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. bournesouprecipe on

    !!BADA BING!! on 30TH JANUARY 2024 6:26 PM



    McKenna to Copenhagen







  2. bournesouprecipe on

    !!BADA BING!! on 30TH JANUARY 2024 6:03 PM



    Seems CCV is seeing a specialist in London….transfer blocked






    Makes sense to me

  3. Korea pushing for a goal with Saudi dead on their feet – yet kinsman won’t put on Oh – not even to take a penalty. Obviously not showing up in training

  4. onenightinlisbon on

    SAINT STIVS on 30TH JANUARY 2024 6:38 see me owning my own house, i think it makes me entitled to do whatever i want with is.



    why wouldnt the same apply to the owners of celtic plc.




    why would anyone think they should listen to 20,000 opinions from football watchers.



    i was down the greenock quay during the summer shouting at the cruise ship captains “you dont know what your doing, i can do it better than you”.




  5. Dermot Desmond




    Dermot Desmond is the club’s largest shareholder, occupying 34.64% of the shares, at a valuation of £51 million.






    you know how a plc works dont you, just get the funds together and go ake the guy an offer.

  6. Christopher David Trainer holds the second largest amount of shares at 11.02%, at a valuation of £16 million.



    As the third largest shareholder, James Mark Keane holds a 6.247% stake in the club. Keane is the owner of Woollen Mill and Kiltane,



    Thomas Allison holds a 3.549% stake in Celtic while occupying a position on the board of directors. He has held a position since 2001 and holds much more influence than Trainer and Keane who although have a greater stake in the club, are not members of the board of directors. He’s been referred to as the’ eyes and ears’ of Dermot Desmond so has considerable importance at the club.



    Minor shareholders


    The rest of Celtic’s equity is owned by various investment companies, alongside Swiss bank Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA and also club Chairman Peter Lawwell. The Celtic Trust have been running a campaign which targets owning 5% of the club.

  7. you would have thought a player with a injury issue would have to pass a medical before being offered a long term contract extension.

  8. bournesouprecipe on

    Transfer Style guide (8)



    And there it is…………” GERS ISSUE HANDS OFF WARNING “ over Butland bid



    Oh my giddy Aunt CSC

  9. Tom ,



    I can only find Peter Lawwell as having 0.35% shareholding of preference shares with voting rights.



    I will ask him next time he phones

  10. Gers issue hands off warnign to forrest.



    then, the wee mouth piece for them, who never gets a thinn g correct, ever, tells us on clyde, start the bidding at 10 mill but hold out for 15, but that would be the difference of winning a treble or not,



    and shankland will be at ibrox tomorrow.



    wah wah wah.




    butland this years morelos.



    do you know he has never saves a penalty for the rangers.

  11. Wonder now that S Korea are thru we may be more inclined to spend some cash for a loan or a transfer striker….

  12. boondock saint on

    I saw on a Scotsman headline that player JETS in to talks with THE Rangers.


    Now I know it is a real transfer window, with the jetting and the swooping and spending of thems.


    It seems that they buy their drinks at the Klansman with credit cards, whereas as we get hammered using gingies. Sorry just watched Still game during my break in class.

  13. SAINT STIVS @ 6:38 PM,



    You obviously have the same opinion about running a PLC as the Celtic Board do.



    However that is not the case.



    Let me give you a couple of examples.



    When Brendan Rodgers and staff left Celtic, the PLC had negotiated a 9 mn pound compensation package.



    They kept this information secret, the share price fell, a shareholder – Lindsell Train bought shares at the reduced rate.



    Peter Lawwell’s return to the PLC as Chairman was kept secret, at the AGM just before the announcement shareholders were not informed, although some shareholders clearly knew the appointment was going to be announced.



    Despite what you say, PLC’s are not allowed to operate in this fashion, Celtic are not a private company, Celtic do not have a majority shareholder.



    Even if they did, there are still fiduciary undertakings the Directors are responsible for.



    This clandestine, hoarding money, eye watering renumeration packages, bonuses etc is totally out of order.



    When you are talking about a football club even more so, they have a duty to all stakeholders and the wider community.



    Charles Green did not own Rangers history.



