Giakoumakis, Juranovic And Why Celtic Fans Can Trust Mr Blonde.

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The most insightful, and professional, all of the villains in Reservoir Dogs is Steve Buscemi’s Mister Pink. Whatever your thoughts might be on his non-tipping, he has a clear-eyed view from the first minute of the film to the last.

He is observant and smart and is following everything happening around him. He is the first to suss that someone is a rat. He is appalled when Mr White tells him that he’s given personal details to Mr Orange. He is as cold as they come when making decisions and getting to the crux of the matter.

He trusts, completely, one other person; the person everyone else trusts least. Mr Blonde, the stone psychopath whose murder spree is what the rest of the gang thinks set off the shoot-out with police. (Which Mr Pink has seen through for the bullshit that it is; he knows the police were already there, waiting, because he knows that it was a setup.)

His reason for trusting Mr Blonde is very simple; “he’s too homicidal to be working with the cops.” It’s a sharp observation. Mr Pink is the one member of the gang who deserves to get out of the movie with his life, and with the stones because he’s the only one who sticks to the rules and does everything a professional is supposed to do.

The way he arrives at his conclusion about Mr Blonde is exactly why I trust Peter Lawwell in this saga about Juranovic and Giakoumakis. Think it through for a second. Lawwell’s reputation is built on being tight fisted and striking a hard bargain.

Does that sound as if he’s in charge of these negotiations?

Whoever else people might be blaming for this, we should not be blaming him. Whatever is going on – and something is going on, that much is clear but I defy anyone to say they know what it is – it’s not Lawwell pushing these deals through in such a hurry because he is way too focussed on the bottom line to settle for such low offers.

Celtic fans are much more sophisticated about this stuff than we’re given credit for. If somebody explains to us the need to sell Juranovic and Giakoumakis, now, for such low-ball bids, we will most probably accept what we’re told with equanimity.

It is the uncertainty and lack of information which leads to rumours. It is that which leads to people spreading false information, such as the garbage that idiot McCoist is coming out with on the radio tonight about a release clause in the deal.

Even if Celtic agreed to such a clause, would we have put it in there at a mere £1 million more than we paid for a player who had just topped the Dutch scoring charts? This is the kind of rambling nonsense that is allowed to spread when a club allows the information void to be filled by other people. We need to do a better job with this stuff.

The only other way to combat all this nonsense is to make it irrelevant. Bring in his replacement and then people aren’t going to be picking over this with so much concern. I still think the fee is appallingly low. I still don’t believe we’ll sell him for that. But if that’s how negotiations are going the one person I know I don’t blame is Lawwell.

He’s much too money oriented to allow us to be lowballed this way. Those blaming him need to take a deep breath and think for a minute. There is no way this is his handiwork.

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  • Brian says:

    Ok don’t blame him! But trust him, good god what short memory you have.

  • Frankie says:

    Well said James

  • James Connolly says:

    You are delusional if you think the same man you slated on many occasions has nothing to do what’s happening now unless your like minded like the snake he is what is your agenda please explain mr changeable

  • Nick66 says:

    Agree James. I’ve said as much on earlier blogs – yours included – Peter Lawwell is in situ regarding his, ( however unsavoury), Chairmanship of our Club, but, and I think it’s the main but, he is not involved with the actual transfer dealings. Yet I can only say this also, he really did FUP a lot as well as getting a few right. So no, absolutely no, PL is not in the building involved with transfers, and long may that continue.

  • Frank Kelly says:

    I enjoy the information void. Until the end of the window nobody knows what we’re up to.
    Carry on, I say.
    Good analogy though.

    • Stevie Bhoy says:

      Sounds like you’ve not only accepted that he’s back but now you’re asking the rest of us to now TRUST THIS GUY??????

      This man shouldn’t be allowed on a bus heading to Parkhead cross let alone be the chairman of OUR CLUB!!

      Welcome to life under Lawell pt 2 utterly utterly shameful

  • Johnny Green says:

    It sounds to me that Ange wants the players gone, that he may no longer trust their mindset and that he wants them sold as early as possible in order to get sufficient funds for their replacements, while still balancing the books and not overloading the squad.

    Then again, I might be completely wrong.

    • Seppington says:

      £3m for GG and £7 for JJ? Sufficient? That should be minimum £7m for GG and minimum £17m for JJ surely? Have we just had a massive leccy bill at CP or something to be so desperate to accept these values????

