Ibrahim chance to reboot potential at Celtic


Celtic have completed the signing of 20-year-old Nigerian, Rabiu Ibrahim subject to a medical, after he was released by PSV Eindhoven earlier this month.   Rabiu is known as a creative-central midfielder, a role that Celtic have played possibly as few as a dozen times in the last decade.

After leaving Nigeria full of promise as a 17-year-old the player failed to make the desired impact in Portugal and the Netherlands, but will still be regarded as a development project by the Celtic technical staff.  His short history in Europe, with tales of agents and representation investors already has enough material for a short novel, which will not have aided development.

The job for Celtic is to get Rabiu plugged back into his potential.  It remains to be seen what role he is deployed in when he gets the chance.

Welcome to Celtic, Rabiu.

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  1. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on

    mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon says:


    18 January, 2012 at 18:50



    It’s not Neil they dont trust; it’s Mr Lawwell!




  2. mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon on

    No. It’s Neil they are not trusting. They are suggesting he is happy for PL to sign players he doesn’t want. That doesn’t fit with my opinion of Neil Lennon.






  4. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 says:



    18 January, 2012 at 18:42



    James Forrest @14:59



    As well as all the names mentioned, was Campbell Ogilvie (wonder what happenned to him) not at Ibrox for the period in question or had he gone by then?

  5. merseycelt



    I like Ki any central midfielder who can have a 100% success pass rate against them at Ibrox can’t be a bad player.



    Sadly, for all his talent I don’t think he’s productive enough and he has struggled to be creative against packed SPL defences. I’d be sorry to see him go though.

  6. I want a new striker in but i’m quite confident if we stay injury free we have the players now to win this league.

  7. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on

    mhaddog Is Mise Niall Lennon says:


    18 January, 2012 at 18:55



    To my knowledge, it is not clear who has the final say over identifying signings.



    Young Rab, for example, was reportedly on the club radar before Lenny was manager.



    Now, if PL said to Neil, “We are going to sell Ki for an amount we would be foolish to turn down but you can have this lad with potential as a replacement. As you know, Neil, we are well covered in that area and KI hasn’t been a regular first pick in your team.”



    What should Neil do?




  8. tried to get clyde online but no joy,are they worried on what might be broadcast,


    also has Rieperman managed to get back on to keevins?

  9. James Forrest @ 14:59



    You have surpassed yourself this time.



    With your permission I’d like to reproduce your exemplary effort and share with a couple of Tim minded friends.



    They both have connections with paying media sources here in my part of the world. You never know hey?






    P.S. I’m in the middle of a busy day, so I’ll check back later should you want to reply.

  10. From Garngad to Croy I am Neil Lennon. on

    While others bluff and bluster in Press conferences and any other media outlet willing to do their bidding (have a look at tonights Evening Times) Celtic go about their business quietly and with great ‘Dignity’



    Well done Celtic and welcome aboard Ibrahim !

  11. fergus slayed the blues on

    IMO we are bringing in the guys that will take the place of players that will be sold for a profit at the end of the season after we hopefully have the SPL trophy in the bag (not before ).


    That seems to be the clubs plan .

  12. This question must be asked, did rearangers gain an unfair advantage due to tax evasion ???????????




    And if so, what will the done about it ????????????????????




  13. Welcome to Celtic Rabiu may your time with us be joyus and trophy laden.


    James Forrest @ 14.59 exceptional post a must read. . VOUGEPUNTER 18.32 :)))))))))))




  14. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on




    You are quite right. I misread the report below and applied the title stripping to the Champions League whereas on further reading it was the French Title that was stripped from them.




    “Marseille, though, were punished. On September 7, UEFA ejected Marseille from the Champions League to prevent them defending their trophy, while days later, the club were also stripped of the title they had earned through illicit means and told they would be relegated in time for the start of the 1994-95 season. Bernes, Eydelie, Burruchaga and Robert were also suspended as the French Football Federation (FFF) took action. According to FFF president Jean Fournet-Fayard: “We had to take sanctions in this affair, which has seriously harmed the morality of our sport.”





    However, given that Rangers have never won the champions league, the correct reading of the report does not bode well for their current tally of league championships!- And this may be far more salient!

  15. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on




    With Kayal out, I agree and it could be a mistake if he was to go and any of Vic, Joe or Broony get injured. Joe seems to get injured quite a bit as does Broony.



