With January now in everyone’s thoughts, although it seems to me that the last transfer window hasn’t long shut, there is a lot of debate about where we need to strengthen; I’ll be doing a piece on that later on. But for now, let’s focus on another question.
If Ange is going with his own knowledge, is there any player he’ll have watched in Scotland or who he might yet watch who is interesting enough to sign for us?
The early answer is no, except if he thinks that Lewis Ferguson of Aberdeen has something a bit special, and I think we all recognise that he’s one of the best options there is in the league. Nobody else truly stands out, or has stood out.
In terms of who we’ve come up against so far – and there are big games to come soon – there is not one obvious major talent, no John McGinn or Turnbull or Christie or Armstrong who just stands out a mile as being head and shoulders better than the rest.
Even accounting for the need for fresh talent in some areas of the pitch, we’ve not come across any obvious standout talent from Scotland so far. I laugh at talk about how we should have kept Gordon and Jonny Hayes. This isn’t quite what I mean.
Of course, we have Hibs to come and their side does have some talent in it. Porteous might have blotted his copybook with some as a result of another red card at the hands of a Friend of the Peepul, but I still like him and I’d take him. I’d take Doig. I am less sure than I was about Nisbet although he’s clearly a good player. Maybe just not good enough.
Motherwell look less than what they were, as do St Johnstone. Are there talents as these clubs who we would want? The double winners sold a couple of their best players in the last window and Motherwell’s midfield no longer includes Campbell.
It’s quite depressing looking at Scottish football right now, in terms of how our home grown players look. There are definitely stars in the making, it would be a weird situation if there weren’t, but all but the handful we already knew about, none have high visibility yet. Frankly, I’m more excited by some of the talents in our own youth academy.
With the lack of obvious first team capable footballers in Scotland, it’s no wonder that Ange wants to look at the market he knows best; the one in Japan. He will have his targets in mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sign a few players from that neck of the woods.
David Kenyon says:
October 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm
October 9, 2021 at 3:03 pm
Iljas Baker says:
October 9, 2021 at 3:19 pm
Tony Miller says:
October 9, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Charlie devlin says:
October 9, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Jamie McGrath at St. Mirren
He is becoming a top player, box to box
I’m looking forward to a sweep of the Asian market to Celtic, at least two or three players. I’m simply unimpressed with the standard of European player available for the money we’re prepared to pay. When you compare some of our signings over the last couple of seasons to Kyogo and the energy on show then its a no brainer really. I struggle to see the difference between a 3/4/5 million pound player and a 1 million pound player. Perhaps that’s an obvious appraisal or am I missing something cause we’ve kept buying them, Ajeti, Stargazer, etc. I have put my trust in Ange to turn this around and provide us in January with the calibre we need to progress I just hope its not to late for this season and a free entry to the CL.
“I struggle to see the difference between a 3/4/5 million pound player and a 1 million pound player. ”
I’ve been saying this for years SSMPM.
It’s especially true when players have off games or come up against opponents who have sussed them out. A lot of the time the price is not related to the qualities of the player it may relate more to the market he currently plays in, e.g. players in England.
We should definitely have kept Craig Gordon. I was totally shocked when we let him go so prematurely. Jonny Hayes is past his best though so we let him go at the right time.
Nicky devlin RB at Livie could do a job at the hoops
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