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Losing players on your own terms

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A quick straw poll suggests we’re happy with £2m for Adam Matthews, although Sunderland will be happier, having signed what is likely to be a first team player for what is a bargain fee in the English league.  For Celtic, the player had only a year left on his contract, and was not first choice when Mikael Lustig was available.  On other occasions we would struggle to get £500k.

A few factors supported Adam’s marketability and price.  He is part of a successful Wales team who are likely to reach Euro 2016.  Scouts from all over Europe watch Wales and it’s unlikely you’d be able to sign any of that team for less than £2m.

There’s also the Joe Ledley and Victor Wanyama effect.  Joe and Victor were Celtic contemporaries of Adam and both are solid performers for EPL clubs.  Don’t even ask me about what’s going on with Daryl Murphy at the moment, as it beats any rational explanation I can come up with.

Having 20 hugely wealthy neighbours comes with lots of problems, but if we are going to lose players to England, it’s better to lose them on our own terms – when we are in a position to start a fresh building process, than have events overtake us, as appears to be happening at Tannadice this year.

Enjoy events this afternoon at New St Mirren Celtic Park.

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  1. Winning captains

     

     

    Still major problems on magazine articles with iPad

     

    Would suggest actually worse ?

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. Remember giving Dukla Prague a good airing at the bigotdome after they had knocked thems out of Europe a few days earlier.

     

    Must be about thirty years ago .

  3. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    BSR

     

     

    You really think that Ciftci’s disciplinary record is just ” a bit of baggage”

     

     

    Head butting players , spitting , biting not to mention the petulance

     

     

    Should he sign for us and continue to behave in this vein …he’ll get crucified by the MIB

     

     

    A good mate of mine is a DU diehard …..he’s had enough of Ciftci’s behaviour and wants him moved on ASAP …that seems to be the view of his contemporaries too

     

     

    Ciftci’s is not without talent …however his behaviour and moderate goalscoring record suggest that a seven figure sum for him as he enters the last year of his contract represents a significant outlay with a large risk element

     

     

    Anything is better than Balde , Bangura , Pukki …that shouldn’t be how we judge signings tho

  4. This is a real good workout,

     

    1-2

     

    A real competition exactly what we need with Europe coming up

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