I love that tonight there are Ibrox fan media reps scrambling to deny – doubtless steered by their club – that their club was ever interested in the Honduran winger Luis Palma.
That’s absolute nonsense, that is.
They were linked with him all summer and their own sites carried literally dozens of stories on him. The media in Greece confirms they submitted several bids.
The noise on this was constant, not just weeks of it but two months of it.
They were very confident of getting him too, although his club made it clear that it considered their offers derisory and none came anywhere near what they wanted for him.
I have no idea if he’s a good player or not, but his stats are decent and they were well interested in signing him, there is no doubt about that at all. They could never agree terms with his club, and all the talk went quiet although there was a modest revival of it when The Mooch claimed that he wants a signing to replace Ryan Kent. Palma plays on the same side of the pitch.
It just so happens to be the same side of the pitch as Jota played and where we’re looking for a footballer. There is a lot of speculation linking us to others, like Fraser and Podence, but this one intrigues me and interests me in a way neither of those deals automatically did. Maybe it’s because for months the media has been telling us he’s a wonderkid.
How sweet it would be if all that coverage, and the drooling of the Ibrox supporters, was all over a player who would up at Celtic Park instead. I thinking that would be as hilarious as anything that has happened here for a while.
Provided he can do it on the park.
Nobody knows if we have made a serious offer for him or not.
The whole thing could be smoke and mirrors, or outright nonsense.
Or we might be in talks and confident of closing the deal. But Ibrox’s panic radar is beeping loudly and rather than just admit that for them he was the one who got away they actually rushed to get the word out that he was never one of their targets. Everyone in the Scottish media knows full well that he was.
They are hyper-sensitive on this one, and that has certainly made me think that there’s something in the story. If we get a player they were after and he turns out to be a superstar then serious questions will be asked of their club and its signing policy, which they are lucky has been overshadowed this past week by talk about ours.
Because their transfer window looks to have been an utter waste.
No wonder they are worried about this. The next few days will tell us what’s really going on here, but in the meantime the Ibrox fan sites which are denying what all of us know are just making themselves sound ridiculous.