IT would have seemed nigh on impossible at the turn of the year to believe John Guidetti would leave Celtic on a whimper instead of a bang and there would be no clamour among the faithful to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The Swedish striker rattled in 11 goals in a spectacular 16-game run and was well on the way to becoming a fans’ favourite in Paradise.
However, he has managed only a meagre three goals in three-and-a-half months this year and it appears Ronny Deila’s interest in the 22-year-old is very much on the wane.
The on-loan Manchester City frontman knocked back contract talks in January to keep his options open and, since then, there have been continual reports linking him with his former club Feyenoord, where he had a successful loan spell in season 2011/12 when he netted 20 goals in 23 games.
Deila said: “John has to come back and say he wants to play for Celtic. Then we can sit down and talk about it.
“If not, then he will go away. We have done everything we can do. I speak with him regularly, but we will have to wait and see what happens.”
CQNers must have had a feeling of deja vu this morning with a national newspaper trumpeting a back page ‘exclusive’ informing us that Feyenoord had concerns over the wage demands of Guidetti.
Check out CQNMagazine on SUNDAY – we broke the story three days ahead of msm.
Guidetti’s cash expectations have been described as “outrageous” by one Dutch source. According to the reports, the free agent is asking for an upfront signing-on fee which is believed to runs into millions of pounds.
The Rotterdam giants operate a strict £15,000-per-week basic wage for their first team squad players and are not prepared to scrap that for a player whose goal supply has dried up rather alarmingly.
Where to now, John?