With the expected departure of Giakoumakis set to be confirmed in the next few days, and our fourth signing already in the building as his replacement, we seem to be heading into the last few days of the transfer window in a state of calm and with peace of mind. I’d say that’s unusual but in fact it is becoming the norm for Celtic.
And that, of course, is certainly a good thing as far as we’re all concerned.
It’s nice to be getting used to transfer windows which slide closed with a pleasant sound instead of those which rattle in a gale force wind, or slam closed with enough to force to break things. We’ve seen nail-biters go to the wire without deals getting done, and we’ve seen others where painful departures have happened last minute.
None of that will happen here. I’d be very surprised if we go into the final day of the window with anything still to do, and that may lack the drama of years gone by but it will not induce stress headaches either, and that has to be a net gain.
Earlier in the week, I wrote about how Ibrox is facing the opposite. An end to the window fraught with uncertainty. They have one deal over the line, but reports from Belgium today say they and Standard Liege are still far apart on a transfer fee for Raskin, and of course Swansea are digging their heels in over their own boy Whittaker.
So there will be Ibrox deals which go to the wire, incoming deals anyway. But perhaps more crucially, their fans have started to wake up to the full scale of the disaster they are facing in the summer and most of them cannot believe their club is sleepwalking towards it.
Morelos is being “offered to Inter Milan” was the headline which screamed out at them yesterday, and I daresay that he is. He’s probably been offered to half the teams in Serie A and to other leagues beyond that. Kent’s agent is free to talk to clubs and you better believe he’s been doing the same thing, going round teams in England for discussions.
There are other players at their club facing similar choices. The Mooch was talking the other day about Filip Helander and how they still hope to keep him; this is how desperate they are of course, and a sure sign of how little money there is in the kitty for players that they are considering extending that guy’s deal.
On top of that, they spent the early part of the window trying to find a buyer for Glen Kamara. They failed. They are now focussed on hoping that there is a bid for Hagi, which I think is as forlorn a hope as they have ever clung to. Something has to give, or the manager is going to have to do a lot of rebuilding on very little money in the summer.
This is now, at least, becoming clear to their fans … and they are worried and they are right to be.
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Robert Downey says:
January 27, 2023 at 1:26 pm
Fredo ‘offered’ tae Inter. Aye no bad. Just what the fat ned needs eh ! A city that’ll be rich in its diversity of amazin pasta dishes. Clearly, Inter havenae seen a recent pic of him and the terrible effect that McDonalds can have on a man. More chips anyone !?
9 first team players out of contract or going back to their club in the summer well unless rangers meet valuation of £6-7m.
For me Sakala is their only sellable asset and that would be around £5m at a push.
Why would anyone come in for hagi, can’t recall the last time he played. Helander they will be keen to offload free in June.
Kent may go but it will be for 6 figures, potentially the same for Morelos but I doubt he’d get the same slary elsewhere, no big team interested. Wouldn’t be surprised if he accepted a new deal and is heralded as their big ticket item for next season. Well Morelos and probably Jack who is 31 this year.
Their new boy is apparently a £50m player, only the rangers can get a 50 mill player for free, great piece of business.
Beale will need to be very creative in the transfer market this month and for next season if he gets an option of a second season. No trophies this season may seal his fate.
As long as the daily Record fan boys scoops have their daily diet of the Rangers printed , everything will smell and look good ! For example ,just today one of them described his pet project team as ‘transfer hungry ‘ . Not a syllable in his story about where the money is coming from to pay for the team transformation or how bad the finances really are down Ibrox way . Notice how there was no information about the Cantwell transfer financials ,only an obedient toeing of the party line without any coverage !
The PANIC button has been pressed over there with half that squad on life support and should the window close with Cuntwell the only Ian Bealing signing they will turn on SHARPISH.
Don’t give a Flying F*ck who they sign or offload in the transfer window. Its of no relevance to us. As long as we continue to do our business in the correct manner I’ll be happy. IMHO Ange Mark Lawell and Michael Nicholson have delivered so far. Of course not every signing will be a success but they will be moved on swiftly as per GG who I don’t think fully bought into the team ethos. Unless Sevco are going to sign Mbappe, Neymar and Messi before the window closes I think I’ll sleep at night
The huns are shopping in the bargain basement for speculative quality players and they still cannot get them over the line as they attempt to undercut the selling clubs. They are in a real state and Beale must be regretting ditching QPR in favour of this clusterfuck of a club. Then again they probably deserve each other, a marriage made in hell to be sure.
I agree with this post, we know they are struggling, they have been trying to sell Morelos for years, same for Kent.
No takers, speaks for itself.
They can talk all the nonsense they like, the only people who will listen to that are the deluded.
We deal in actions, not talking.
When February starts , that’s when the cards are on the table.
Then we will see how cocky the cockney gobshite is.
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