Celtic have been linked with a whole barrage of players over the last 24 hours, strongly linked in some instances. While it is more fun to drool over players coming in than fret as existing players leave the club, I’m very sure that some of the reports floating around right now are the product of wishful thinking on the part of agents trying to place their players with a top European club.
For each player you read about, two others will be under consideration, and remember the golden rule, if players or agents are talking publicly, they are not talking to Celtic. It’s easy to generate screeds of column inches for you, or your client, with a few well-chosen phrases.
Ukio Bankas statement this morning that current bids for the assets of Hearts which they hold security over, specifically Tynecastle Stadium, scene of Scotland’s most famous non-assault, do not meet their valuation presents real challenge to the club. Hearts are a club capable of generating in the region of £10m. Operating the club on a budget this size will be difficult, raising enough cash to satisfy Ukio Bankas might be impossible.
Unlike the situation last year with Rangers, when Craig Whyte secured an irrevocable undertaking upon liquidation to transfer Ibrox Stadium to Sevco 5088 Ltd, Ukio Bankas liquidators are unlikely to reject a CVA but accept a lower bid for Tynecastle. Without a stadium, a Newco is unlikely. The best Hearts fans could be faced with is going “Cap in hand”, as they sing down Easter Road, to Hibs, with a request for Newco to ground-share.
Wallace Mercer was ahead of his time. Flats, flats……….
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