Posted on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 by Sean
No more nonsense about the gers from me for the moment. They are going down the pan, kaboot, people talking about a “fiorentina / leeds” scenario but if it happens it happens.
We are 10 points clear even without the gers deduction, so they don’t deserve any real significant exposure so my focus is on our Bhoys in particularly today.
We are sat comfortably in number 1, pole position this is not by default either. 10 points clear without the deduction speaks echelons in footballing terms.
Success does breathe life into anybody and it is this success that is making us contenders for a few names especially goalkeepers.
We have again been linked to young Spanish hotshot keeper Raul Fernandez.
The Atletico Bilbao young gun is currently a number 2 at the club, but Lennon is looking for a number 1 as a back up plan should a deal for big Fraser fall through.
Alan Pardew / Mike Ashley, or whoever makes the decisions, possibly the latter. may make it difficult for us to sign Forster out and out due to the fact his performance this season has been brilliant.
20 clean sheets in a season will add value to any goalkeeper on the planet no matter what league he is in. It all depends on Newcastles situation at the end of Forsters loan spell with us.
Newcastle have Tim Krul and Ste Harper still in their ranks. Krul has been in sensational form but should the Toon look to move forward they may let Harper go which could then lead to them retaining the services of Forster.
The case is big Fraser wants first team football and he is getting it in bucket loads with us so why would he want to stay with Newcastle?
Newcastle are a big club in stature and no disrespect to them but I believe Fraser will have more success with Celtic and a wider birth into the footballing world with some European action almost promised every season. He is almost guaranteed silverware this season and that should be the epitome, the icing if you will that will bring Fraser back for more.
In terms of Lenny searching searching for goalkeepers I am not sure how realistic the claims of the press are.
According to the press: -
“Fernandez’s contract expires in the summer and Celtic are believed to be willing to offer him a three-year deal according to reports in Spain.”
This synchronously coincides with Fraser’s deal coming to an end, now the press are gullible at times to push stories that sound logical, the only logic being the dates. In this case I think the chances of this deal happening are below 15% due to the fact our focus is on retaining Fraser’s duties.
The press could have linked us with anybody who can put on a pair of goalkeeping gloves straight and still pushed the logical button as the dates make it sound suffice.
My view – Fraser is the way forwards but if not give our youth a shot towards the end of this season, give them first team game time and test them.
On another level a big congratulations to Charlie Mulgrew (enbauer). The now Celtic utility man will be a fully fledged international tonight for Scotland. He deserves it so we should all give him a round of applause for finally getting the nod after his sensational form, highlights – his thunderbolt which I have bookmarked and have watched many times. All the best to Charlie in the international scene and may he return to our ranks 100% fit.
Finally I get round to Juarez. What should Lenny do with him? Does he deserve a run in the back end of the season? He started so well and now is back with us I believe we should at least give him another chance.
I do not want him to be another failed player from the ‘Americas’ who never really did much with us. I believe a second chance is always vital especially with some players to make sure we are not making any mistakes in letting decent players slip from our hands.
Comments welcome as always Bhoys and Ghirls.
Views on our goalkeeper situation? What would you do?
Charlies international call up, should it have come sooner?
Juarez, does he deserve another shot in the team?