If you’ve woken up this morning and saw Cameron Carter Vickers all over your timeline you should know that all the stories – including those which are running on Celtic sites – are taking their cue from The Daily Record, who are claiming an “exclusive.”
You know, like all those ones linking the club across town to various players and linking Morelos and Hagi with moves for massive fees.
This is the paper which got every single Ibrox story in the last fortnight 100% wrong and this one comes from one of the writers at that rag who writes almost exclusively on their club.
The way I see it, there are two real issues here, and the first is; how much do you trust the writers at The Daily Record to know stuff this big?
The answer I’d give is that it reads like something dredged up on an internet forum and presented as Actual News.
The second thing is this; the writer is claiming to know of the exact clauses in the guy’s contract.
How likely do you think that is?
There’s only one place information that important could have come from, and that’s inside Celtic Park so if you believe the writer – and it’s a ridiculous suggestion – then we don’t have a mole as much as we have a rat in the house.
Because only a rat would leak that kind of information to a tabloid which hates our guts, at such a critical time in the current campaign. Now, I ask again; how likely is it that someone at Celtic picked up a phone, called this eejit up and gave him this story?
There are a lot of Celtic sites which have lent this credibility today; that’s entirely up to them and if it got them some hits then maybe that’s all that matters, but considering the source, and what had to happen for The Record to get this story right, I personally would not have touched it with a 20-foot pole except to do as I’m doing here.
Let’s, for one minute, give the writer an incredible amount of “benefit of the doubt” though; let’s say that some piece of shit inside Celtic Park is leaking sensitive information to a newspaper which hates our living guts.
Do a proper read of it, instead of glancing at the headline.
Even if some of the facts are correct, which I doubt, there’s enough wiggle room in that story that mosasaurs could swim through it.
Imagine the clauses exist, the two that he claims, that would raise the price to £10 million.
What are they? He never reveals that.
For all we know one could be that Cameron Carter Vickers plays 10 games for England, or that he plays 20 in the Champions League … I mean this is all distant ifs, buts and maybes.
For all we know there could be a £4 million add-on fee if the guy runs down Argyle Street wearing his birthday suit. It’s about as likely to be that as this story being based on facts.
But even in the event – the unlikely event – that this story isn’t a work of Tuesday night fiction from a hack who hasn’t got his numbers for the last month and needs a big start to this one, Celtic would almost certainly not actually have to pay £10 million for Cameron Carter Vickers in the summer window.
And for that reason alone, the story is plainly idiotic.
Honestly, this is a bad way to start the day, a report which is plainly designed to stir some soup and send people panicking. It’s not the only story in mainstream press since the weekend which casts doubt over our loanees.
You always know that Celtic is building something and playing well when this kind of stuff starts to happen.
People are seriously rattled here.
And they should be, but not the Celtic fans, and not by dreck like this.