The Perils of The Transfer Market.
It looks as though our Number One signing target this summer was David Turnbull from Motherwell. That’s a strange one in itself,given that most of us would have said that midfield is the least of our priorities. We need to recruit across the back and up front before we go looking at bolstering our midfield,even if Olivier Ntcham is looking at the exits.
We need a new right back. One who is ready for the first team,because it looks as though Mikael Lustig will turn down our contract offer,and Anthony Ralston is still not the answer,albeit he had a shocking time with injuries last season.
We’ve already lost our first-choice centre backs,with Boyata and Benkovic leaving and although Kris Ajer and Simo formed an excellent partnership when required,we can’t rely on them to play throughout a season of 60-plus games. We need a first-choice centre back,one who can be rotated with Kris and Simo or even play in a three. Hendry and Compper aren’t up to scratch and shouldn’t even be considered.
Left back is a quandary,as persistent rumours of Kieran being targeted by Arsenal and others won’t go away. It would be nice,of course,if Kieran remained a one club man throughout his career,but this is real life we have to deal with;he will depart one day. If he stays,we need a left back who is solid enough to do a job for us when called upon. If he leaves,we additionally need a new left back,one who is again first-team ready,reliable and competent. All of the players mentioned need to be of a quality to represent us in Europe,not just domestically.
Up front,I reckon we are well covered for width,maybe could do with cover for Sinky out left. But as our main priority up front is a full-on striker,a John Hartson or Chris Sutton,there’s every chance that Eddy will be playing more in that role anyway. But where do we find a new BBJ or Evil Genius? They don’t grow on trees,they command top dollar. It might be that Leigh Griffiths comes back as good as ever or even that Bayo will be that full-on battering ram,but I wouldn’t bet our entire season on that. Look at our squad from last season…
There are only three strikers listed. And with Griffiths and Bayo being two of them,our need is obvious. We should not be in this position,we were short this time last year even before Dembele left. It is not acceptable that we currently have one striker who is worthy of the name,even if we did get away with it last season. God might well be a Tim,His Son might well work miracles. Neil Lennon can’t.
I think I’ve set out some pretty good reasons why I’m surprised that a midfielder should have been seen as our first priority,especially one who is still in his first season. Granted,we need to spot talent before others do-but how many of us spotted that talent in Turnbull when he played against us? I didn’t. I don’t recall shouting at Broony et al to nail the wee basturt,as has been known in the past when someone is having a great time against us. So I’m not too disappointed that he’s decided to try his luck elsewhere,even if he turns out to be The Next Big Thing.
Additionally,Celtic played this particular transfer by the book. A bid went in,as did a second one. A third was finally accepted,after which we were allowed to discuss terms with the player and his agent. The first that anyone normally hears about these negotiations with Celtic is when the player is being paraded. I expect that is what Celtic thought would happen this time too,but we were taken to the cleaners on this one.
First of all,the Motherwell CEO went public virtually from the day of the first offer-even revealing the amount-and again when another club came in for the player. That sort of behaviour doesn’t sit comfortably with me,and I think the wider game will view him as untrustworthy. Long term,it will damage him and his club.
The other fly in the ointment was his agent,O’Donnell. Celtic have had problems with this agent before and his rent-a-gob antics throughout the whole saga were unedifying. Again,doing his business via an eager MSM,revealing details of our contract offer-that’s not on. I expect this will be the last time we have a problem with him,and any player who is keen on joining Celtic but has him representing them should consider that. The only time he’ll ever be at Celtic Park again is if he buys a ticket. He had better hope it isn’t beside me!
Our European Adventure took its first steps yesterday with the draw for the first round of qualifiers. FK Sarajevo,and probably the most difficult of the opponents in our section of the draw. Formerly owned by Vincent Tan of Cardiff City,he poured millions into the club before handing over to a Vietnamese investment company. We shouldn’t take them lightly.
Above article by BMCUWP. If you fancy writing for us,we will post it as Article of the Day. Just mail it to Mahe,get yer name in lights!