Frustration at Best difficult to understand


“Frustration” was apparently the order of the day for Celtic as Newcastle’s Leon Best decided against moving on loan for the remainder of the season, despite his club being happy to see him go, while a gaggle of other target-men were apparently courted.  Frustration; really?

We have Hooper, Stokes and Pawel Brozek fighting for no more than two forward spots, with Moh Bangura still waiting for his first proper run in the team and Georgios Samaras regularly drifting to the striker role from the left.  Different formations also call for only one striker with a creative central player, such as Forrest, Commons or maybe Rabiu Ibrahim.

Hooper and Stokes are both playing well, scoring regularly and will be difficult for Brozek to dislodge, not to mention Bangura.  Best, who is neither show-biz nor a player guaranteed to score a barrel-load, would either be this year’s Freddie Ljungberg, or if successful, would be improving his own development at the expense of a contracted Celtic player.

I’m as frustrated as I was the day we lost Marc-Antoine Fortune.

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  1. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    thomthethim says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:44



    That does not prove that he used that money to buy the huns. He is already on record as disputing that.



    If he and Ellis have another source of money they could/should have used that to avoid paying VAT.



    The only game that is being played here is Public relations.



    The entire skirmish is about perception of the public in who actually slit hun throat. Who was responsible .. even if it just a case of diminishing that responsibility



    The old regime remain in denial about their role in that and when the tax case judgement finally arrives and Rangers are still a breathing entity then Craig Whyte will have flummoxed them all. They never thought it possible.



    All of them and I include Bain, Smith wanted the hun dead before the tax case to save their bosses bacon.



    Ally was either not in on it or was playing stupid … the contract that Bain gave him was more than worth it.



    Hail HAil

  2. KevJungle says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:48


    ‘I keep going back to it but, I still think, like Speirs alluded to the other night on Clyde, the government will bail the huns out!’



    Spiers is a life long hun who depends for his livliehood on the huns being in existence.



    From that perspective he, perhaps understandably, overestimates the huns importance in the overall scheme of things.



    They ain’t THAT important.



    No government is going to bail them out.



    They’ll be liquidated and a phoenix huns will be set up. That’s when the real fight starts.

  3. KevJungle 10.48



    How do the Government bail them out though?



    This isn’t a pillar bank filled with peoples savings which would cause untold misery if allowed to fail.



    It’s a pathetic sectarian cesspool run by egomaniacs and shady tax dodgers (depending on who you blame more).



    Where would they have the moral authority to save a company who has cheated the tax man of 49 million pounds?



    What sort of message would it send to the rest of the football and business community in Scotland or the wider UK?



    And if they are saved it will surely be the greatest opportunity for Celtic to go to UEFA and say “LET US GET OUT OF SCOTLAND!! a club which has cheated their way to titles and gone bust because of it, has just been saved by the government!! There is no level playing field in the SPL we want out of here now!!”



    I’d like to hear UEFA’s counter argument to that!

  4. starry plough says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:54


    KevJungle says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:48



    Spiers didn’t allude to it he was nearly greeting, shurley shumbody shumwhere is gonny save us.. typical hun apologist, they kacked in their own pants and their looking for somebody to wipe their backsides.



    What earthly justification would the gov’t have for saving the huns, didn’t see them trying to save Newcastle or Leeds..????




  5. It’s that time of season though when teams will ‘park the bus’ and a striker who can simply bounce CB off him – if only to make space for others — becomes a pragmatic option.



    Thats why we send our CB up for corners.

  6. ernie lynch says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:55



    I agree. For the Govt to do that would set a very dangerous precedent. And lose them lots and lots of votes.

  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    RogueLeader says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:50


    Awe_Naw – the question we will never have an answer to is….did Lloyds / Murray know that Ticketus were providing the funds to allow Whyte to pass the “I have the dosh guvnor” test?



    No the question is did they care ?



    Lloyds didn´t.



    MIH didn´t



    Murray caught between a rock and a hard place until he was telt by the bank.



