The transfer window is closed, and with it you would think the media’s ability to make mischief. But never fear, they will be doing that for as long as we are following our club and tonight The Record has a vintage piece of it, linking Liel Abada with a summer move.
“Liel Abada faces Celtic transfer poser as Southampton hold back on winter move for summer ‘preference’” screams the headline. They’re not even particularly original, having cut and pasted much of their text from an article in The Athletic.
But The Record chose to put that headline over the piece, implying that the player faces some kind of dilemma over something that might not even happen.
You have to marvel at this lot. We’re less than 48 into the final act of this season and these people are trying to flog one of our players to Southampton in four month’s time. Did you ever believe, as I once did, that the media was meant to talk our game up?
Well that’s a laugh, isn’t it? That’s no more than a joke. If they get a chance, the slightest chance, the merest chance, to do us down then they’ll take it and not even hesitate.
Abada, of course, is an outstanding footballer, of course, and a critical part of the team. He’s one of those guys we’d like to keep on an extended contract and I think we’ve got a good chance of getting him to sign one.
But the press loves to do this. It loves to remind players of what lies just over the horizon. The thing is, what might lie over the horizon, for Southampton, would rule them out of any race for Abada completely, and even the prospect of it should serve as a warning to him.
Because it’s not great success that they sit on the cusp of at the moment, it’s relegation. If Everton get their act together it might be the club from St Mary’s who go down instead, and then I think even the idea of this goes by the boards quickly.
Abada will not be at Celtic forever, but his quality will assure that when he does go that we get a whopping great fee for him. I predict it won’t be to the likes of Southampton either. In the meantime, though, you would think the media in this country would be enjoying the presence of such a talent. If he was playing at Ibrox they certainly would be.
Their problem is that he isn’t.
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I have to be honest, he is my least favourite Celtic player by some margin. The past 2 games he has been totally inept. He cannot beat his opponent and when he is not moving and trying to hold a position he is worse than useless. Probably a minority opinion but there you go
Tend to agree certainly no world beater
Your not in the minority – young yeah but no way a starter in the big games – ange like him tho
My favourite hunskelper. HH
Like the SFA, the meedjits in the SMSM are only interested in furthering the prospects of one klub.
They don’t give a shit about any other club, and if doing down Celtic in particular helps to favour the huns then so much the better.
What they fail to see is how damaging this is to football in Scotland, including to the national team, and yet they whinge and whine when Scotland fail year on year to progress or qualify for major competitions.
So long as these people persist, Scotland will continue to remain a footballing backwater.
So take a bow Wee Chick, Lord HeeHaw Cowan, McIntyre, Keech Jackshun, Spew Heavins et al.
You do your country proud.
Southhampton rank rotten won’t be in the epl next season .
Think this is another case of his agent convincing him he is actually better than he is at the present.
So many have jumped too early and drift from club to club albeit with a very healthy bank balance.
O’Riley is in danger of the same mistake.
We heard about these “whopping great fees” we would get for Giakoumakis and Jelovic
and you saw the outcome. Abada always looks to me, as does O’Riley, that he would rather be anywhere but Glasgow.
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