Either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid ! ?

I cant help but think that.
So you have the money and the never before done ten is almost within grasp and you,
you know,
get two out and buy a couple punts.
Like I say, very smart or stupid and Im scratching my head here trying to get off the fence.

First of all no matter what the lads heading away on loan are a good thing and its a system that can work well for us for example big Kris Ajer and Calmac seem to have benefitted a ton.
O’ Connor, Afolabi, Hazard, will aim to be the mainstay of the team once this side who are going for nine now break up. Get them playing is the right attitude.

Our outs,,,
One first team fringe player sold for a fee and one high earner off the books six months early. I would like to see Bayo go somewhere to see if he has anything worth keeping hold of but if we are going with two up front then 4 strikers seems sensible. Young Dembele has had loan proposals rejected and its either because he is going to get some game time at home or we dont want to take the chance of his head being turned. I hope its the former.
Craig Gordon is just going to have to accept we arent in a position to let him go, or offer first choice. A rock and hard place for a man that probably just wants to play before its all over but a contract is a contract and its just plain and simple business to say sorry youre not going anywhere for the moment.

Our buys.
The are in the positions the gaffer and all of us wanted to see us fill with our own player so we could develop short, medium and long term. However our buys dont have the requested miles on the clock and at 21 and from lesser or second tier leagues they are essentially punts. This time last year Bayo was the new Klimala and we know how that turned out, plus we got Shved to sign on full time and ditto. Brendan wanted to stop the punts and get quality only, and it looked like Neil was of that mind but here we are.
Our goals have stepped up since going with an inhouse partnership meaning Klimala isnt needed much right now. Soro though may well find himself getting a bit of time as our middle is often the cause of complaints. Like myself I dont think Neil fancies Tam, so theres a slot.

Was there a plan?
There could be an argument made that we have the 5 point lead plus the strength in depth to see off any challengers. The players who didnt start against the Saints would make a very formidable opponent for all teams in the league. Transfermarket has us with a 32 man squad to dip into. The last team was lacking a few that may be considered first choice yet still at the summit.
Meanwhile our rivals have two loans and a big injury. Plus the other striker has domestic issues to boot.
There have already been reports they need 8 figures to keep the lights on this season alone but then again take anything regarding them with a pinch of salt as normal rules just dont apply.
They did have the momentum heading into the break but a defeat and Defoe getting crocked have erased that.
All the above allied with our managers experience in closing out the league, plus our core players having been there, seen it, got the tshirt may seem like a very persuasive argument why we know what we are doing and will ultimately come out on top once again.

These type of decisions can make or break people and legacies. High stakes with a massive sting in the tail if things go awry. Many would see a decent spend on quality to be completely worth it, considering the momentous achievement those buys would more or less cement. Im sure most of us would go out and reinforce the spine by dipping into the savings thinking thats the way to do it.
The merchandise sales for the ten alone could pay a chunk back.
We know those at the helm just dont see things our way much at all though.
Whats done is done and theres only one way to tell if this window was a success and enough to get over the line.
We wait and judge at the end when all is said and done.
History, jobs, and reputations are on the line.
Oh, and the ninth title.

The above is by Mahe. As usual feel free to mail any future articles to sentinelcelts@gmail.com for publication and dissection. The more viewpoints we receive the better.

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February 1, 2020 4:51 am
Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 5:23 am

Mahe, just for the next 18 months, I wished we would have took our policy of buying low and selling high, (You know the one) and put it in the underground safe! Pressed home our financial advantage, and left Sevco with absolutely nowhere to turn.

I just want Celtic to prevent the evil horde from ever rising again …that too much to ask?

Btw, great article to start the day, mate ?

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 5:35 am

If the Soro from YouTube turns up, I’ll be happy some of the load gets lifted from our captain’s shoulders. We have asked Broony to carry some load, over the last few seasons ..he needs help! I wanted a Roy Aitken, Barry Robson type of signing to add some steel to the team.

