Has this been our most successful transfer window ever?


It is not like Celtic to have no one to parade on deadline day, just as it is not like Celtic to have us glowing with contentment at the business they did early in the window.  Reo Hatate (24), Daizen Maeda (24) and Yosuke Ideguchi (25) arrived from Japan, where today Daizen made a 68th minute appearance from the substitutes bench in a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Matt O’Riley (21) arrived from MK Dons, in the third tier of English football.  Matt has played one year of first team football, clearly a productive one.  His early Celtic performances reinforce the encouraging signs we heard from EFL watchers.  Johnny Kenny (18) arrived from Sligo Rovers as a development prospect.

Maeda scored within minutes of his debut, then watched Hatate steal the show and deservedly grab the Man of the Match award.  Ideguchi came on as a late sub against Hibs before being brutally injured at Alloa.  The early form of all three is encouraging, especially as they cope with living on a new continent, among new coaches and teammates.

We retained all first-choice players, with some on the fringes going out on loan.  The major disappointment was that none of our well-paid bench sitters left.  Has this been our most successful transfer window ever?  Stay tuned to find out.

All the noise in town yesterday came from across the city, where Newco acquired a midfielder who has made seven 90-minute league appearances since August 2017 (only one since going to Italy in 2019).   A friend suggested this was a classic Hail Mary move, although I’m sure that is not how they look at it at Ibrox.  Not all intercessions happen.

Later this month we face Raith Rovers in a Scottish Cup tie.  As things stand, they will field David Goodwillie, whom they signed last night.  Goodwillie was found to have raped a woman at a civil trial in 2017.  Fair play to Rovers fans for their overwhelming opposition to the signing.  They have a fight on their hands for the character of their club.

The Japan – Saudi Arabia game is due to finish around 12:10 UK time.  Hopefully by the time you finish reading this Daizen is in a taxi on his way to the airport.  There will be a good hour in his legs tomorrow night.

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  1. At last we are getting players in early, all Windows should be designed to put a team on the park, capable of qualifying for the CL,and holding our own when we get there IMO

  2. What is the status of the 3 bhoys from the East, all on loan, one or two bought, all on loan with a view to buy?

  3. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I dearly hope Maeda is in play for tomorrow.



    The panic stations at Ibrox will go onto overdrive tomorrow if our depleted team can do them.



    Come on Celts!!!

  4. the long wait is over on

    Has this been our most successful transfer window ever?



    Only the end of the season will answer that question and whether Sevco’s Hail Mary has been answered.



    In fairness to the board and AP, at least our signings appear to have been the result of a pre determined and thought out plan and not a knee jerk, panic move ( as they often have been in the past).



    I can’t help but wonder if Ramsey would have even been considered had the results at the weekend swung their way and not ours.



    I doubt it.

  5. That Ramsey stat has me opened mouthed ! 7 full league games in 5 years !



    Hopefully Ange has our lads quietly focused and ready to go tomorrow night. 3 points would be huge.

  6. Good window indeed Paul – all proving positive with the exception of young Kenny – let’s hope he follows suit.



    Seventeen/eighteen in under Ange and vast majority looking good – reservations over GG & McCarthy – would love to see them emerge – maybe tomorrow night… who knows.



    Ibrox does as Ibrox has always done – unless it is illegal it should neither concern, nor, divert us – on the pitch is where it matters – let’s hope we have enough ‘in the tank’ to do the business on Wednesday and the rest of the season.

  7. Just noticed that Japan play Australia on the 24th of March and then Vietnam on the 29th, aaaahhhhh the dreaded internationals! Are those dates for all internationals or will be losing our Japanese/Australian players again while Celtic play on, anyone know?

  8. Answered my own question (I think!), our last game is v Ross County on the 19th, no league fixtures again until the 9th of April against Sevco, Scottish cup break in the league or internationals? If it is a break for all internationals then our Japanese/Australian bhoys will be touring the world before we play Sevco, will we ever get a break?

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  10. jimbob71 & little Miss jimbob on

    McPhail Bhoy,



    Scotland play Ukraine on 24th March and then either Wales or Austria depending on the result of said Ukraine game on 29th for a World Cup place.

  11. Friesdorfer on 1st February 2022 12:02 pm



    HH to you Scully Bhoy.





    I have to admit that I cheated because I didn’t actually read the article.



