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. Mwd



    Ha ha, lol :-) I know mate, he really put me on the spot with that one! He does that deliberately – as you know! Wee sh…..



    Hope you’re well mate.



    Summa – we’ll make sure of it!! I think you’d still get beat;-)










  2. GoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooD















    It’s a fantastic day in the Costa…………………………………………..BLANCA.




  3. MERVAN CELIK last night revealed Ally McCoist is the reason he’s chosen Rangers.



    …..Did McCoist spend 30 mins talking to him about pies & stake bakes!

  4. Summa



    I sense the standard of young Scottish players is increasing…this generation seem to have rediscovered the joys of having real ball skills, technique and attacking football played on the deck



    if they have the right attitidue and dedication nurtured in the right environment,,and stay away from the bevvy and bright lights … we can all look forward to some exciting times ahead



    I give you our under 19’s …not too shabby that lot :-)







  5. Bob Marley Loves The Green on

    What planet is this numpty on:



    “Celik’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, told STV: ‘We have have had a lot of offers for Mervan, 12 or 13 concrete offers from clubs from big leagues. But when Mervan and I went to Glasgow one month ago, we got a very good impression from Rangers and Ally McCoist”



    This moon unit surely must know about the goings on and can not be acting in his clients best interests. Unless he has no other option….?




  6. West Wales Celt on

    Morning all.


    Just in case it’s not been previously relayed, the BBC Trust’s Editorial Standars Committee were unable to uphold a single aspect of the complaints about the cup final broadcast. In fact, they struggled to find any issue whatever with which to criticise the BBC.


    What a shock eh?


    Personally, I take some solace from the inconvieniance our persistent complaints will have caused; at least they’ve had to be inventive, completely re-defining the term sectarian for example, in saying ‘move along timmy’

  7. This question must be asked, did rearangers gain an unfair advantage due to tax evasion ???????????



    And if so, what will the done about it ????????????????????




  8. This question must be asked………………………………………



    Did rearangers gain an unfair advantage due to tax evasion ???????????



    And if so………………………………………..



    What will the done about it ????????????????????




  9. Good morning to all from MK where we have light rain forecast for today.



    I bracket David Cameron and Chris Whyte together because to my mind they’re both long on talk and short on action, ultimately though the talk has to stop and the consequence of their actions are revealed. Today we begin to see the true consequences of Cameron’s onslaught on the NHS…..



    Cameron’s Folly



    …..the consequences for Whyte will undoubtedly follow shortly and once the revelations increase then so does his vulnerability.

  10. Bob Marley Loves The Green on

    saltires en sevilla says:


    20 January, 2012 at 08:13



    Surely the “12 or 13” other club’s must of looked a better proposition. Besides heard that Marvin Celiks wife’s name is Mona…. ;)



    Moon Unit Alpha to Moon Beams… Come in




  11. Bjmac



    Were you by any chance at the St Enochs center yesterday and had a conversion with a big good looking son of a b**ch with steely blue eyes?



    Please say yes




  12. Morning All, snowing here in the Mittlegebirge. I wonder if Mervan Celik’s contract includes a clause about signing for R*ngers FC “or some similarly titled club soon to be created”.

  13. saltires en sevilla says:


    20 January, 2012 at 08:20



    And not forgetting Jorge ‘Space’ Cadette. What you up to in West London?

  14. Legend or loser?



    By Mark Hateley on Jan 20, 12 06:27 AM in old firm



    It’s a hard school, the Old Firm. Once you become tarred as a loser in this cut-throat playground it can be well nigh impossible to shake off the tag.



    And when you’re the captain of Rangers or Celtic? Well, these perceptions tend to stick with you for life. Look at Scott Brown ?



    For Steve Davis and Scott Brown, the next five months may well determine how history remembers their time as rival skippers of Glasgow’s big two.



    Tomorrow at Ibrox, Davis will lead his team out against Aberdeen for the first time since being officially confirmed as Davie Weir’s successor.



