T minus 35 hours


T minus 35 hours as the transfer window reaches its interesting stage, as clubs make consider what their final options will be.  Celtic have an already bloated squad and are looking to offload in several areas, while hoping to add a left back, striker and possibly keeper.

The left back requirement was originally for backup to Greg Taylor, while a striker is required as cover (and an in-game sub) for Kyogo.  There are short-term concerns at both acquiring positions.  Greg’s recent injury means he could be out for games away to Aberdeen, Hibs and St Mirren.

Japan and South Korea’s continued participation in the Asian Cup means we are without Oh, our normal alternate for Kyogo, and Daizen Maeda, who has played through the middle when required.

Celtic are considering various options for both positions.  How far down the list to do you go, when the acute need is only for cover, and only then for a few weeks?  It is easy to say ‘We’ll not bother with another Nat Phillips-type profile’, but the reality is, there is uncertainty.

Anyone signed right now can ‘have a Kilmarnock’, as Nat did, or we could be left without a recognised striker, pricking memories of playing Lewis Morgan up front in the 2019 League Cup Final.  No matter how sure you are, there is no right answer.

Hopefully, Gustaf Lagerbielke will get his move to Serie A.  This season’s plan for central defence was that Cameron Carter-Vickers and Maik Nawrocki would be first choice, with Gus next in line and Stephen Welsh fourth choice (and a useful Uefa B List option).  Liam Scales was due to be punted to Aberdeen.

Injuries to Carter-Vickers, Nawrocki and Welsh saw Liam thrust into the Ibrox limelight, where he rose to occasion and has since been a confirmed revelation.   A naturally left-sided central defender, he did enough to keep his place in the team, never mind the squad, so Gus has dropped from the roster, despite having performed well when asked.

David Turnbull has known a new contract was not on the table since Brendan Rodgers arrived in the summer.  He was used on Saturday, but if the proposed move to Cardiff happened it would be a good outcome for the player.

Celtic rejecting an offer from Greece for James McCarthy sounds unusual, but that’s only because we don’t know the detail.  If Celtic fold on exit terms for one player, they set a precedent that others know they can follow.  James could walk away this afternoon with everyone’s best wishes, if he wanted to.  We’ll see if anything happens.

We’re not short of wingers, at least, we won’t be when the Asian Cup ends, so there should be no surprise if Mikey Johnston makes an exit to the English Championship.

I’ve no idea how all the bed-wetters manage to get through the first 30 days of January, poor things.

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  1. The positions needed have been known since the end of last season.



    Whoever we sign now will lead to two possible questions – how far down the list of options are they and if they’re near the top, why did we leave it so late?

  2. “I’ve no idea how all the bed-wetters manage to get through the first 30 days of January, poor things”



    Easy Paul, whisky 🥃



    I was considering taking a lead from BRRB’s book of a dry Feb until I remembered it is a leap year. Now considering a deferral to 2025.

  3. The Battered Bunnet on

    We need performers in these three positions, Paul, difference makers.



    And we have the collateral to acquire them.



    We are in a sure fight for the title and the consequences that flow from that binary outcome are highly significant, upside and down.



    Poor Mike Nicholson is looking at that clock and wondering if this will be his ‘Willo Flood’ moment. He may even be wetting the bed.

  4. From @celticglasgoww twitter



    Surely some sort of protest has to happen against this board man



    Reply from @celt1c_67



    You’d think so but there’s way too many happy clappers amongst our support






    Lawwell & Co out.

  5. Surely some sort of protest has to happen against this board man





  6. What is the Starz on

    God bless Peter Lawwell, keeping the green flag flying despite the begrudgers naysayers and malcontents

  7. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    New signings would be nice, but even if they don’t happen I’d deem the departures of Turnbull and Johnson to be progress.

  8. Breakthrough in Belfast (and it only cost £3bn): Sinn Fein set to run Northern Ireland for first time after dramatic late-night meeting sees DUP FINALLY agree Rishi Sunak’s sweetened deal to restore powersharing

  9. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻



    I am a happy clapper, and I was at confessions last week. The priest didn’t seem too bothered.

  10. Reading the closing lines of that “editorial” it’s no longer difficult to understand why the standards on this blog have slipped so much that reasoned debate is a thing of the past.



    The utter contempt for those with a different opinion comes from the top.



    Shocking way to refer to fellow fans who are concerned at what they are watching Paul. I thought more of you than that, that really is abysmal.

