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Jaroslaw Fojut on Celtic, Lennon and possibly moving this month

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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. Legend or loser? – parody? – version2

     

    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 and feathered as a loser in this cut-throat playground it can be well nigh impossible to shake off the feathers.

     

    And when you’re the captain of Rangers or Celtic? Well, these perceptions tend to stick with you for life, just look what happened to me.

     

    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. However, by the denouement of the SPL it may be that only Celtic are still in existence.

     

    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, have seized the ascendancy.

     

    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 in Davis’s case he may also be considering his future in the 3rd division of the SPL.

     

    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.

     

    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 due to a combination of financial double-dealing and questionable refereeing decisions.

     

    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 his words from the Del Boy book of French quotes. That’s not Davis’ style.

     

    He strikes me as 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 and a complete inspiration to those around him apart from me as I couldn’t understand a bloody word.

     

    In contrast, Franco Baresi was our leader at AC Milan and talked his way through games and took the rest of the team with him when he was doing it. As I didn’t speak Italian either I felt he should have made more of an effort to include me.

     

    Davis will try to lead his men in a different way but to do that, he is going to have to find his consistency again. And find it fast.

     

    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.

     

    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. With the end of the tax case within sight he might not get that opportunity much longer though.

     

    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 a winner.

     

    Just ask Greig, Butcher, Gough and Weir. 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. Then again, harking back to the little issue we have with HRMC it might take a little shine off their records if the SPL decide they were won unfairly.

     

    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. However, he may soon discover the exact nature of the Rangers tax case and curse his luck in being named captain of a defunct football club.

     

    Not many men get to experience such a 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. That very thought just might be what drives both Davis and his rival Brown on from now until the end of the season.

  2. Don’t be unflare to Celtic fans

     

    By ROBERT McAULAY

     

    Published: Today

     

     

    ST MIRREN chiefs have ditched plans to frisk ALL Celtic fans for flares at tomorrow’s SPL clash.

     

    The climbdown follows a furious backlash from Hoops supporters, who claimed they were being “victimised” by their hosts.

     

     

    Saints bosses had warned of the controversial search policy after Celts fans were caught setting off the life threatening flaming beacons in a UEFA Cup tie at Udinese in Italy last month.

     

     

    But the Buddies made a sudden U-turn after the two SPL clubs met cops for their routine pre-match security briefing. Now only searches on woman and children will be done at New St Mirren Park.

     

     

    A source revealed: “St Mirren wanted to search every Celtic fan over fears they may take a flare or a knife or a projectile object into the game but after meeting with senior police officers they have decided there will be an alternative strategy with only Celtic woman and children to be searched.

     

     

    “The Celtic fans were raging at what was going on – they felt they were being victimised.

     

     

    “They don’t agree with fans taking flares into games – but they thought St Mirren’s tactics were over the top.”

     

     

    Last night a Celtic Supporters’ Trust spokesman said: “We conveyed to the St Mirren reps that this treatment is unique as no other club consistently treats our fans in this manner. We indicated that this leads to resentment and tension which is entirely avoidable.

     

     

    “We stressed how unnecessary and inappropriate this action is.”

     

     

    And St Mirren confirmed: “The decision was taken to conduct a search of woman and children rather than a 100 per cent blanket search policy. It is a dirty enough job as it is anyway but this should ensure that none of our stewards ending up with dogs dirt in their hands”

     

     

    Celtic will still face a UEFA rap and possible ban over the Udinese shame game.

  3. Have to say this guy Celik looks a good player. 14 goals in 27 appearances for an attacking midfielder is pretty impressive. Were Celtic considering him?

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:

     

    20 January, 2012 at 09:44

     

     

    Awe naw,I see your liking my ‘dog dirt’ idea:O)

     

    Hail hail

  5. Gers in for £2m Spanish hitman

     

    By jim Traynor on Jan 10, 12 06:27 AM in

     

    Gers boss Ally McCoist is ready to blow his whole transfer budget on £2million-rated Spanish goal-machine Javi Guerra.

     

     

    Jabba my son you never learn.

  6. googybhoy ♥ Celtic and Integrity

     

     

    Jordan set to sign with Man City

     

     

     

     

    UDG star Jordan Harrison set to sign for Manchester City

     

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    9 year old Jordan came through the UDG Academy and was selected to attend Stoke City’s academy over in the UK by his superb efforts in the Stoke City FC player development camp held by the Ultimate Development Group in the Gold Coast.

     

     

     

     

    Jordan began to set the English game on fire with his ability to adapt and perform so quickly. Jordan landed on the Friday 30th September 2011 and trained Saturday. Jordan played his first game against Manchester Utd FC on the Sunday scoring 3 magnificent goals. On Monday he was offered a deal by Stoke City FC.

     

     

    Ultimate Development Group’s academy director received a phone call from Manchester City the following week asking if they could take Jordan up to their academy for a run out with their squad. UDG having Jordan’s best interest at heart had to inform and discuss with his family what they would like to do. After a long discussion between the Harrison family and the UDG staff we decided this is an offer he could not turn down.