Ach, as long as we keep winning!

February 1, 2020 6:01 am


Congratulations on constructing an article on a virtually non-existent transfer window. I’m beginning to wonder if Lawwell books his holidays during them. He is playing his favourite game of brinksmanship. If we called it by its alternative of Russian Roulette,he might not be so keen.

Equally,if his strategy fails,he might actually wish he had been playing with real bullets. History will not be kind,and neither will the fans.

February 1, 2020 6:18 am

Found this on a sidebar to an article I was reading.


I wonder what they think of Kilwinning?!!!

February 1, 2020 6:38 am


We definitely need succession planning in place for Broonie. And,I suspect,Eddy too. We might have the answer to both in this window-but will Lenny give them the chance to prove it?

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 6:51 am

Bobby, I’m really hoping Soro can lighten the load. I believe Broony could play a while yet, but he will need looked after to get the best from him. What a signing he has been, eh?

And on the above article about Wishaw (my only experience of which, was going back to a girl’s house from the dancing ?) didn’t both of our best left backs come from Wishaw …KT and TG?

February 1, 2020 6:57 am


Good spot,mate!

I can’t comment on Wishaw,and I’m sure it’s really a decent place to live. I’m just glad it hasn’t got an article on Kilwinning. It does have one on Saltcoats,though. Ouch!

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:00 am

Bobby, Brigton would make Wishaw seem like a pleasant day in the countryside ?

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 7:06 am


Broony has been our best signing in many a long year in my opinion.

I don’t know if you recall the time of his signing, but there was interest from both sides of Glasgow. The opinion was he’d be signing for Rangers.

My son worked with someone very close to the family and he told me that Celtic would be his choice.

Hibs were home to Rangers in the lead up to the transfer dealings and the away support were taking great delight in taunting the Hibs fans with chants of

“ we’re gonna sign your captain”

I was at work and was told the papers were reporting Scott Brown was at Ibrox with a view to signing.

I phoned my son who was actually with the connection when I called.

I said to him, “ so much for the info, he’s in Ibrox as we speak”

I was told he wasn’t, he was signing for Celtic.

When announced, it was a real boot in the haw maws for the rotten mob.

Turned out to be the best bit of business in a long time IMO.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:09 am

Flo Kamberi has only scored 3 league goals all season, but has still scored more goals against Celtic than the Lamborghini driver.

And according to the Daily Rager, Genk have just let go one of the greatest talents the world has ever seen, next to be viewed starring for Stevie Gerrard’s Sevco circus…Roll up roll up!

No one signs for the gers anymore, they sign for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers! ?

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:12 am

Twists, yup, remember it well. I seem to recall big DJ telling the world he HAD signed for them, only to have to backtrack later ?

February 1, 2020 7:20 am


Difficult to recall a team lending a first-choice player to another team who are above them in the league.

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 7:22 am


Can’t stomach DJ. I find difficulty with those whose opinions are never balanced with any logic but are borne out of nothing more than hatred, and that’s how I see him.

He’s as thick as shit to boot and the combination of the two just increases my lack of tolerance towards him.

I’m off to the racing today and I’m reminded of something re their players. ( I’m looking out my tin hat as I write this)

I was with a prominent racehorse trainer for dinner and didn’t know that the other guests she’d invited along were all Rangers players.

Three of them, including Ally McCoist, who, I found to be great company. Laugh a minute, no sense of bitterness evident and truth be told I got along really well with him. He was fully aware very quickly of where my allegiance lay. One of the other two was less likeable and the third was an arrogant little shite whom I could easily have taken great pleasure in rearranging his appearance were it not for the fact I was a guest of someone else.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:27 am

Twists, yeah big DJ found it impossible to hide his bitterness. Ally I met a couple of times, and can’t think of anything bad to say about him. …b@stard! 🙂

February 1, 2020 7:29 am


I should ask you to name names,but that would be unfair! Having said that,you’ve been very forthright about one of our former stars-and he’s actually related to one of our contributors.

