Jaroslaw Fojut on Celtic, Lennon and possibly moving this month


Jaroslaw Fojut spoke to a Polish newspaper yesterday on his decision to join Celtic. Our man in Poland kindly transcribed:

When asked if he would like to move to Celtic this month, Jaroslaw said, “If I move to Celtic this winter a convenient outcome for all sides would need to happen.  If I need to stay in Wroclaw until the end of the season it will not be a tragedy.  My decision to sign for Celtic is not going to change my dedication to Slask.

“Whatever the outcome, I will not be aggrieved.

“The people at Slask offered me a good contract.  Before I signed for Celtic I met Slask chairman, Piotr Wasniewski and explained my situation.  I wanted to play fair with the club who were always fair with me.

“Money was not the main reason I decided to go to Scotland.  I do not have to justify myself by telling you what kind of club Celtic is and the real reasons behind my decision.

“My agent told me about signals from other club but there were no concrete offers.  Celtic were determined to sign me and when their offer came in I did not look for other options.

“I expect competition for a place in the Celtic team to be high but when I get a chance to play I will make good use of that privilege.  I have not spoken to Neil Lennon yet but I am aware of what he has said about me and look forward to meeting him.

“I remember playing against him when he was with Nottingham.  I think we played twice in the cup and once in the league but could not be sure.

“I planned to call Lukasz Zaluska and ask what it was like at Celtic but what if he told me things were bad there?”  Which Jaroslaw laughed at.

“Lukasz and I will have lots to talk about, we are both Legia supporters.

“I’m not going to argue about whether the Scottish or Polish league is better, everyone is entitled to their opinion on this.  I’m pretty sure we have no club in Poland who can compare to Celtic, whatever aspect you analyse, economic issues, organisation, supporters, stadium or anything.

“Let’s not forget Celtic play in Europe every year and battle for the biggest prizes.

“In a way going to Celtic is a dream come true but my dreams will have to change.  I will not going the Bhoys and feel happy, my ambitions will have to move on.  I am sure Lionel Messi still has something to win and achieve.  He has never been the champion of the world and that is why he must improve.  I’m pretty sure I will not be short of incentives.

“Celtic is a very big deal for me but you do not climb the mountain and say, OK, I’m done.

“My acclimatisation is going to me easier in many aspects.  I know the British game, I know what the coaches expectations are.  During my years in England I learned the language so I’ll not have problems with communication.”

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  1. To save anyone else looking, here it is:






    Not for the first time, pure nonsense my man, and I’ll tell you why.



    First is your implication that a lot of what is written on this blog stems from hate is insulting to the posters and seeks to split some of the views on it into black & white terms. You use the word hate, furthermore, as if it is a negative quality, and I actually do not believe that it is.



    I hate poverty. I hate injustice. I hate unfairness. I hate cheats and liars. I like to think of this as a reflection of my own beliefs, where I champion equality, justice, fairness, fair play and truth.



    I am moved, not for the first time, to quote that great line from Michael Collins, where Liam Neeson is trying to justify hate to Aiden Quinn, and he says “I do hate them … I hate them for making hate neccessary.”



    If Rangers was not an institution, itself steeped in hate, determined, at all costs, even the good of every other club in the game, to cheat, to lie, to commit acts of fraud and gross criminality, there would be no need for any of this. If they were not an institution bent on dividing Scottish football, on a rampant hatred of the Irish and the Catholic Church, if they did not do everything in their power to encourage this and foster it, then the hate would not be required.



    We who hate Rangers hate them not because they exist but because of what they exist AS … the manner in which they exist. And I am allowed to hate a thing because of the manner in which it exists. I hate large sections of the Labour Party for betraying the principles of something I hold dear. I hate the modern Liberal Democrat party, as an example of spineless collusion and shameless political opportunism. I actively detest the Scottish media for what it has become, but if the Labour Party were to rediscover its radicalism, the Lib Dems to actually discover something it won’t sell out in a second for power and the Scottish Media was, tomorrow, to discover its own sense of purpose and pursue the truth with full vigor I would no longer hate what those things are any longer.



