I’m not going to name the Celtic site which, this evening, has taken a story about Celtic not being interested in Jordan Larsson and turned it into one about how we were snubbed by him. I will spare them that embarrassment.
But I will say that if you are a Celtic blogger and you are taking your cue from the mainstream media and elaborating even on their version of a story to put an anti-Celtic slant on it which doesn’t appear in the original then you are definitely in the wrong movie.
The story of the evening is simple enough without anyone needing to gild the lily.
Celtic has turned down the chance to sign the Son of the King, and for most people that will occasion sighs of relief.
I’m disappointed myself, because I can separate the talents of the father from the talents of his kid, and wouldn’t have expected similar magic … but he’s a Swedish international, he knows what we’re all about and he’s available for free.
To me, it was a pretty obvious one to move in on.
But of course, I’m not the Celtic manager and the man at the helm gets the final call on this stuff and if we’re telling the hacks that we’re turning down the opportunity that means that the big guy has been asked about it, done his homework and answered in the negative. His judgement is infinitely greater than mine. His view is all that counts.
The boss will have ideas of his own about who he wants, and you could not get a more potent demonstration of his total command of the club than this.
I know there are people inside Celtic who would have relished the marketing opportunities here and would have signed the contracts themselves just to get it over the line … but those people don’t have the final say in the football operation, and nor should they either.
Ange has a specific criteria and clearly the player comes up short as to what he wants.
Whether the boss thinks he’d cost too much in wages, or he wouldn’t fit into the system or that he just lacks certain qualities which the manager values highly, his decision is final.
This story is now nipped in the bud.
It’s a dead issue and we can all move on.
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