Celtic are linked with two transfer moves tonight, and nothing could better demonstrate the sheer contempt people at our club have for the supporters than the nature of these.
In the week we’ve been knocked out of the Champions League groups, as the club tries to get back on its feet, we are linked with two more players fitting into the broad outlines of the now colossally failed “strategy” … and these are even more bizarre and worrying than what’s come before.
We have, it seems, made a £500,000 move for young Ryan Christie of Inverness.
I like Christie.
He’s a fantastic young footballer but does anyone think he will strengthen the team in any way at the present time?
Of course not.
He’s clearly not an experienced player, which is what we desperately, clearly, obviously need … and what’s more, the people who have sanctioned this offer know his limitations full well because the word is that he’s going to be allowed to go back to the Highland club on loan.
Is it just me who wonders why in God’s name we’re bothering?
Why we’re giving Inverness money that we could be spending elsewhere?
This is baffling. Absolutely baffling.
We’ve just lost as much as £15 million in a week … so of course it makes sense to give away £500,000 more.
At the same time, we’re linked with a loan move for 21 year old Manchester United reserve defender Tyler Blackett.
(Yes, I had to look him up too.)
I’ll tell you, it’s bad enough that we’re locked into this diabolical cycle of signing young players, “developing them” and then selling them off … but the latest transfer policy of the club is even more scandalous and contemptible.
We now develop other clubs players for them.
So this, then, is the future.
Signing Scottish youth and developing English teams young players.
Do we have a hope in Hell of getting even one little bit better with this in place?
Do we stand even a ghost of a chance of making this squad into one that can compete?
We better hope – we better hope to God – that our domestic rivals don’t sufficiently get their act together over the next few years to seriously challenge us, because we are not remotely in a position to hold that challenge off whilst we’re also playing European football, in permanent flux, whilst we pursue the policies of a Hibs or a Dundee Utd.
Because that’s where this garbage is taking us.
Today’s developments are outrageous and the contempt they demonstrate for the supporters is breath-taking.
We are facing six very tough games, and I said in the earlier article that we need to sign at least one proven player, someone with European experience.
He doesn’t have to be elite, but he has to know his way around this level.
An offer than makes no sense whatsoever as it squanders resources without strengthening the playing squad … and an offer to help Manchester United blood one of their youngsters.
It benefits them without doing anything to help our own future prospects.
What a shambles this is.
And Ronny Deila is going right along with it.
If this was another club I’d be watching in rapt fascination as the manager placed his own head on the chopping block and readied himself for the axe.
Watching it happen at Celtic is infuriating and depressing, especially when this guy is better than that and we’re essentially helping ruin his reputation.
I have never been so scunnered with this club.
It really is becoming an embarrassment.