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Today’s Transfer Report Suggests That Ange Is Ready To Solve Celtic’s Left Back Dilemma.

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The report in today’s papers linking Celtic with a move for the Hammarby defender Mohanad Jeahze, who plays for the Iraqi national team. He is a left back and he’s 25 years old, putting him firmly within our age and experience bracket.

Jeahze was the subject of a bid from Lech Poznan of Poland earlier in this campaign, which the Swedish club turned down flat. He has since become one of the most exciting players in their national league.

It would make sense for Celtic to be looking there.

According to the report, Ange views the left back position as a key priority for the summer window, and would like the business done quickly. Although the likelihood is that Celtic will be able to skip European qualifiers for the first time in a long time, it seems clear that the manager would like at least some of his business done in a brisk manner.

This is a real change of pace for Celtic; the slowness of our transfer business is one of the things that the club, rightly, has gotten stick for over the years.

f we really are looking to get deals over the line early in the summer that means we’ve definitely learned some lessons from previous years, and if Ange is prioritising a left back then that too suggests that for the first time in a long time we have a guy in the dugout who sees clearly what we all see and doesn’t play favourites.

This story comes as Greg Taylor emerges as one of the unlikely heroes of this campaign.

His interview with the media over the weekend, where he talked about how Ange has installed a really family feeling around the club was highly impressive, and Taylor will certainly have a role to play even if we’re signing a player for his position.

As this campaign has ably demonstrated, it’s a long campaign and you need to be able to chop and change and rotate as necessary.

The manager has a good eye for a player – this we can see clearly in the business he’s already done – but as Taylor said he also has a good sense for who will fit into the club and enhance the atmosphere around it.

This is the first transfer rumour of many, but if the particulars of it are right – that this has been identified as a key part of the strengthening and that the boss wants the business done in a timely manner so his new players are available to start training with the rest of the team – then we’re going to have a very good, and very interesting summer.

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  • Sean says:

    Who is this player, a mean I’m sorry to not be getting excited, but we are going into the champions league, a mean a left back from Iraq. We should be aiming higher than that in my opinion. Surely we can push the boat out just a tad for next season.

    • Seppington says:

      “Who is this player”…”A left back from Iraq”…

      Why so dismissive?

      You’d think folk would know better by now than to pre-judge in this fashion, given how Ange was treated when he came and how such derision looks ridiculous now.

      If he was playing in the EPL would you care he was from Iraq? In my opinion you’d pay £10-15m for a player from the English championship that would be no better than a £2m player from one of the so-called “lesser leagues”. Price and/or place of birth are not indicators of true value…

  • Johnny Green says:

    It doesn’t matter where a player comes from, all that matters is that we trust our manager’s decisions in choosing the right player for the job, and that trust for me is already justified from our now firmly bedded in Japanese contingent.

  • Sean says:

    The reason is because we have been caught cold in Europe before with this philosophy, we are going into the champions league, I think maybe 1 or 2 guys who are known, and can hit the ground running. These types of players are ok for Scotland, because Scottish teams are absolute garbage. If we want to have a decent go of Europe next season, we should push the boat out just a little. Because I’m not wanting us knocked out again early, and the usual oh the title is more important, and our rivals are having an extended run.

    • Seppington says:

      In all honesty had you heard of Kyogo or O’Riley? They hit the ground running and didn’t cost very much and with regards to Europe this season the players were still gelling so I think next season may be different. A handful of new faces and ship out some of the deadwood and we’ll be raring to go. No need to squander money for the sake of it. My point is that we’d need to be spending much more than we can afford for “known” quality and it isn’t even a guarantee of success (see Ramsay at the shiteheap). Plus with big fees there tends to come big egos but that’s not the kind of person Ange wants for the squad, and in Ange I trust…

  • SSMPM says:

    How much would Tierney cost? That’s an example of a proven quality left back, who just out of interest came from a backwater league in many people’s eyes.
    If Ange sees something in Jeahze then a bit of trust in the manager wouldn’t go amiss. Its still early days and we can’t have all the sweeties at once. It may not happen but we’re looking ahead, ahead of we usually are at this time of year so again progress at a club.
    Ange has excelled this season with his selection of players, he’s undertaken a massive overhaul and it seems like job done with 4 games to go. A bit of faith and trust in the man, which is all we have really, would be better than the moaning faced bitch approach

  • SSMPM says:

    Ahead of where we usually are … Jeahze

  • Sean says:

    We need better players, not theses project players, who are just a complete waste of money. Ange signed Liam scales in that position, looks like a dud to be honest. We need to sign better players than we have for champions league football. Or it will be another out of Europe with a whimper, and the usual, the title is more important. A mean our rivals are in a euro semi final this Thursday, it’s about time Europe became a priority again. Celtic were always a good European side, over these last 6, 7 years we have been like the ayr utd of Scotland in Europe.

    • Michael McCartney says:

      what a moaner you are Sean. We’re going to win an unlikely League title and you go for all the negatives as usual. In the 1st half of this season Ange worked miracles to keep us in the League race but even though we were struggling we managed to get 9 points in our Europa league group and ran Leverkusen and Real Betis very close away from home. This was a big improvement from the previous season and I’m sure this year will see more improvement in Europe.
      You talk about signing Champion League standard players while we can only afford 2 to 8 million pound players because of the population size in the country we play. Ange has to make astute signings and weld them into a more than competent team. This is what he is doing.
      The team you are praising from Ibrox have done really well to reach the Europa League semis but in their easier group they qualified for the last 32 with 8 points whilst we didn’t with 9 points. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Let’s just enjoy the next 4 games and celebrate one of the best League Titles this century

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