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Glut of strikers but budget remains intact

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We seem to have a lot of forwards.  Stokes, Pukki, Balde, new recruit Fridjonsson, and on-loan, Atajic and Watt, while Georgios may yet stay beyond the summer.  That’s six under contract for the Champions League qualifiers, not counting Sweden’s ‘next Henrik Larsson’, who is likely to move on soon.

Quantity is one thing but cost is just as important, only Samaras and Pukki are likely to be on wages competitive with some of the richer leagues in Europe, so the actual spend on forwards is likely to be considerably less than on defence or midfield.  The manager is likely to be operating within budget for this area of the team.

What we’re missing is an on-form striker who is capable of embarrassing St Johnstone and Inverness’s finest with their goals-to-games ratio, not to mention our own free-wheeling creative-mid.  Gone are the days Celtic strikers stats are dismissed as a mere by-product of the sheer volume of chances they are presented with.  Without a class act up front, the squad is unbalanced.

There was a note of disappointment in Neil Lennon’s voice when he spoke of missing a potential signing last week. I’m almost certain we’ll sign a striker this week but if he’s more of a hunch than a certified target we’re wasting our money.  Hunch signings are fine but you can only give space to so many in any one season.  We’ve made our low-cost gambles up front, and there is never a time for a high-cost uncertified gamble.

Celtic have a bit of money burning a hole in their pocket earning 15% interest from the Co-op Bank at the moment.  The desire to spend it, from chief exec, to manager, to scouts and all other influencers will be practically unstoppable, which is why I’m so sure we’ll sign someone.  Time will tell if we experience buyers regret.

Reminder to everyone who booked tickets for the CQteN St Patrick’s Day Dinner that they have to be paid by 31 January.  Let me know if you can’t find details, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. If Leigh Griffiths is the signing that’s possible, lets just not bother. Is he better than Stokes or Pukki? Not a chance as far as I’m concerned.

  2. eddieinkirkmichael on

    The amount of goals we’re scoring, I’d rather we gave Baldi a run out and see what he could do over 5-10 games rather than spend money on a player of the likes of Griffis

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    justafan. I was about to ask the same question if Celtic are getting around 2.5% interest they will be doing well.H.H.

  4. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Oscar Knox, MacKenzie Furniss and anyone else who fights Neuroblastoma on

    Afternoon all,

     

     

    I am hearing that if there is any deal for Griffiths then it might involve Beram Kayal going the other way.

     

     

    Would this make sense? Where does Kayal feature in the midfield pecking order given our latest signing and the arrival of Biton etc?

     

     

    Also, If Calum McGregor continues to improve is he likely to get some game time in a Celtic jersey next season?

     

     

    TBB

     

     

    Yon mob that have bought a few shares in Rangers seem an interesting bunch — almost transparent in terms of what they are — basically merchants– buy and sell merchants wither for themselves or for their client bank.

     

     

    Interesting position.

  5. Justafan, parts of the above article were included purely to mess with those who are so easy to mess with.

     

     

    bournesouprecipe, we’ll see.

  6. Paul67

     

     

    Please tell us leigh griffiths is not on his way to wear the famous glasgow celtic hoops ?

     

     

    Decision needs made asap on sammy and joe.. Shouldn’t be in the team if they are not commiting themselves.

     

     

    Much rather saw balde or pukki start

  7. Baldie is not being given a fair chance.

     

    5mins here 4mins there -whats the logic in that.

     

    Samaras was not effective against Hibs so why wasnt he taken off and Amido given a good 30min run out?

  8. @OfficialWolves: Kenny has confirmed that Celtic have made a bid for Leigh Griffiths which has been rejected. Striker remains in squad for Oldham game.

  9. bamboo

     

     

    12:39 on 27 January, 2014

     

    Baldie is not being given a fair chance.

     

    5mins here 4mins there -whats the logic in that.

     

    Samaras was not effective against Hibs so why wasnt he taken off and Amido given a good 30min run out?

     

     

     

     

    Agreed, really frustrating at times.

     

     

    Sammi as much as i like the big dote really is only effective in about 1 out of every 7/8games. Not worth the wage.

  10. BRTH – it’s fair to say that Kayal doesn’t look like he is going to feature much. After a bright start he’s gone backwards – a fact not helped by THAT injury.

     

    However, if it is Kayal plus cash for Griffiths then I think yer man is going to have to score some goals straight away to keep the fans off of his back.

     

    Plus, if Sammy leaves as well, we’re going to start climbing the ugly tree league. A few words from the faithful to St Drogo may be in order.

  11. or maybe not..

     

     

    Wolves ‏@OfficialWolves 11m

     

    Kenny has confirmed that Celtic have made a bid for Leigh Griffiths which has been rejected. Striker remains in squad for Oldham game.

     

    Retweeted by moo

  12. Terry butchers penalty confusion .

     

    Just after yesterdays game he was complain about Celtic being given a penalty for a deliberate handball.

     

    Today its a penalty that Hibs didnt get that hes gripeing about.

     

    Make your mind up Butcher!

  13. BREAKING NEWS ON CQN

     

     

    tomtheleedstim has a man crush on Samaras….

     

     

    Celticaclubforall CSC

  14. Dear oh dear….Leigh Griffifths,…wow thats breathtaking ambition Peter, what next, Kris Boyd.

     

    Peter, stop it….you are under the impression that you know about football.

     

    Stop before it goes any further’

     

    5 or 6 million pound player…..now that is funny.

     

     

    HH

  15. Wouldnt take griffiths for free

     

     

    We have enough to get us by in the spl… We need someone who can do it at a higher level aswel.

     

     

    I want our squad refreshed.. Sammi and brown ..i both like but are on big wages and dont do enough to justify that. They can go if it wad my decision.

     

     

    Mulgrew is back up centre half and thats it.

     

     

    Derk is clearly not fancied.. Surely some dutch side will take him off us. Even for 1m or something. Wages can be better used on someone else.

  16. Proudbhoy, no info but the noises the manager was making suggest there’s a reasonable chance Leigh is coming.

     

     

    justafan. My work for the day is done!

     

     

    charliebhoy, thought I better calm some of the more excitable comments before they got going.

     

     

    sipsini, agree.

  17. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the spirit of arthur lee

     

     

    11:21 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    With Hampden closed, they had better not bother offering the finalists ipox, since it will be refused on H&S grounds…….Titter, Titter……

  18. The Battered Bunnet on

    It’s a scandal I tells ye. A national scandal. Maybe even European. It’s huge.

     

     

    We borrow money from the Co-op at 1.5%.

     

     

    Then we lend them the same money back at 15%.

     

     

    Bernie Madoff could only dream of such a scam.

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