    We shouldn’t sell anyone (except genuinely fringe players) until the summer at the earliest.



    Didn’t know he had 100% pass rate at Ibrokes. How many passes did he make?




  16. Son of Gabriel on

    Why does he have 33 on his shirt in the picture on the club site?






    And he had it there on Sky Sports



    verdantvic: Your radio probably has an off button y’know


    It is ridiculous and incredibly annoying but easy to not infuratie yourself by listenning to it



    Im still laughing you sir have cheered me up no end(long story) with 5 small letters thank you




  18. I would doubt that there is a poster on CQN who wouldn’t love either Diawara or Rhodes to be signed before the end of the month. Realistically it’s looking likely that this would only happen if Hooper is sold. That would be madness. We know what we’re getting with Gary, he’s proven that he can score aplenty in the SPL.



    Swapping him with either of the 2 previously mentioned is a risk. Would they settle? How long would it take? Will they be as productive as the departed Hooper?



    The talk is that both of the 2 prospective signings would cost in the region of £6m, a not insignificant sum. There aren’t many clubs around nowadays who are spending those amounts.



    So what to do!



    Do we criticise the board and DD in particular for not making the funds available or is it time to accept that the days of signing players in the £6m bracket – Lenny, Sutty and BBJ are gone forever?

  19. merseycelt



    A question too far :-)



    Sorry don’t know the exact number mate only the % success rate.

  20. hamiltontim says:


    18 January, 2012 at 19:14



    You are spot on and the days of £6 million players are gone. Too risky to let what we have go before May. We need another to help them as we only have two goal-scorers.



    Need to be Rhodes as Diawara away to Sevilla for 3 million euros…



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  21. merseycelt loves Neil Lennon and the Green Brigade but despises the anti irish/catholic bigotry inherent within the organisations who constitute the scottish establishment on

    hamiltontim says:


    18 January, 2012 at 19:17



    I’m sure he made loads.



    I will now respond as I should have when you posted that amazing stat.







  22. Paul67



    This may turn out to be a superb bit of business. The boy was regarded in his youth as one of the best players coming out of Nigeria.



    I am positive Neil will get the best out of him.




  23. Was quickly skimming back over the comments on the last article. Lazily I started at page 4 or 5 and seen comments about James Forrests article at 14:59. Skipped back and read it. That was over an hour ago, and I’ve still got goosebumps. Well done Sir.



    Captures more than 100 years, shared by many generations, in such a short , sharp piece.




  24. \o/ Coming at you!! on

    Evening CQNers



    I do hope Hooper is not sold in this window. Not the right time for the club to speculate on a replacement when we have a guy who could win the championship for us.



    For that to happen, we need to see a lot more of Hooper doing the nitty gritty in games and being the FIRST defender in the team. He too often stands in offside positions and doesn’t get involved enough. His goalscoring is proven with the stats showing a lethal striker in front of goal. Andy Cole was even better but still got ridden in training by Brian Kidd to make him improve his all round game.



    Diawara and Rhodes will never be Celtic players. Their valuations have put them beyond our reach. We pay our taxes, we do not have the cash to spend on big transfers. This is no bad thing, I have found the recent signings very enjoyable to watch knowing the value we got from the market.



    A big welcome to BIG RAB to. May you have a fantastic career in the hoops of green and white!

  25. Son of Gabriel-look ive been a fan for 50years-but i agree -ill switch off


    i had no idea that the media were this bad-iv just started tuning in -but


    for my health i wont be posting again-it all sounds like a powderkeg-


    and iv already got too many scars-cheers

  26. just heard on snyde that a story in todays retard about gary hooper


    being offered 36,000 pounds a week by southampton was written by


    colin duncan.


    this is the same guy i complained to traynor about 2yrs ago when he was


    retard football editor.he had written an article which i considered to be


    anti celtic and sectarain in its content. needless to say i did not get a




    do not believe a word in this rag.


    just dont buy it

  27. Lennybhoy/UC






    Why didn’t we get him!! £6m I can understand but surely, surely we can still be at the races when clubs are looking for 3?!?!






    Aye that’s what I thought.

  28. This young man signing for us dispels “the nobody ever signs from a trial theory ”



    Welcome aboard Ibrahim

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