      • Johnny Green says:

        At the end of the day we will get what the highest bidder thinks they are worth, no more no less.

  • Seppington says:

    Did it ever occur to you that the accepting of low-ball offers is a Lawwell machination to justify to shareholders returning him to the CEO position with some “I’d have never let these assets go for such miniscule sums” bollocks…?

    I wouldn’t put it past the snakey bastard.

    I’m appalled you think for a second we can trust Lawwell in any way James, I thought you had more sense…

    • Dex says:

      Ange told you all himself who does the transfer dealings,Nickleson.Unless you think the manager is a liar

      • Seppington says:

        Nicholson, Lawwell’s former subordinate. Nope, no way could he be corrupted by Lawwell.
        None of us truly knows what is going on at CP but given his history at the club it’s not hard imagine PL having his slimy fingers in places they shouldn’t be.

        Ange has nothing to do with it.

    • MartinKennea says:

      Lawwell would’nt be able to keep his nose out of things . It’s just his way . He’s Desmond’s eyes and ears .

  • Johnny Green says:

    And I don’t think Peter Lawell is the boogie man either, so everyone please stop getting their knickers in a twist.

  • John says:

    Spot on James. too many who visit this site are blinded by their hatred of PL that they are not thinking straight. Where is this info coming from about GG”s sell on fee?Not Celtic Park anyway. All the gullabies willing to believe this trash from 3rd rate journalists just so they can vent their anger at PL. Sad People!

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Wouldnae get maself started about lawwell. One thing tho, yer sayin ‘Mr pink’ is the only one who deserves tae get out alive wi the stones ! Agree, tho ah don’t think he does. When he leaves the hideout and the door shuts, ye hear the police confrontin him and shots firin. Could be its what we’re meant tae think, ‘did he or didn’t he’ get away ? Anyway, same here, rootin for Mr. Pink. Just sayin.

  • Ronan Leonard says:

    Why is everyone assuming the selling prices the MSM are quoting is true? Remember this is the MSM who has constantly lied about how much Sevco received when they sold players.

    As for PL, I don’t think he has any hand in this because Ange and Nicholson are involved in the recruitment and selling of players. Ange has said this in the past and if PL was involved would we have signed 3 players so quickly without any hitches.

  • Eldraco says:

    Politely as I possibly can be.

    You have to be fucking joking.

  • Scud Missile says:

    Oh dear there are none that are so blind as to those who cannot see,you better believe LIEWELL is behind it.
    He is only back in the door 2 minutes and already players are heading in the other direction,once again splittung a winning team up Ange put together.
    He is there to undermine big Ange slowly but surely doing,players traded at low numbers with less money again for Ange to replace them if he gets the cash.
    The start of another and another day closer to Lennons return.
    Don’t be fooled by LIEWELL always remember he SHAFTED us the fans with the DENIAL of that 5 Way Agreement when he knows and everyone else knows even the dogs in the dogs in the street know he conned us with,so how James is behind him with these transfers I do not know.

  • BJM says:

    The 3 new signings were done well in advance of liewells arrival.You simply cannot trust someone who lied to every Celtic supporter concerning the corrupt 5 way agreement (stitch up).
    He is quite simply not to be trusted he would fit in better at ibrox liars and cheats.

  • NotInDoubt says:

    I am not one for sniping at people, but I think Lawell was well past his sell by date, he did a job for us when it was needed and I applaud most if not all his efforts. However rebuilding a board should be as common as rebuilding team on the pitch. Bringing Lawell back stinks of festering stagnation.

    It seems as though we were on the right track with Angeball and If Ange thinks it would be better to move a player on that doesn’t want to be at the club sooner than a large bid would come in then I would be inclined to support that.

    It’s interesting to see how the transfer of Cho Gue-Sung has gone now that Lawell is back in the door. Niggling negotiations do not give players confidence that there is a real desire for them. The fact that there have also been small leaks (He wants to join Prem L / Mainz are a better fit for him / He’s not fit , so he’s staying put). These all look like PL tactics to turn fans against a player when he knows he’s overplayed his hard ball negotiation tactics.

  • king murdy says:

    i don’t think the arrogant bastard that is lawwell is behind this – least i fukn hope not !!
    but trust him !….you are fukn kidding me….he’s is a corporate fukn snake !
    said before and got panned for it…but i say it again….i wish he’d been in his car when…….

    but the situation is puzzling…i just hope ange is ok with everything that is going on…..

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