    I suggest this exit strategy with full Lloyds cooperation was devised about three years ago and has been impeccably adhered to by all parties.



    Even the dumb hun hordes



    Hail Hail

  8. IF CW had yet another source of money that was off-shored to avoid paying tax for the purchase then he certainly used the Ticketus money to pay that back straight away.



    Otherwise where is it?

  9. Paul67,



    I would have gladly taken Leon Best. He is a completely different type of striker to anyone we have at the club. I thnk Pawel Brozek is cover for the injured Bangura.



    Árd Macha

  10. Theres one very major problem if Ibrox is sold and turned into a Tesco, that everybody is overlooking!!!



    Where the hell do the Rugby 7s get played when Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games???????

  11. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Do we really need to run with Britney Spiers´s lazy journalism in the home of Celtic quick news ?




    Hail HAil

  12. Agreed Paul67!



    I think we have plenty of options for strikers now.



    Having more, would just mean more unhappy players not getting a game, which wouldnt be good for team moral.



    I really like the look of the team, and our back up.



    Assuming we get to keep who we want in the summer, I would think there will be more outgoing traffic than incoming, which will be equally´frustrating´……….

  13. cavansam \o/ says:


    1 February, 2012 at 10:57



    Apart from that is it not directly against UEFAs ruling that national govt/courts should not become involved with football? UEFA would bar Scotland/Scottish clubs from entering their competitions. The govt definitely would not want that on their hands.

  14. From previous article….



    ernie lynch



    To cut a long story short….



    I think the secret handshake will pull the huns out of their slimy-pit!



    Hail! Hail!

  15. The Pantaloon Duck on




    The extent of my frustration is precisely the same as the extent of your frustration.

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Johnny Clash – thanks for that [agane].



    I must admit I’ve been concentrating mainly on the ole Musk Oxettes, and have lost track a bit with what’s being happenin’ in the crazy world of pop, feat S.Cowell, Steps,AC/DC etc etc.

  17. I wouldn’t bank on the Scottish Government bailing the huns out. Salmond has a referendum to win and he would surely see that one as a vote loser.



    He is far more likely to call it a failure of the UK’s tax regime or a vindictive act by the London based HMRC. And it would all be different in a independent Scotland of course.

  18. I don’t think Spiers’ comment re government should be taken seriously. Desperation stuff. The real focus needs to be on how the media campaign to allow a newco huns straight into the SPL will develop : “Scottish football needs a healthy rangers”; “Scottish football will die without rangers”; etc etc etc. We need to scrutinise SPL and SFA very closely over the coming weeks and months (maybe days – that would be fun !!)

  19. Have to agree with this analysis.



    I think Lennon has to learn that we don’t need this ‘take the bumps’ type player, it is wholly unsuited to the way we play the game. I’d rather recall Daryl Murphy than pay someone else for the priviledge.



    We have Commons and Sammy on the left and Brown and Forrest on the right supporting 3 or 4 strikers. We have less than 20 games to go over 3 and a bit months, hardly congested!



    We’re good to go!

  20. I am quite happy we didn’t sign Leon Best…



    We have a big enough squad to kick on and win this league no matter what is going on at I-broke today we had already turned it around and in this window we have conduct our business with class and professionalism unlike the govan hoards..



    We’re stronger they are getting weaker but no reason to celebrate just yet, there’s still a lot of football to be played..



    Intae them Celtic..

  21. greenjedi @ 11.00



    “Where the hell do the Rugby 7s get played when Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games???????”



    Whether Rugby 15-a-side should be considered a serious sport is open to question. But Rugby 7s???? Jeez, is there a 5s competition at the ole Commonwealth Games, or perhaps mini-golf?

  22. Paul67



    Agree completely. When will we lose this obsession with the worst value players in world football. I would have rule #1 for Celtic’s transfer policy as anywhere but the EPL



    Give me a hungry player , desperate to make his name, any time in preference to the prima donnas of the EPL. Every chance they would be toxic for the dressing room as well

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