    The Celtic PLC Board do not own Celtic’s history.



    Hail Hail

  14. CELTIC40ME



    They’re doing it again aren’t they. Winning the transfer window.






    Thats a fair point, what have they spent and who have they brought in??

  15. It appears the bold Jeffrey has surrendered. His pals in East Belfast will be organising a bonfire as I type. Shame 🫠

  16. Go tell the Spartim on

    So you bought some shares, one time purchase, don’t need to pony up anytime soon.



    It’s our money they’re hoarding not theirs, no ones asking anyone to dip into their own pockets.



    See reference to modest remuneration, god help PL maybe we should set up a go fund me page for him.



    I’m more interested in my team being the best it can be, some are more interested in bumchumming with poorly paid directors

  17. Tom McLaughlin on

    So let’s get this straight. Celtic in negotiation with Lecce re sale of Lagerbielke. They then hear that our key defender — CCV — has to go to London to see a specialist due to a niggling injury and the bedwetters are on here laughing at and ridiculing the club for pulling the plug on Lagerbielke’s transfer.



    That just demonstrates the true mentality of these people.



    Sure as hell, if Lagerbielke was sold, the same clowns would be on here slaughtering the club for letting him go while CCV is crocked.

  18. CHAIRBHOY on 30TH JANUARY 2024 7:11 PM


    SAINT STIVS @ 6:38 PM,







    You obviously have the same opinion about running a PLC as the Celtic Board do.







    However that is not the case.








    I can pick holes in all the items you list there.



    The Board do not have to disclose all their operational decisions to all the shareholders.



    They allow the Executive Directors to manage the business. They report to the stock market for things that could materially impact the share price.



    It is that simple.



    If you believe Lindsell Train gained with insider knowldege did you report them to the stock exchange ?

  19. TOM MCLAUGHLIN on 30TH JANUARY 2024 7:23 PM









    My mistake. I meant less than 0.4%






    wasnt a dig, i just thougth i had missed something, cheers.

  20. STEBHOY on 30TH JANUARY 2024 6:09 PM



    if ccv is injured we need more than Lagerbielke! this window is turning into a shambles. Celtic want players off the books before we spend. total lack of ambition.



    AT-Is that right,like your your previous comment yang/oh why do you deduce they are ‘not to be trusted’,bet you couldnt name another member of korean squad.


    Ccv js in London gettin checked,Lagerbielke if picked will dk a job,…thing is you love writhin in your depressed shoit



    Dont underestimate the psychological side of the game – the media, fan disgruntlement etc.. we are a loss or draw away from collapse.



    AT – the side we have been dealing with since Celtic were formed.Take your meeda(paid hoors&Cellic wannabees and ram it.Your at the shit stirring,a draw away from being a shite bag,feel free to bolt,i want Celtic men and woman that will carry us to the title,stop being so gullible and flakey to what we do as a club.you are showing psychological weakness for the task ahead,just you,reekin of negativity and gullible to every hun rumour goin.i used to climb in my younger day i wouldnt let you near a rope.shape up man




    why bring in Rodgers if we are not going to support him!



    AT- Wtf is that comment meant to say,your just spray gunnin with the faecal matter,be rational with your criticism,greetin face girn isnae the word for it



    I look forward to you gettin behind Celtic




  21. Tom McLaughlin on




    That’s is the biggest load of rubbish you have just posted. Absolute nonsensical, made-up garbage.



    You might get lucky, but here’s hoping you have a good lawyer.



    Now you’ll deny ever posting it 😂

  22. Bottom line is this.


    Paradise , Celtic Park, Parkhead, more like Poundland to me



    Disgraceful set of affairs all round.




  23. Kinglubo



    Was in poundland at the weekend



    Nothing is a quid anymore



    its all £2, £3 and £5



    Lawell works his magic again….

  24. TOM MCLAUGHLIN @ 7:27 PM,



    Those are facts, easily verifiable if your basic comprehension skills are up to speed.



    Seen the inside of many a Lawyers’ office, have no desire to see another one quite frankly.



    No one is going to waste a Lawyer’s time and their time and money on what is clear and verifiable facts.



    Hail Hail