The I Wanna Dilemma.
It’s been a tough old week as a football supporter in Scotland. It’s been a tough old week for some of the players too. But most of all,I think it’s been a tough old week for some of those who make their living in the media circus connected to our game.
Oh,don’t be silly-of course I’m not trying to elicit sympathy for them! I’d struggle to sympathise with any of them even if they caught their dick in a zipper. But their collective treatment of Michael Stewart has seen them scraping along the bottom once again,with nary a one having the balls to come out in support of their colleague.
The fallout from the Sky interview with Morelos will hopefully see some light being shed on some murky dealings,as OFCOM and Comcast are unlikely to allow the affair to be swept under the carpet,and we all live in hope of a succulent sacrificial lamb on this one!
Meanwhile,its back at the ranch time for many in the media as they salivate over the latest wonderkid at Ibrox. They have really excelled themselves this time with the revelation that Hagi,Jr will be a £100m player. Fair play,the plan worked-I was so busy stitching up my sides that I almost forgot about my loathing for them all.
But it got me wondering-what is Odsonne Edouard worth? Don’t panic,folks-I’m not looking to sell him,just wondering,that’s all. I’d say that the perfect example of what he is worth was shown when he made a barely-fit appearance as a substitute in The League Cup Final. We were being seriously outplayed at the time;he drew an immediate free-kick and seconds later,we had scored the winner. Only recently turned 22yo,he has only been with us for thirty months and in that time he has scored 58 goals in 118 appearances. There’s little doubt in my mind that he’s the best striker we have had since Henrik Larsson,but it’s worth remembering that Henke would have been a sprightly 29yo by the time he had played 118 games for us,banging in around 80 goals in the process.
How can anyone compare two players who are simply incomparable in what they mean to Celtic? How can anyone put a true value on either? I’m reminded of the time in 2003 when Bill Kenwright,the Everton owner was gently rebuffing the efforts of Peter Kenyon,the Manchester United Chief Executive,to sign the 18yo Wayne Rooney. Kenyon was told that Rooney was “worth his weight in gold”
I don’t know the price of gold in 2003,but I do know that a similar valuation of Eddy at current prices would give us a Six Million Dollar Man! That would buy one of his fingernails,I reckon,given that Rooney eventually cost United £25m.
Sixteen years ago!
My suggestion,as I’ve said before,would be to offer him a vastly-improved contract to keep him here for a year or two yet. He will still only be 24yo in 2022,and I’m confident he will be a mainstay in the French team by then. His value will only increase during that time,and his value on the pitch to Celtic will be worth just as much. He is the type of player who wins clubs trophies or gets them much needed progress and visibility in Europe. More to the point,he is the type of player that Celtic players have taken to their hearts for as long as I can remember.
I’ve also said before that I have been attending since October 1967,but if I’m honest,I missed the heroics of The Lisbon Lions as I was just too young to appreciate it all. But in the fifty years since my memories have been building,we have had some tremendous players up front. Again it would be like comparing apples and,erm,pears as some of yesterday’s players may have lacked the fitness levels to make it in today’s game,but how’s this for starters?
Up front in 1972,we could take our pick from Bobby Lennox,Jimmy Johnstone,Kenny Dalglish,Lou Macari,Dixie Deans and Harry Hood.
I’m not going to bore you with a list of every striker that has played for us since,but players like Nicholas,McClair,McGarvey,MacAvennie in the 80s,Henrik,Cadete and van Hooijdonk in the 90s,The Evil Genius and BBJ,Sami-on his day!-then Griff,Dembele and now I Wanna. Aye,I’ve been spoiled as a Celtic supporter-especially when you consider that the above are only a few from one section of the team. We’ve had some greats in other positions too!
So,what’s Eddy worth? What were any of them worth? Every one of them gives me a nice happy glow just thinking about them. With £45m in the bank at the moment,it surely makes sense to,for once,try to hold on to our prize asset.
We certainly don’t need to sell. What we need to do here is to maximise our asset-and that means letting Eddy know how much he is worth to us. He is not a gold bar,but he is a priceless commodity. He has been here now for thirty months; we should try to keep him for as long again.
Our first £100k per week player? Well,that would only cost us £12.5m which we can clearly afford. We’ve blown that and more on pointless project players over the years. Do the maths,do the business,watch a great player playing for Celtic. You know it makes sense!
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the continuing struggle by SOLKITTS to find out the truth from the SFA Head of Governance about the infamous Morelos Three Card Trick. As you know,she is stonewalling him over this,and SOLKITTS is intent on involving UEFA if he doesn’t get a satisfactory answer. We are currently working behind the scenes to ensure that any censure of the SFA is seen by a wider audience,but an amusing little scenario popped up into my mind last night.
The HOG insists that procedures were followed,even though no punishment has been officially declared. SOLKITTS contends that the SFA have broken their own protocols and regulations if the alleged punishment is true. And that by doing so,they have broken those of IFAB and UEFA. Any censure from the latter must surely impact on the reputation and Grade One status of the referee involved,Kevin Clancy.
I’ve already stated on here that Clancy is likely to have a cast iron alibi for this-simply,that he did not issue a third card! If his reputation and status are threatened,I believe he will be forced to go public. Which could be very interesting indeed.
Above article by BMCUWP. As you know,we always welcome the thoughts of our contributors. If you have an Article of the Day burrowing about your brain,mail it to Mahe.