Losing players on your own terms


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. Laptop shut down. While its rebooting got time to comment on what I’ve seen so far.



    We’re a bit off the pace. Simple things not being done well. Occasionally some good things. Just not fitting together at the moment.



    Lustig getting caught up the park with no one covering for him leaving us open to counter with an easy ball out for them.



    Izzy mistake at heir second goal. He fell over, sure. But he was caught wrong side of his man in the first place.

  2. Stuart Armstrong is a comedian. Can he be co-commentator every game? And be playing at the same time. We could mic him up during the game.

  3. Interesting first half…..



    Izzy is struggling. GMS isn’t helping defensively.



    Biggest downer is realizing what the future holds in a world without Denayer and Virgil.



    Hoping we don’t go nuts with subs, and keep a bit of shape to proceedings.

  4. SA is very articulate.



    Would make a good lawyer.



    Or head of the CFC PR dept.







  5. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Didn’t Dukla Prague do a Sevco a few years ago?



    Are they now called “The Dukla Prague”?

  6. Winning Captains



    Tried to read latest CQN article on iPad. Fail!



    It loaded and after 10 secs or so, went blank. No error message about reloading…

  7. Tim Malone….


    In 2001 the club became known as FK Dukla Prague, but not the legal successor of the original Dukla Prague team, which had merged in 1996 to finally become 1. FK Příbram.[2]

  8. Do Dukla have a tie-up with Dukla Pumpherston?



    Maybe we should have played them instead!




  9. Celticfan1961 on

    Celtic TV commentary absolutely woeful !!! is this the best we can afford?


    Pies at new St mirren Park have a higher meat content than paradise!





    Soggy pastry too!






  11. bournesouprecipe on




    Fair do’s.



    But ‘big clubs’ sign players with worse disciplinary records than Nadir Ciftci.



    When he’s handed a Hoops jersey, it can’t won’t continue as before.



    Every transfer is a punt, and you’re right about judging by Balde Pukki etc , but we haven’t moved to a new marketplace, we are still in that budget so that’s the type of player you are likely to get.



    Exotic named players from abroad start at 2M



    As many have posted before even if we started buying 4M or even a 6M striker, if they would take our wage bracket, they are still punts.

  12. Burgas Hoops on

    These hair questions are wind-ups…………………………shirley :))))

  13. Professor Green on

    Winning Captains



    I’m having problems reading CQN magazine on the iPad. Error occurred and reloading message after 10 secs.



    Any fix for this?

  14. mighty tim supporting wee Oscar on

    Can any bhoys from Oz tell me where Adalaide CSC is or best bar to watch games in. Nephew going on Monday for a month and looking to see CL qualifiers. Thanks.










  15. I see Paul’s articles are becoming as jaundiced as the daily record headlines.



    Pretty sad when all cqn has become is a vehicle for board propaganda.

  16. Professor Green on

    Entertaining first half. Good run out for the boys.



    Poor kick out from Fasan results in a penalty, after Mulgrew allows his man to run across him and clips his heels.

  17. squire danaher on

    Reading back it sounds like DF having collective offday/nightmare dependent on one’s point of view



    There is no guarantee – despite RD’s public insistence – that VVD will be here until/beyond the end of the transfer window, and consequently the conclusion of CL qualifying.



    Is it not time to look at Lustig at CB? IMO when fit he’s the best defender at the club.



    Helsingborg 4 years ago showed Mulgrew a liability at that level.

  18. bournesouprecipe on




    Celtic with four right backs?



    Propaganda, seems like good business to me.

  19. IniquitousIV on

    The keepers at the Womens’s World Cup can kick a ball further than Fasan.


    Our corners are still as bad as they were last seaso – Johansen’s are hit directly to the Dukla keeper, who easily punches them away.

  20. Bournes we know we are going to sell VVD. We aren’t team building we are making profits. To what end?

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