There seems to be more trials at Lennoxtown than in the Sherriff Court at the moment with a rumoured 5 players hanging around trying to get deals.
Those known to be in the dock are Le Mans defender Ibrahima Camara, Vojvodina forward Slaven Stjepanovic, “Mexican World Cup Star Pablo Barrera” – an insider has already admitted that Pablo “might be a tough one to conclude because he has other good offers to think about” and also they haven’t asked him to go on trial – and, the one that has caused the most print, “veteran” George Boateng.
“Georgie Bhoy” is up to see if he will be “tempted by paradise” this time round after being tempted by Hull City’s “£40,000 a week” last time we were interested in him.
In a bid to either “secure a sensational career swansong” or “build up his fitness” the “veteran” midfielder who we are informed that “was released by Hull City to reduce costs” not because he was too old issued a stern “I will talk when the time is right” to someone which bodes well for a man who see’s himself as a “midfield enforcer“.
With us in talks also to sign Sol Campbell and Jimmy Bullard – “the situation with Sol Campbell and Jimmy Bullard hasn’t changed” humped a Celtic “insider” plus on Bullard “it remains to be seen whether Lennon has the will or the means to bring both (Bullard and Boateng) on board” – we are getting the feel of not the Glasgow Galacticos but the Greying Greens that are nearing bus pass age but are still game.
Though Boateng is definitely not going grey. The accompanying pictures to this story show him looking like one of those scary bouncers that Jordon employs to punch photographers at her numerous weddings but while having the look of Samuel L Jackson if he had spent time on Humberside and not with Robert Carlyle or being chased by CGI mutant sharks who, it was claimed, were more intelligent than your average R*ngers fan.
The average age of the midfield my be reduced to about 56 if “efforts to persuade Joe Ledley to reject a lucrative offer” from Stoke Cityare successful. “Free agent ” Ledley arrived in Glasgow yesterday and to a “closer look at homes in the Glasgow area” with a guy in an ill fitting suit talking about wardrobe space, comfortable dinning areas and built-in appliances.
The Diary has someone coming to see his house tomorrow night. I wonder if Ledley is looking to buy an end terrace ex-council house in a housing estate that resembles Helsmand Province on a Friday and Saturday night.
It’s a jump up from Tiger Bay. I’ll let you know if it is him that visits.
With all these trialists The Diary’s mind wanders to that week when we had De La Pena and Dani on trial. Dani went on to win the Portuguese version of Strictly Come Dancing while De LA Pena faded into obscurity via a UEFA Cup Final and scoring winning goals in the Cataluña Derby.
We should be thankful for these trials.
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