I’ve been quite lucky when it comes to the proles meeting the famous-they usually leave me be.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:32 am

Bobby, Dempster will be an Eastern star witch ..erm, probably!

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:36 am

Twists, re the racing ground meet, can you tell us the year this happened? Would like to guess the other 2 ?

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 7:44 am

Bobby / BAD

Don’t mind naming them!!

One was Ian Durrant ( was so so with him but my senses were telling me he wasn’t genuine), the one I disliked intensely was Charlie Miller.

Big Audio Dynamite
February 1, 2020 7:52 am

Twists, Durrant would have been one of my guesses ? Miller, who I see all the time @the wee man’s fitba, has a face only a mother could love!

February 1, 2020 7:53 am

In a previously life, I played football with Ian’s brother, Jamie.
I was having a pint with him and the bold Ian walked in, what you drinking with that tarrier for?, was his opening gambit.
Jamie, said ignore the wee prick, Tam
Which took the heat out the situation, everything was a wind up to Ian.
Why does the first two races at Mussleburgh have strange starting timrs, Twists?
Have a good day today and be lucky.!!!!!

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 7:59 am

I’m guessing it’s to do with meetings across the card that they’re trying to avoid clashes with.


Yeah I got the impression he was saying one thing to me re Celtic but thinking another! Your story suggests I was probably correct.

Miller? Ach I’ll save it furra hoot one day

big packy
February 1, 2020 8:17 am

great article mahe, have to run, dogs to be washed.hh.

February 1, 2020 8:19 am

I liked Brown and Thomson together at Hibs but thought Thomson was the better player, so I was disappointed when Rangers got him. But WTF do I know about fitba!! Broony, a modern day legend! His legacy will read about for years to come…and has anybody seen KevinThomson anywhere?

February 1, 2020 8:26 am


Thomson wrecked his career and his knee diving to get a penalty against Sami. Never the same player after that.

February 1, 2020 8:27 am


On the other hand,Durrant has a face only a mother could slap. Smashing player,though.

February 1, 2020 8:28 am

I met Durrant in the RR Social Club a few times, way, way back and to be fair he’s just an idiot! We also went to the same hairdressers at the time and even the hairdresser, who was also an idiot, called him an idiot!!! 😉 😉 😉

February 1, 2020 8:30 am


Apols for forgetting about your first article while I was congratulating you on,as it turned out,your second one! You certainly don’t dodge the issues,so keep them coming please.

A reminder for everyone of your debut…


February 1, 2020 8:32 am

my overriding memory of Thomson was scoring against us in the first half at Ibrox, a lovely one-two in the six-yard box and slipping it under the keeper. It was a nice goal and he had real composure to play the pass and place the shot. Second half he tried to do Balde on he edge of our 18 yard box, no-one else near the play, a completely unnecessary challenge, and done his cruciate I think. He was out for months. That summed him up for me.

February 1, 2020 8:33 am


So,the idiot’s idiot? No wonder he was always welcomed on certain occasions in Kilwinning-it’s not known as The Open Air Asylum for nothing,you know.

February 1, 2020 8:33 am

although my feelings were a bit tender at first, I’m okay now.

The Gombeen Man
February 1, 2020 8:34 am

Morning All,

Leopards don’t change their spots they say.

With young Henderson and Welsh called back I’d a feeling that Pedro was closing the window early and I still think that.

Welsh was on the bench against Ross County and at 20 he’s as experienced as any project.

I didn’t think Pedro would want to do any business with Leicester. Rodgers is on the resentment list and no surprises there.

Let’s watch how Benkovic does at Bristol. ( Beaten by Bristol). Is he fit?

Our spat with Hibs continues. We lost out on McGinn, struck back with taking on Lennon and now a first team player heads to Ibrox on loan.

Victor? Who knows what happened there? Especially if Spurs were going to carry the bulk of his wages?

