What a rascal that Neil Lennon is, laughing off interest in Amido Balde while leading us all down the Kevin Doyle road last week, then Amido pitches up at Celtic Park, complete with obligatory Celtic scarf, before heading for some scans and time plugged -up with on the running machine today.
Amido’s road to Celtic Park has not been straight. He was released by Sporting Lisbon last year without kicking a ball for them, but he has spent a year in a competitive league playing against some Champions League defences, so Celtic will have a fair idea of what kind of player he is.
Does he have the technique? Does he have the physique? Does he have the temperament? John Park and the scouts will have given Neil Lennon lots of information on these elements of Amido, so there should be no surprises.
This is even more true of Balde than of last season’s twin striking signings, Lassad and Miku (trivia question of the future, Who led the line for Celtic when they beat Barcelona in 2012?). Both arrived in the final days of the window, with options expiring all around and beggars choosing.
As always, the most important hope for any transfer window is that the manager and scouts get their first choices. That assured, we’ll do alright.
11 June and first piece of transfer speculation. Held the tide as long as I could.
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