    Oh well, I have now, and I would be tempted to agree with the claim that it has been a fabulous transfer window.

  12. the Ramsay transfer is box office, on his day a top drawer player.



    Telling he choose Rangers from a host of intrested lower league clubs. This may be the Joey Barton school of thinking of rebuilding his career in an inferior league.



    However I cant think of a single recent “box office” transfer/loan thats ended happily in Scotland . We have had our share Juniniho, Lunbreg, Bellamy, Keane (both).

  13. We’ll soon see, if we are successful…………..







    Let’s try and keep the spotlight on the huns.



    No-one else will.


    Without citizen journalism, no ither hack is gonna.




  14. Puff-piece PR……………..


    I think thems know the value of keeping the knuckle-draggers onside ( pardon the pun)



    Its a a gamble. But he just needs to dance round a few cluggers anad set up a few goals against semi-pro wheelie bins.



    The refs will help against us .

  15. Ramsey is looking to get fit for the Wales qualifiers, nothing more



    McPhail Bhoy



    Guchi and Hatate were bought; Maeda is a 6 month loan and option to buy, not sure why it is that way

  16. the long wait is over on




    I’m open to correction and I’m not saying they were at fault but I don’t believe we won the league in either season we had them on our books.

  17. P67


    The major disappointment was that none of our well-paid bench sitters left.





    The ownership of that major disappointment rests with those on the Celtic payroll, past and present. It is not for the support to own that disappointment as we had nothing to do with the recruitment, coaching, and selection of the well-paid bench sitters.

  18. The Long Wait is Over


    I meant in terms of performance, they were both class acts, in my opinion of course.



  19. CaddingtonCommon on

    What a how to do over their new recruit.


    SMSM fawning all over the place.


    No mention of his absence of first team football for goodness knows how many games.


    No mention of his attitude at the club who paid him a king’s ransom in wages.


    No mention of the corruption within said club as is continually espoused in the Italian press.


    No mention of the financial agreement between both clubs, probably the only unsurprising thing of the whole story.


    This is what we face in the SMSM daily.


    We are left to face it all on the field of play.



    Hail Hail



    Stay Safe

  20. With Ramsey earning €400k a week and Bale on €600k, Wales must have the most rested multi millionaire players in the world.

  21. !!BADA BING!! on 1ST FEBRUARY 2022 12:42 PM


    A few resignations at Raith Rovers, not a surprise, that animal is toxic




    Val Mcdermid- I have this morning ended my lifelong support of @RaithRovers over their signing of the rapist David Goodwillie. I have cancelled next season’s shirt sponsorship over this disgusting and despicable move. This shatters any claim to be a community or family club

  22. Bada



    Seen that on twitter,Val McDermid is seering on twitter.withdrawing sponsorship and SB monies.dont think she is alone.




  23. If Celtic win the league this season then fandabydozy.


    If Celtic win the league with Ramsay performing well for them then even fandabydozier.

  24. Ange Postecoglou says Daizen Maeda will arrive back from international duty tomorrow morning and could make the squad against Rangers



    The Celtic boss will speak to Maeda and make a decision after he played 20 mins for Japan today. Rogic won’t make it.

  25. Boris puts the moron in oxymoron.


    Extolling his achievements in parliament yesterday he said that he was the guy that delivered Brexit and he would be the guy to unite Western Europe against Russia.


    Doh –

  26. It’s a 12 hour flight from Tokyo to London. If Maeda ends up on a European flight, I hope he’s not like me who can’t sleep no matter how much I drink 😁. It would be a big ask and bonus if him and Rogic, who’s nearer to home in Oman, were able to make the squad.

  27. AN TEARMANN on 1ST FEBRUARY 2022 1:16 PM


    Ziggydoc beat me to it 😊




    You’d think they’d realise what the implications of such a signing would be.

  28. CONEYBHOY on 1ST FEBRUARY 2022 12:52 PM


    Ramsey is looking to get fit for the Wales qualifiers, nothing more


    McPhail Bhoy


    Guchi and Hatate were bought; Maeda is a 6 month loan and option to buy, not sure why it is that way






    Thanks Coneybhoy, I knew that all 3 weren’t straightforward, but I couldn’t find out the terms. I wonder who baulked at the straight sell for Maeda? Him or Celtic?

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