    He is no longer a stand-in or a temporary appointment. Davis can now consider himself the captain of Rangers Football Club and it is to be hoped he fully understands the onus that comes with his new title.



    It is a wonderful honour for the Northern Irishman. But there is now a weight of responsibility on his shoulders to prove he deserves to walk in the footsteps of the greats who have gone before him – such as Weir, Richard Gough, Terry Butcher and John Greig.



    Great football clubs need great captains. And now it is the turn of Davis to step up to the plate and lead his group in the fight for this season’s title against a Celtic side that, under Brown, appears to have seized the ascendancy momentarily.



    Neither of these young men knows what it is like to lead their team across the finishing line and lift the most important trophy in the Scottish game.



    But soon, one of them will find out. The other will be left with question marks against his character and ability for years to come.



    That may sound tough on Davis given he has only just been handed the mantle but, like I say, this is one hard school. He’s been doing the job since the start of the season so he’s had long enough to know what this role entails.



    The pressure on him is enormous and it’s up to him to show he is man enough to handle it and not to engineer a move to the glamour of the EPL half way through the season.



    As for Brown? He’s been wearing Celtic’s armband for two years and, so far, all he has to show for it is a single Scottish Cup.



    In this environment that is simply not good enough so, if anything, he should feel an even heavier strain as this season hurtles on towards prize giving time in May. It can be the making of only one of them.



    Davis has to grasp the bull by the horns now and fully emerge from the shadow cast by the brilliant leadership of the phenomenal Weir.



    Davis is not a vocal captain. I’m told Weir had a great way of talking to his team-mates and motivating them with Shakespearean sonnets. That’s not Davis’ style.



    He strikes me as not being the sharpest tool in the toolbox but he is the sort who wants to lead by example and let his football do the talking and that’s fine. Some of the greatest captains set about it in the same way – such as Patrick Battison, who was my skipper at Monaco, had a body like an adonis and was a complete inspiration to those around him.



    In contrast, Franco Baresi was my leader at AC Milan and talked his way through games and took the rest of the team with him when he was doing it. It was lucky that I spoke perfect fluent Italian and understood fully his thick Milanese accent.



    Davis will try to lead his men in a different way due to his high squeaky voice which can unfortunately induce spontaneous laughter in the dressing room but to do that, he is going to have to find his consistency again. And find it fast along with finding a more manly tone in his voice.



    OK, cards on the table. I really like this lad as a player. On his game, he is the most talented operator in the Scottish game.



    But he has to understand that, now he has been handed the armband, it will no longer be acceptable for him to play in fits and starts. If he’s going to lead this team by example, then he’ll have to be firing on all cylinders every time he crosses that line.



    Nothing else will do. That’s the nature of the job. It´s not enough to have a nice haircut and look presentable to the media.



    He should look at what Weir achieved over the last few years.



    And realise every time that man sets foot across the Ibrox front door for the rest of his life, he’ll be welcomed back with open arms because he gave his heart and soul to the cause during a time of turmoil at the club – and came out on top.



    To take on the captains mantle with the mindset that is its just going to be a few weeks is an opinion that is best kept to himself and naturally he needs advising on how best to impart the delicateness of the situation to the Rangers support.



    That’s the most important thing about being the captain of Rangers. You can be a talker, a motivator, or inspire others simply with the way you play the game. But the bottom line is, you have to be to compromise yourself politically for the sake of the media or your career. Loose lips sink ships.



    Just ask John Greig if you can locate him, Butcher, Gough and Weir also. They all had different ways of leading their teams. But it is the list of honours won that ensures they will always be looked upon as Rangers greats.



    And now the baton has been handed to Davis.



    Paul le Guen had a bee in his beret about the captaincy and I recall the Frenchman trying to belittle the importance of the role. It was just one of the many mistakes that littered his disastrous six months in charge.



    Davis should be in no such doubt. Being named captain of Rangers is an honour and a privilege. He may soon discover exactly what it feels like to lift a title on behalf of the club.



