Chris Wilder Is The One Talking Nonsense About Alleged “Celtic Snub” For McGree.

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If you’ve ever been stood up on a date, or failed to win a competition in which you thought you had a chance, or been turned down for a job interview you were sure you had in the bag, you have two choices; you can do a lot of self-analysis and recrimination and then convince yourself you never wanted it to begin with, or you can suck it up and move on.

When it comes to the transfer deal for the Aussie midfielder, Celtic has already sucked it up and moved on.

There’s nothing wrong with reminding yourself that you would have been the better choice –that’s human nature and there’s a little justified egotism in it – but it’s important not to dwell.

We have no intention of doing so, and this thing would be forgotten already.

Except for Chris Wilder, who went in front of the cameras today and talked … well, outright nonsense.

Insulting nonsense.

It’s like going to the pub with your mates after your date has failed to show, only to see her in the bar with another guy before she spots you and runs over blathering on about it being a pal from work and she just got the nights confused.

You know that feeling that the person you’re talking to thinks you’re a mug?

Well that’s a bit like how I felt listening to what came out of his mouth today.

“There is a lot of nonsense being written which I need to get to the bottom of in terms of blowing other clubs out of the water with fees and in terms of wages,” he said.

“That’s not just with Riley, that’s with Flo [Balogun] and with Aaron Connolly too.”

He then went on to make a convoluted case for why those players “wanted” to be there.

Ange himself made no bones about this; he got the impression that Riley simply preferred what was on offer at the club from England’s second tier.

Everyone knows this comes down to money.

What else is it about?

A better standard of football?

Than what?

The SPFL? I daresay it is, but he’ll never play in Europe and the Premier League is a distant dream which their club has been having on and off for the last five years.

They’ve spent fortunes trying to go back up and this season is another long shot.

He didn’t sign for money?

Because footballers are known for their charitable outlook, and for turning down the cash, aren’t they?

Was it the bright lights of Middlesbrough which appealed?

As a Glasgow boy I’m not disparaging any city as a weird place to want to live, but their biggest local attraction for theatregoers remains the Town Hall, there is no Newton Mearns and Loch Lomond is not conveniently situated just up the road for a short drive away.

Say whatever you like, but Celtic is a sexier option by far, and I don’t mind losing out to the money because we do play in a league which isn’t rolling in cash and his new club has not been afraid to spend stupidly to return to the even stupider Promised Land of the EPL, but I do mind being spoon-fed a lot of bullshit that the money wasn’t the clincher.

Kid yourself on as you like, Wilder, but really … you’re not convincing anybody else.

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  • Mark B says:

    Money affects most all moves. So yes he went for money, but we lose out on a player we wanted. Yes we signed three from Japan but not for huge money and that is great but we need to keep spending to catch up. Centre Half, Left back, Jota, CCV. Today’s report that Rangers* spent 100m to win the title is about right by my calculation. Their board has put money IN to their squad. Contrast this with us taking 100m in transfer fees the last three years and that money moving OUT of the squad. Also with our board especially Lawell taking 3m in salary – astonishing. It truly is heart breaking. Its clear why they sit top of the league and are favourites to get the 30m CL money. We must spend more and get some aerial threat to stop goals from set pieces and to score some!. Sadly, we dont seem to be getting there after yet another transfer window that promised but has not yet delivered.

    • Brian says:

      Spot on I’ve been saying the same for ages. Our aerial threat in box boxes is absolutely terrible and we do nothing about it transfer window after window. Not to mention injury after injury.

      • Christina says:

        I also agree re aerial threat, I would also like a bit of MMA material in there too ? doesn’t look like we’re gonna get any players of this ilk though!

    • Seppington says:

      Yet more misery from Mark B who never posts anything but miserable pish.

      They have spent £100m over the course of their existence to win one title. They are only favourites to get that cash in the media and on their forums, not with our fans.
      Sevco have spent £100m on 99.9% utter pish. We virtually gifted them that title last year. No crowds, no opposition, a dream scenario for their pishy hopeless squad to come good with a little help from the Brethren. There’s a long way to go in this season to claw back those points, even withou the derby games to come. Why are you so pessimistic? Nothing but negativity from you, I seriously am beginning to think you are indeed a hunfiltrator.

  • Jimmy love says:

    Just wish yae used wine and cheese party . Rather than the Pub as Del Boy says what a plonker

  • Stephen says:

    I like Ange’s attitude if they whoever they may be don’t want to be here we move on.
    The shirt doesn’t shrink and all that.

  • Bentrider says:

    The Middlesbrough equivalent of Newton Mearns would be Ingleby Barwick although well-off footballers might prefer Yarm, Eaglescliffe or one of the small, picturesque towns in the vicinity and the North York Moors and lots of scenic coastline are a mere stone’s throw away. (I sound like the local Tourist Board).

    I agree about the football side of things, though.

  • John says:

    totally agree with seppington on this one. This guy Mark B is the most miserable sod on earth. would hate to be sitting next to him at the game.

  • Roonsa says:

    I honestly don’t know why anyone cares what Wilder said. He’s a dick. We move on.

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