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Odsonne the target on day football holds its breath

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Celtic’s objective for today is to add a striker, who is happy to take his chances at Celtic behind Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele. The target (as you will know) is 19-year-old France youth international Odsonne Edouard.

We have agreed a loan with Celtic having the option to buy for an eight-figure sum. There remains a complication between player and current club, Paris Saint-Germain, which all parties are hoping will resolve, but this one has the potential to go to the wire.

Odsonne is regarded by manager, scouts and coaches at Celtic as an absolute star. He made four starts for Toulouse in Ligue 1 last season before off-field matters got in the way (which I’ll not trivialise, but we’ll deal with at a later date). He is a player who needs to leave Paris for new influences in a fresh environment. The move to Celtic could be the break he needs.

The initial loan period gives the player a chance to resolve any legacy issues before Celtic commit to breaking transfer records.

The manager has been impressed by Odsonne’s attitude thus far. He knows he would be the junior party in a three-man attacking roster, and that his objectives for the season is to press those above him.

In the coming weeks, our fit 19-year-old central defender will be joined by three more-senior team-mates. Competing with Kristoffer Ajer for fourth spot is only likely to be attractive to another teenage prodigy. I don’t expect movement on this front.

At this stage of the window, the chances of anyone near the first team being allowed to leave are reducing, but there are a lot of worried teams with >£100m of TV money out there. Enough to fund transfer fees and provide wages to unsettle the most faithful of stalwarts.

There will be calls made, you can be sure of that. I know some people at Celtic Park who will be happy people after 23:00 tonight, when the window in England closes, without any of our players being unsettled.

Enjoy your day, let’s hope Odsonne’s details are sorted and no one waves £50k per week-type money before our players.

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  1. CORKCELT on 31ST AUGUST 2017 10:22 AM

     

    The transfer price is the headline figure but ongoing wages are a huge factor, 30k a week is now considered a fairly average football wage that is 1.5 million a year.

     

     

    When we hang on to bhoys like Armstrong & bring Paddy in on loan we are not acting as cheapskates we are spending millions.

     

     

    We are working towards a smaller more high value squad leaving a bit of room for some of the Academy lads to step up. It is the right policy but if we are hit by a spate of injuries we can be vulnerable.

     

     

    If we get the PSG Bhoy in, we are only a centre half away from an outstanding transfer window.

  2. Paul 67,

     

     

    Totally agree.

     

     

    But brace yourself for a full onslaught from the board bashing, card carrying Board bashing doomsayers.

     

     

    HH.

  3. To get this boy in,another of the host of young French superstars ,with the option to buy after a year ,will be great business.Him,Ntcham,Paddy,best window I can remember.Not one of the brilliant squad from last year sold.

     

    Not good enough for some.I hate cliches,but I will be avoiding this site today “Like the Plague”.

     

    A shower of foaming at the mouth spoiled brats.

  4. Let’s hope that none of the cash-bloated EPL clubs take note of our moves re. Odsonne and try to take advantage of our excellent scouting system by waving fat cheque books in the direction of his agent.

     

    I really do despise the EPL, and the people who see fit to throw billions at their clubs whilst offering a pittance to Scottish Football.

  5. I’m a board bashing card carrying Board basher and I am pwoud, weallie pwoud.

     

     

    MWD says don’t spend a penny Celtic. Sell all your players. The ongoing costs are shocking!

  6. Paul67 – trying to introduce some logic and reason on the site on transfer deadline day. That will never catch on.

     

     

    spendspendspendcsc

  7. Good headline Paul.Trying to get across the difficulty of getting in a Centre Half,CL ready,to be 3rd choice when all are fit,is an impossible task.We are talking 15 million.We have seen the prices paid,and quoted.Makes not a jot of difference to the Board haters,and thats all it is.When Brendan says he is delighted with the Boards backing,they are either ignoring him,or saying he is a liar.Its one or the other.

  8. MOONBEAMSWD on 31ST AUGUST 2017 10:36 AM

     

    I’m a board bashing card carrying Board basher and I am pwoud, weallie pwoud.

     

     

     

    MWD says don’t spend a penny Celtic. Sell all your players. The ongoing costs are shocking!

     

     

     

    Thats like a post from a petulant,spoiled brat.

  9. TRADITIONALIST88 on 31ST AUGUST 2017 10:33 AM

     

    I assume he can play against PSG, if required?

     

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Yes.

  10. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Isn’t 4th in line for one of two positions, nearer the first team than 3rd in line for one position?

     

     

    Boyata is untested at CL level, Eric has the heart of a lion, but lacks the pace required at CL level.

     

    Imo we need defenders more than we need strikers.

  11. But Turkeybhoy

     

     

     

    I’m a petulant spoiled brat of a board bashing board hating card carrying petulant spoiled brat of a Board bashing board hater.

     

     

    It’s only right you know.

