The Gus Lagerbielke story which broke last night sounds, to me, like utter nonsense.
But perhaps I believe that because if it’s true then we have to conclude that behind the scenes at Celtic they really are all over the place.
Because to sell him after six months, when he comes here with such a good pedigree, and being willing to take the transfer fee we got for him suggests something has gone wrong big time. If the manager has looked at this guy and this early knows he won’t do … well, Hell, that’s some verdict on those above him, isnt’ it?
Now it might be that Rodgers finally has control of the transfer policy and is trying to correct a few of what he sees as mistakes from the summer.
I think most of us would be broadly in agreement with that, but what a message it sends to Mark Lawwell and what a vote of confidence it is in the judgement of the chairman’s son.
Hey one way or another, this doesn’t look good for him.
If we’re really cutting this guy loose because Stephen Welsh is a better long-term option, then maybe he should be following the big Swede out the door .
I mean, this is what we’re saying here; that Stephen Welsh and Liam Scales are better central defenders than the guy Lawwell recommended that we pay that money for.
And where’s Nawrocki? If he’s not challenging Scales and Carter Vickers both, then I can only conclude that he’s a waste of money as well.
Scales has impressed us all, there’s no doubt about that.
But has he really impressed us enough that we are putting next season’s Champions League campaign in his hands? Carter Vickers has a tendency to get injured; are we really saying Scales is our starter and that one of the two backup options is Stephen Welsh?
Who would have accepted that six months ago?
Why should we be accepting it now after the better part of £7 million has been spent on this defence? Is somebody in the power structure going to explain that, or even be asked to?
Assuming this is true, that’s a shambles.
If Lagerbeikle is going, this early, then that’s a repudiation of the strategy and the critics are going to say add Tilio, who is nowhere near being a starter and cost us £1 million, and Kwon who you know already is going to vanish without a trace like the other half dozen cheap punts we’ve taken on one of the most important areas on the pitch, forcing us to play Callum McGregor in every single game.
And I have no answer for that critique because I essentially agree with it.
Will Yang make it? Will Holm? Are there signs of life there, or are we really looking at nearly a complete write-off of the summer signings? If that’s true then Lawwell Jnr would have nowhere to hide in any organisation with a shred of accountability at its heart.
If this is the plan – and we only have McGowan’s word for it, and he’s coached it in vague enough language that he’ll never have to answer for it if it doesn’t come about; there’s no accountability there either of course – then I have to question the people running the show, because from the outside this just looks like a goddamned mess, and when the aim is to improve the strength of the squad for this window it looks an awful lot like we’d be starting out by weakening it instead.
Whatever way you dress it up, a strategy where we have four central defensive options and three of them were at the club last season and one was Stephen Welsh and one is Liam Scales, when we spent more money on that position than any other part of the team .. God almighty, that’s depressing.
I’ll be honest with you, I love the player Scales has become, but at the back of my mind I just assumed that when Nawrocki and Lagerbielke had the ground beneath their feet and were both fit and ready for the first team that they were the future of our central defence.
Instead, Stephen Welsh is. We’ve spent years struggling with versions of this, with Mikey Johnston, with Tony Ralston and others … are we really saying that Stephen Welsh is now one of our senior centre backs? That we can’t do better than that?
Then what was the goddamned point?
If this story is true, my confidence in a positive outcome for January is going to wind up in the toilet, along with much else, including, perhaps, our chances of retaining this title.
This is the most important transfer window this club has faced in years, and I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.
The danger of going into the Asian Cup month without a slew of key players is blindingly obvious and has been since way last season, and we need to get every single decision in this window right. Every single one. And we need to move fast.
This will look abysmal, and will weaken the squad right out of the gate.
I find it hard to believe we’d even be contemplating this.