Michael, they have taken you away… from Ibrox


If you aggregate the nods, winks and rumours around Celtic this week you might be inclined to think we’re in the market for a target-man striker with a few years’ experience under his belt.  I agree with the principle that we need a target man and I’m also of the view that short-term deals are not nearly as desirable as permanent contracts, but as we know, it’s too easy to load the club full of squad players who cumulatively cost a lot of money but scarcely trouble the first team.

Hooper, Stokes, Samaras, Bangura, Rasmussen and Murphy are all under contract for next season and we cannot be confident of attracting bids for any of those Neil Lennon might want to move on.  If we add a seventh striker, his name better be on the team sheet before Gary Hooper’s.  Signing an exotic version of Daryl Murphy would add spice to our week but would only consume scarce resources.  I’d rather not.

Co-opting a media partner works in theory.  It’s always better to have good relationships with the media than the kind of relationships Celtic perennially have, but what happens when your media partner plays with a straight bat?

Rangers media partner, STV, today report Nigerian trialist, Michael Uchebo, boarded a plane out of Glasgow a few hours after arriving (Michael, they have taken you away….) as the VVV-Venlo striker with 8 career goals to his name had “a poor first impression of” Rangers.

Michael, you clearly have a rubbish strike rate but you’re a remarkably perceptive individual.

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  1. fergus slayed the blues on



    Your worse than me on the computer at this time in the morning


    hail hail

  2. Allgreen says:


    28 January, 2012 at 07:39


    I’m not surprised that the Huns haven’t lost important players during the window yet. I am surprised that we haven’t been able to move on some of our fringe players.



    I would like to see some of the better young players go out on loan for games but hope we can shift some of our right back and centre back surplus.






    Morning. I know what you mean with the surplus, but there’s something a bit comforting in knowing there’s plenty in reserve just now, should the inevitable injuries & suspensions kick in. That said, it’s ridiculous that our young Bhoys need to go out on loan to get a taste of regular football because of the lack of reserve league football.



    I would maybe let one or two go in the meantime.






  3. Margaret McGill on

    murdochbhoy says:


    28 January, 2012 at 06:36



    There goes my Global warming theory!


    Go help me sod so help me God.

  4. Good footage of the centre forward there. Really encouraged by the type of player he looks like as I think the search for a target man \ Hartson \ Sutton type is misguided.

  5. Frank Kafka says:



    10 November, 2010 at 23:10



    May I take this opportunity of apologising profusely to Celtic Quick News for describing the away support as “scumbags” earlier tonight.



    I was carried away in my anger at some of the songs and disappointment at the result. I was angry more because, instead of getting behind the team when they most needed their support, the vocal majority turned their backs on the team and instead of Celtic songs and chants, all we heard was the other stuff.



    That said, I was completely out of order and again, I apologise for my outburst. No excuses.




    “The date and time are bolded for good reason. It will become pertinent soon enough. We haven’t seen this particular poster for a while but no doubt somebody will be on soon to defend the orphan.”



    Hail Hail

  6. Top of the morning to you all from a beautiful winter morning in Fife. The sky has been a changing picture ranging from crimson to pink as the dawn breaks. But there is a hard frost so there is a downside.


    Anyway does anybody else think that the appointment of Charlie Richmond to referee the Hibs v Rangers game is suspect?



    I think one of the most biased displays of refereeing I have ever seen was by the bold Charlie in a cup tie when Rangers took several attempts to get past Hamilton Accies (I think it was).



    Then there was the recent occasion when he was brought out of exile to allow Motherwell’s hackers to boot James Forrest all over the park.



    Other than Dallas moving over I don’t think that anything has changed with the Masons in black.



    Hibs v Rangers officials: Charlie Richmond, Gary Cheyne, Alastair Mather, and David Somers

  7. News



    it`s all about how you report it



    Radio Scotland ….Huns end their interest in Nigerian Striker ….



    even their “media” partners reported the truth



    given Whyte`s treatment of the BBC why do they continue to try to ingratiate themselves with him …




  8. Big Nan



    Richmond was parachuted in to ref our game against M`well …he allowed them to boot us off the park





    Huns desperately need to win today …Charlie`s the non-bhoy for the job

  9. My reporting is 3 weeks quicker than the Sun!



    The Celtic boss could make a shock swoop for in-form Caley Thistle winger Johnny Hayes.


    Celts are keen to land at least one new signing before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night.


    The SPL leaders are eyeing a dramatic swoop for Caley Thistle star Hayes.


    The Irishman is out of contract at the end of the season and talks have begun with boss Terry Butcher about a new deal.


    But SunSport understands there has been contact from Celtic to alert Hayes about their interest.


    That could lead to a deadline-busting swoop for him — although Lennon could wait until the summer and land him for free.


    The Parkhead club aren’t the only ones interested in Hayes with a handful of clubs in England keen to take a chance on the 24-year-old.


