Kevin Nisbet Will Never Be An Adequate Replacement For Giakoumakis At Celtic.

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Last week, I wrote a story about Kevin Nisbet and I asked whether or not he’d be a target for our club.

It was not an endorsement of signing him as a first or second choice. The story was actually about whether or not, in the event that we were looking for a backup player, that he might be the guy we looked at. Third choice, in other words.

Because Kevin Nisbet is not, and will never be, a better player than Giorgios Giakoumakis and if we signed him to replace the Greek that would not be a step forward in any way, shape or form.

This team is supposed to be all about improvement.

It is supposed to be about growing and shaping itself into a team capable of going places in Europe.

We are not dropping the big Greek for an SPL level footballer and calling that progress.

As a backup option and squad player you can see the merit in this. But as the main guy challenging the starter it would be a backward step of immense proportions instead of a deal that suggested progress. We give this club credit right now for the imagination it shows in the transfer market. You know what a move like this would say? That we’re running out of ideas.

A global transfer search has not led us to Easter Road.

From a transfer strategy which has drawn plaudits from far and wide to one which sells our assets on the cheap to buy from the SPL … that would not only be underwhelming but a tragic reversal at a time when everything seemed in our reach.

I am in favour of signing Scottish born players, and I have said this repeatedly. I would be broadly supportive of signing Nisbet as a backup player, in particular because it would meet our squad registration needs for playing in Europe.

But don’t mistake that with me saying that any player in the country right now is of a standard to get us there and progress us there … that’s far from the case and fans will support Giakoumakis and others going only if their replacements do what the manager has long spoken of … if they take us to the next level. This plainly would not.

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  • Peterbrady says:

    This is all white noise and obstifacation all that matters is Celtic winning scoring goals in Ange we trust .sevco are irrelevant media lies irrelevant SFA and it’s corrupt officials irrelevant just keep winning just keep scoring goals HAIL! HAIL!

  • SSMPM says:

    Pretty much what I wrote the other day when this nonsense first raised its head so couldn’t agree more. I’ve heard a lot of Celtic fans shouting out for a Nesbit transfer bid, the same ones that moan about other players at the club not being at the next level. Crazy.
    This would be a backward step, not the progress Ange promised, and with such a small transfer fee for GG it just does not make sense.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    No Celtic class imo. Money should be spent on a striker that looks a better prospect and will nae doubt cost a bit more. Of course we need squad players, tho payin the money for another striker who would be up there in the 1st – 2nd choice bracket, would make more sense and be a far more positive move.

  • Charles says:

    100% correct. This guy is only being highlighted again because he is the only striker Hibs have. A few seasons back Ian McCall that highly successful manager released him from Ayr Utd due to his lack of commitment in training. Is that the kind of guy we need to improve. Eh now!!!

  • Sophie Johnstone says:

    Would do us a turn in the SPL but not of required next level

  • Tom Foolery says:

    A fully fit Nesbit is a better goal scorer than Kyogo. Whether he’d be a better bench warmer than GG who, imo, is also a better goal scorer than Kyogo, who knows. But i think the better question should be does he want to come to Celtic and just like GG play second fiddle to an inferior goal scorer?

  • Johnny Green says:

    James, you like Greg Taylor, who is at his very best an ordinary LB and not good enough for Celtic. Yet Nisbet in your opinion is not good enough for us. I like Nisbet, he is a natural goal scorer, but my only concern would be that Hibs would want more than he is probably worth. However, I would take a punt on him being our third striker behind Kyogo and Maeda.

  • jrm63 says:

    I would keep GG. But the question that must be asked is why does no team of any real standing want him? He is available for peanuts. An English championship sidec could easily afford him. No one wanted him at Venlo either. Could it be he has no pace whatsoever and his distribution of the ball is bad. Both were apparent at Ibrox. Kevin Nisbet is scoring goals regularly for Hibs. He could for Celtic too. Basically we create overloads in wide areas and the ball is flashed across the area. That is what Angeball is. Nisbet could handle that I am sure

  • Marie Pollak says:

    Rubbish. He would be a great signing. He will only get better playing for Celtic.

  • Seppington says:

    Is he good enough? I don’t know, but one thing to consider is the “Ange effect” and what it might do to improve his quality. Ralston and Taylor look like different players since Ange got to work with them…who’s to say Nisbet wouldn’t improve massively under his expert tutelage?

    Just a thought…

    • Kevan McKeown says:

      Tutelage ? Did you make that up ! Don’t think he is good enough. Tho just my opinionage.

      • Seppington says:

        There’s this groovy book called a “dictionary”, might be worth a look…

        I haven’t seen enough of the lad to give an opinion but given how much derision was aimed at Ralston before the age of Ange and the way he plays now I wouldn’t be surprised if he improved at CP.

        • Kevan McKeown says:

          Read the dictionary some time ago. Wisnae much story wise. Tho if ye look, was actually havin a wee bit of fun at maself there as well, in ma comment about the punctuation. Anyway, Nisbet, no for me, don’t see it in him. Keep the money for a better prospect.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    At least ye don’t put yer punctuation in the wrang place.

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  • SSMPM says:

    The Polish lad looks like a better prospect in terms of developmental progress but it’s very much pay your money and take your chance if he can become a CL man. But if we are to go for a SPL standard forward as a 2nd/3rd choice with a chance of progress then, I’d prefer Ross Stewart, big, rugged, aggressive, good in the air and at putting the ball in the net. Could have had Toney.

  • John S says:

    Hypothesis: Nisbet or Ronaldo ? Which would be best for club and team ?

  • Gordon Ashley says:

    Nisbett is an excellent striker and will prove you and a lot of others wrong if he signs, imo he’s better than giak and on a par with kyogo

  • Frank Connelly says:

    Agree with jm63. GG hold up play and distribution bang average. He’s a penalty box striker pure and simple but he does not withstanding the penalty claim on Saturday give away some daft fouls in dangerous areas at times also. On a separate note I assumed we were rolling in dosh with CL funds to come. If we sell they two for big money then any incoming valuation will go up accordingly. Am a bit worried if the money is there and it surely is why replacements are not already in the door

  • Scud Missile says:

    Having a go at RAB C and telling us he ain’t good enough to start with us,well should Hibs be us tomorrow night and Rab C scores and contributes to that win you will be eating your words.
    Which could then open the door for sevco to buy him if he is scoring against us,remember they are looking for SPFL players to do the business for them on the cheap,Rab C might just be that player.
    I wouldn’t be to hard on him he might come back and bite us on the arse.

    • Voice of Reason says:

      What the Fuk are u on about ya Dik? We’re playing St. Mirren 2mro ngt! I honestly think u are BENNY fae Crossroads ya Walliper but wan things fur sure ur as Thick as Fukin SHIT!!

  • Michael Duffy says:

    I’m a big fan of GG but I believe Kevin Nisbet would score a barrow load of goals for the Celtic. But like John Mcginn we will let him slip through our fingers and some English club will snap him up or god forbid rangers. We have spent millions on players that couldn’t hit a barn door, unlike this guy who can score.

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