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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. Dukla look a lot sharper than we do, when does their season start and how many friendly’s have they played ?

  2. Pogmathonyahun aka Laird of the Smiles on

    I know we are probably not in the market for another midfielder but that boy Hanousek, the goalscorer is a bit of a player. He will not be at Dukla for much longer before one of the other big European clubs come in for him.

     

    Poor goal. Fans an not looking good so far.

  3. Regarding Ciftci’s disciplinary record…

     

    Dixie Deans had a dreadful disciplinary record when he joined us…

     

    It got sorted…jildy quick.

     

    Ciftci is still not my choice..but we have to trust RD on this…

     

    Here’s hoping..

     

    HH

  4. are they trying to get more goals against in 1 game, than they had in a league season ?

  5. Until RD tells our defence to DEFEND and not try to impersonate Beckenbauer…

     

    we’ll struggle against good teams.

     

    This isn’t new btw…

  6. petec,

     

    Cheers certainly much further on in their preseason campaign, explains a bit.

  7. IniquitousIV on

    Johansen with another dreadful corner, straight into the keeper’s arms. This is becoming a habit.

  8. Anybody know if Cifti is banned for his bite? Or are the SFA waiting to see if he signs for us?

  9. IniquitousIV on

    According to the link kindly provided by Petec, Dukla have 10 friendlies. This is the 6th. They haven’t lost any games and have scored 21 goals so far.

  10. Holding up ROI on players as a trophy is always going to be a boomerang.

     

     

    Rather than this spin from Paul67 on behalf of Lawwell , the other side of the coin is that our CEO weakened the time in successive transfer windows. The downsizing was only halted in the last window. Let’s see the outcome of this one.

     

     

    Yep we have taken money in from England however at least tell the whole story with the downsizing while our CEO trousers £1M/ year with or without CL qualification.

     

     

    Ps. Charlie Mulgrew needs to move on. The decline continues and he cannot be anywhere near CL qualifiers.

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