    Rangers could have nulified the hate at the heart of the club, years ago. It would have cost them, but society would have been better for it. They could have accepted their wider responsibilities to the game and played within the rules, but they refused to do so. Now, you suggest we must find a way to limit the damage done to them, and perversely use the “good of the game” argument as to why. That does not wash, not for one second.



    The good of the game is not served by allowing cheats to absolve themselves of the consequences because of what punishing them might mean for us. What price the game itself then? What would it do for us to win titles which, themselves, are tainted by the disgrace of us still playing in a league which allowed such malfeasance? Who would take the Scottish game seriously again?



    Your argument that football clubs are institutions and thereby don’t fall the way companies do ignores the history books which are filled with the ghosts of dead football clubs. Did Belfast Celtic mean less to it’s fans than Glasgow Celtic? Did Gretna fans not feel the loss of their club as Dundee fans would feel the loss of theirs? Would it be less a tragedy for Scottish football if Hearts vanished forever than it would be if it was Rangers?



    I never cease to be amazed by the people who look at Rangers as something larger than they are, as if they are a pillar of the community the nation could not do without. They are a football club, they are a business, and like any other football club and business they are hostages to fortune.



    They can go out of business. If Whyte is what many of us believe he is, a charlatan who cares not one whit for that club, if he takes his own £18 million worth of assets and then hands the rest of the club to the administrators then the fact is Rangers WOULD die unless someone signed a very large cheque. Does that person exist? Perhaps he does. Perhaps a fans consortium would come together and save them, but that would still leave a club on its knees, needing multiple millions to be spent on it before they could even begin to recover from the damage done.



    If Rangers fans didn’t fancy, or couldn’t afford, to prop up the club, or to follow it in the aftermath, it would be a matter of time before they, again, were in dire financial trouble. That club has had 30 years of living beyond its means … they either change that, which would be intolerable for Ra Peepil, or the only thing between whatever emerges from the edge of the abyss to falling down a new one would be days on the calendar … in other words, a matter of time.



    Furthermore, if they did not get their act together in a timely fashion then the calender comes into play again, and if enough time elapses the SPL and SFA, bound by its duty to ALL the clubs in the land, would HAVE to replace them in the league and carry on without them for next season at least … and I do not know how they would, or could, chart a path back to the football world if that happened.



    Let me be blunt, in case, by some chance, my point was lost in one of my many, many written musings on this matter.



    Celtic and Scottish Football has a choice to make if Rangers NewCo and try to escape the horrendous scale of what they have wrought. You, and others, are arguing that for the sake of competition, that to maintain a TV contract, that we should seek to limit the full extent of the punishment … and that is unacceptable. Rangers have very deliberately lied and cheated and commited numerous acts of fraud. The world of football is replete with examples of national associations inflicting draconian punishment on clubs which do these things.



    We laugh at the Italians for the history of corruption in their game, yet they long ago realised referees are only human and are subject to human weaknesses and failings, as well as bias, and the numerous scandals have not proven that as much as they have proven Italy’s determination to do something about it by investigating fully every allegation that is made. Scottish football is content not to know, and so people like Dallas can achieve lofty positions whilst being spitefully motivated to weigh decisions without number against one club. The Italian’s take seriously the idea of corruption in the game and that so much of it has been found tells me how determined they are to find it, and clubs responsible, no matter their size or power, are lashed almost to the point of death by those who hold the whips.



    Other countries are just as serious about stamping it out. Germany has done it. Spain has done it. Switzerland has done it today, with the news about Xamax being denied a license.



    Stewart Regan must be tired indeed, because since he came to Scottish football the full scale of the scandal which has been our last 20 years is emerging, piece by piece. I can understand – in part – his frustration and exasperation that every day brings a fresh nightmare, but he is the man in the job and if he does not get it right, if he does not do it, then the next 20 years will see the slow death of our game to the point where we ARE the League of Ireland or worse.



    If it’s all to much he should get the Hell out and make way for someone with guts, someone who will see this through.



