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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.

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  1. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the green man

     

     

    13:29 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    Beware….”it SEEMS”…….hahahahahahahahahaha

  2. A thought from a crazy person!!!!!!!!!

     

    When we have signed great Celts has anyone noticed they have /had funny haircuts!!!!

     

    Henke and now VVD, so by my logic we must sign May of St J!! Right!!

     

     

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  3. Totally under whelmed if LG proves to be our choice of striker purchase in this window. From what I’ve seen of him previously, his strengths are a polar opposite to our style of play. No doubt he would still score for us in the SPL but in the CL – can’t see it. Reckon he would get rag-dolled like Hooper was by Lichtsteiner.

     

     

    Our pursuit of a ‘penalty-box’ striker seems to be akin to purchasing Panini stickers – keep collecting them in the hope that we eventually unearth the ‘top-drawer’ one that nobody else has.

     

     

    Roll on Midnight Friday – when the topic changes to: Who we missed out on!

  4. Paul67

     

     

    Cheers and my thoughts exactly, plus his off field antics i just dont see why we need him. Rather see balde an pukki play. Even bring back atajic if we are short.

     

     

    Griffths has 13 goals this season and fallen outta favour at wolves.. League 1 team yet lennon possibly see’s him as thd striker we need.

     

     

    Must have very small budget to work on after spending 2m already this month.

  5. Why was Johnny Russell a yes on here and Leigh Griffiths a no?

     

    One has terrible tattoos and the other refuses to accept the on set of baldness

  6. Steinreignedsupreme on

    A lot of negativity on Leigh Griffiths – maybe his YouTube compilation isn’t up to scratch.

     

     

    Griffiths is a clever footballer, who can score goals from all over the place and is also an excellent link player. He would give us another option at set-pieces as well.

     

     

    He’ll do for me.

  7. How many strikers are we going to accumulate. If Griffiths signs we will have 6 (8 if you include Watt & Bangura). We usually only play with one striker so why sign another (unless a couple are leaving). Better wait until the summer when there is more choice, have a clear out in the striking department and sign one higher quality goalscorer.

  8. The Green Man,

     

     

    As PL is responsible for all aspects of signings; Should he take the credit for the outstanding singing of KC for £300.000.

     

     

    HH.

  9. 67Heaven

     

     

    Some job that, where you can personally gamble with peoples hopes and dreams, without having to take responsibility for failure.

     

     

     

    HH

  10. Not a fan of Leigh Griffiths tbh. If Celtic are going to spend around a million on a striker who will score goals in the SPFL then sign Stevie May. Can picture LG being on the front pages more than the back with a DR photographer following him round the Glasgow nightclubs. BTW I thought the young boy Stanton was superb for Hibs yesterday.

  11. Paul,

     

    I was at the match yesterday and I thought Scott put in a great effort. Perhaps his performance wasn’t full of silky skills but his energy and leadership, particularly when Hibs were pressing early in the second half, was first class. He fairly gives verbals to any teammate who is slacking.

  12. tomtheleedstim on

    Big Nan – I’m sure you have very good reasons mate. It’s a shame because you seemed to be making good progress and it is something you’ve brought my attention to and I’m sure quite a few others as well.

  13. Greenpinta

     

     

    KC…yes of course

     

    But what about Darryl Murphy, Lassad. Miku, Bangura, Rasmussen, Derk.

     

    Need I go on.

     

    My point is this…..however is responsible for transfer dealing, needs to be responsible for their actions….I believe that’s commen practice everywhere else.

     

     

    HH

  14. I expect to see an urgent “Bluemail” campaign highlighting the unfair advantage Celtic are receiving through beneficial interest rates at the Coop. Bank.

     

    God knows how they will respond when they find out about the special dividends paid on Preference Shares held by council employees.

  15. Best way to judge a striker is on their goal/ game ratio. I’d happily take May and Griffiths and consider the team improved.

     

    I have watched LG many times and often considered him to be the dominant player . May is also dominating games. Both are better strikers than Stokes in the SPL.

  16. Big Joe, aye, good point.

     

     

    Rubicon, giving verbals is one aspect of Scott’s play I’ve been particularly pleased with this season. I hear from players that he is a genuine voice of authority.

  17. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    Hen1rik

     

    Seen this on TSFM

     

     

    Turns out it was the River Plate

     

     

    But who is their client/clients who own the shares

     

     

    http://www.riverandmercantile.com

     

     

    River and Mercantile was formed in 1881 when the River Plate Trust Loan and Agency Company was incorporated. This company administered various companies in South America and was succeeded in 1961 by the River Plate and Mercantile Trust Ltd.

     

     

    This company subsequently became River and Mercantile Trust Plc in 1962. By 1994 the company had become synonymous with longevity, integrity and product innovation, managing five investment trusts with a total of £400m under management.

     

     

    Between 1994 and 1996 Pacific Investments acquired a 100 per cent interest in River and Mercantile and recruited a management team from HSBC to launch a new open ended investment division.

     

     

    The investment trust contracts were sold to leading London based investment houses but Pacific Investments retained the name and focussed on developing the new investment division, a specialist UK equities fund management business, River and Mercantile Investment Management Ltd (RAMIM).

     

     

    In 1999 RAMIM was floated on the London Stock Exchange and changed its name to Liontrust Asset Management Plc. Since flotation Pacific has placed down its original 75 per cent holding.

     

     

    Pacific Investments retained the River and Mercantile name, utilising it purely as a holding company for a number of its fund management activities.

     

     

    River and Mercantile Asset Management LLP (R&M) was formed in 2006.

  18. I know this might appear too simple…..but with the money we have squandered on 1 and 2 million duds,,,,we could have had a 10 million quid striker,if someone at CP hadn’t been so wreckless.