Anyway, I’m still not convinced we are pulling out all the stops to win this league.

If we are, heaven help us.

February 1, 2020 8:40 am


I thought he was a great player,if I’m honest. Tailor-made for us. But then the dreaded hunnish disease got him. My Dad always reckoned they fed the players on raw meat,but I think it’s just a complete poison throughout the ecosystem there. You walk on the door,you’re infected.

Look at the examples of previously admired players,people who were tough and strong,aye,but who played the game in the right spirit. That goes out the door the minute they walk through the door at Ibrox,and is rarely found again.

I’m always reminded of an old NTV,where they proved that joining Rangers turns you bald,ugly and insane. With a photo of the cherub-like Ray Wilkins at Chelsea and Beelzebub when he joined Rangers.

I’d be so grateful if someone could track that one down!!!

Cosy Corner Bhoy
February 1, 2020 8:47 am

Very disappointing not to have strengthened the areas which most felt we ‘could’ be most vulnerable.
However,the die is cast.I am sure all will get behind the team ,though maybe not the manager,and support or follow for the remainder of the season.
As an afterthought,would there be any point in coming or being here if you are not on NFL’s ‘favourites ‘ list?

The Gombeen Man
February 1, 2020 8:48 am

Oops and Happy St Brigid’s Day. The first day of the Celtic Spring.

My bhoy told me that the Euromillions machines were all deactivated yesterday. Strange to think that 20 miles up the road isn’t Europe anymore.

Anyway, Parkrun time.

February 1, 2020 8:49 am

To briefly return to the thrust of Mahe’s article I’m sure we’re all in agreement that the team needed a boost this transfer window. Most of us are fearful of losing the 9th and therefore the chance of the Holy Grail of 10 in a Row. I was talking to my nephew before the season started and as a The Rangers supporter and a Stevie G fan he was absolutely convinced they would win the league this year, no sniggering at the back, this is a clever boy, I’m talking about. He reckoned they had improved sufficiently under Stevie G to win it. I agreed with him but only to an extent. My argument was and still is we have the better squad. We have the better players. We have the experience. We have been there before a few times. Obviously we agreed to disagree and we parted with a nod and a wink to each other and an “Aye, we’ll see!” Although disappointed we didn’t do more in the transfer market, especially at centre back, we surely have enough to do this…surely…

February 1, 2020 8:58 am


I posted a link last night to an article on VIDEOCELTS. Apparently,the PL cheerleaders are starting to see the light. Harry Brady is upset that he might have been misled. He is welcome to join us in the Rebel camp,no questions or repercussions about previous activities.

It may well be that the much-lauded Sharp Suited Man is being revealed as a Silver Tongued Lounge Lizard,so next step is his revelation as The Emperor With No Clothes.

The only question now is when. After that,the damage limitation process has to begin. And that MUST involve the fans. We have to be assured that everything will be done to ensure that Celtic have the best possible team on the park,subject to our own financial limitations. We aren’t Inter Milan,after all! But nor are we Inter Milanda. We should NEVER buy just for the sake of it,but to improve.

I don’t think,in all honesty,that Lawwell has attempted to put the best possible team on the pitch for us since he joined after Seville. In seventeen years,he has probably signed about 150 players,and I won’t have to take off my shoes and socks to count the successes.

Then he will point to the £60m in the bank as a success. And it’s his biggest failure of all!!!

We must be the only company on the planet to pay its CEO 5% of turnover and have nearly 100% of turnover shrivelling away in the bank. A properly run business leverages that,borrows and invests.

All hail the balance sheet. He can use it to cover his modesty when it all comes unstuck.

February 1, 2020 9:02 am


Oh,we will always be supportive of the team and the manager. Every game,100%. In it to win it.

Our post-match reviews will reflect our opinions of their efforts. None are decided beforehand. No pre-heated scapegoats on this channel.