    But Celts-daft Hayes would jump at the chance to join his boyhood heroes.


    kitalba says:



    28 January, 2012 at 03:02



    HOW Rangers tried to sign up Lionel Messi.




    Arsenal’s Robin van Persie wanted Rangers move




    The first link is to the Sun, the second is to the Telegraph.



    If you open the link to the Sun, hover you curser over the club badges and when you get to theirs there is a wee suprise.








    Thanks SO much for pointing this out.



    I’ve done my bit by texting the info to all my hun mates.



    Even the ones without computer access!



    Luckily,I get free texts…..



    Oh,I’m gonna have some fun today,buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Serge



    what do you make of the Hayes story



    would he get a game for us



    we have Forrest/Samaras/Commons/Mccourt/McGeoch /Ibrahim ..who all play in a similar position

  12. Morning All, a bit of snow here in Germany and not likely to get above freezing all day. The Polish striker would be a great acquisition if we could get him. Seen him a few times over the last couple of years. He’s a confident player with a great final touch. Scores a good amount of headers too.

  13. PFayr



    I’ll be honest mate i have never seen him play. He knows 1 of my mates & told him 3 weeks ago he hoped to be signing. I was that certain the deal was going to go through that day i posted it on here. My mate reckons he is a great player, too good to be at ICT. Personally i think we should be selling a few midfielders not buying more, especially if he isn’t better than what we have. He also told my mate Rangers had enquired about him a week or 2 before the transfer window opened.

  14. Regarding Hayes, I heard this one a few weeks ago too. He mentioned on Twitter the other day that he was travelling to Glasgow for “a meeting”. Needless to say, young nosy B Giggsy asked him if it was Celtic-related!!



    Again, needless to say, the ignorant swine didn’t reply… :-)






  15. Blindlemonchitlin on




    I know what you mean about the BEEB. Imagine their line if we’d taken the huff and our chairman was a businessman of questionable rectitude.



    Howevah, as Kojo might say, Walter Smith has given an interview to Sportsound which is apparently about the shambles surrounding his old club which is being broadcast today. Advance notices on FF are that he will criticize the new regime and plead for proper support for his apprentice boy.


    Should be good.

  16. Just woke up to find out we have stole Brozak from rangers. My weekend off to a great start already.




  17. Rangers United ! Ha. Motherwell also as Motherwell City what is that about? Someone having a giraffe at the Sun?



    I see Pawel Brozek is causing them some consternation. This stuff is only going to get more hillarious over the next few weeks.

  18. blind…



    imo..the BEEB is so chocked fu` o huns that they can`t help sniffing up to their loved one



    with the hun deal with STV one would hav ethought that the BEEB would have thought …gloves off and give them some



    instead we get obsequious Uriah Heep fawning from them



    the slo mo car crash that is Hun FC should be a sports reporters feast

  19. Polish striker Brozek poised for move to Celtic



    HeraldScotland staff



    CELTIC last night stole the march on Old Firm rivals Rangers in the pursuit of the loan signing of Pawel Brozek, the Polish striker.



    The Trabzonspor player was thought to be in talks with the Ibrox club earlier this week, but Herald Sport understands the 28-year-old is now likely to move to Parkhead. Reports in Poland last night claimed Celtic held talks with Trabzonspor and the player’s representatives on Friday. A Celtic source confirmed Neil Lennon’s interest in the player.



    Brozek could now arrive in Glasgow this weekend to have a medical ahead of a proposed six-month loan move, with Celtic having an option to buy. Capped 32 times by Poland, Brozek made his name at Wisla Krakow before joining Trabzonspor in 2011.



    Nikica Jelavic, meanwhile, will miss Rangers’ match with Hibernian this afternoon through illness, and the manager Ally McCoist acknowledged that the Croat may have played his last game for the club as speculation heightens over a move away from Ibrox, with West Ham United leading the chase.



    “Jelavic has not trained for two days and won’t play due to a virus or a bug,” said McCoist. “The doc saw him on Wednesday night and [yesterday] morning and says he is not well. Medically, Nikica is not fit to play. That’s the truth.



    “It’s not ideal if [any potential sale] goes to the death, but I won’t lie to you. I think we all had a wee feeling that might be the case. It’s not ideal, but it’s something I can’t affect, so we need to wait and see. If he does go, I’d hope there are things I could move on. I certainly have targets.”

  20. Woo-hoo, I’m back in.



    made numerous postings last night between 9.30 and 10.30 during the quiz all of which disappeared into oblivion. It’s good to be back.



    So without much further ado, it’s a very cold, dry and frosty start to the day here in East Kilbride.



    Time for a long scroll back now.




  21. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Welcome back!



    I think you would have won the quiz last night.



    Well, equal first at least!

  22. Blindlemonchitlin on




    I know but be thankful for small mercies, I say.