     

    Don’t squander, save it up and buy a proper striker.

     

    And to think, supposedly we have billionaire businessmen on the Celtic board.

     

     

    HH

  19. Can anybody remember Leigh Griffiths playing well against us? He was dire in the cup final but I accept that he didn’t look fit. Celtic need players now for the CL qualifiers but I would be worried if LG signed for us.

  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the green man

     

     

    13:36 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    We’ll deal with failure when it arrives…..CL – successful Domestic – successful

  21. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon, supporting WEE OSCAR..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    the green man

     

     

    13:48 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    Live within your means, or end up like oldco………simples, really

  22. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    Paul67

     

    I was fortunate enough to meet Broonie,Kris C,Adam M and Joe L after beating Dundee Utd last season,It was clear to see that Scott is the leader & captain and respected by them all.

     

    It spoke volumes for me:))

     

     

    Leigh Griffiths scores goals that is all I asked for so if it is him so be it, though I suspect his friends will become the center of media attention by our gutter press but hey ho whats new. :))

  23. Steinreignedsupreme on

    CultsBhoy 13:42 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    “Best way to judge a striker is on their goal/ game ratio. I’d happily take May and Griffiths and consider the team improved.

     

     

    “I have watched LG many times and often considered him to be the dominant player . May is also dominating games. Both are better strikers than Stokes in the SPL.”

     

     

    I think Stokes has scored more goals than May and Griffiths combined at SPL level.

     

     

    I’ll be happy if we get Griffiths though.

  24. Interesting post thismorning on the RIFC Shares Discussion Board. Probably only an opinion being expressed, but one that resonates.

     

     

     

     

    Today 11:40

     

    Monty67

     

    RE: European licence

     

     

     

     

    Rangers(IL) owe HMRC £14.3m in outstanding taxes excluding the big tax case. If the current club is claiming to be the club in liquidation, these taxes will have to be paid before the club can play in a European competition. There are rules to prevent clubs from offloading debt through liquidation & carrying. No football authority have confirmed continuity officially. They can’t as the creditors will have a claim.

  25. FFin’ probing interrogatory on the land deals:

     

     

    “Is it possible for a citizen of Glasgow to take them to court for misinterpretation of public funds?”

  26. 67Heaven

     

     

    That’s the very attitude of PL…..and look what happens when you gamble, you get humped in the CL.

     

    You or PL have no right to gamble with other peoples hopes and dreams, and money.

     

    How dare you even suggest it.

     

     

    HH

  27. leftclick Together we will get justice for the Dam 5 on

    Hen1rik

     

    also this wee gem:))

     

     

    Disclaimer

     

     

    “River and Mercantile does not provide and nothing on this website should be deemed to constitute the provision of financial, investment, tax or any other professional advice in any way”

     

     

    “This site is aimed solely at UK Investors and is specifically not aimed at persons who are residents of any other country, including the United States of America and South Africa where the funds referred to herein are not registered or approved for marketing and/or sale in which or dissemination of information on the funds or services is not permitted”

     

     

    These two snippets are interesting.

  28. The Honest Cover-up on

    People going about the glut of strikers we have on our books are missing the point. The ones we have don’t score goals (I would almost include Stokes here as he has struggled to reach 20 a season). Griffiths (hopefully) would.

  29. May I’d also take although I’m not sure he’s quite experienced enough.

     

     

    What disappoints me is Tony Watt – the Barcelona goal may well have been his downfall. He seems to have all the potential in the world and when he came through he seemed to have the right attitude. He doesn’t SEEM like a bad kid but we keep hearing snippets that he’s not getting on with managers. I’m sure I read he said his Airdrie coach was his best ever coach – is that loyalty to his first major coach or is it because he treated him like billy big baws? If he can plug down and improve aspects of his game, build his experience and come back with an attitude that shows he’s going to be a team player first and foremost then he could turn out to be a top striker.

     

     

    He may be frustrated at being played out wide and we all are… but he has to realise he’s part of a team. Make yourself a fixture then you can play where you want.

  30. Steinreignedsupreme on

    John O’Neil 13:50 on 27 January, 2014

     

     

    “Can anybody remember Leigh Griffiths playing well against us? He was dire in the cup final but I accept that he didn’t look fit. Celtic need players now for the CL qualifiers but I would be worried if LG signed for us.”

     

     

    He played well in the league games against us. I thi8nk he scored a couple of goals as well.

     

     

    Why would you be worried if he signed for us?

  31. Big Nan.

     

     

    You have highlighted a poison in our country, it won’t and can’t be swept under the carpet anymore.

     

     

    Too many are becoming aware of the corruption going on, thanks to people like your good self.

     

     

    I may not see it in my time, hopefully the corruption and pandering to the aprons will come to an end in my kids time.HH

  32. As I said yesterday Leigh Griffiths is Calimero…

     

    It’s an injustice so it is…

     

     

    Kikinthenakas

  33. Good Afternoon Timland.

     

     

    Leigh Griffiths,say it aint so, I can not abide the man,if he does

     

    come then so be it,but he is going to have to score a lot of goal’s

     

    before I warm to him.

  34. Steinreignedsupreme @ 13:53

     

     

    Goals to games (maybe better goals to minutes) not overall goals. Both SM and LG are 1 in 2 strikers. Stokes is a 1 in 2.6.

     

     

    If we could offload Bangura and if Samaras isn’t going to sign then I’d be happy with May and Griffiths. Although I think it’s important for May in particular to keep playing at the minute. A buy and loan back would again make sense.

  35. No harm to Leigh Griffiths,but im sure Tony Watt is a lot better ,so I don’t know why he is being loaned out. we need guys like tony in our squad.so lenny save the club money in this transfer window,and bring him back.

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