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. Tom McLaughlin on

    One of my work colleagues is Japanese. She is a big fan of Naka and when he was at Celtic, she would always come to me to talk about him after he scored big goals. I presented her with a Celtic shirt with NAKAMURA on the back, a couple of years ago, and she still wears it to work occasionally on Fridays.



    This morning, I emailed her the link to the “Naka and the bus” video.



    She emailed me back as follows . . .



    Hi Tom,



    Thanks for the link.



    That’s amazing, he is just amazing hey!


    He actually commented on the TV that, he loves winning the games but he felt much happier than that when he made this progress… cute:)



    Seems it was for a big charity donation and he had to get the ball through the window by a certain time to make the family a lot of money.



    What a guy.



    I still believe his goal against Manchester United at Celtic Park is the best goal I have ever seen in my life. I never tire of watching it, from every angle. Sublime.

  2. Margaret McGill on

    GCT..wizny me…


    BTW the screamer against the huns was mine or the kilmarnock league winner

  3. Tom



    thanks for that wee story re Naka






    i absolutely loved that BUS goal



    but that goal v MUtd ?



    the very thought of it



    sittin here smilin at that thought







  4. Tom McLaughlin on

    Margaret McGill –



    Are you looking at those goals more from emotion, ie against the huns and a title-clinching goal, rather than sheer brilliance?



    I think the goal v Man U was the best from a technique, distance and accuracy point of view.

  5. Margaret McGill on

    Tom McLaughlin says:


    20 January, 2012 at 02:29



    Could be…I get so moshinul at all Celtic goals

  6. Tom McLaughlin on

    TopCorner –



    I watched that game v Man U on the TV here in Oz, early morning before going to work.



    When Naka scored, I nearly hit the roof, literally.



    Then, when they got the penalty, my heart sank, until Artur came to the rescue.



    As the minutes ticked away, I knew a win would put us into the Group Stages.



    About 20 minutes after the game, my brother phoned me from the supporters bus outside the stadium. He was obviously ecstatic. I told him we were into the next round. He thought I was winding him up until I explained how. He told everyone on the bus and the news spread like wildfire, to other buses too. I could hear the singing and cheering.



    I went to work that morning feeling 10 feet tall and to make it even better, I had a Man U fan at work to gloat to.



    What a day that was.

  7. Tom





    cracking story !


    watched a video recently of footage from among the ManUtd fans at


    the Saha miss / Artur save penalty


    great it was !


    they were no too happy


    i was staying in Liverpool at the time and working in Warrington so there


    were more than a few ManUtd fans around to chuckle at


    think i lived off it for about 2yrs down there !!





    shoot Naka !!

  8. .






    Re; Vs Man Utd..



    Nearly Identical story.. Watched it at Mates.. We had Scottish Breakfast. Before KO..



    3 Celtic Fans 2 Chelsea Fans and a Aussie guy Just getting Into Celtic..



    I gave the New Guy all the Stats on Celtic Players throughout the Game..



    Ie.. Told Him Nakas Stats in Italy for Free Kicks. Score He Came to Celtic..






    The Holy Goalies.. Stats for Saving Penalties before He Came to. Celtic..






    When we Got the Penalty.. I Told the Full room .. It was Toooo far Out to Score against Man Utd..:0(



    I was Correct about the Penalty tho..



    Ditto talking to Mates back Home after the Game.. They Can’t Believe Sometimes that We.. In Oz.. Get News before they Do.. Ha..



    Summa ft ItsNoOftenImWrongButImRightAgainCSC

  9. Vmhan


    Good Morning, my friend. Last evening I promised to be here before your first post and weather report from EK. I heard from blantyretim that VP is very good and nice Bhoy. How not to believe BT?I hope you have good day. And good morning to all.

  10. Zbyszek says:


    20 January, 2012 at 05:24




    Good morning Zbyszek :>)



    You did say that you’d be on early and I knew you would HH to you and happy Friday!



    The weather? It’s wet and windy on the coast of NW engerlund, and in Polska (Gods country) ?



    BT for once has it correct Voguepunter is a good un, if we could only get him out of that damned pub, the Vogue!



    Happy Friday to you Mr Z and to all Celts and Legia supporters!






  11. Tom McLaughlin on

    Summa –



    On the following Saturday, a few of us went up to the Gabba in Brisbane to watch Australia v England in the first Ashes test – the series Australia won 5-0.



