“Celtic transfer priorities could force signing compromise in key area” screams The Daily Record’s Monday Jury. That, in fact, is a re-write of the original headline, which can still be seen on Newsnow and the other aggregators. It reads “Mounting Celtic transfer expense could force signing compromise in key area.”
I guess that one was a little too obvious even for them. The effort to find some kind of negative in the Carter Vickers deal is extraordinary. These people cannot believe that we’ve gone out and made such a big signing. Which is reflected in the piece.
The discussion is actually about who we partner Carter Vickers with, with the inference being that Starfelt – who was excellent last season – is not up to snuff. The suggestion is also being mooted that we spent so much on Carter Vickers that options are limited.
This is fanciful nonsense. It feeds into this barmy idea that somehow the size of the fee for the big American caught us by surprise; it didn’t, as it was agreed beforehand. On top of that, you have to love the idea that somehow we are the ones who are skint! It’s their favourite club which is trying desperately to sell because it can’t buy otherwise.
It’s not our club’s fans who are peeing their pants over one of their players accidently posting a picture of the Wolves training ground on Instagram. The media is following suit and getting all excided although Bassey can’t possibly be there as he’s still on international duty (and is actually playing right now) for Nigeria.
Trying to paint Celtic’s transfer situation as though we were in some sort of bad shape is only one facet of what this desperate publication is up to.
On their last “Jury” they were talking about the Ibrox club might not need many signings … so even as they claim that we do (but might not be able to afford it) they are claiming that Ibrox doesn’t need any but has plenty of money just in case.
We don’t need to make “compromises.” We know what’s in the budget, we knew what we’d have to spend getting the loanees here and what would be left in the kitty afterwards. We have the Champions League cash. We have no problems with debt. We are, as ever, in good financial nick … the mad fantasies of the Sevconuts aside, all’s well in our house.
The Record clearly has some difficulty with that.
That’s what happens when you let your inherent biases get in the way of objective reporting.
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