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January window understatement

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The January transfer window pretty much passed Celtic by this year, a tacit indication that the league is over and we have little to play for.  Jonjoe Kenny (23) arrived on loan from Everton yesterday, by all accounts a good prospect who should up our game, but there will be no transformational change.

Kenny will permit Kristopher Ajer to return to central defence, however, with Christopher Jullien long-term injured, do not expect an end to bizarre defensive performances anytime soon.

Jeremie Frimpong took his potential off to Leverkusen for a sum few of us could believe.  Whatever happens to the player, it was a good move for Celtic.  The full back positions have been one of several underperforming areas this season.  Jeremie, for all his speed and skill, could not match Ajer’s ability to get a cross into the box.  He is only 20 and will improve, but we do not have the luxury of waiting for that to happen.  The reported £11m (minus Man City cut) will be a welcome contribution towards a gaping deficit.

Just as I did with Jeremie, early in the season I lavished praise on the abilities of Olivier Ntcham.  Like Frimpong, he has abundant talent, but successive managers have failed to get a consistent performance from him.  Olivier will look at others who have retained their positions with performance well below his lowest level with good reason. He was not given the chances afforded to others, but that does not make him good enough.  Pittodrie did it for me.  I hope he flourishes in France.

I don’t know if Ben Davies is Preston class, Celtic class or Liverpool class.  He was an unlikely target for a team aiming to win the English Premier League and the Champions League.  Signing quality players on a free contract is the fastest way to improve your lot in football.  It has been years since we have profited from this strategy.  We didn’t get Davies over the line, so clearly this strategy needs to be reinforced.

Tonight’s opponents, Kilmarnock, have won only one of their previous five, a 2-0 victory over Hamilton.  Of course, our 2-0 win over Hamilton was our only triumph in six outings last month.  It has all the makings of a drunken 2am street brawl.  How’s about it, Celtic, give us a performance?

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  1. “Nothing to play for……….”

     

     

    Ah well, 10IAR. Would have been an historic hoot, ramming a stake through the heart of der hun at the same time.

     

     

    Instead. We’re playing catch up.

     

     

    HH

  2. I would like to think, even if it’s just for their own personal pride, the players will step up tonight.

  3. ” Jeremie, for all his speed and skill, could not match Ajer’s ability to get a cross into the box. He is only 20 and will improve, but we do not have the luxury of waiting for that to happen.”

     

     

    But we gave the manager every opportunity to get his own s@it together, didn’t we?

     

     

    And we still are.

  4. Call me Gerry,

     

     

    Simpson, Craig and Gemmel,

     

     

    Murdoch, McNeil and Clark

     

     

    Martin42,

     

     

    Johnston, Wallace, Chambers, Auld and Lennox

     

    with the Holy Goalie as the only sub

  5. We tried up until the last minute of the Transfer Window, to get shot of manager Neil Lennon, but he is sticking to his contract,and will go in June,Neil was our Number 1 target to get off the wage bill ,and to start rebuilding Celtic Football Club………

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  7. “Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Filbey joins Celtic on loan” screams the headline on newsnow.

     

    For a minute I thought we’d managed an under the radar signing……it was the ladies team…aaaarrrggghhhh

  8. CALL ME GERRY on 2ND FEBRUARY 2021 12:11 PM

     

    Team for tonight?

     

     

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    Fallon, Young and Gemmell who proudly wear the green,

     

    Clark, McNeill and Kennedy the best there’s ever been,

     

    Jim Johnstone, Murdoch, Chalmers, John Divers and John Hughes.

  9. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Virtually no activity is a good sign – why give the incumbent money to spend on players when his successor may not like them?

  10. Also, does that paragraph mean we’re not longer in the business of buying players to develop them?

     

     

    Because that takes time. It always has.

     

     

    Honest to God, the efforts at spin and deflection on here are hard to beat.

  11. onenightinlisbon on

    THE BLOGGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS GM on 2ND FEBRUARY 2021 12:25 PM

     

     

    My thoughts exactly. I am sure if we had been within touching distance of the Hun we would have seen much more activity.

  12. Paul67

     

     

    Hardly passed us by, think all told we’re pencilled in for around £16M from Frimpong and Ntcham. So it was brisk business, and the pre cursor to the very necessary mass exodus.

     

     

    We can see them sneaking out CSC

  13. We sell a right-back. That leaves us with two right-backs. They are not good enough, so we bring in another right-back on loan. It sums up the whole mess.

  14. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Two red rotten teams tonight. 0-0 or 1-1.

     

     

    We’ll be in Sevco’s shadow for years to come. Quite the legacy for Lenny and Lawwell.

  15. Cant no care about a Celtic game so this one is more about stopping the freefall i fear we are heading for if we lose again.

     

     

    Come on Celtic

  16. Breaking | Marseille manager André Villas-Boas announces that he has offered his resignation this morning after the club signed Olivier Ntcham when he didn’t want him. More follows.

     

     

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    Celticavirus

  17. Glad to see the back of Ntcham he promised a lot in his 1st season but since then looked as if his heart wasn’t in it. players like him are always a bad influence in the dressing room and I hope we move out a few of the others with the same mindset. Lawwell always gambled up to the last minute in the transfer market and in the last couple of years has mostly lost, he is now gambling with season ticket money for next season he had better realise that unless there is a managerial change in the near future which excites the support he will lose once again. I’ve never known the support to be so disenchanted since the mid nineties.

  18. The full back positions have been one of several underperforming areas this season. Jeremie, for all his speed and skill, could not match Ajer’s ability to get a cross into the box.

     

     

    Ajer’s ability to get a cross into the box , you’re having a laugh.

  19. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Celtic owned by the arrogant rookie Stevie G. Rested on our laurels, demonstrated monumental complacency and are getting our just deserts. Big Pedro’s tundra-sized ego didn’t allow him to spot the ground shifting beneath his feet.

     

     

    Take that legacy into your wealthy retirement Pedro. Can your ego bear it?

     

     

    PS £400K+ on Dubai according to the SLO. Woof!

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