    I was wearing my Hoops. Outside the stadium, I bumped into John Mc, of the Brisbane CSC, also in the hoops. We had a quick beer inside and went our separate ways to our seats. My wife and I were seated in front of the concourse which housed the England supporters. Every time my wife and I went for a drink, or a leak, or a bite to eat or whatever, we had to walk through them.



    The number of times I was patted on the back with the words, “Come on the Celtic” by England fans was amazing. 99% of them loved the fact that we had stuffed United. I got the odd, “Go the Rangers” but those were pretty rare.



    That was one game that reverberated for days and weeks.

  12. ‘He’s a bit like Naka’ . . . Lennon sounds a touch excited about his latest capture




    Michael Grant The Herald



    Chief football writer



    IT IS a manager’s prerogative to talk up his own signings, but Neil Lennon could hardly have sounded more enthusiastic last night as he listed the qualities he saw in Rabiu Ibrahim.



    The 20-year-old Nigerian may have felt his ears burning as Lennon went through all his apparent attributes. The essence of it was this: Ibrahim reminds the Celtic manager of Shunsuke Nakamura.



    No sooner had he uttered that comparison than Lennon laughed and insisted there was no need for “he’s the new Naka” headlines, yet in a footballing sense he maintained that there were similarities between the iconic Japanese midfielder who seduced Parkhead for four years until 2009, and the 20-year-old African picked up as a free agent this week.



    The differences are obvious too: Nakamura was a 25-year-old, proven internationalist when he joined Celtic for £2.75m. Ibrahim is uncapped at senior level – which may mean his work permit application will need some negotiating on Celtic’s behalf next week – and has much to prove having failed to make a breakthrough at PSV Eindhoven last year.



    Ibrahim impressed PSV in a trial and earned a three-year contract. He has done exactly the same with Celtic within 12 months, having negotiated his own release from Eindhoven because of frustration over his lack of first team football. “[At PSV] he came with a huge reputation and sometimes early in your career that can be more detrimental than helpful,” said Lennon. “For whatever reasons it didn’t work out for him. But we’ve been really impressed. He’ll improve as he goes on and he might take a bit of time to adjust to the British game but he knows how to get round a football pitch.



    “He reminded me a bit of Nakamura. Technically he is very good and predominantly left foot. Please don’t say now that ‘he’s the new Nakamura!’ I don’t know what he’s like at free kicks, for one thing. But he could always find space to buy himself a bit of time and he had great game awareness. This is why I don’t see any harm in having trials. They might not have done well at their last club for whatever reason but they come in for nothing, we have a look, and nothing is lost.



    “He’s talented and he’s something a little bit different to what we’ve got. He’s kind of like a playmaker who operates off the striker. He ghosts into positions between the midfield and back-four. He has good balance, can see a pass and has an eye for a goal as well. He can play anywhere across the front, but the day we played him in a bounce game he stuck out like a sore thumb. I just felt that we’d seen enough to give him a deal.”



    As for a 20-year-old who had already made himself prominent at Celtic, James Forrest, Lennon had no doubt that he had had the temperament to cope with being held up as one of the most promising stars in the world during 2012.



    Fifa published a list of their 13 most promising youngsters and Forrest was among those selected by the governing body. That was an enormous show of recognition for the young Scotland winger, although inevitably a manager has to monitor whether the praise might go to his head.



    “It’s important we keep his feet on the ground,” said Lennon. “It doesn’t really mean anything for me, although it’s a big compliment for the kid.



    “If you knew him you’d know it [Fifa’s recognition] won’t go to his head. He’s a level-headed boy, from a good family who have done wonders with him as well. You never see him out and about or getting adverse headlines. He just wants to play football.”



    Lennon did not expect to make any move to bring Jaroslaw Fojut from Slask Wroclaw in January, having already signed the Polish under-20 internationalist on a pre-contract agreement to join in the summer. “At the minute we’ve got a good quota of centre-halves. We won’t be doing anything until the summer. I don’t think Jaroslaw will be coming in until then. I’ve not completely ruled it out [him arriving in January] but I think with what I’ve got, it’s not a necessity.”



    The Celtic manager was unimpressed by the Polish national manager Franciszek Smuda’s disparaging remarks about the quality of his defenders going into the Euro 2012 finals. Smuda said: “If someone manages to find a new class defender with a Polish passport, they deserve a special bonus!”



    But Lennon replied witheringly: “That must give the Polish players a real boost going into the Euro Championships . . .



    “That’s his opinion but Jaroslaw will suit the British game very, very well. He’s only 24 and there’s plenty of room for improvement, but from what I’ve seen he’ll suit us very well.”



