There is no scrambling at Celtic Park today folks. None whatsoever.
The deal for the big Dane looks as if it is proceeding apace, and he should join us soon. The fee – whether we pay it now or later, as some reports have suggested – will be a knock-down one.
It is fantastic, and intelligent, business.
Adding another player to this squad is rubbing people’s noses in it, to be frank.
I’m not saying that the manager doesn’t need this guy – he is coming in to take one of the positions which are going to be key going forward – but a lot of outside observers are aghast.
Mostly because they recognise it for what it is; a raw demonstration of power.
The team selection last night was a display of power too. Not many sides can afford to switch out nine players and still be confident of victory, especially at a ground where we have occasionally struggled. There was no fear in that decision last night.
Celtic has been doing this all through the transfer window so far. A lot of people, especially across the city, have been determined not to notice that because they live living in their wee illusion that their club is in a better place than ours.
But the displays of power have become too obvious to ignore.
They said that we hadn’t actually made our team stronger because the bulk of the money has gone out on Jota and Carter Vickers, but this Celtic team is immeasurably better off than it was and the proof of it was in the almost casual way we went about dismantling Ross County last night with nine changes from the weekend.
Celtic is sending out a message that we intend to get stronger.
Not just to maintain our current strength but to push the boat out farther than ever.
The money Ange has been allowed to spend has easily surpassed what previous Celtic bosses were given, and he has utilised all of it brilliantly and brought a better class of player here than we’ve seen in a long time.
This club is no longer shy about these demonstrations of strength and intent. Celtic is doing what we’ve wanted to see the club do for years now; to build when we’re strong and we’re on top and to keep on pushing to be better.
It’s a huge change from days gone by, and a sign that at last we are flexing our considerable muscle to assure that we stay where we are.