You’ll win nothing with kids!
Pin that on the dressing room wall right now Ange.
It’s old, it’s cliched, but it’s very apt to our situation.
Everyday that passes without first team reinforcements signing is a little bit more weight on the shoulders of the collective group of fringe players, mostly young spritely bhoys.
And as we all witnessed a team with a spine of those fringe players just defeated a fallen giant of a club in Wednesday, no need for the rest surely.
Not only did these bhoys collect the scalp but they also responded well to the new tactics, dare I say many look a natural fit for that style to this untrained eye.
The rumour there will be minimal incomings until the squad is fully assessed sounds very sensible, sounds like the correct thing to do, but as much as we a like a new face, I actually much prefer a kid to break through.
I recall thinking we should go youth based when a certain liquidation event took place, instead we went cheap responding to the fluctuating market, a missed opportunity in my eyes as most could have been sold the dream of 11 local kids round two, I’m a sucker for that type of thing.
Going younger would also test the faithful in attendance more than usual. We are habitually referred to as moaners, serial complainers, and I’ve experienced the match day groans myself at a failed attempt,,it can be ugly and is said to have stifled a few players.
I’ve got to say I would imagine the vast majority would be fully onboard with a Glasgow Celtic built around youth, perhaps that’s just the romantic in me, let me know below. Considering youth players tend to be cheaper, and should we pursue this avenue as policy, some of the season ticket base may expect a reduction in price, but c’mon, this is our PLC you’re talking about. They don’t go down, they go up.
Of course the fellow who eventually rammed that statement down it’s owners throat, knew that those kids needed a little bit of experience, some wise heads to keep the energy channeled where it belongs and all eyes focused on the big prize.
Ange knows that also.
And speaking of Fergie, the England manager might be one game away from equaling him as a Sir, but even a blind Calcutta beggar could tell you one is the master, one is the apprentice.
Odsonne, Calmac, Ajeti, Bitton, Julienne, Christie, Ajer, Soro, Turnbull, James, can all be considered senior players within this squad. That’s the guts of a team at n itself, but no one expects all those players to still be around in two months time, and I would be surprised if some just haven’t cut the mustard.
Bitton, Christie, Ajer for the door, maybe another. That opens up the gaps to be filled by the fringe, and every one we fill ourselves should in theory aid the transfer kitty when we decide to enter the transfer market.
For instance the fact we are actively targeting a right back means there’s no one at the club rated in that position, but the fact we are targeting the better end of the market tells me,,,
It’s a crucial part of the jigsaw,
Ange will get supported on this one,
We will probably recoup some fee by filling another gap with an inhouse fringe player.
So please pin that up.on the dressing room wall Ange and every week remind them they aren’t supposed to go out and best fallen giants, keep bigger names on bigger wages out of the team, play the Glasgow Celtic way,,,it’s supposed to be a period of transition, not an explosion of unexpected positive energy.
Not a winning team, and certainly not a free flowing, fearless, collective.
The ‘You’ll win nothing with kids’ season seems so long ago now, a footballing statement, the words that may as well go on Hansen’s grave for it’s all most non Liverpool fans will remember him by.
For a support crying out for reconnection with each other and the beautiful game as a whole, uniting behind a team formed around the kids could provide a great starting point.
Enjoy your weekend no matter where on God’s green and white earth you are.