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. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    The best signing we’ve made this window has to be wee Karyn McCluskey,let’s hope she uses the ole hand glider round her neck to fly over Ibrox taking regular shites.









    Ludicrous sentence,but as Ernie says,breach of conditions counted against him.



    Being young, foolhardy and wearing a hoodie does not justify 5 mths imprisonment, sheriff looking for tabloid headlines ? he should have a look in the mirror, that young man now has his life altered drastically



    As,I suspect,did the hoodie and mask.



    Why would you wear that to watch a game of football?



    I think most of us want to see the back of these things,and it’s unfortunate for him that he’s the first to be made an example of.



    Meanwhile flares are used in big matches all over Europe, the atmosphere was praised at the recent Milan derby………………………..




  3. TONTINE TIM on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 3:34 PM


    winning captains on 2nd February 2016 9:43 am







    My first time at Hampden was to watch a much better Celtic side than Sunday’s and we got horsed 4-1 by Partick Thistle. Now that was a shock result!





    Given the number of recent cup exits to supposedly inferior sides, was Sunday really a shock?


    – See more at: http://www.celticquicknews.co.uk/january-transfer-window-2016/comment-page-8/#comment-2767291

  4. BMCUW



    Ronny Deila won a league title, with a team built from scratch. It took him six years, he did it all by himself, and it got him the Celtic gig.



    The previous four Celtic managers to Ronny Deila hadn’t won a title, anywhere in the world.



    I can’t take it off the internet, even if I could it would still be out there somewhere in the ether.

  5. Celtic Vs Aberdeen stats over the last 84 matches have a Celtic win ratio of 77.4 % Aberdeen win ratio of 11.9 % and a draw ratio of 10.7 %.



    Hail Hail.

  6. the_huddle-A we bit simplistic to say, we would definitely would have won if Efe never got sent off IMO.We started the game well and missed a couple of decent chances before the red card.You have to deal with what’s in front of you,down to 10 men,yoiur game management has to kick in.McInnes dealt with it last week v RC,and they could have won more than 3-2.McIntyre used his squad well,and hit us on the break effectively.Teams practice in training 10 v 11,I couldn’t see any tactical nous on Sunday from RD,team adjustments,sensible substitutions,i thought we were beaten a long way out on Sunday,and that is the worst part for me.A lack of leaders,zero responsibility,just guys playing a game out.Too many empty jerseys,on too many big occasions for me.The same platitudes trotted out at FT.Thanks for the reply mate,sorry if i misunderstood your post.HH

  7. Jedi Warriers wear hoodies.



    Maybe he was a member of the 7th biggest religion in the UK.



    I hope his force goes with him.





    I’m not disagreeing with you,just saying that IMO,winning a minor league does not make you a good manager.






    Nor a better manager than someone who has performed ‘exceptionally’ well in a far superior league.



    I think RD has great ideas about how to play the game,but he lacks the pragmatism that MON had,which is surely a prerequisite for management in any sphere.



    And,frankly,he lacks the players and the clout with his employers.

  9. !!BADA BING!! on 2ND FEBRUARY 2016 3:50 PM


    the_huddle-A we bit simplistic to say, we would definitely would have won if Efe never got sent off IMO.






    It’s an argument that presupposes Efe is an asset to the team rather than a liability.





    Never mind 10-11,most teams practice 6-11.



    It’s called learning how to defend.

  11. “Given the number of recent cup exits to supposedly inferior sides”









    I wouldn’t even say only recently. I can’t think of a period where a wee surprising result didn’t pop up now and again.




  12. Geordie Munro on 2nd February 2016 3:56 pm



    I agree. Remember that time we beat Barcelona. It happens.

  13. Changing manager or keeping managers long term to be successful




    BBC Sporf ‏@BBCSporf


    Managers in last 20 years:



    Real Madrid: 21


    Chelsea: 16


    Barcelona: 13


    Bayern: 12


    Liverpool: 8


    Man Utd: 4


    Arsenal: 1

  14. Weeminger,






    if there were no surprises I’d be doing much better at the ol fixed odds.




  15. BMCUW



    I never said winning a ‘minor’ league makes you a good manager?



    I also never said finishing high in a major league would make you a good manager either.



    I don’t know if Ronny Deila will ever satisfy my design of Celtic manager.



