January transfer window 2016


I’ve heard a lot about Patrick Roberts. He’s burdened by enormous expectations, compared to the greats since shortly after his 17th birthday. Manchester City moved 2 starts and 17 substitute appearances into his Fulham career – £12m on the basis of 399 minutes football.

He’s here to force his way into the team between now and the end of the season, and be ready for the European challenges ahead. I think we’re going to enjoy watching this lad.

We saw around 80 minutes of Erik Sviatchenko on Sunday. As I said yesterday, he’s probably our best defender, not that that is taking enormous liberties. In Virgin van Dijk we managed to recruit a dependable defender who wasn’t scared of the ball, and was first to organise those around him. If Erik’s near that standard, he’ll do well.

Ryan Christie (20) is a No. 10. We need a No. 10. He’s 12 years younger than Kris Commons, the only comparable player in the first team squad. Kris has been our MVP for more seasons than anyone else currently on the books, but we’ve been far too dependent on him, which has become acutely evident recently, when he’s out injured.

There’s an argument that we could have done with another No. 10 during our European campaign but it’s far from clear Ryan would have got his chance. We’ll see a good bit of him before the end of the season.

Many of the things I could say about Colin Kazim-Richards I alluded about Carlton Cole when he signed. He’s a physical presence, not easily intimidated, should be an effective foil for Leigh Griffiths.

Colin joins with an actual rap sheet. Online comments yesterday recalled the reaction the day Griffiths signed. At the time I wrote that it’s important for Celtic to affirm positive values in Leigh’s life. The player hasn’t looked back, he’s every inch a positive role model. It’s now important the club and Colin work to ensure a similar result.

Aidan Nesbitt (18) is also a No. 10. He’s the player you’re most likely to hear development and youth coaches talk about. The next stage of his development required him to play against men. Four months in the Premiership playing for Partick will achieve this.

Farewall Nadir Ciftci, who is off to Turkey until the end of the season. I described Nadir as less like a Ronny Deila player than any other I’ve watched and known Celtic to be interested in. He has a touch and is a better player than we’ve seen, but he was built from different material than practically all other Deila signings.

Last month’s business will hopefully mean we have a settled and secure defence for the qualifiers, something missing at the beginning of this season, something missing on Sunday afternoon.  The Kazim-Richards signing could go a number of different ways.  The player will get his chance to live up to his own expectations.

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  1. Tony Watt scoring for Blackburn Rovers. The fans seem to like him.


    Rhodes sold to Middlesborough for £9 mil, going up to 11, with add ons.

  2. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Ronny isn’t going anywhere now or at end of season, those that think a professional well ran club would appoint a new manager at end of season when they have important Euro qualifiers to play is utter nonsense.



    So you are suggesting that we appoint a new manager who doesn’t know the players at the club or what they are capable of weeks before we head into CL qualifiers? Really?

  3. What is the Stars on



    It is a discussion that needs to happen


    I would hope that the people who run celtic are actively looking for a new manager now

  4. Fancy Spurs might win the EPL. Good young squad and a great manager. Now sitting in third ahead of Arsenal and five behind Leicester

  5. garygillespieshamstring on

    Words to the celtic song being re-written to “we don’t care as long as they don’t lose or draw” :)

  6. NEWRADBHOY on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 9:41 PM



    Cheers. Belfast Telegraph today speculating that Michael is in the frame if Ronny goes.

  7. I would stay with the Deila program, I think he has the right stuff to build a Dynasty.



    Hail Hail.

  8. Night all. Enjoy.


    Hopefully this time tomorrow we will be celebrating a victory at Pittodrie.

  9. “Big” Mark McGhee’s free falling Motherwell is the perfect preparation for his soon to be legendary status as Celtic manager:)))




  10. glendalystonsils on

    Twitter rumours are not just pish………….they are invariably double cask strength, pasteurised, fortified with vitamins and minerals ,handcrafted, Michelin star pish.

  11. Watched WHam v Villa. Villa dominated until 17 minutes when they went down to 10, then overrun and lost 2-0, going on 6. So, very difficult a man short, especially on a muck heap. Big Fraser the Wall put the shutters up against Arsenal, who done my accum. Play Broony in midfield tomorrow and go for the win, but keeping it tight at the back. HH

  12. ………………..aye, that weel-kent freen o’ Celtic………The Belfast Telegraph!




  13. I’m not saying Ronnie out or anything like that.


    Just letting you know what my brother said on the phone.

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    Aye, Arsenal done me form20/1 accum


    Don’t think Southampton have lost a game or a goal since FF return

  15. GARY67 on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 9:43 PM





    Cheers. Belfast Telegraph today speculating that Michael is in the frame if Ronny goes.






    I would not like Michael O’Neil,any time he is commenting never has a good word to say,not only critical but bordering on vindicative,so stuff him let him stay where he is and enjoy the forced fit both parties are labouring to enjoy ( and Tolerate.)



    On the RD front, I could scream on occasions, but to be fair he is being force fed a conveyor line of dross by Park, approved by PLawell, are we really constrained to Man.City and 2 other agents.



    Sunday was poor,Thompson predictable,about time we started some push back these events are too regular to be coincidences.

  16. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Just heard pep plans on signing Messi. . XavI and innuendo. …. sending aguerro , denayer and yaya to celtic on lone

  17. SAINT STIVS on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 9:48 PM


    Martin is to be manager.



    Michael is assistant.



    Brian is to be defensive coach.




    Large flight of Pigs flying over the Port. :)

  18. BT


    I think he was outstanding, no doubt alexis sanchez remembers him from his Barca days, no luck hopefully its one of those accas where if one team puts you down you dont lose

  19. Time to get right behind Efe. He’s a human, gives his all; it’s the responsibility of the manager if they pick him, with the knowledge he is prone to the odd gaff. God loves a trier.

  20. Sftb



    Terry is now club photographer






    Alexander’s is now recording an up to date Celtic song

  21. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jimmynotpaul, I hope things work out for Lee. Going down the road to play , should get him noticed more if his career progresses like we hope it does.



    Jimmy B was the first person I knew to ever have a personlised number plate. All his family are Airdrie fans but in the thirty four years I have known him, only one club (that’s no longer with us) mattered to him.



    I was surprised about his involvement with Airdrie and the last time I spoke to him, he did it for his dad.



    I have a feeling he felt getting Airdrie United (formerly Clydebank F C ) sorted out would lead to


    him getting a gig at his first love.



    An Airdrie fan I know loathed him because of the above.



    Tomorrow night, we will be up against it . The Dons will be even more confident with McLean in charge of the game.

  22. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Dressy bhoy


    Unfortunately not


    Had Leicester West Ham Spurs and citeh with them


    Should have cashed out but he ho

  23. Neil Lennon made a mistake when he played Efe Ambrose in his Team, in the Biggest game since Seville – he rated him that highly.



    What a powerful endorsement for Efe Ambrose howevaah. Efe probably should have said “Naw Boss” I am not tip top…. I think Ronny D is changing things but it takes Time. Will he be afforded it.




  24. Apparently Real Rovers had a perfectly good goal chopped off…………


    ………..Shorties updates seem not to have registered this fact.


    Funny, that.

  25. CultsBhoy can not relate to Celtic Board ambitions on or off the park on

    Genuine Question



    What is Efe’s NATURAL position.


    He would play in front of my defence in a 4-1-4-1


    He is clearly a natural athlete and a committed guy. He’s too error prone to be in last line of defence.


    He’s always struck me as being out of position in Celtic Defence