Or,That Was The Window That Was. Of course,the original programme launched many great careers,but is so old that most of us only got to see it on repeat. If you’ve got Celtic TV,you still can.
I must say,Celtic’s transfer window strategy has launched many a great career too,but bhoy is it stuck on repeat. Poor in the planning and worse in the execution,and this far too frequently. Most Celtic supporters of my acquaintance were quite happy with the squad as it stood at the end of the season,maybe just a few tweaks required and replacements for players who looked highly likely to leave,and for the very few whose best days are but a memory. Plus a clearout of players who are surplus to requirements.
For me,that meant experienced cover for RB,CH,LB and a central midfielder. We got Izzy,and it’s great to have him back. Eventually,at the last minute,we got a free agent who was also a free agent for six months of last year too! That we could have signed him anytime suggests that he wasn’t on the radar previously.
We could have signed John McGinn,but he became a pawn in a pissing contest between PL and Petrie. Brendan wanted him so much that apparently he even visited him in person,but we dragged it out and Villa got their next captain for peanuts. And you know something? He’s about the only signing target that I’m aware of,for a squad which clearly needed the replenishments mentioned above. So much so,in fact,that we turned down £10m for Boyata simply because we didn’t have cover!
And then the last few days,of course. Disaster as MD downs tools and demands to leave,and yet again we don’t have cover. We are supposed to leave a transfer window stronger. That,yet again,is clearly not the case. PL has once more engaged in brinkmanship with our CL future,and lost. This time he might be gambling with his manager’s future,and worse,our title aspirations.
I sincerely hope not,but if Celtic regress from here,the responsibility will lie in the boardroom.