The Scottish media is occasionally good for a laugh, and today is no exception.
There are a number of stories trending today which I’m going to write about, but some of them at a much later date. One in particular is an evolving story, and I won’t touch it until it’s gone full circle.
Since we all know what that one is I’ll say only that I’m happy that a solution is being sought which brings it to a close. It is probably overdue. This is the right moment to end it.
But for now, I want to have a laugh at the expense of Barry Ferguson, who is practically begging Spurs to come in for Kyogo in January. He seems to think that if they do, we will part company with the player as though we had no choice. He’s dead wrong.
Kyogo has just signed a new deal. Spurs will have options all over the global game, if they’re still seeking a front man. In any case, Celtic would be entitled to demand an enormous sum of money at this point, and in case he missed it, we’re not exactly scrambling to find cash down the back of the sofa cushions.
We’re well placed for the future. We’ve got plenty of it.
Say Ferguson’s mad fantasy came true, and Celtic were approached about Kyogo in January. We would, I’m nearly certain, simply refuse to entertain a bid unless the player has a minimum release clause in his new deal. If he does, then it would have to be met in full and it’s not likely to be less than £20 million. That’s the hard fact of it.
If I had to assign a numerical probability to this, I’d give it a 1% chance.
Celtic certainly will not do it just because Barry Ferguson would like to see it or thinks we should. This whole idea that Ange Postecoglou will raid Celtic for players is nothing but lazy, wishful thinking on the part of the hacks.
I hate to say it, when we love the guy, but a little realism here; anyone who can pay what we’d want has better options.
And here’s the other obvious point; if we’ve got tens of millions to spend on a replacement, we’ll have better options as well.
Barry Ferguson is not going to win Mastermind any time soon.