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 9:37 am

Leaving the EU saddened me.
The transfer window ? Equally disheartening for anyone hankering for 9.

Mon the ponies. Mon the Juniors.

FPL and his cohorts.

Today is one of those rare occasions for me these days where I’ll be getting rat arsed.

If I’m on later talking mair keech than usual just ignore me. I’ll be fine tomorrow again ?

February 1, 2020 10:01 am


If I’d known how blootertt you intended to get today,I would have booked an extra week off.

February 1, 2020 10:04 am

I’m caught between a rock and a hard place with Lawwell. His successes are tangible. His flaws are, too. He has presided over what is the most successful period of our history except for the Stein Period. Why isn’t that enough for Celtic supporters? We have won 8 consecutive league titles. We are in pole position to add to that. 10 can be considered realistically only after we secure this one, of course, but we want it badly. As a Celtic man, and he is, Lawwell must want the same as us. He must want to be remembered as the man who facilitated the 9, and the 10. It must be a terror for him to even contemplate the thought of missing out on either or both of these titles.
Our bank balance is both a source of joy and a frustration. It proves where we are at this moment in time…so far ahead of everything else in Scottish football but more importantly far and away beyond The Rangers. This is vital to us. We need them to understand we won’t sit at the back of the bus anymore. This is hurting them and we know what that hurt feels like. We had it with their 9 in a Row. But the cash is no good in the bank, we want to see it in Hoops on the park.
And here’s the conundrum, how do we spend it? On a non-football project but nevertheless a huge income generator, like a hotel perhaps? It’s certainly worth considering. But who self-finances projects like this? This project should be externally funded and the money we do have currently in the bank must be utilised to strengthen our core business. I’m no financial guy but a quick read at our last Annual Report shows things are rosy in the garden. We have credibility in the market. We are in a better position than EVER to force home our advantage without weakening our long term viability. Why aren’t we? Is the job now too big, too complex for our Board, has it gone beyond just a football club, is the fear of overstretching and losing control too much for them? Are the Board out of their depth? Are they happy to deal at the low end of the transfer market where they can call the shots as the Big Club, telling the Wee Club how much they’ll get for a player, think McGinn last year! Does Lawwell have a perception in his head of who he wants to be rather than what we want Celtic to be? I’ve no doubt he is under pressure, but ffs his bonus was £2,500,000 this year!
Or do we spend it on football, our core business? Do we buy 1 or 2 quality players at +£5m and pay appropriate wages? Would we have to break the wage structure to bring in these players. We know that is anathema to this Board, and maybe they have a point.
Or can we manage with projects and loan deals? If I’m totally honest with myself I think we can manage with projects in the current team but I do want to see the best we can afford in The Hoops. So if we can afford another couple of Edouards then get them in, and don’t mess about. Can you imagine what McGinn would bring to this team!
I hate loan deals, I hate the idea of improving players for other teams, potentially opponents, only to give them back after 6 months or a year. (The exception to this is Paddy Roberts, our original deal was for 18 months, I think. I’d have him at the Club in a heartbeat.) We have our own projects, Scottish boys, who don’t seem to quite make it. There’s a much wider argument to be had another day about the structures in Scottish football and our inability to produce International/World Class players.
Why can’t we blood our own footballers. Arzani, Bayo, Shved, Connell, Gutman, Perez. What have these guys done for us? Not much but they’re keeping boys out of our squad, stopping boys getting experience. I know this is a very simplistic approach but the principal remains.
After this transfer window we’re probably not where we wanted to be or expected to be. But we’re probably in better position than we went in which can’t be bad.
Peter will be happy.

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 10:19 am

I wish I’d said now.
There’ll be other days though ?

February 1, 2020 10:28 am


Although I disagree that we are in a better place post-window as against pre-window,that’s a very astute contribution.

Again,it shows that the gist of the argument is that the fans get to see what the suits decide is appropriate. Get what you pay for? Fat chance.