    That documentary on Craig Whyte was a good job, admit it. Our wee Cellic supporting wig wearing friend told me at a con on Wednesday that he’d been asked to run an eye over it in advance and what was left on the cutting room floor was dynamite too, so they did a right good job on TMBB.



    Apropos of Craig going to Law to defend his reputation, ahem, has he instructed you to sue them? Your fee of three jam jars and and old copy of Mayfair too steep? You know how ruthless you get.

  23. HaHaHa




    “I have not been told Jelavic must go for anyone to come in.”



    That is because it is so fekin obvious!



    Aunt Sally is comedy gold…

  24. Snake Plissken on




    Better watch out mate, the Record have him as a dead cert for Ibrox.



    Hee hee

  25. I wonder if Zaluska will be having a wee word with Brozak, explaining Rangers’ financial ‘difficulties’ ;-)

  26. We’ve Gord to stop lunatics taking over the stadiums



    By Hugh Keevins on Jan 15, 12 06:27 AM




    There are times when you really miss Gordon Strachan – and now is definitely one of them.



    The wee man was on ITV London last weekend pontificating on the subject of racism in football.



    He delivered his verdict with the biting accuracy of his “Fans with devil dogs” rant when he worked at Celtic.



    The subject was Oldham Athletic’s Tom Adeyemi who was allegedly taunted at Anfield during a FA Cup tie with Liverpool.



    Paul Ince sat beside Strachan on the studio couch, either too afraid or too inarticulate to voice an opinion. But Gordon gleefully waded in, referring back for inspiration to his time in the Old Firm’s hate-fuelled atmosphere.


    Any person who goes in to a ground and spouts anti-social nonsense about race, creed or colour is defined by Strachan as a moron on entry and a moron on departure. But the extent to which clubs can be held responsible for such sub-human behaviour is highly debatable in Gordon’s eyes. And he’s right. It has taken Hibs’ new boss Pat Fenlon just weeks to make his first complaint to the police about anti-Irish insults that were hurled at him when his team played Cowdenbeath last weekend. But can a team normally watched by two men and a dog be accused of harbouring a sectarian cell of people with a grudge against Irish Catholics? A dimwit, or dimwits, wandered in to Central Park and used the facilities to demonstrate their lack of intelligence and latent feelings of religious prejudice.



    Cowdenbeath weren’t the problem, they were just the vehicle used by the passing pond life. Fenlon decided not to pursue the matter after consulting the police and now says there’s not much he can do about Scottish society’s ills. That much is certain since those of us born and brought up here have failed for over a hundred years to find any solution to sectarianism.



    But will Cowden chairman Jim Methven now be summoned to Bute House in Edinburgh to meet First Minister Alex Salmond in the wake of this public embarrassment? Of course not.



    Is there a fear that Fenlon will get more mindless abuse in copycat attacks? Very likely, and for the same reason that alleged racial abuse aimed at Rangers’ Kyle Bartley on his twitter account last week is being investigated.



    There are too many morons and not enough Gordon Strachans.



    Scott Allan even used the fear of personal attack as a reason for getting out of Dundee United and Scotland to seek sanctuary in English football, Allan thought his well-documented affection for Rangers might land him in trouble if he joined one of the Old Firm.



    The only flaw in that argument is summed up in two words, Dylan McGeouch.


    If you can play for Celtic as a kid, move to Rangers then go back to Parkhead without the need to live under the witness protection programme, then Glasgow hasn’t yet been told it is under a state of emergency.



    But I’d bring wee Gordon back here in an advisory capacity to help out our police forces and political leaders. Strachan brings a refreshing disdain for mumbo-jumbo to the party and isn’t afraid to out the morons for what they are.



    The transfer window reminds us of the extent to which the country’s standards have declined on the park, but there’s no need for acceptable behaviour to vanish too.



    Nobody in uniform at Central Park heard what was shouted at Fenlon apparently.



    Nobody got there in time to prevent Lennon being attacked by a moron at Tynecastle last season.



    Government legislation to criminalise unacceptable behaviour inside football grounds will only work if the law enforcers start enforcing when it’s necessary.



    Meantime, well done to Rangers’ Dorin Goian for revealing how his prayers to a Turkish saint, said in a Bucharest monastery, cured him of his back problems.


    Strachan might feel medical science would have done more than divine intervention – but he’d defend Goian’s right to express his beliefs without fear of retribution.



    And tell the morons where to stick their corrupt brand of theology and their knuckledragging philosophies on life in general.

  27. Philbhoy –



    I was posting all sorts of humerous nonsense and couldn’t understand why it wasn’t appearing. Anyway, I’m off to do rounds 2 – 5 now…




  28. Snake,



    They are bringing players in for trials and then telling them they are unable to offer them contracts. Do they expect the players to play for free? Don’t fret though because by accounts Aluka is going to bring over some of his drinking buddies from Nigeria. There are pub teams out there who are more affluent and dignified than Rangers at the moment.