Looking Through The Opaque Window
Welcome to the 100th Day. An anniversary without fanfares,something that few of us would have thought imaginable. Mind,I wouldn’t have thought I could go 104 days without a pint,or 116 without seeing Celtic. It’s been the strangest of years-and that will also apply to The Transfer Window.
One of my biggest bugbears with Peter Lawwell over the years has been his approach to transfer windows. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think he is the self-appointed Director of Football,and as the man who negotiates the transfer fees and salaries that the club will pay,it effectively means that,even if he doesn’t pick the team,he decides who is available to choose from.
Another bugbear of course has been his mantra that every penny that comes in is reinvested in the club. He had to change it to that of course when it became obvious to even his most fervent admirers that his previous oft-repeated statement that every penny that came in was spent on the team was a load of cobblers. As is his latest one-though,since it looks likely that the coronavirus crisis will eat through our carefully hoarded reserves,he will soon have a Get Out of Jail card for that one.
So,transfer windows. Peter decides who goes out,and who comes in. And yesterday we made our first signing of the season. Sort of. As Mo Elyounoussi was lent to us for another season by Southampton. Hopefully so too will Fraser Forster,because a top keeper is a priority. I’ve also seen Joe Hart and Artur Boruc mentioned. Hmmm,naw. I’d rather have Vaclav Hladky from St Mirren. Frankly if we can’t get Fraser,we should have kept Craig Gordon!
Of course,it’s not just Craig Gordon that we have lost in this window. Out too have gone Kouassi,Jonny Hayes and one or two others. I’ve had my say on them,I’d have kept them as cover at least. I think Hayes was probably our most-effective left-back. And I am sure that there’s a player in Kouassi,based on the minimal time I saw him-a most unlucky player in The Hoops. Further,there is the constant speculation around Ajer,Ollie and I Wanna. And that not good news when Peter may be looking at some family silver to help balance the books. As there don’t appear to be any moves to bring anyone in for those positions,we might just get away with it.
But this is the strangest of close-seasons,and for that reason-unless he really goes into full firesale mode!-I’ll probably be cutting PL some slack at the end of it. Tonight should have seen us playing our first qualifier of the European season. That won’t be happening till towards the end of next month! Our first League match of the season is four weeks on Saturday,and we don’t have a clue who will be in the squad for it. And yet,it could be argued that there’s no rush-but then,that argument is always used. Year after year,as we sit on our hands and finally get frantic on the last day.
Well,the last day of the transfer window this year isn’t until October 5th! Yep,97 days from now!!!
If you thought this 100 days of lockdown had been a drag,you ain’t seen nothing yet. There are now 97 days of the opaque transfer window to look forward to. And may The Lord have mercy on our mental health.
Above article by BMCUWP. If you can take our minds off the next 97 days of nothingness,mail us an article to publish.
Still having log-in problems. Even on different devices,and the one I’ve used for today’s article obviously isn’t up to the job!
Right back atcha my homie.
Enjoy this hit.
This ones for you Bobby , for all the work you do …what a bhoy
New Naps Competition
Starts on July 4,with a slightly different format and some VERY GENEROUS PRIZE MONEY,courtesy of…a generous benefactor!!!
Selections from UK and Ireland meetings ONLY on the applicable Saturday. A non-runner can be replaced with a selection on the Sunday.
ALL selections must be entered before the first race of the day.
Points will be decided as before. An imaginary £1 stake,and winnings credited to your running total.
Competition will run for forty weeks-which means,I think that it ends on April 10-Grand National Day.
After 20 weeks,the entrants will split into two groups,Premier League and Championship,based on standings at that stage.
Prizes are as follows.
Premier League Winner-£100
Additionally,there will be separate competitions for The Cheltenham Festival and for The Grand National Meeting,each with a first prize of £30.
And the Brucie Bonus of an extra £50 will be available for the spawny git who manages the treble!
So that’s £300 to play for next season,which is more than the SFA have managed to get in sponsorship for the Scottish Cup. Might be worth investing in Timeform,I reckon…
PS-there will also be a Royal Ascot competition. Prizes as follows…
2nd…£15 free bet
3rd……£5 free bet
Mahe wee man this is a you an old Belfast tune I think .https://youtu.be/PobrSpMwKk4
Nana nana nana nana this is for you sweetheart weee all love you .
I realise that if we didn’t laugh then we would be greetin’ at times supporting Celtic. You have added some excellent humour, and given me a huge smile on my pus, along with a few giggles there.
