As we get used to being a club which gets its transfer business done smartly and fast, it is worth remembering – cause it’s not that long ago – that it didn’t always used to be this way for us. As recently as just two January’s ago Neil Lennon got nothing at all to spend and lost a key player in what was to be his final window at the club.
The year before that he got one in the middle – Klimala – and one at the end – Soro.
We had needs in other positions which were not fulfilled. The window dragged by because it seemed that we went into without a real plan. Certainly no work had been done in advance.
It’s the 27th of the month today and Ibrox has managed to get one deal over the line and they are still low-balling on two others. It took them until this week to secure the free transfer of a Norwich City player with a reputation for huffiness and being lazy.
This is so much like a Celtic transfer window of old, feet dragging, penny pinching, dithering and waste that it’s hilarious. Their fans must be pulling their hair out.
On top of that, there’s no sign at all that their club is in a good position when it comes to the players who are out of contract, although The Mooch is talking, hilariously, about keeping guys like Helander.
To sign Nicolas Raskin will cost them a little over £1 million, if you believe reports in the media.
If he’s such a hot-shot why don’t they just pay that? Swansea’s Whittaker will cost them not much more than that. They should be able to find £2 million to get these deals done, shouldn’t they?
They are, after all, the players the manager wants most.
So what’s with the feet dragging?
Didn’t he sit in front of the media several weeks ago and promise the fans that a double or even treble signing would be made within days? He’s already dropping hints that they need to back him like Ange has been … but Ange had to sell top players for the money for his rebuild and Ibrox is fresh out of those.
More and more you get the impression that this guy is already chafing at the restrictions.
Smart people – i.e. the Celtic bloggers – have already noticed that when he spoke recently about the Whittaker deal he made sure to point out that what Swansea were saying was different from what people inside Ibrox had told him … a classic case of openly criticising his bosses which the media steadfastly refused to pick up on.
When Ange made noises about deals not being done fast enough for his liking in his first transfer window the press took notice. More importantly, so did people at Celtic and a rash of signings quickly followed. But we had the resources to do it.
Ibrox fans are facing a tense few days, both in terms of who goes out as well as who comes in. It is something we’ve had to deal with before and it’s hardly pleasant.
Watching it unfold over there is, on the other hand, which is why we should all enjoy the show.
January 27, 2023 at 11:37 am
Tony B says:
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John S says:
January 27, 2023 at 2:57 pm
Someone needs to buy that eejit a rat so as to gnaw the melanoma off his face.
Wart coupon Cockney Wanker is as big a liar as the rest of the huns so he is a very good fit for them.
Don’t believe a word he says.
Maybe the Bealy boy is playing ‘mind games ‘at this late stage of the window ! The genius tactics guru no doubt will bring in a whole new team ,just as the window slams shut with laser timing … The problem being is that the family silver was punted long ,long ago to pay for the spending spree ! How sad ..too bad …
They are embarrassing themselves with their cheap antics in this transfer window. As the old adage goes, if you spend peanuts you will end up with monkeys.
There is definitely a fake it till you make it attitude with that lot. Look at the money they raked in for Bassey, Paterson, Aribo. All these players are nowehere to be seen now. And the huns coined in £40M+ for those players with an initial outlay of heehaw.
And why is this happening? Well in no small part to the complicity of the MSM up here to bum these players up whilst they are stilling donning the blue shirt to make them out to be World Beaters whereas, in actual fact, they are just overpriced duds.
Could be another Aaron Ramsey, hopefully.
WHO CARES .
My concern would be, have we resolved our succession planning and recruitment long term or will the professionalism leave with Ange? We have precedent for this.
The huns don’t have £1M or £2M to spend on transfers. Simples.
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