Shine and do us proud
The last player I recall transfering to a top 6 English team was Marko ( they are kicking me ) Viduka who joined Leeds when they were spending above their weight.
Decisions like Marko and Robbie Keane have taken this long to start to get over such was the indulgence that nearly killed that historic club.
But the Arsenal have went and done it and avoided the middle man .
It took a foreigner but,,,the penny has dropped it seems.
I know the Epl isnt the most popular league on this site but we must all accept the stepping stone effect exists and as such is there to be exploited.
Mister “ I only give 60 percent in Scotland “ Viduka may have got his big move by using us as his personal stepping stone ,, but every time an ex Celt steps on the bigger stages we should all wish him well , if only to boost the reputation of our club.
We all know an exCelt called Virgil is currently European Champion and just edged off the world most expensive defender slot.
The transfer window allegedly seen Moussa Dembele turn down Man Utd as they arent big enough ! Pukki is leading the scoring charts !
Kieran joined Arsenal and Calmac seen a top ten gunning for top six club come in for him.
Paolo di Canio , Shaun Maloney , Henke etc all seen successful stints in the worlds biggest league while some such as Liam Miller and Ki Sung Yueng and Aiden McGeady didnt have the intended impact but graced the stage still.
The point here is we have quality goods to sell that have been a success and now a big boy has bypassed the usual supplier chain and dealt with us direct.
We have taken a step up the ladder with this transfer.
A success could well see the Gunners eye us up for future sales , or a smart observer would learn the lesson that we produce top drawer players that just need polished up and emulate the Gooners.
If you were going to pick one of our players from last seasons squad to go down south and become a success cementing our place as a prime conveyor belt of talent then chances are Kieran would have been around the top of your list like he would be mine.
Odsonne would vie with him for the position admittedly but chances are KT would stay longer and be happier with friends and family either around him or not that far away.
One would imagine Odsonne has ambitions of Barca etc and would look away at some stage.
Kieran is the smarter transfer.
Everyone of us should wish the lad well , goes without saying , but we should all hope it turns out so we can begin to financially exploit this new relationship with the big boys down south.
Every success on paper raises the next guys price a bit , or at least the sell on percentage which is another angle we seem to have cottoned onto and are taking advantage of fair play.
This money (on paper) should be helping to raise the different areas of the club in line with each other . If its not lifting the quality of one department or other then it has been wasted.
As mentioned recently yes we are and can be a stepping stone.,, but we can be one hell of tempting stopping point , especially when “ the place is rocking “ !
When we do manage to get the club , team and fans all united and on the same road together magic tends to happen , or as Henke put it “ we’ve got something special here “.
When we do get it right there is few if any places on the face of the globe that can offer the exhilaration that we can offer .
The atmosphere all the greats have raved about becomes the norm and excitement permeates the entire fan base and players sparking the team into hitting levels they thought they couldnt.
The vortex sucks us all in and God knows where we end up but what a ride it is !
In this situation we will see less players use us as a stepping stone and become more a parking place. ( Need to be creative with wages ala Henke )
So if we are going to see them come and go,, lets at least make it very hard to walk away and not easy to say actually yeah youre a big club but Im gone.
The way to do that is exciting signings and players . And football the Celtic way.
With The Faithful loving it !
Its not that much to ask is it ?
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