    People like you, BontyBhoy, pushing the media line that Rangers NewCo as an SPL entity is inevitable are playing Russian roulette with the long term good of the game, and the long term good of Celtic, and what angers me at times is that you are doing it because of a selfish wish to justify the price of your season ticket.



    If I thought it was in our best interests, as a club, to have Rangers re-admitted, with a heavy heart even I might be in favour of some kind of deal which allowed something short of the consequences which are due … and this one’s for you Seven Fishes … but “choosing a half measure when we should have gone all the way” is the first step on the road to our OWN end.



    It is not in our best interests to support such a corrupt deal which will kill the Scottish game. It is not in our best interests to have a decades long policy of financial responsibility utterly erased by allowing financial irresponsibility and deceit to triumph over the proper way to do business. It destroys the whole of our strategic approach at a stroke.



    It it not in the best interests of Scottish football to allow RangersNewCo a free pass at the expense of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play.



    If they are allowed to re-enter it will not be a victory for good commercial sense, but commercial suicide. It will not help Celtic but damage us for decades to come and stain our reputation forevermore. It will not help Scottish football prosper again but will hammer the final nail into it’s coffin.



    It will not be a victory for football but as Winston Churchill, after Munich, said “today we have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat.” It will be a surrender to bullies who use terms like for the “benefit of the game” to blackmail all those involved to cow-towing to the “benefit of Rangers.”



    Be under no illusions. To allow this is to legitimise cheating, financial doping and fraudulent practices which would have Scotland become the laughing stock of world football. It would a brand new rash of financial doping and cheating, it would give Rangers and its criminal owner a green light to start pressing for concessions in other areas and it would invigorate our enemies to try and over-turn every single gain we have made in the last two years.



    You do not deal with a wild animal which wants to eat you by cutting off one of your hands and giving it that. You use your two hands to pick up the nearest weapon and you fight … otherwise you die.



    Rangers did this to themselves. I have no sympathy for them, and no wish to see them get away with it. If that makes me a bad person, I’ll live with it, and, Paul said, and I echo it here, if that means part of my own club is lost then it’s a part I am willing to live without. That part is not worth having.



    The Greater Good can only be served one way. By acting for every club in the land instead of just one. If you think giving that club a free pass benefits the rest you’ve never read about Munich. Appeasement does not work.



    Scottish Football has to grasp the nettle here and do this right, and if they don’t we must walk away and leave this league to whatever death awaits it.”

  2. Good morning fellow Celts from a cloudy, wet, dreich North Hampshire



    Wondering if we have any more surprises on the hiring front …CB and another Midfield sounds like the fruits of diligent scouting continue to produce dividends..



    But …are the priorities being prioritised?



    we need a player that can hold the ba’ up and stick the heid on some of those superb crosses our wide players deliver…WE NEED THOSE GOALS TO WIN THIS LEAGUE!



    it is no coincidence that Jimmy McGrory the greatest goalscorer in British history and Celtic legend. par excellence, was know by his teamates as the ‘Golden Crust’ for the number of win bonuses they earned due to his ability to head the ba’ into the pokey with awesome force, precision and regularity. He was less well known as ‘The Mermaid’ …not down to his swimming abilities …but because some say he had nae ‘feet’ . Which was not the case, as records show he could fire a few in with the boot too.



    I also give you Henke of fond memory …those two in Sevilla…fair enough we missed out on that occasion, but his headed goals in crucial matches exemplify the difference a ‘heidmaister’ can make to a team



    I hear you say ..aye ..but these guys were exceptional…but at the next level there was wee Dixie fae Linwood, Choccy McClair, Dareisay Wee Mo (tinhat on), Macca…could all get on the end of a cross …none of these guys were huge



    I was surprised when I saw how tall Stokesy was in a hotel lobby during pre-season and was thinking …hell, he could do that job ..mebbe



    half a season later he has demostrated other qualities that we never knew he had..I give you the drive to recover pride at Killie …however, he does not seem capable of getting on the end of a croiss with his heid , neither does ghoops…so our current stirkers have not shown enough evidence that they can do that job. The management know this so must the guys who scout so well for other positions …maybe they have a view on what a modern striker should be:..along the deck, interplays and wee dinks are the qualities much valued these days..and why not, I love to watch the goals we score like that …



    but….(me no buts)… we simply do not score enough of them… we cannot risk ending games only 1 goal ahead..it is too risky and you all know why



    we need that alternative option and we need it now ..this window



    the game…. in Scotland at least …has not changed all that much



    it is a vital component of a winning team



    sooo what is the bliddy hold up?



    let’s get the priorities right Celts…focus on the prize!!