  11. What is the Starz on

    Back of the bus


    Forelock tipping


    Soup taking


    Old firm loving


    Asleep at the wheel


    Brother Walfrid turning in his grave



    Heated Driveway CSC

  12. Paul67 gets a lot of stick on these pages and never reacts. As soon as he has a wee humorous dig at unnamed collectives such as “bed-wetters” he is taken to task.



    As Sammy Olsen used to say – If you can’t take it, don’t give it.

  13. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    Ohhh, the arrogance vibe is strong in this one. Poor Pedro and his boy getting a hard time. Diddums.



    Like I said last night, prepare to be underwhelmed. We’re back to Lawwellball.



    Be great to see all those bhoys get decent moves and the squad does need surgery….because we bloated it out with this summer’s 💩show. Hope Tillio also gets a move.



    Meantime let the bed wetters eat cake.

  14. The “Willo Flood” moment is one of Celtic’s biggest myths. We’d have been better not buying anybody that window- as Willo played in only 5 matches- mostly as a sub.



    We did not lose that league because of a transfer window. We lost it whilst in a winning position in the 2nd last game of the season- and the guy that we were clamouring to buy in that window- Steven Fletcher- was playing for Hibs that day in that 0:0 bore draw. Steven Fletcher had a poorer performance than the poor 13 Celts who played that day. Willo was an unused sub.



    If the transfer window had been the real problem, we wouldn’t have been leading with 2 games to negotiate. It’s just wishful thinking to “What If?” it to imagine that other signings would have got us to the end in better shape. We provided Tony Mowbray with a very effective Robbie Keane ( 3 times the player Steven Fletcher was) loan transfer in January- how did that work out in actuality?

  15. What is the Starz on

    Groundhog day…



    Well Groundhog month and we have 2 of them every year…August and January



    Weeping wailing and gnashing of teeth because that dammed tyrant Lawwell is undermining the club to make sure Rangers win the league



    Grow up

  16. There’s a very good chance that Oh will be available for Saturday (Yang also). South Korea play Saudi Arabia in a few hours and the Saudis are favourites to progress. We should still be looking (way before now, of course) to bring in a better striker and left back, than what we currently have. I’m sure a certain CEO said that we look to come out every transfer window, stronger 😂😂

  17. What is the Starz on



    Get the last of your Pitchforks


    Burning torches also available…


    3 furra pound

  18. The Battered Bunnet on




    It’s the legacy impact to reputation that was the point of my clumsy wee analogy.



    But worthwhile to remember that Robbie Keane delivered 12 goals in 16 league games; a performer and no mistake.



    Unfortunately, his manager wasn’t.




  19. onenightinlisbon on

    If there are no additions to the squad are we really confident that under the present manager we can go on to win the double with the players we have?

  20. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Looking for COVER for Taylor and Kyogo? Wow, real ambition!


    As for the bed-wetters, who knows – maybe they are used to being told that doing your business early is the way to go?

  21. Wits @12:38



    You brought me right back to the Barras, behind Bairds bar with that wee quip – nice one.



    PS I’ll have 2 pitchforks and a burning torch… I make it $1.27 😂

  22. bournesouprecipe on




    I remember Flotsam and Jetsam back in the days of the ole Burn’ssssss Howf © DBBIA



    Deadline day CSC

  23. ONIL



    “If there are no additions to the squad are we really confident that under the present manager we can go on to win the double with the players we have?”





    I am confident we can but not confident we will. I am never confident we will because that is complacency.



    If we don’t, I am sure we will blame it on the “Kuhn Window” (though, given last night’s post, that might be a phrase to be avoided).

  24. Looking at the number of clubs through GB that have not signed anyone, or have only gone in for loan deals, there must be a lot of cake being eaten, never mind the bed linen that needs to be washed.

  25. “bed wetters”



    i remember the halcyon days when celtic (not plc) would try and improve the team in all positions not wait till a position became “open” before we would put a better player in….maybe that why we are so shite to watch now. we just accept as you are suggesting. instead of wanting to improve.



    my 650 quid is not being used well


    and neither is everyone elses



    i will still support, but i wont stand idly by and accept something i know is not right.


    very much like the spineless western government we are all ruled by

  26. 30TH JANUARY 2024 12:59 PM



    You’ve got a great memory.



    Sorry buddy , comes across as entitlement, get a grip.

  27. onenightinlisbon on




    You have to wonder if we even got a few players in would it change us with Rodgers style of play…



    The huns getting handed £60m fills me with fear, they will without doubt do what hwe don’t with the money..

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