Rating the BIG window
As windows go, I doubt we shall ever see bigger folks, and if we do, things have gone pear shaped.
Midway through last season many of us saw the writing on the wall, noticed the big rebuild was needed asap which only one year before was denied by the man running football operations.
‘Couple of players only needed’ he proclaimed, and that’s what he delivered, as well as keeping wantaways.
It was nowhere near enough, then he steps sideways and his successor announces that which is obvious, we need rebuilt as a squad and as a footballing operation.
It’s at this juncture it must be said not many of us expected such incoming numbers. We may have wanted them, but few if any thought we would sign twelve players in total. However, having been through too many Pukkis and Banguras, I shall refrain from praising the club until we can access what they’ve actually bought.
It wasn’t the squad that needed bulking, it was the first team ready players Ange needed, so most of the new bhoys should be ready to hit the ground running for that is what’s needed here.
On the actual numbers delivered it would be easy to sit here and type well done Celtic for buying a brand new team, but on the other hand it would be sensible to ask why do we need a whole new team? As this is a hole of the boards making, digging themselves out of it doesn’t automatically come with praise.
The large numbers of arrivals merely serve to highlight the board’s ineptitude, not flatter them. Never again should we need such numbers brought in.
That’s Dom’s job, to put in place the structures that would see such extreme lurching ending. It may just be his most important job actually.
Looking at how we went about our business, and when, to this untrained eye it’s easy to spot new traits (Dominic’s influence) but some of the old ones are still quite evident (Peters influence).
It’s quite refreshing most of our buys are for the here and now, I love the fact some are about to hit their peak years with us, something we usually witness with lesser or domestic players.
Kyogo, GMac, Josip, CCV, should be peaking whilst in the Hoops, the others could, and I’m quite looking forward to that.
After Eddie Who (who might be thinking of the situation differently now the squad has drastically changed) then going all in on our Greek Australian leader, it was clear he was going to be heavily backed,,so I’m believing our new CEO had little choice but to deliver ready made professionals, probably had to promise it scouts honour.
Ange isn’t stupid, he’s no time for projects this season, he would have asked for solid professionals and in the most part he got them.
We also saw Dom’s influence by strengthening positions that already had two or three candidates. Under Peters watch this neve
That’s how the football world works, and that’s how the board works. Now you know, so no excuses, no surprises.
You won’t be changing the transfer market alone, but if unhappy at the board’s attitude then take steps to change that culture. To protect yourself, and your man Ange, and more importantly the club itself.
Once again we resorted to selling a player then bringing in replacement, but only after banking a large percentage of the sale, sometimes very large. That’s the old PLC keeping football operations in check, and the gravy flowing.
It’s time to break that mentality, and hopeful Dom has cottoned on the stronger the team the stronger the balance sheet.
We needn’t buy a seven million rated player for every single position on the Park, but we could aspire to field one, whether our own or a free/expiring contract player. Then move to eight million players all over, and keep going until this club, manager or Dom plateaus.
The club and by extension Dom don’t get a pass mark on players out either, but Peters prospects that are hard to shift sometimes.
Barkas turned down a loan apparently, it’s hard to see why but the club should treat him as well as they can whilst here although now he has a compatriot to either keep company, inspire, or bitch to.
G-Mac better be a strong character, for I doubt his countryman is happy.
Unlike the Griff loan, it’s hard to say Ryan or Odsonnes departure was handled correctly. On Ryan you offer a new contract with eighteen months remaining, if the player rejects you assess his likely impact from that point and the impact spending his likely fee would achieve.
If spending his fee would have more of an impact there’s no decision to make.
Ryan should have been sold one year ago, like a few others, he would have fetched much more. He was handled wrong, it was costly.
As for Eddy, we effed that one up.
“A home run” I recall the headlines when we signed him permanently. He was our first attempt at big buy ‘flipping’ ,and we flopped. Made more profit on Moussa and even Kris, neither of whom I recall being labelled home runs.
Just like Ryan we waited a year too long, another costly mistake. It wasnt a seller’s market, in slight mitigation.
Striker wise, two plus Ajeti to deliver the title,,,not ideal. Yes goals come from other areas, but that’s not enough, let’s hope it gets us through until January.
One advantage the current Champions always held was that they were settled in the main, ourselves far from. Turning a squad in transition into title winners won’t be easy, I really don’t envy Ange on that front. But it’s his job now to find the best players for his system, for he admittedly isn’t changing, but yet he doesn’t know half of them, on the field or off it.
Already behind in the race, not only a winning team but also a solid team that can hold their own in the bigger games to come is expected. That might be quite a task, but it’s whats expected.
This is the world famous Glasgow Celtic we are talking about after all.
Its hard to judge a window without witnessing the quality of the player whilst actually donning the beloved hoops.
I’ve seen a few lightweights be overcome out on that left wing, will Jota become another?
Will our new redheaded Irishman’s love of the club affect the dressing room?
Could another Greek George become a cult hero?
We have no answers to many questions, yet.
But we can judge,,in areas such as age,,appearances International or otherwise,,and our new bhoys history.
Overall, I award the club 7 out of 10.
Ange has been backed, but some areas still look weak, though in fairness we were never fixing everything with only one window. We could have done with areas strengthened before the derby, not after, now Ange finds himself not only behind but attempting to blend new players into the team while expected to produce Champions, quite a task.
For everyone involved, now the hard work well and truly begins.
We want OUR trophy back!
Up the Hoops.