Yesterday, a curious story appeared which cast doubt on the endlessly negative narrative over the contract situation involving Josef Juranovic. Most of, seeing the signing of Johnston, expected that there had to be some truth in those tales and were resigning ourselves to his sale in the summer. But maybe that’s not going to happen.
Because the word around the Celtic Park campfire is that contract talks will be resumed and Celtic still wants to get an agreement on a deal. This echoes the sentiments of the player, in public anyway, that he is perfectly happy at the club and is not agitating for a transfer. His commitment on the pitch has been unquestioned. The boss has no complaints.
The Giakoumakis story was full of fire and brimstone and talk of a sale which wouldn’t even wait until the summer; it was said that his departure was imminent, come January. But as I said on this site, wait for the manager and for further developments before making any judgement on this one. I thought it incredibly unlikely that things were as bad as the reports.
Anthony Joseph has confirmed my suspicion with a recent tweet.
Not only is Giakoumakis happy to stay at the club, but the contracts talks are to be resumed with both parties are keen on reaching an agreement. And so both of these media stories has collapsed.
This doesn’t resolve one issue; someone at Celtic Park has leaked this stuff to the press, and that person should be even more ashamed tonight. I doubt very much that the person who told the media this stuff was the one who put the most negative possible spin on the stories; that would have been a decision by the media itself.
And so that person has been used by the very organisations he leaked to, and that individual should keep that in mind. They have been done up here, just as the club has and whilst the club does not deserve it that individual certainly does.
What did they think was going to happen when they told the press that the initial contract offers had been turned down? Understanding? Positive reportage? It’s utterly idiotic to have expected anything other than what we’ve had to read from the hacks.
Leakers do nothing but harm to Celtic. I still want that person found and dealt with.
But the stories themselves are coming apart, and we can all raise a glass to that.