That was a quiet week at Celtic, right? A quieter one than many of us expected it to be. Indeed, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to be nearly as peaceful as it turned out. There is virtually no chance that the next one will be like that.
Too many issues are waiting to be settled. There is Jota, there are transfer deals being worked on other than him. The reason I expect it to be a whirlwind is that the management team – complete with a new coaching setup – will want to hit the ground running in pre-season training. That starts at the end of the month.
Which means that next week is going to be critical. Expect big things.
The Jota signing will almost certainly be completed in the next seven days. If the word from abroad is right on we should also be closing the business of signing the Lanus left back Alexandro Bernabei. It could be speculation but the chatter on it is a little louder than usual and there seems to be more to it than just the usual talk.
Reports continue to link us with a number of midfielders, and centre backs, but how closely we should be following some of them I don’t know. A couple at least seem to have no more to them than that they play for the City Group.
But clearly, there are things happening and in the next seven days that is all going to come to a head. I find it hard to believe that the manager will want many issues still outstanding by the time the training kicks off. He wants the minimum disruption.
By this time next week, a lot of the questions we have are going to be answered, and I expect that the manager will be well pleased with where the club is. And so will the supporters, especially those who have already bought their season tickets.
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