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Michael, they have taken you away… from Ibrox

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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. Celtic target Jorge Molina has issued a come and get me call to Neil Lennon, according to media reports in Scotland.

     

    The Glasgow giants have been linked with a move for the Real Betis striker and Molina said he is ‘honoured’ to be linked with Celtic.

     

    “Every footballer in the world wants to play for Celtic. They are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and every year they are playing Champions League or Europa League.”

     

    The 29-year-old forward has been in prolific form for the la liga side, scoring 46 times in just over two seasons however Betis are in financial difficulties and may be forced to cash-in on some of their players to easy a reported debt of €60 million.

     

    Hoops manager Neil Lennon is said to be keen to bring Molina to Celtic Park before Tuesday’s transfer deadline but was candid on the subject yesterday: “I am no further down the line with any enquiries for players, if the window shuts and we go with the squad we have then fine.”

     

    However, Molina reiterated that he was interested in a move to Glasgow and said: ”I am honoured that my name has been linked with such as important club like Celtic.”

  2. Taylor confirming Celtic have few friends within the BBC makes the fall out with rangers even funnier.

     

     

    Explains also why our complaints about the comments made during half time at the Final are getting nowhere.

     

     

    HH

  3. Do any Aberdeen based Tims know if the recently re-opened Gilcomston Bar in Aberdeen is still a Celtic pub?

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

    ballabhoy

  4. MWD

     

     

    I found it interesting despite the cringeworthiness.

     

     

    The bit about the BBC is not news to us but interesting that a guy like him said it.

  5. Paul Hughes from the Sun has just tweeted

     

     

    Rangers target Pawel Brozek is in Glasgow and has passed a medical – with Celtic. #gazumped #celtic #rangers

  6. Paul Hughes = @smallshoes62 Football writer with the Sun just tweeted — Rangers target Pawel Brozek is in Glasgow and has passed a medical with Celtic.

  7. gorbalsbhoy says:

     

    28 January, 2012 at 12:12

     

     

    When he was asked if it was 100% he replied

     

     

    if it isn’t I’ll look a bit daft!!

     

     

    Looks very likely Brozek is joining the mighty hoops! Seen the youtube clip someone posted earlier. Anyone know much about this guy?

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    Further Police Officers arrested this morning in connection with allegations that the News of the World paid Police Officers for information.

     

     

    One more example of the public interest being corrupted by those charged with upholding it.

     

     

    There are rogues in all walks of life. The idea that any aspect of the Governance of Scottish football is somehow naturally immune to corrupt practice is naive or detached. The issue really is: What is the extent of it?

     

     

    Is it just a series of nudge and wink understandings?

     

     

    Is it implicit in the culture and the structure?

     

     

    Is it organised, deliberate and long standing?

     

     

    If the judgement in Rangers’ tax case is published, even if certain details are redacted, we will get an insight into the corporate approach of the SFA to their role as Guardian of football in Scotland.

     

     

    In this light and others, it is imperative that the judgement is published.

  9. Hi can anyone tell me the number for itv London (Liverpool man u game) on sky? I’ve got virgin but want to get no for my mother.

     

    Ta. MB

  10. Som mes que un club on

    Morarbhoy says:

     

    28 January, 2012 at 12:41

     

    Hi can anyone tell me the number for itv London (Liverpool man u game) on sky? I’ve got virgin but want to get no for my mother.

     

    Ta. MB

     

     

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