     

     

    Jordan was given a full academy tour in addition to season tickets on his arrival, the young 9 year old has trained for the last two weeks and is set to sign the contract by the end of next week.

     

     

    (that is what is reported, but it not entirely true, he did not come through their academy, he learned hisfootball playing against kids on the beach in N.Z. and what Jordan did was up to nobody but him and his dad)

  7. From KDS:

     

     

    RANGERS owner Craig Whyte was branded ­“unreliable” in court yesterday during a £90,000 legal battle with a roofing firm.

     

     

    Alistair Clark QC said Whyte may have an ­“unreliability problem” or a “credibility problem” over evidence he gave in a civil case last month.

     

     

    It was claimed Whyte’s company Tixway owed One Stop Roofing Supplies £86,127 for supplies bought by another company, ­Snowcast UK.

     

     

    An account was opened to order supplies for his home, Castle Grant, in Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard.

     

     

    One Stop, owned by Albion Rovers manager Paul Martin and partner Robert Jenkins claim Tixway were the parent company of Snowcast, who folded.

     

     

    But Whyte, 41, said his involvement with Snowcast was only as a creditor and that he too was owed cash by the company.

     

     

    Martin and Jenkins claim Tixway were their customers, not Snowcast.

     

     

    The row goes back to June 2009, two years before Whyte took over Rangers.

     

     

    Yesterday Mr Clark, acting for One Stop, said that if Whyte was to be believed, the evidence of four witnesses would have to be ignored.The court heard Whyte became a Tixway director after a seven-year ban from being a company director.

     

     

    Mr Clark poured scorn on Whyte’s claim that he could not recall why was banned.

     

     

    He said: “That speaks volumes for the general state of his recollection.

     

     

    “It may be a deep unreliability problem but it may be a credibility problem.”

     

    Sheriff Nigel Ross will make a ­judgment at a later date.

  8. According to The Herald the huns aregoing to sign two players today

     

     

    the ironically named Celik (who has been liken to Wayne Rooney …aye right )and an some Estonian called Jaager…who is advising these guys ?

     

     

    why on earth would anyone sign for them at this time given their obvious problems …perhaps no one else wants them …i just find it a touch puzzling

     

     

    should the huns go into admin /liquidation ..players may be made redundant …no club and a worthless contract

  9. ….PFayr says:

     

    20 January, 2012 at 09:55

     

     

    Maybe we need wee chico to waiting at the airport,

     

    just to warn them ‘the huns don’t have your wages ya dafty’

  10. It’s on a quiet news day like today that I expect the news of the huns’ demise to break. Let it be.

  11. Rangers swoop to sign Swedish starlet……..who nobody has ever heard of or anyone else is interested in ….

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    AWE NAW 0850

     

     

    Superb bit of editing,my good man. Well up to your usual standards-I could barely see the join.

     

     

    One wee problem,though. You frequently chastise me for doing a link to the rags instead of a c&p,in order to deny them the revenue.

     

     

    And that,as they say,is a point well made!

     

     

    But I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one who clicks on the original sometimes,just for verification……

     

     

    Apart from that,of course,keep up the good work,haha!!!!

  13. hen1rik says:

     

    20 January, 2012 at 09:50

     

    Gers in for £2m Spanish hitman

     

    By jim Traynor on Jan 10, 12 06:27 AM in

     

    Gers boss Ally McCoist is ready to blow his whole transfer budget on £2million-rated Spanish goal-machine Javi Guerra.

     

     

     

    I know McCoist ain’t the sharpest tool in the box, but imagine blowing your entire £15m transfer budget on a £2m-rated player.

     

     

    frontloadedwarchestCSC

  14. David Murray may have challenged the hordes that occupy Ipox with the signing of Maurice (spit) Johnston. However, I doth my cap to Craig Whyte – he will really test the well-known tolerance levels of their intellectual followers with the signing of Celik from GAIS….

     

    Expect burning of scarves and a protest by Pastor Jack

  15. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    PFayr I am not sure where I read i but it could have been last nights Evening Times that Celik had 13 offers including a premier league club but he chose the poundland mob because fatty McCoist convinced him it was the right move for him.H.H.;-)

  16. I thought about that for a bit…Why would anyone with a decent advisor/agent sign for a team that might go bust? And then I thought if you’re a Bosman or Free Agent (of a particular talent level), then why not? They can take the money whilst it’s there and walk away free agents gain to another contract if/when the team goes belly-up.

     

     

    Now….selling a player to such a club..with instalments or conditional sell-on fees..that’s a different matter.

  17. Just thinking about us and not giving a monkey’s about who the animals may or may not sign, we are almost there in this window but I am concerned that no money will change hands from US never mind what they do.

     

     

    I know Celtic got three players for hee haw but our circumstances are different. We don’t have monthly court cases on our doorstep and until we get rid of the excess wages I don’t see Celtic spending money – I reckon ONE player will come to Celtic for a fee this window OR we’ll get a last minute loan striker. Quite Frankly we’ve been here before – the time to kill them is now – will our board have the balls to do it this time?

     

     

    Previous experience says no and especially not in January.