    Not many men get to experience such a proud moment. But those who do are never forgotten.



    History, on the other hand, does not look quite so fondly upon those captains who fail to deliver success so there is no point in talking about Brown who is a perennial failure . That very thought just might be what drives both Davis and his rival Brown on from now until the end of the season if Brown can escape the inevitable suspensions which I very much doubt.

  15. Blmac



    Bugger, you have a double and l have another guy guy in the world who thinks l am nuts.



    Not played since November,wean, rugby, wean, rain and laziness be the cause. How is your golf?



    Keep the faith




  16. kitalba says:



    20 January, 2012 at 07:27


    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.





    Can you share the lads name on here? I will keep a local eye out for you and keep you up to date with progress.



    Will get my email to you if you do not want to post in here.

  17. Big Sam in £6m Jela bid




    Published: Today





    WEST HAM have launched a £6million move for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.


    Sam Allardyce wants the Croat to fire the Hammers into the Premier League.



    Allardyce is targeting Jelavic after admitting defeat in his bid to land Scotland star Jordan Rhodes.



    And Sunsport understands he has offered the SPL champs £5m up front plus £1m if the Hammers go up.



    The bid is short of the £6.5m offer from Championship rivals Leicester which Gers rejected in August and £3m short of the last minute bid from an unspecified club.



    But Ibrox supremo Craig Whyte will know it will spark an world wide auction for the 17-goal striker, who has also been watched by Manchester Utd., Liverpool, Everton, QPR, West Brom, Bolton, Wigan, Birmingham, PSG, Hoffenheim, Freiburg, Sochaux and Turkish side Fenerbahce as well as a host of Russian clibs owned by oligarchs.



    Gers want at the very least £10m for Jelavic, 26, who arrived from Rapid Vienna in a £4m deal 18 months ago.



    They are already tracking Trabzonspor’s Pawel Brozek as a possible replacement.



    Meanwhile, Mervan Celik has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Gers.



    The 21-year-old, expected in Glasgow today to seal his move from Swedes GAIS, said: “I am looking forward to putting on my Rangers shirt and scoring goals for the club.



    “There was interest from other teams, but only Rangers’ interest mattered. It is every young boys dream to play for Rangers and Ally Mc Coist”



    Estonian right back Enar Jaager’s agent is expected to open talks on a Gers deal today.

  18. David Beckham signs 2 year extension with LA Galaxy



    Re-Arangers “ coach “ said to be distraught……………………



    And blames poor judgement, for refusing to join the re-Arangres revaluation.




  19. From RTV



    Neil Lennon says he is planning to try and tie down goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a permanent deal.



    Forster is into his second season with Celtic, having returned on loan from Newcastle United for another spell in the summer.



    “We are hoping to get his representatives in pretty soon to try to get a deal sorted out,” said Lennon.



    “We have given him a home for a year and a half and I think he has made the most of it.



    “I think he has improved greatly over this season and off the back of last season where we felt he was very consistent.



    “Good goalkeepers are hard to find and we feel as if he has great potential to go on and become a great goalkeeper.”



    Forster, 23, has made 72 appearances for Celtic and has established himself as Lennon’s first pick since his move from the English Premier League.



    The SPL club have an option to buy the goalkeeper from Newcastle United, with his current loan spell due to expire at the end of the season.



    Lennon also played down reports Southampton had made a third offer for striker Garry Hooper and scotched rumours he was keen on a move for Charlton Athletic’s Yann Kermorgant.

  20. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    20 January, 2012 at 08:50



    No wonder the DR are losing readers with guys like hateley on their payroll.



    I suppose it gives us all a good laugh with every article he writes.

  21. Davie proven




    Published: Today





    JOHN FLECK knew who to turn to whenever he felt low about a lack of first-team football at Rangers.


    Legend Davie Weir never let him down.



    The three-in-a-row winning captain bids an emotional farewell to Ibrox this weekend after mutually agreeing with boss Ally McCoist to end his contract.



