Today it’s the turn of Alison Connell to start flapping over the apparent time it is taking to get the Jota and Carter Vickers deals over the line.
It was, of course, the media who suggested those deals were imminent; all they are doing in effect is panicking over their own stupid timeline. But things don’t work according to their whims.
This is still the holiday season. Jota has been pictured off sunning himself. Players are fully entitled to do that at this time of year. Whatever business is to be done is either done already and merely waiting on the rubber stamp of the window opening or it’s waiting until people come back when it does, and then it’ll be a formality.
There is the buzzing too over Ange’s “unsigned deal” which troubles me even less than the Jota and Carter Vickers ones. He has said – and he has done so repeatedly – that he is happy at Celtic and will be here until the club decides otherwise.
And guess what?
This isn’t Rodgers, who the club knew it needed to tie down because nobody inside the walls believed a word that came out of his mouth; this is a guy the club trusts when he says that.
Celtic is quiet at the moment. Get used to that. There will be a brief flurry of activity between now and the end of the month, but that’s all it will be.
There may be little bits of business over the course of the next eight weeks, but aside from that short spell in which you’ll be refreshing your browsers every ten minutes, expect the calmest summer in years.
All the hacks are doing is justifying their own existence. Trying to create news when there seems to be nothing to write about. To me that only shows how profoundly lazy some of them have become. If clubs are spooning something into their mouths they are lost.
We all have the problem in the close season, but there is always enough happening across the game that the blogs can have their say. If the hacks are bored, then likewise there’s plenty to look into; I’ll prove it later on when I do a little retrospective piece.
What nobody should be doing is over-reacting to time-lines which didn’t exist except in the imaginations of hacks in the first place. The window opens in two days, and then we’ll see what happens. Until then, only the media is hitting the Panic button … some of them are doing it only in the hopes that it’s the rest of us who’ll panic.