  3. hebcelt



    Top 10 bands of all time. I thought that was globally understood ! :-))



    The tax man’s taken all my DOUGH,


    And left me in my stately home,


    BLazing on a sunny afternoon.


    And I can’t sail my yacht,


    He’s taken everything I’ve got,


    All I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon.



    Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.


    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.


    And I love to live so pleasantly,


    Live this life of luxury,


    BLazing on a sunny afternoon.


    In the summertime


    In the summertime


    In the summertime



    My girlfriend’s run off with my car,


    And gone back to her ma and pa,


    Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.


    Now I’m sitting here,


    Sipping at my ice cool beer,


    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.



    Help me, help me, help me sail away,


    Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.


    ‘Cause I love to live so pleasantly,


    Live this life of luxury,


    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.


    In the summertime


    In the summertime


    In the summertime



    Ah, save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.


    I got a big fat mama trying to break me.


    And I love to live so pleasantly,


    Live this life of luxury,


    Lazing on a sunny afternoon.


    In the summertime


    In the summertime


    In the summertime



    Hail Hail

  4. Early start today Paul 67



    We need victor in the midfield so if this guy comes the sooner the better.



    Tic talker talking tic

  5. From previous article. Re-posted due to the expected avalanche of replies! :o)



    Morning CQNer’s.



    Just popped-in to ask if there are any, learned Tim’s about who could answer the following question.



    It’s healthy to see all of the new recruits being brought in by the manager(hopefully) but, I don’t see any outlay in terms of cash changing hands so, I would like to know….now that we don’t have Seville type players therefore, we don’t pay Seville-type players salaries now then…where does all the money put in by Celtic fans and, it is ONLY the fans who put the money IN, where does it all go ?



    I have to stress for the sensitive souls who might even be bothered to reply that, I’m not looking for a ruck! Just an answer.



    Thanks in advance.


    P.S To those who have replied already, thank you.



    Hail! Hail!



    Have to leave now.



    Adios CQNer’s.



    May God Bless ‘Every’ Celtic Fan.

  6. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Anybody see the new Celtic track top yet,black with the green?



    It is an absolute cracker.

  7. johann murdoch on

    Well done our man in poland for an accurate transcript ,I await the DR version where he will say that he sees this as a stepping stone to the EPL..yawn.


    I see Kodak filed for bankruptcy today..a company too big too fail? a company failing to move with the pace of technology..remind you of anyone else?




  8. Kayal33



    I think for the sake of his own career he has to move. He is never going to be a starter, An incredible player to watch & i would be sad to see him leave, He will want to be playing every weekend, who wouldn’t.



    Commons i’m hoping will start playing more often & get back to the form he showed the end of last season, He was our best player. Expected something from him everytime he had the ball. I hope the Club dont accept bids for him. He should be given a chance because on his day he is easily a 5m player. I like a player who isn’t affraid to hit the ball from anywhere. Also i suppose Samaras is playing so well it’s hard for Lenny to put him in at the moment. HH

  9. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    KevJungle – “The Jungle Live’s On Through The Green Brigade!” says:



    19 January, 2012 at 09:25



    Once again.



    Most of the revenue generated by the club,goes towards paying the players their wages.

  10. Lets get one thing very clear anyone who even momentarily has the thought that Hun FC is too big to fail at the expense of paying taxes owed to the revenue due to a generation of tax evasion can only be held by the most selfishly perverted and putrid of mindsets. That´s something that cannot be held up for debate in a civilised society.



    Hail Hail

  11. For the first time in a number of years i’m relly excted at the team getting built. Scouting has improved big time and we are picking up good and plucking real crackers.



