BIG JIMMY –



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  2. SSN said about an hour ago, before showing BR’s press conference, that Celtic will receive around £6m from the Van Dijk transfer to Liverpool (using the Daily Ranger numbers?). Introducing the press conference again an hour later they have upped it to £7m. Wonder if someone’s had a word?

  3. The incredìble BSR and the Tremendous Jobo…..



    Showing signs of Lunacy.



    Will Celtic be 5 up by this TIME tomorrow?

  4. 50 shades of green on

    They dont deduct vat from hun transfer info because.



    I —- they dont buy anyone.



    2—- even if they did they wouldn’t pay it anyway.

  5. Our German guests are in for a treat on Saturday.



    Maximum respect to those that give up their tickets to let Others Witness CELTIC.



    KEVJ – I Love ye to bits. No Celt is paying £49 @ Paradise. Ibrokes yeah. Not for me, never will be.


    Tomorrow,my mate and I will head off to The Irish Centre,Wimbledon,to meet a few good men.



    The Wimbledon Tims!



    I will be wearing with pride-and my usual casual elan-a rather stunning top ALL THE WAY FROM MELBOURNE.



    With,of course,grateful thanks to MELBOURNEMICK and PADDYMACOZ.



    I might not be worthy of such a gift,such an honour,but heyho.











    Oh,what fun it is to…



    Hope yer smashin’ pal.



    Have a great 2018.

  8. More 1988




    Oh how TIME flys.



    2017 was Great watching Celtic, Fantastic fitba.



    1987/1988 was the Best for me.




    Oh theres only 1 King Billy.



    2018 sees Israel……………………………………………



    BEER Sheva.CSC

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Let u know when I am heading into town


    Probably Wednesday as K back at work

  10. BOBBY,



    God Bless you and all yer crew – especially yer old dear. We had another scare with the Aussie Flu. Thankfully we survived.



    I dinnae ken how Pat does it. Sprightly is not a good enough Word. He is remarkable.



    Scott Brown is putting in 8.5+ games Every game now. I know Kojo would be purring about how well he is playing. The thing is, it is the off the ball stuff that is making him play so well.



    Sleep Well Michael. There is a Hun to Really skelp tomorrow.

  11. BRTH at 11.16 am


    Let me know how that worked out for ye !


    Words only, mind. Nae pictures….;-)


    Naps Compy?



    West of the Edge 210 Haydock



    Happy Hunskelpin New Year to yeezaw!!!

  13. Big Jimmy,



    Few matches have undergone as much revisionism as that famed 1-1 draw. I was there, and remember us being poor, but at no time did I think we were going to lose it.



    As for Ferguson’s comments about “fight”. These are the banal ramblings of an unimaginative pundit. Of course players need to be physically strong. But “going in hard” is redolent of the way the game was played 40 years ago.



    Everyone else has moved on, and the idea that crunching your opponents early should be part of a sensible game plan is tragic.

  14. 16 roads - Celtic über alles... on

    Tank empty after a few days at Leopardstown.



    14:45 @ Haydock – Church Hall – NAP!



    Good luck everybody.