     

     

    One more signing I think gets Celtic the league – a Striker. We have cover now in most positions except up front. Bangura despite what some folk think in my view has zero chance of providing 10 goals between now and May. Hooper and Stokes will score a lot and Samaras will chip in. A Kris Commons scoring and influencing the game builds us up but we need him to show that pronto.

     

     

    Look at the rest of the team/squad for goals discounting keepers of course.

     

     

    Mathews/Cha/ Lustig – 1 goal if you’re lucky

     

    Mark Wilson – who knows if we’ll see him again

     

    Kelvin Wilson – no idea

     

    Big Dan – 1 Celtic goal EVER

     

    Mulgrew – 4 or 5 goals – decent shout for the odd goal

     

    Rogne – maybe the odd goal

     

    Loovens – the odd goal and the odd game – as far as I’m concerned he should be punted if at all possible – total waste since he’s been here

     

    Izzaguirre- the odd goal

     

    Brown – 3 goals a season tops

     

    Ki- Can get us 10 goals across the season

     

    Ledley – can get us 5- 10 (has 6 already)

     

    Wanyama- 3 goals so far and of late – maybe he can get another 3 or 4

     

    Forrest – Potentially 10-12 goals a season

     

    McCourt – scores the odd goal per appearance but what goals

     

    Ibrahim – not got a great record but open to change

     

    Commons – can get 13 in half a season but we need to see him play like that.

     

     

    Stokes and Hooper – goalscorers

     

    Samaras – 5 -7 goals a season

     

    Bangura – God alone knows

     

     

    Stokes and Hooper make up most of our goals and we do have a decent spread of goals in the team BUT one more Striker to keep everyone on their toes AND provide another style of attacking option in my view can win us the league AND the treble.

     

     

    11 days left in the window -no need to panic but the next move is the crucial one in the season.

     

     

    We do not need to worry about them, they are chasing us we must set a more furious pace and put them in a position where they feel helpless and their morale goes. Never mind the talk of their sales – they won’t sell – we’ve seen this before, now is not the time to buy into the Rangers to the wall stories – we cannot control that but we can control who WE sign, who WE beat how WE play and make the rest of the league and the cup ties take care of themselves.

     

     

    Focus on Celtic for the time being – that is the most important thing.

  18. I am NL in NZ Tauranga on

    tell me its not a big joke Shitd for Celtic etc daily rancid. No way is a player called “Celik” seriously considered by the tax dodgers.

     

     

    Have we got the IC hammer throwers away in the Cup. catchin up.

     

     

    Are we building a team or what. c’mon Lenny. Lift that cup. Lift the treble and they will tremble.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Having a few problems logging onto this site,accessing links,changing pages,etc.

     

     

    Not happening anywhere else. Is anyone else having problems,or has my hun flatmate jinxed my laptop again?

     

     

    Anyway,good to see JAMES FORREST’s cataclysmic putdown of,ach,I forget the choob’s name,the other day being used and attributed to shut up the trolls on RTC.

     

     

    He’s had a fair few compliments for it’s content on here already,though we’re used to that,but he’s really getting some well-deserved plaudits on RTC.

     

     

    Well done,and well said,James.

  20. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Snake Plissken Like you I would like us to sign a top drawer striker this window however,unlike you if we dont we have in my opinion plenty of fire power to win the SPL. They are Hooper,Stokes,Sammi,Bangura ,Keatings, Rasmussen.so we have plenty of fire power what we need to work on is creatng more chances for them to score.H.H.

  21. I am NL in NZ Tauranga says:

     

    20 January, 2012 at 10:27

     

     

    I read elsewhere that his wife is called Mona……..

  22. Kit

     

     

    I had to pull out due to shoulder injury. I played footy the week before (silly I know but it was in Barcelona) and knackered my shoulder.

     

    However, have entered Alloa half marathon and I am currently considering which Marathon to go for later in the year. I have a Kano Foundation vest which I will be wearing during all races.

     

    As for sub3.15 – yeah, maybe for the half !!

  23. Awe_Naw

     

     

    His childish wee dig at the end is why I can’t take him or his muppet paper seriously.

     

     

    You have made me feel all dirty reading that pash…

     

     

    HH

  24. Mervan Celik: “It is every young boys dream to play for Rangers and Ally Mc Coist”

     

     

    Where did we go off the rails bhoys? Catholic schools to blame?

  25. Malarkey

     

     

    I’d take Jason Roberts on loan or in full in a minute or yon Kevin Davies – Experience, muscle and heading ability.

     

     

    Joe Fillipi’s Haircut

     

     

    Stokes and Hooper have goals

     

    Samaras has effort and a few goals

     

     

    Bangura looks absolute garbage

     

    Rasmussen never gets a chance and probably won’t get a chance under Neil Lennon

     

    Keatings has never played in the first team – unknown quantity.

     

     

    2 goal scoring strikers

     

    1 hard worker and chip in Striker

     

     

    The others are at best unreliable.

     

     

    We need ONE more striker from somewhere – either buy one or get a loan in. We are not desperate yet but we all know what happens on the last day of the window.

  26. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    VP – Ibrahim is the most interesting signing we have made in a while. A 3.5 year deal is a big commitment from the club.Look forward to see him playing.