     

     

    MWD

  12. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Well done, the guys who put the latest podcast together.

     

     

    Very interesting listen.

     

     

    I had no idea about the fella Reilly’s story, god rest his soul .

     

     

    My mate used to sing that song at karaoke about 20 years ago.

     

    I don’t think he new the inspiration for the song

  13. Any new defender wouldn’t be fourth choice, he’d be third choice at worst and given the injury record of the manager’s preferred first choice pairing then the new guy would get plenty game time. Our fourth pick has already played four competitive games out of eleven this season!

     

     

    Eduardo is obviously Dembele’s replacement when he leaves (January or next summer?) so makes sense to get him in early. Given Moussa and Griff’s injury record he’ll get plenty of opportunities this season.

  14. BATEEN BHOY on 31ST AUGUST 2017 10:34 AM

     

    Let’s hope that none of the cash-bloated EPL clubs take note of our moves re. Odsonne and try to take advantage of our excellent scouting system by waving fat cheque books in the direction of his agent.

     

     

    I am sure Brendan going to Paris,and speaking to PSG,in fluent French…., will have held up M D’s development as an example of being properly coached and looked after.HH

  15. The former leader of the Scottish Labour party Kezia Dugdale has said a magazine revealed she was gay without her consent.

     

     

    Dugdale, who stepped down as Scottish Labour leader on Tuesday, said an interview published in the Fabian Review in April 2016 disclosed her same-sex relationship despite her asking for it not to be reported.

     

     

    Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, the MSP said she regretted that her coming out was not under her control and that she was forced to “suck it up” when the article was published and publicly disclosed her sexuality.

     

     

     

    Not the greatest choice of words there Kezia.

     

     

    OOooohhhh Matron.

  16. GivehimthemoneyPeterCSC on

    My vote is for a centre half rather than another striker…

     

     

    I think Erik would have been out the door if Rivaldo had signed as he isnt quite cutting it with Brendan….it looks like we didnt have a plan B

     

     

    C’est La Vie…

  17. weebobbycollins on

    When our CBs are fit and Kouassie and Moussa are up and running again, what’s not to like about this squad? Can’t remember a stronger one for European games. Bring in the young Frenchman if possible and forget about another CB, we have what we need and can afford at the moment. Also, we have young (for me anyway) Shaun bringing through the under 20s…We are in such a good position now, the absolute envy of every team in Scotland and especially one in particular down Govan way…Rejoice and stop effin moaning.

  18. MOONBEAMSWD on 31ST AUGUST 2017 10:50 AM

     

    But Turkeybhoy

     

     

     

     

    I’m a petulant spoiled brat of a board bashing board hating card carrying petulant spoiled brat of a Board bashing board hater.

     

     

     

    It’s only right you know

     

     

     

     

    I do know,I said so did I not,so never ,never,never,speak to me again,and you are not coming to my Party.

     

    So there.

  19. A good read on E_Tims Diary today.A wee look at Celtic finances ,and Barcabhoy showing exactly whats been spent since December.

     

    Also very funny regards the Monkey mob.

  20. THEBHOYFROMU.N.C.L.E on 31ST AUGUST 2017 11:11 AM

     

    WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 31ST AUGUST 2017 11:04 AM

     

     

     

    Well said……

     

     

     

    I agree.

  21. Bateen@10.34

     

    Anyone who “purchases” Sky is culpable.

     

    When I cancelled years ago I stated the reason was the bloated amounts given to the EPL while financially starving the Scottish game even proportionately.

     

    Same applies to purchasing newspapers. Why contribute to publications whose raison d’etre appears to be for the benefit of one club thus hastening our demise (In their own myopic world).

     

    HH

  22. GIVEHIMTHEMONEYPETERCSC on 31ST AUGUST 2017 11:03 AM

     

    My vote is for a centre half rather than another striker…

     

     

     

    I think Erik would have been out the door if Rivaldo had signed as he isnt quite cutting it with Brendan….it looks like we didnt have a plan B

     

     

     

    C’est La Vie…

     

     

     

    You have proof of this.

     

     

    Of course you have,silly question.

  23. Turkeybhoy

     

     

    We have discussed this here in the Petulant Spoiled Wee Bou Board Bashing Board Hating club hall and we as Petulant spoiled wee boy board bashing board hating members of the Petulant Spoiled Wee Boy Board Bashing Board Hating club would not have accepted your invite. So there!

     

     

    MWD stick that in your pipe

  24. weebobbycollins on

    If we can get so-and-so in on loan and then after a season we sign him on a permanent deal, then eventually we can sell him on for mega-bucks…sorry, but what kind of way is that to enjoy and support your team…when Moussa leaves in January or next summer blah, blah, blah…auld fishwives…just enjoy the fact we have them and stop wishing them away…That’s the job of our MSM…

  25. PAUL67

     

     

    So that is the end of our signings this window.

     

     

    We go with the CB’s we’ve got.

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