For the last two days now another brazen, ridiculous anti-Celtic story has been circulating online. It seems to have a life force of its own this, because no matter how stupid it is this story simply will not die.
It has popped up before. It will certainly pop up again.
Cameron Carter Vickers, wanted by other clubs.
Well, of course he is. He’s a quality footballer.
And it just so happens that the situation with him is the same as the situation has been since he signed on the dotted line for us on the final day of the summer window; he is our player until this season ends and beyond that if he wants to be.
We have the first option. That’s the long and short of it.
Other clubs can circle him as they please.
They can want whatever they like.
Spurs will have ideas about what to charge for him if he decides to explore his opportunities elsewhere, but if he wants to stick around Celtic Park for the immediate future then there’s nothing anyone else can do about it.
These are complete non-stories. It’s all designed to spook us but I don’t feel spooked. It’s the same as the situation with Jota; these guys will be made an offer by Celtic and until they make a decision on that everybody else is out of the running.
Furthermore, let’s imagine neither player wants to extend his stay at Parkhead.
Is that necessarily a disaster?
The manager has shown an uncanny ability to spot a player.
To sign these guys would cost us £12 million in total. That’s almost half the total cost of the rebuild so far.
To be honest, I would not be terribly disappointed if we spent that money on four new players instead of just two although Carter Vickers and Jota are exceptional footballers.
So I refuse to worry about any of this nonsense, for nonsense is all that it is.
We are in pole position on both of them and that will not change no matter how many of these appalling stories the media puts up to suggest otherwise.