We have not known an exciting January transfer window since the ultimately disappointing Tony Mowbray window in 2010. That month we signed a full team’s worth of recruits, but the writing was on the wall withing days of Robbie Keane’s arrival.
What we have never experienced is excitement at the possibility of selling a valued first team regular, with a replacement already on the books. Despite screeds of media coverage, we have no real indication if Korean striker Cho Gue-sung, or Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Magdy, will make their way to Glasgow. But I don’t detect too much push back at the prospect of losing celebrated striker, Giorgos Giakoumakis.
I’ve long believed that Celtic need to trade more often than they do. Get them in, inflate their value, sell and repeat. There is no other viable model to improve results on the field. The most important work in the weeks ahead is on the field, get this right, and we can gamble with more confidence.
Activity in the January 2010 window was skewed towards the end of the month. There was nothing done ahead of time and certainly none of our current strategy in play. We can hope for a better outcome.