Inflation in central defender market


I’ve been looking for signs for an inflationary bounce in English football.  The next Premier League TV deal is still 12 months away but at this stage before previous TV deals kicked in, clubs started spending ahead of themselves as they looked to secure a piece of the lucrative new deal.  In particular, I’m keen to see how central defenders are valued.

Today news broke that West Brom agreed a deal with newly-relegated Hull City to sign central defender, James Chester (26) for £8m.  Chester has 11 months left on his contract at Hull.  Three years in the English Championship and 45 Premier League games over two seasons was enough evidence to induce modest West Brom to pay the asking price.

It would have helped that three other Premier League clubs, Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle, were also reportedly interested, but no one is making false claims for a lad who has not troubled the scouts of England’s top clubs.  He’s a modest player who is able to sign a pre-contract in January.  This is a spectacular fee, passing between two modest clubs, for a central defender.

Consequences for us?  We’ll see.

I’m doing a State of the Club article for Friday, as we do the day before the league campaign starts.  So far there’s a flow to the words.  A solid result on Wednesday will reaffirm that, whereas a reversal would, frankly, deem a satisfactory assessment inappropriate.

So much turns on these next few games, Champions League qualification, squillions of pounds, and sure, the State of the Club.  We’ve come through a few iterations of acceptable levels of performance over the last 20 years, since winning our first trophy in six years.  Younger readers will never appreciate how precious a 1-0 Scottish Cup win over Airdrie could be.

These days it’s all about the treble and Champions League group stage qualification.  The loss of a cup would be an annoyance, but Celtic need to be part of the Champions League.

Our friends at Magners have offered a pair of Premium seat tickets for the Jock Stein Stand at the opening league game of the season on Saturday.  To enter, all you need to do is email me with the name [IN THE SUBJECT LINE] of who we play that day, celticquicknews@gmail.com

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  1. bournesouprecipe on




    Indeed, transfer prices have gone up in line with EPL and other English TV deals.



    If there are VVD suitors, Celtic must get paid accordingly.

  2. Aberdeen now allegedly interested in the new Iniesta



    SPFL Transfer News ‏@SPFLTransfer · 4 hrs4 hours ago


    #AberdeenFC match #Rangers bid for Allen.

  3. I see that bampot Lawwell is at it again eh!


    Putting my Qarabag ticket on my ST card so I cannae add to my collection of briefs from all our big European games!


    Bet the bassa tries the ole good for the environment ruse.


    Paperless tickets good for the environment my erchie. More bonus money for you more like.


    Sack the board!







  4. .



    Watching.. Go Back To Where You Came From..



    The Award Winning SBS Documentary..in which the three-part series.. six “ordinary” Australians will follow in reverse the journeys of asylum seekers to unspecified destinations.




  5. What is the Stars on

    I remember that win over Airdrie like it was yesterday. It meant so much at the time. I think I might have shed manly tears of relief at the time. Not that I will ever admit to that.


    Now if you will excuse me i have to get back to my mixed martial arts cage fighting workout.


    Manly men csc

  6. In advance of our first game against competition worthy of the name tomorrow, here are last season’s goals/assists per minute stats.



    Goals/assists per minute 2014/15



    Player         Minutes per goal/assist      Minutes played/goals & assists



    Pukki                          67                                     200/3


    Guidetti                      79                                   1965/25


    Fisher                        98                                     195/2


    Griffiths                    100                                   2295/23


    Stokes                      113                                   2610/23


    Commons                128                                   2945/23


    Berget                      135                                     405/3


    Scepovic                  150                                   1050/7


    Mackay-Steven        167                                   1000/6


    Johansen                 187                                   4850/26


    Forrest                     195                                   1560/8


    Mcgregor                  222                                   2000/9


    Wakaso                    245                                     735/3


    Henderson               258                                     515/2


    O’Connell                 270                                     270/1


    Lustig                       290                                   1160/4


    Armstrong                303                                   1210/4


    Van Dijk                   320                                    5120/16


    Matthews                 365                                    2920/8


    Brown                      389                                    4280/11


    Tonev                      495                                     495/1


    Izaguirre                  507                                   5070/10


    Denayer                  547                                    3830/7


    Bitton                      668                                    3340/5


    Mulgrew                 770                                    1540/2


    Ambrose                798                                    3190/4



    Players with no goals/assists                         Minutes played



    Gordon                                                                  4560


    Zaluska                                                                   515


    Kayal                                                                      500


    Forster                                                                    360


    Mcgeough                                                                90


    Boerrigter                                                                 70


    Tierney                                                                     70


    Twardzik                                                                   45

  7. Zbyszek



    good to see you posting and giving us your insight.I hope you are recovering well after your recent health problems.All the best




  8. The Battered Bunnet on




    Don’t worry – I’ve got three…



    Didn’t catch up with the old fella ’til last night, who confirmed he wanted to go to the game.



    Jumped on the site to get the tickets sorted, but our 3 seats had gone – my fault for not getting the business done before the Sunday cut off time.



    Bought 3 tickets. OK, didn’t get ‘our’ seats, c’est la vie. Didn’t get the season ticket holder discount, too bad. Didn’t get a discount for the boy’s concession either. Hey ho.



    I’ve no major issue with all of that. Most if it’s my fault for not getting the tickets bought on Sunday.



    The thing that narks me is…



    …I’ve got to go in to Celtic Park to collect the bleedin’ tickets.



    If the new ticket technology can activate a season ticket smart card, surely to goodness it can issue a pdf of the tickets to print out at home.




  9. bournesouprecipe



    I hoped my sexy vertical lines would have suggested otherwise.

  10. bournesouprecipe on

    Virgin media price of package up by £3.00 a month? – Not bad as you now get BT Sport Europe HD with all the CL games.



    No need for Sky csc

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    Paul67..WC or Anyone Else in the Know..



    Are Celtic FC Interested or are the Hoping to be Invited to the International Champions Cup series..?



    The Crowds it attracted in Australia were mind boggling Considering the AFL and A-League are in Full swing just Now..Circa 99k at Games..



    It is Obviously bad Timing for Celtic Re; Qualifiers but it must be something we would want to be Involved in..




  12. The Battered Bunnet @ 12:41



    Didn’t you also get skelped with an ‘on-line booking’ fee … ?




  13. Eurochamps67 @ 12:31



    I see that bampot Lawwell is at it again eh!


    Putting my Qarabag ticket on my ST card so I cannae add to my collection of briefs from all our big European games!



    Does that mean all of the tickets purchased on-line go on to the season ticket? I’ve missed that announcement and have been sweating since the postie went by this morning.

  14. bournesouprecipe



    We’re in the Deila era now. Dots obscure possession stats and slow protein absorption.

  15. Are we going for the full super Eurocharged Gazebo tomorrow evening?


    Usual lower EK pick up circa 6.45?







  16. TBB totally agree. I’ve bought three tickets. Have to collect from ticket office which closes at kickoff. I am leaving Dundee at 6pm so that will be tight. If I don’t get there, I lose £66.

  17. 001 Bhoy..


    12:45 on


    28 July, 2015





    so you’re advocating we travel halfway round the world, forget the ECL qualifiers just so we can earn a few Oz$$$’s

  18. up_over_goal


    13:04 on


    28 July, 2015



    Not a chance. Surprised if he’s even on bench.

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