Seriously,our financial advantage is such that no-one should be coming close to us on the pitch,never mind off it. We can and should be offering players-top players-in the region of £40k pw or more where appropriate,while letting lesser players know that the food chain works like that,and they will benefit through the bonus scheme.

Instead we have PL and DD inventing copper wire by fighting over a penny. It’s pathetic. It’s pennywise and pound foolish. It’s been proven to be so for nearly two decades.

And it’s been proven for the same period of time that PL is not a football CEO,and definitely not a Director of Football.

Now we just need to convince him.

February 1, 2020 10:29 am


Probably not a good idea. Pissed up on the Saturday,train back on the Sunday. No way I’d have been sober enough to drive that night!

You done good,boy…

February 1, 2020 10:48 am

You’ve probably hit the nail on the head with ‘And it’s been proven for the same period of time that PL is not a football CEO,and definitely not a Director of Football’.
We, the support, see ourselves as a big club, an underachieving big club, but a big club all the same.
European success is something I think we should properly aspire to. Success nowadays would be last 16, last 8 preferably in either of the EUFA competitions. I’m not convinced Desmond, Lawwell or our Board see us that way. They’re too safe in their approach.But here’s the rub, it’s proven in their time here that it works and that is unarguable. But it’s also unsuitable to us, the fans.
We should have a Director of Football who is judged in the same way as any other employee, on success. Peter micro-managing is not conducive to the mechanics of a big club but it suits his and Desmond’s agenda.
Unfortunately, Peter won’t take a chance on letting go of those tight reins. So, here we are again, disappointed at the close of another transfer window!

The Gombeen Man
February 1, 2020 11:05 am


Not so much the rebel camp but the reality camp these days. I saw the link you posted last night and my impression is that Peter will become more isolated as time progresses.
It’s important that we recognise that the excesses of Rangers under David Murray and complicit administration of the game brought the whole mess about.

Hopefully Celtic’s efforts to restructure the game have been well intentioned but although some progress has been made it is toxic.
Celtic Plc have misled the support and gave approval to the continuity myth . They underestimated the tenacity of Auldheid and Co.

Peter Lawwell might be a good accountant but like us all he has his failings.

Without Sevco the Scottish football scene is similar to the League of Ireland. The rampant ambition of Rangers brought about their liquidation and Lawwell and Desmond colluded to obstruct natural justice.

They are compromised.

We have been fleeced.

The players deserves great credit. They have not been supported and put their bodies on the line week in, week out without support from the referees or the club.

We are weak. Comparisons of Lawwell and Stein’s era are wide of the mark. The PLC have continually cannibalised the team and failed to invest in real terms.

Let’s hope Scott Brown can get us over the line.


February 1, 2020 11:15 am

Leesten carefully eveeryone one.

I will say theez only once.

There is NO financial advantage if you feckin dont use it!

It is not used because to do so makes the league less competitive and competition keeps supporters turning up.

Expecting Celtic to spend sufficiently to take advantage of our financial position is like the fox giving a hitch to a scorpion to cross a stream on the basis the scorpion promises not to sting.

I expected nothing spectacular going in and have not been disappointed, but when I see the scorpion lengths Celtic are prepared to go to with supporters emotions I’m not sure who to blame, the scorpion or the fox.

February 1, 2020 11:16 am

Gombeen Man

I wasn’t comparing Stein’s era to the current era. I was trying to convey what the history books will eventually show. The days of Stein and building teams from principally local talent are long gone to be replaced by a far-reaching globalised money making machine. Maybe I should have made that clearer but the point remains, when you read the Trophy tally in years to come our successes will be there for posterity.

February 1, 2020 11:17 am

Does anybody else feel like they’ve had their bare legs slapped when Auldheid posts!! 😉 🙂 😉

Twists n turns
February 1, 2020 11:20 am

Yes I’m aware of the Scorpion tale. I’m also aware of how it ends!

A Frenchman once told me that tale btw…

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