    Fleck — set for a sensational loan debut for Blackpool against Crystal Palace tomorrow — will never forget what he did for him.



    Weir had the respect of every player at Murray Park, none more so than youngsters like Fleck who this season has had just one start and four sub appearances for Gers.



    If ever they had a problem, a worry or confidence was short they’d turn to the inspirational 41-year-old.



    Now Fleck is about to kick off a critical four-month period of his career bolstered by words of wisdom from the defender who, remarkably, wants to carry on playing.



    The 23-year-old — who trained with the Seasiders for the first time yesterday — told SunSport: “I speak to Davie all the time. He’s been brilliant for me. I’ll always be grateful.



    “Davie helps you in good times and bad. He’s there for everybody. If you ever need advice he’s only to happy to give it. Not just the young boys, but the senior lads too. He’s one of the most respected guys I’ve ever met in football. He’s probably got the same amount of respect as the manager.



    “Davie’s been great. I’ve not been playing much and he’s pulled me through it.



    “He’s helped me deal with the disappointment and frustration and told me to keep my head up Davie just advised me to keep working hard, insisting my time would come. We became so close that I now call him Dad. Now I hope this can be my time.



    “I spoke to Dad in the last few weeks about my situation and got advice from him.



    “He agreed it was probably best for me to go and get some games elsewhere.



    “So, hopefully, it can work out for me at Blackpool.”



    Fleck — 18 months left on his Gers deal — burst into the top team 7 years ago aged just 16 in a League Cup tie against East Stirling at Ibrox back in January 2005.



    By the end of May in that debut campaign he’d pocketed a fairytale Scottish Cup medal, playing the vital last four minutes of the 3-2 win over Queen of the South. By January 2009, still only 17 reportedly, he was being talked up by then Scotland boss George Burley for a call-up who was under orders. Within a month Fleck was given an Old Firm debut by Walter Smith.



    Champions League action followed in the 2009-10 season.



    Fleck stayed in and around the top team the next term — but gradually he started to drift out of the Light Blues plans.



    Now he’s desperate to push Blackpool closer to a Premier League return.



    Ian Holloway may even try to buy him in the summer IF he proves a big hit like ex-Gers team-mate Charlie Adam.



    Fleck, who is lodging with Barry Ferguson, said: “I’m excited about this opportunity and I’m grateful to Ally McCoist for finally letting me go.



    “It’s important I make the most of my time at Blackpool. I really want to do well for them, although they ahve always been my favourite English team I’m still a Rangers player and I aim to go back better placed to get into the new Rangers.



    “It may be a small saving they are making on me and my Dad but as Ally said it could be the tipping point for better days”



    “Hopefully, playing in the Championship will be a great experience. I’m not nervous, just excited. I’ll have to work hard to get a place in the team but I’m ready for that.



    “Barry’s told me all I need to know about the club and the manager.



    “Ian Holloway likes a laugh and a joke. But there’s a serious side to him and he’s a great football man. I am looking forward to playing for him.”

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    20 January, 2012 at 08:50


    Legend or loser?



    By Mark Hateley on Jan 20, 12 06:27 AM in old firm




    Did you awe naw that? Can’t find any apart from possibly ‘a Celtic side that, under Brown, appears to have seized the ascendancy momentarily‘ and ‘if Brown can escape the inevitable suspensions which I very much doubt‘.



    The reason I pick them out is that whilst they are both equally within The Hun’s grasp of reality and/or the English language, they are both based on no true grasp of reality at all, if you catch my drift.



    This Celtic side appears to have seized the ascendancy full stop. There’s no ‘appears to have grasped something momentarily’ as this would suggest that our ascendancy is but a fleeting thing – there’s no evidence to back that up.



    The other thing is that Brown has yet to receive so much as a caution in domestic football this season, so where The Hun gets the notion that he doubts Skoosh will evade suspension is a strange one (hunevitable Mibbery perhaps?), whereas the North of Ireland orc has received three: two in the SPL and one in their laughable performance at TFS in the league cup.