I really hope and pray that big Pedro is doing everything in his power to attain Neil’s only two publicly stated requests for the team this year. He delivered us Moi yesterday, which totally delighted me. Get us La Gran Muralla and I will be ecstatic. Both of these players, with what we have already in the first team squad, and the 10 is a cert. Get us a huge left sided, no nonsense defender of a centre half and we can be looking for a decent run in Europe. Hope he delivers my request, but only time will tell ??
Hahaha, The Message, an old Belfast tune. ?
Could equally be an old Glesca tune, and particularly an area we both know well. The Jungle scheme Poasil. ??
Last wan of the night shift .. goes oot to all the huns … if you own a car , wash it ya dirty basa
Hehehe hehe Garry Poasil sounds to posh , its pooso from the multon bhoys to the black necks ..
Tongs ya bass .
You have to remember, am a posh bhoy from Pertyck. ?
Hehehe Hehehe hits from the bong ..
You been to bed yet ?
Twisty mentioned the other day no night shift tonight .. that’s not good wee all love Garry spinning his magic amazing music knowledge.
Sorry posh Garry
Had an early night, so woke at 6. Sleep pattern non existent these days. Really hope we get big Fraser signed up today or soon. Make an effort to get season books sold out Peter please.
I posted a link last night.
From a Saints fanzine, quoting a journalist, from The Telegraph saying not happening with Fraser, not in short term, anywsy.
Saints manager wants to see what he’s like, in their pre seadon, so not prepared to allow him back out on loan, as Bobby alluded to, it could be October before we get some players in.
Radio Clyde, last night, seemingly said Celtic had sold over 40,000 season tickets, too.
Right bed for me last song of the night goes out to the Pollockshelds young team ..
Up the CELTIC.
Morning sir. Could understand Southampton wanting a look at him, as he is a far superior goalie than either McCarthy or Gunn. You would have thought they would have seen the excellent season their loan goalie had in Glasgow last season though. No matter what, we need either FF, or a goalie of similar quality signed. Hope you are well on this opening day of July.
Love it. Cornershop song has put a spring in my step for the rest of today.
Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow.
MORNING ALL and JIM, if big fraser is not coming back why did we let craig go, look the normal celtic transfer window is usualy a damp squib, god only knows what this one will be like.H.H,,.fasten your seat belts its gonna be a bumpy ride, what famous actress said that, cyber pint for the answer?
My mammy God rest her, would be proud of me.
Her favourite actress and heroine was Bette Davis. I’ll have a pint of Guinness please ?
Garry for you and your much loved Mammy.
GARRY, morning pal ,had a feeling you would get that, FORZA POLSKA?
Yes, I’m good, thank you.
How are you?
How are you and Joan?
HI JNP, all good here thanks, start of a new era ? hope you are well?
B.P. One for you?
Is this the game where you didn’t go in?
Bertie and Davie Hay share a moment on the night Celtic defeated Leeds United in front of over 136,000 fans. What a character & what a Celt Bertie was & remains. https://t.co/3JSKbMWB0K
I’m good, thank you.
I don’t work on a Wed, so always a good day.?
Some might say, I don’t work anyday. ?
All good thanks.
Stunning track. Huge hit when I was at Saint Tams early 80s. Memories. Beautiful ?
Song for you ?
One of my favourite away lots and one of my favourite, players.
Tommy Burns wearing a very popular away kit. It wasn’t worn very much as it had a green variant which was. Still looks smart after all these years. https://t.co/fEFrYZI2q3
JNP yes thats the one, walking up to hampden that night, i was fecking bricking myself because of my claustraphobia, there was celtic supporters everywhere, im just a big feartie ?
Great track and I see what you did there. ?
Had that top, the green with white pinstripes top, and the hoops top that season. Only time I have bought 3 Celtic strips in a season. Loved them all, but the one Tommy was wearing there was my favourite.
Right Garry and B.P.
Great chatting, stuff to do, be back later.
Garry this has just came on my I.Pod.
JNP and GARRY, aff oot dugwalking, catch yeez later?
The first song The Doors wrote and recorded. What an introduction ?
Good morning all from Govanhill. Transfer windows don’t bother me, I just drink more beer and everything is grand. ?
Try this combo ??
Aye Garry, I’ve got a few of his albums. Seen him in NYC many moons ago. Never seen Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters though. More regrets about musicians.
Muddy is the one I listen to most. Genius.
I laugh at how they got away with the lyrics in the blues classics. Dust my broom ffs ?
Listening to King Bee just now.
Ffs that’s really explicit. ?
Was ok for Muddy Waters to record, but Rolling Stones got major grief for their cover version ?
Slim Harpo recorded my favourite version. Brilliant.
Guys like Slim Harpo and Buddy Guy never got the recognition they deserved.
Debbie Harry’s birthday today.
75 years young.