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January 2020 a window of the margins

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The January 2020 transfer window closed with Celtic signing Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro, while Lewis Morgan and Scott Sinclair left the club.  In addition, Eboue Kouassi and Jack Hendry, as well as several youth players, left on loan.

With two left wingers out (or on their way out), Mikey Johnston’s injury on Wednesday set the club off looking for cover for that position.  If we continue to play three at the back, this will be less of a concern, but Neil Lennon’s other regular formation, with four at the back, requires two wingers.  It will be a couple of weeks before Mohamed Elyounoussi is back to full fitness, so James Forrest will carry much of the burden until then.

My big concern is in central defence.  We have the headcount in this area, but the two covering players, Jozo Simunovic and Nir Bitton have endured another season of injury, we are vulnerable.  Hatem Elhamed plays both right and centre back, so should be able to provide cover.  Like Moi, he is working towards full fitness. You can chart your own expectations on when he is Hatem is back and Jozo is next injured.

Ismaila Soro is likely to be used sparingly over the next few weeks as he adjusts to living in northern Europe, but I have hopes for him.  We need a player we can rely on when Callum McGregor or Scott Brown need a rest.  Patryk Klimala looks to have pace and a directness in front of goal.  He will give the manager options.

Despite the hero-status I attach to Scott Sinclair, those who have left contributed next to nothing this season, so should not be a miss between now and May.  The transfer window litmus test: Stronger or Weaker, will hopefully be passed.  What we know for certain is that we will not be significantly stronger or weaker.  This was a window of the margins.  Given the importance of this season, that fact is frustrating.

We now have our squad for what will either be our second nine-in-a-row season and possible fourth consecutive treble (!), or something considerably less glorious.  They are the strongest squad in the country, with the best manager in the country, do not bet against them.

The job starts with three consecutive games in Lanarkshire, the first time in our 132-year history this is the case (if I momentarily stop claiming Glasgow as part of the County).  History is ours for the making, let’s get it done.

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  1. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Jobo – colour me surprised. I salute your better judgement.

     

     

    Bankie – sorry, i’m about to break my Sportsound boycott again:-)

  2. I hope we have a 21 day return on the purchases of Soro and Kymala.

     

     

    Don’t need them now.

     

     

    Return. Get our money back and stick it in the bank.

     

     

    :)

  3. Was trying to post earlier but there was a glitch in the matrix.

     

     

    My point was that I thought Sevco were hugging and puffing since the break.

     

     

    They’ve sh@t the bed to be honest.

     

     

    And kamberi? Good grief

  4. Tell you what, the guy who puts the cones out at Ibrox, his “jaicket” is on a shoogly nail por cierto

  5. We MUST press home the advantage tomorrow. It won’t be a KO but they are suddenly in a bit of a crisis and the pressure is piling on.

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    How buffalo didn’t get booked is beyond me, plain cheating. Anyone who has fears about us losing the league needs to look at that hun game. They were pish no penetration , thumping the ball into the box. Tactics from the seventies😱

  7. So grateful to wee derek mcinnes and his dandy dons.

     

    Saw most of the second half on youtube stream and aberdeen had some very good chances.

     

     

    Okay the celtic board and mr lalwell have just done the equivalent of putting all there money in one of the slot machines at the bookies and getting it all back on the last spin.

     

    Thanks to the inept performances of gerrards team we hold a strong advantage now if we get the win tommorow.

     

    Win tommorow and the title can only be thrown away.

  8. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    YORKBHOY on 1ST FEBRUARY 2020 4:54 PM

     

     

    have you been near the UNI.i was there thursday night ,tea sarnies cake.

     

     

    Worried ?who me .naw RAGIN aye.

  9. 4-0 win for the Bhoys tomorrow.

     

     

    + 7 pts clear

     

    + 10 goal difference clear

     

     

    Nice…

  10. “That’s the end of an eight-game league winning streak at Ibrox for Rangers.”

     

     

    – BBC

     

     

    Oh they’re hurting.

  11. So three games back from the winter break and the Huns drop point in two of those.

     

     

    The more things change……………………..

     

     

    I was disappointed with the transfer window, we did need a CB, but it didn’t’t happen.

     

    So we move on. Gather the three points tomorrow and we take a big step towards our second 9 in a row.

     

    We also give our chances of a Quadruple Treble a helluva boost(psychological blow).

     

     

    Oh my Days! It’s a pretty good time to be a Tim.

     

     

    BBC just said Sevco close the gap at the top😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

     

     

    Oh my Days indeedy!

  12. Similar to our game against Aberdeen

     

     

    The difference is we had that extra bit of class in Odsonne Edouard that the Huns don’t have…

     

     

    Mon Celtic

  13. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    Blatant cheating by Dallas.

     

     

    I watched the game via a sausage. 4 mins added when 1 min would have been too much.

     

     

    But worse still, he played on past 5 mins, withi his team in possession, no doubt praying for a goal.

     

     

    Cheating wee rat.