    What I do know is that the people who appointed him, will swat him like a fly, if he doesn’t deliver what he did at Stromgodset.



    I also reckon the Celtic fans are generally internet aside, (where its all made up, and not even car park breaching level) supportive.

  16. BMCUW-True mate,i think RD gets caught in the headlights and can’t think through situations logically.He seems to get drawn in to the roar of the crowd,and wants to attack willy nilly all the time,it can’t be done as we are finding out to our cost.His best performance for me was Quarabag away,when the 2 FB’s never crossed the halfway line ,and we looked very compact with a threat on the break.He has still to win a big game for me,20 months in.HH

  17. lionroars67 on 2nd February 2016 4:11 pm



    Explanation for all those unhappy posts …………………



    Those aged 45 to 59 reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction, with men on average less satisfied than women.







    Burn :O)

  18. Tontine Tim & BMCUW,



    Another thing about the Thistle 4-1 game, Ronnie Glavin put Jinky out the game after a couple of minutes.



    Was also one of the worst Birthday weekends ever :-((((

  19. I believe that legally you can be arrested leaving a pub in the Gallowgate after having 4 or 5 drinks or so if you have a match ticket.




  20. traditionalist88 on

    Jerry Cornelius on 2nd February 2016 3:39 pm






    Aberdeen’s Jonny Hayes fit to face Celtic after being bitten by dog



    Dug OK I hope



    STV 14:55





    And we worry about kids copying the antics of top footballers :)




  21. Wow! Celtic supporters discussing respectfully the achievements of a former and present manager.



    So unlike the real world this place, eh?

  22. Successful managers do you need to spend big or not spend ?


    I posted earlier on longevity at a football club is it necessary to spend years before expecting success or can mangers get success quickly ?



    Or As i believe there are no guarantees,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its all about getting the right man



    Tottenham fans should trust Pochettino, a manager who doesn’t need to spend




  23. lionroars67 on 2nd February 2016 4:27 pm



    Successful managers do you need to spend big or not spend ?





    I posted earlier on longevity at a football club is it necessary to spend years before expecting success or can mangers get success quickly ?







    Or As i believe there are no guarantees,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its all about getting the right man







    Tottenham fans should trust Pochettino, a manager who doesn’t need to spend




    Spurs will sack him if they don’t finish top 4 this season, and they’ll only finish there because Man U and Chelsea are so poor.



    I believe they also sacked their chief scout/transfer guy as they didn’t think it was working (though your link seems to prove otherwise).



    Can we sign him up? Baldini that is :O)

  24. lionroars67 on 2nd February 2016 4:27 pm



    When you say Pochettino doesn’t spend are you including the £22M for Son Heung-Min. Yes he’s made a net gain in transfer spending but he’s still spent £53.5M.

  25. Lionroars67



    Just read a report linking him to Manure.



    Talk about going from one extreme to the other!

  26. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    With the dust of Hampden looking like settling, i would just like to add an opinion.



    After the penalty/red card incident, I think the match losing mistake was made.



    Taking McGregor off was huge. He was the one player capable of putting the RC defence on the back foot…as demonstrated by his influence in the first 12 minutes.



    In recent games, he has been direct and creative and capable of grabbing a goal.



    We lost any chance of cohesive forward play after that,



    Armstrong would have been my choice of player subbed. I felt that GMS could run at them and play off CMcG.



    There is always the hope that, even when not playing well, Johansen will at least give us energy.



    Moving on, I expect to see Brown and Mulgrew, plus Allan, added to the squad tomorrow, with Scott, hopefully, given instructions not to cross the half way line.



    He is our best fire fighter and is still sufficiently mobile to cover across the park.



    Big test, which I think we will pass.

  27. Thomthetim



    I’ll count a draw as having passed the test, given the lead we have and events at the weekend.

  28. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Bad news about Jozo.


    If him and Sviatchenko are going to be our CB pairing going into the CL qualifiers, they’re only going to have maybe 10-15 games together?

  29. “Armstrong would have been my choice of player subbed”






    I don’t think you are alone there.



    But I think SA has looked back to his very best in the last 3 games.



    It was gonna be harsh on whoever came off imo.




  30. Glass 2/3s




    That’s 10-15 games more than many pairings in the past :)




    Speaking of centre halfs, is efe suspended for tomorrow seeing as it was league cup?




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