    Fojut revealed the positivity towards Celtic from his fellow Poles, Artur Boruc and Maciej Zurawski, had helped convince him to commit to the club. “Celtic are not just one of the biggest clubs in Britain, but in the world.



    “And then you have the coach, the stadium the fans and the comments from the players who used to play for Celtic like Boruc and Zurawski – they were always saying good things about the club. These are the reasons I didn’t think for very long before signing for Celtic.”

  13. .






    What you Say is true..Even when we Don’t beat Utd..The Hoops are loved the World Over..



    Melbourne has the Most Greek Population outside Athens..So Being a Bhoy Georgious fan Has it’s benefits..Ha..



    I Wear the Hoops often here.As You Know..People just Come Up and Talk to You..



    But only wore them Once Back Home..




  14. Tom McLaughlin on

    Summa –



    I wore the hoops recently in a Gold Coast club and the barmaid said, “I love the sports shirts you Irish people wear. They’re so cool and I love the colours.”



    Can you imagine hearing that in a bar in Scotland?

  15. “Fifa published a list of their 13 most promising youngsters and Forrest was among those selected by the governing body.”



    Aiden McGeady once had his name on that said same list. If James goes for a similar, or better, price ….

  16. Tom McLaughlin on

    A few years ago I was wearing the Hoops in a pub in Brisbane on a Saturday night. A couple of young guys in their 20s approached me and asked about Boruc and Zurawski.



    They were both Polish and were very keen to talk about Celtic and the club’s history and they both worshipped Artur.



    Whenever I wear the Hoops out and about in Oz, my wife never ceases to be amazed at the reaction it gets, from the occasional “Hail Hail” from expat Celtic supporters walking down the street, to the passing car that sounds its horn, followed by the clenched fist raised from the open window.



    You just have to wear the Hoops like a badge of honour, because that’s really what it is.

  17. Yesterdays news I know, just catching up, this is wee eyebrow raiser and worth a wee chuckle too.




    How come the STV of late are doing all these nasty articles about Craig Whyte?




    Rangers owner Craig Whyte in court over £90,000 roofing bill



    Craig Whyte’s company Tixway UK is being sued by One Stop Roofing over hundreds of orders placed for building materials.



    19 January 2012 14:41 GMT STV




    A sheriff will decide if Rangers owner Craig Whyte has to pay out almost £90,000 to a roofing company.



    One Stop Roofing Supplies Ltd is pursuing Mr Whyte’s Tixway UK Ltd for the money in a civil case.



    The roofing firm claims Mr Whyte’s company owes £86,127 for supplies bought by another company, Snowcast UK Ltd, owned by the Rangers chairman’s friend Chris Keatings.



    Glasgow Sheriff Court heard on Thursday that Mr Whyte allegedly agreed to take responsibility for the payment of goods ordered by Snowcast UK and that an agreement to do so has been breached.



    At an earlier hearing, businessman Mr Whyte told the court Mr Keatings, an old friend, introduced him to Robert Jenkins, who runs One Stop Roofing.



    He opened an account with the company in case he wanted to order supplies to use on his home, Castle Grant, in Grantown on Spey.



    Mr Whyte said he never made any order and no deliveries were received, although it is estimated between 600 and 800 invoices for Snowcast UK orders were sent to his home and office in Glasgow.



    The Rangers owner, who took over the Ibrox club last May, claimed he only saw the “first batch” of invoices and had a member of his staff send them on to Mr Keatings. When asked why his father, who worked at the office, never raised any concerns about the invoices being received for goods he had not ordered, he said there was “no degree of urgency” because Snowcast were paying for them.



    He said he gave money to Mr Keatings’ company as a loan with a view of making a return on it, but denied ever agreeing to cover the cost of orders made to One Stop Roofing.



    It was put to him by QC Alistair Clark that he was contacted by Mr Jenkins regarding a Tixway debt because they had agreed he would be paying for the orders.



    But, he denied this and said the only discussions he had with the One Stop Roofing owner were over the money owed by Snowcast UK.



    Mr Whyte said: “I was happy to help Mr Jenkins recover any money he was owed from Snowcast. We had a similar objective there.”



    The court heard Whyte became the director of Tixway after a seven year ban from being a company director. When asked why he was banned he answered he could not recall without any documentation what it was about and he would not want to say in open court and be incorrect.



    After hearing evidence and submissions from both parties, Sheriff Nigel Ross will issue a written judgment at a later date.



    I think the guy is a wee bit of a camponologist and maybe a grand liar to boot.



    Pathological liars – or “mythomaniacs” – may be suffering from histrionic personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder. The following comments basically reflect a pathological liar who has the characteristics of histrionic personality disorder.



