Football fans, managers, officials, full coach loads of families, lead singers of bands and also, if he was still around now, Ghandi would have got giddy and all hyper in transfer season, I believe he would have found great enlightenment in the news that Celtic had signed Joe Ledley from under the noses of english premiership teams.
Loans, loans, loans, we have had a fair few. Welsh, pocket sized plutonium, Craig Bellamy was one of our loan ‘humdingers’ in recent years and more recently so was Robbie “I like the bench at Spurs, when compared to people in Glasgow dropping before me in deep puddles so I can walk over them without a splash” Keane, (Yes Robbie some of us would have done that for you probably not Craig Burley or Charlie Nicholas but all the same ‘yer shoes wouldnae go wet’ you could have been a greater Ghod if you stayed).
Well It is these types of players that make us go crazy. Big names on loan, it sounds like a provident mans blackbook for celebs on the rocks who owe him money.
In these times were a majority of our whole first team is breathing new life I have come to the conclusion that ‘Big’ name signings will be mentioned in essence with our team name but the further question is when was the last time a major signing came to us over any other team? (Can Ledley be counted? He was certainly the best midfield player in the English Championship)
We have had lots of links in the past. An ancient Rivaldo, Van Der Vaart whilst playing in Germany, once Brazilian wonder striker Amoroso, the man who probably invented stamina Cafu, Paulo “I will still be playing with a catheter on ” Maldini, Bellamy again and Damien Duff to name a few. The thing is all of these linked names just makes the potential of signing Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, Moby Dick and Freddy Krueger all the more likely.
I think we have been lucky with some transfers but we will not get Shay Given on loan or other. The only way we will get a signing off him is if I turn upto the release of a new book of his and by chance he is doing an autograph session that day in waterstones.
I have slowly come to face the facts that “To Sean All The Best From Shay” sadly does not articulate towards the fact that any contract has been signed for Celtic Football Club.
I doubt we would get him on loan anyways as we have a decent keeper (for now) with Forster. I believe if we did get Given it would just cause a stir that we would not need right now especially when the team is still in its ‘settling’ period.
We don’t need Shay anyways? Do we? Hes not going to be in the nets against ICT nor will he be in the pegs against Hibs.
‘Given’ time I think Forster (If he stays maybe), Zaluska or Cervi all have the minerals to be decent Celtic goalkeepers. I’m not saying they will be another super Artur Boruc or even a Magnus Hedman or Jonathan Gould. I am saying that some Celtic players grow into the ‘Jersey’ and they make it ‘fit’. Who knows what we have already sitting in our squad.
Focus forward to the cup match against ICT and lets hope Lenny fields a half decent squad or even a little mixture of youth and experience to rattle a few in against them. No predictions from me but a win is a must and a good cup run could give a few of our players more match experience which for a squad that is growing by the game could be vital in building a great team spirit and cohesion for the season ahead.
I now throw it to you, the congregation.
What are your views on the goalkeeping predicament as it is?
Do we need another keeper? Is it too early to tell if we need one yet?
Will Cervi or even Zaluska get a chance to shine?
Any views on the next match against ICT?
Will we get another ‘super caley go ballistic celtic are atrocious?’ in the red top papers or will we get a good win? (That they will probably label ‘Celtic scrape through’)