    Reckon Ibrahim could be a master stroke.

  12. The Honest Mistake loves being first on



    Have a look at the audited accounts of our great club to answer your question. A wee bit of research and all your questions are answered.


    It’s amazing that you know all about the financial shenanigans and dodgy deals of our club but you don’t know where to find any financial information about our club.




    Hail hail.

  13. I’d like to see us pay the 2m for Fraser Forster now. He has earned a contract with us. It will give himself, the club, the players a massive boost going into the 2nd half of the season. He is improving all the time with us. Get him signed Celtic.

  14. Kevjungle



    There’s someone like you at my work. Doesn’t matter how many times you help him and at the same time gently encourage him to start finding stuff out for himself he still comes back and asks me stuff that he’s perfectly able to find



    In other words stop being lazy and read the annual accounts

  15. Paul67



    Great work again and good on Mr Z once again, for those insights we fail to see anywhere else..great work



    one wee problem..



    “I have not spoken to Neil Lennon yet but I am aware of what he has said about me and look forward to meeting him.”




    Neil has not spoken to him??…wtf!



    If that is correct and I’m happy to be corrected.



    That seems very odd… and yes, I have read Lenny’s views on the guy



    However, not spoken… surely that is a basic with new recruits..set the scene lay out the plan, underline the expectations…clarify what success will look like?



    Guys before anyone shouts hun…I am not trying to make mischief and really concerned there is a crucial gap in the hiring process



    We are not talking under 17 player project here..this is a first team recruit!



    calm me down…tell me it is a typo or something lost in translation :0)







  16. Jungle Jim says:


    19 January, 2012 at 09:20




    What if it comes down to the Celtic PLC/board to cast their vote to have newco entered into the SPL ?



    Would the Celtic PLC/board vote for the end of the huns by, refusing them entry ?



    Or, would the Celtic PLC/board betray the Celtic support en masse and, bow to the demands of the majority in this country ? A country were it has to be understood that…



    Scotland IS the hun, The huns ARE Scotland! Sad but true!



    Hail! Hail!

  17. celtic40me says:


    19 January, 2012 at 09:34



    Surely by now you should know that the annual report isn’t to be trusted. It’s an organ of the board after all. :)

  18. johann murdoch on

    bournesouprecipe says:


    19 January, 2012 at 08:57


    The Daily (Gers can be Kings of Europe) Record insist Mervan Celik will arrive in Glasgow to sign for Ragers.



    He will receive Fleckadinho’s wages, and Davy Weir’s Tracksuit.



    BSR..I believe ole Davy doesnt have a tracksuit he has a onesie! :)

  19. Come on guys lay off maybe Kevjungle is not so good with figures and need them spoon fed to him.



    Personally I´d rather pay 650K for a Henrik than 12m pounds for a Flo



    What could the hun do with that money now ? (NOT A rhetorical Question)



    I await the expected avalanche of replies! :o)



    Hail Hail

  20. The Kano Foundation


    The Kano Foundation End of season fundraising dance will be held in the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park on sat 28th April. Tickets will be priced at £25 per head this will include a 3 course meal. Entertainment will be from Britiains no1 Michael Buble tribute act and a disco to finish off the night. We will be holding our usual raffle (prize donations welcome) and for the first time we have a fantastic auction prize. We hope to have a few special guests as well. look out for details of how you can purchase tickets on line. We hope you will join us for what will be a great evening.



    If you’re interested , please email eos@thekanofoundation.com



    Current list is (for those i know )



    Stephen Black +1






    CRC +1


    TTTT + 1











  21. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo – Indeed, only the most perniciously partisan of pundits are plotting to procure a pardon for that poisonous pack of petty prevaricating parasites. (thumbsup)

  22. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    weeminger 19 January, 2012 at 09:37



    Surely by now you should know that the annual report isn’t to be trusted. It’s an organ of the board after all. :)



    Aye right enough the independently audited annual accounts are the last place to look for accurate financial information.


    Sack the board and the auditors and the accounts.

  23. KevJungle


    As The Honest Mistake says, the accounts are available to answer your question if you are REALLY interested.




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