    Some Characteristics:



    • Exaggerates things that are ridiculous.



    • One-upping. Whatever you do, this person can do it better. You will never top them in their own mind, because they have a concerted need to be better than everyone else. This also applies to being right. If you try to confront an individual like this, no matter how lovingly and well-intentioned you might be – this will probably not be effective. It’s threatening their fantasy of themselves, so they would rather argue with you and bring out the sharp knives than admit that there’s anything wrong with them.



    • They “construct” a reality around themselves. They don’t value the truth, especially if they don’t see it as hurting anyone. If you call them on a lie and they are backed into a corner, they will act very defensively and say ugly things (most likely but depends on personality), but they may eventually start to act like, “Well, what’s the difference? You’re making a big deal out of nothing!” (again, to refocus the conversation to your wrongdoing instead of theirs).



    • Because these people don’t value honesty, a lot of times they will not value loyalty. So watch what you tell them. They will not only tell others, but they will embellish to make you look worse. Their loyalty is fleeting, and because they are insecure people, they will find solace in confiding to whomever is in their favor at the moment.



    • They may be somewhat of a hypochondriac. This can come in especially useful when caught in a lie, for example, they can claim that they have been sick, or that there’s some mysteriously “illness” that has them all stressed out. It’s another excuse tool for their behavior.



    • Obviously, they will contradict what they say. This will become very clear over time. They usually aren’t smart enough to keep track of so many lies (who would be?).

  18. TopCorner says:


    20 January, 2012 at 01:38



    TC, you’ve got me mixed up with someone else mate, never been to Aberdour.. I pham to change that this week.



    Good morning CQN, from the fast train to Glasgow.







  19. I went to the pub today to see a good friend off to the UK. He’s sold his house and quit his job and everything. He doesn’t like the rain and is taking a big drop in wages to move to Manchester.



    He has two sons. One son has already represented New Zealand at football, his other son, the younger, is yet to be afforded such honour. He’s moving because his son, the younger, has been given a contract by Manchester City. My mate is over the moon.



    Rangers had been following his boy’s progress but were not amused when the boy said he supported the Celtic. Stoke City took him from the here to the UK and offered him a contract. The boy played against Manchester United and Man. City came calling. Stoke said they would not stand in the boys way and allowed hi to leave on the only condition he not be allowed to play against them. Manchester City honoured that part of the deal.



    My mate told me today he wished his son had signed for Celtic. He was telling me the agent that took his boy to City (David Jarvis, I think) would only deal with certain clubs and that he had recently placed a couple of players with Celtic. Anyway my mate is gone now and it will be a while before I’ll get to share a beer with him again. I look forward to it. My mate is a hun and his boy is nine years of age.



    You never know who is watching and when opportunity will knock.

  20. .






    I’m Home Late April thru End of July..Let me Know of Any CQN Golf outings..



    And l Will be Disappointed this Time if there is No..Best Overseas Trophy..




  21. .






    My Nephew Kia 7yr old..His Mum and Dad have Knocked back Celtic twice..in the Last Year (it does not Suit them..)He Could get Released “Refused’ after Six Weeks..



    I Have heard things about him since he was 3yr..Even Female School teachers rave About him..



    He is Back with Motherwell as its Close to ML4..and he Can still sign for Other teams if he Can still play for Well..



    There must be that Many Promising kids out there it Must be hard for Teams..Seemingly between 12-14 yrs are the Important Ones for Making it..If Kia makes it He will be in the Top class..(A left Foot like l Have Never seen before) truth..




  22. 001:



    I agree it would be hard but of all the hundreds and thousands of gifted kids, from around the U.K. and beyond, Man. City took this one on, so it can happen. It is just a pity it is them andnot us. I’ve played against that kid and Beram Kayal could learn a bit about aggressive tackling from him.

  23. What was the name of the last Swede that Rangers took on? There was a massive trumpeted fanfare of how he was to be the next captain of his country. I think he played about ten games for them.

  24. ​Some say he single handedly built the National Indoor Sports Arena after football training


    ​and that Eddie Izzard is 5 Marathons behind him.



    ​All we know is he’s Victor Wanyama.

  25. .






    Hope he Makes it..My Other Nephew just Turned 17yr has Signed for Stenhousemuir..Seemingly the have the Best Youth set up in Scotland..Seen him train Last year with Airdie before he Signed with Stenny..it did Seem better..but i am no Football Coach..



    Would Love to See Young Scottish players have the Talent their older Compatriots had in the 70s..