I see a bit of chat on Liel Abada in the Latest News section of CQN this morning. I have been impressed with the player from his early outings last year. Although a winger with a prodigious assists record, it is his ability inside the box that impresses most.
He understands when to arrive in the danger area and has the speed and touch to be effective once there. With the right tutelage, I think he may end up as a striker – you will recall, the Great Swede played on the wing until arriving in Glasgow as a 26-year-old, when an opportunity opened to play through the middle.
I sense little resistance to the potential sale of Josip Juranovic. He had a stellar World Cup, at 27 he is in his prime and we have already recruited a replacement. There is less unanimity when it comes to Giorgos Giakoumakis. Gio is enormously popular and brings a different threat to any other striker at the club. However, at 28, we know the script. His age profile and backup status mean that he is available for the right price.
Liel does not always make the starting 11 but he would if I was picking the team. His age and contract profile are such that we are under no pressure to sell. But I need to ask myself what I really want from Celtic and how to get there.
I want us to be a competitive Champions League team, not the cannon fodder we were this season. To get there, we need an excellent recruitment regime and an aggressive trading policy. I’ll back any plan that aims for this target, anything else is conservative and unambitious – I don’t know about you, but I’m neither.