Well, I never expected to be doing a second article today.
Honestly, I don’t get paid enough for it!
Yet here I am, and I’m glad to be doing it.
Rumours, rumours everywhere.
It seems that Huddersfield right back Tommy Smith has abandoned the club training camp tonight after saying farewell to his team-mates and his manager. Now, he’s been linked with a few clubs including Celtic, but if he’s really going we look like the more likely destination.
Smith is an experienced pro who, at 27, is the perfect age for fitting right into our team. He has enough time at the top of the game that this represents almost a zero risk signing, if indeed we’re about to complete it as the reporting suggests.
As pleased as most us have been with the early progress, and the signing of two very decent players for good money – not to mention the all-out effort we made for David Turnbull – that most supporters will breathe a big sigh of relief when we get the right back signing over the line.
It is the position, more than any other, which has haunted us for a while now.
It is early in the day to be welcoming anyone to Celtic Park, but if Tommy Smith needs a bloody lift to the ground I will give him it myself just to see that this gets finalised.
It feels like the longest search for a player in our recent history may just be over.
I will be delighted when this is finally done.