Peter Lawwell and the champions league pot of gold

I am noticing some discontent about the amount of money Celtic have spent in this transfer window having brought in a reported £21m from the sale of Ki and qualification for the group stages of the champions league. Fans will always want more signings, fans and managers always do and we always want bigger names to whet our appetite, however I’m not one for ‘toeing the party line’ as some put it, by always sticking up for Mr Lawell and co, they have let us down badly in the past and deserve full criticism for that.
I am however someone who tries too take the ‘glass half full’ approach when it comes to Celtic, don’t get me wrong there are obviously times when criticism is definitely warranted and I will give it out but this is not one of those times, the way I see it Peter Lawell and the board will be looking at the fact that we were handed two quite favourable draws in order to qualify for the Champions league, however next year and the year after this may not be the case as Scotland’s co-efficient may fall even further so we may be paired with the likes of arsenal again or worse! so they may be trying to budget this years Champions League money for that time in case that happens, then we will still have money to strengthen.
Having said that I do believe the new signings should be given every opportunity to succeed and given our total backing, not just written off as ‘not Celtic class’ because either
A) we haven’t heard of them.
B) things may not have worked out for them at a previous club.
C) most importantly, they haven’t even played a game for us yet!
imagine if we had taken that approach with some of the players we have had in the past who were relative nobodys or careers going nowhere but left Celtic with a profile they would never have achieved otherwise.  Di Canio wasting away on Milans subs bench, Van Hooijdonk farting about the lower echelons of Dutch football, Stan Petrov, plucked from Bulgarian obscurity hell even the likes of Chris Sutton, wasted on Chelsea’s subs bench nobody willing to take a chance on him, think of some of the goals and performances he put in for us, Alan Thompson again mid table obscurity beckoned but comes to Celtic does well and there’s talk of an England call up! Big bad John hartson, the big fat guy with the bum knee (sorry John!) that not even our ugly sisters would touch  but was undoubtedly a success, Which inevitably brings me to the best of the lot, the king of kings Henrik himself, frozen out at feyenoord a return to Swedish football seemed likely then to fade into oblivion, Celtic enter stage left and the rest as they say is history!

This year we were all asking for ‘a new centre back and a big target man’ well both those boxes have been ticked, we will just have to wait and see if they are a success, another striker has been signed and a back up goalie and the same applies to them.

This current Celtic squad is also filled with a crop of players who could go onto make a name for themselves on a bigger stage but would never have go the chance were it not for Celtic.

Scotland is not a footballing superpower so I think the days of buying superstars are long gone and instead we will have to cultivate our own the saying ‘Celtic don’t sign stars, we make them’ comes to mind!

So let’s give these new bhoys a chance to shine and look forward to seeing our heroes current and new shine on the brightest stage of all, safe in the knowledge that if we don’t make it to next years Champions league then we won’t have to sell one of our top players to balance the books and can instead add to our pool of players and continue to dominate Scotlands domestic football scene with the most exciting squad of young players Celtic park has seen for a while.
By Wee Lubo

Comments

  1. Agree with your prognosis.However, if we win the league every year we go into champions league via champions route which is always the easier route as England, Spain etc do not go this way as their champions always automatically qualify. So, every year we win the league I would say we should really be looking to qualify unless you make a coo’s behind of it like our friendly neighbours did last season.

  2. Agree with your prognosis.However, if we win the league every year we go into champions league via champions route which is always the easier route as England, Spain etc do not go this way as their champions always automatically qualify. So, every year we win the league I would say we should really be looking to qualify unless you make a coo’s behind of it like our friendly neighbours did last season.

  3. Here, here!

    Can’t believe people were saying sack the board because of our first draw at the weekend. These people are living in cuckoo land. If they haven’t learned anything about the events on the south side then the club can do without them because they clearly don’t mind plunging our club into financial peril for short term gain. I think they are quite frankly deluded. I have complete faith in Peter Lawell. He said he has a ten year plan and he’s halfway through it. I’m sticking with him on this. Look at the healthy state of our club as a result. It’s the only way to go. We will be proved further when other clubs start going to the wall due to excessive spending…and it will come.

    HH!

  4. Here, here!

    Can’t believe people were saying sack the board because of our first draw at the weekend. These people are living in cuckoo land. If they haven’t learned anything about the events on the south side then the club can do without them because they clearly don’t mind plunging our club into financial peril for short term gain. I think they are quite frankly deluded. I have complete faith in Peter Lawell. He said he has a ten year plan and he’s halfway through it. I’m sticking with him on this. Look at the healthy state of our club as a result. It’s the only way to go. We will be proved further when other clubs start going to the wall due to excessive spending…and it will come.

    HH!

  5. Good article my friend but a point if I may. If Scotland’s co-efficient plummets to a depth never seen (we may be there already in truth) and we enter the qualifying rounds of the CL as champions then we will NEVER be drawn against an Arsenal. We entered the competition in the champions draw as opposed to the mainstream part of the draw where Motherwell found themselves. This is why we got an easier draw. That wont ever change unless they change the format which wont happen for a long time to come.

    HH

    John Paul

  6. Good article my friend but a point if I may. If Scotland’s co-efficient plummets to a depth never seen (we may be there already in truth) and we enter the qualifying rounds of the CL as champions then we will NEVER be drawn against an Arsenal. We entered the competition in the champions draw as opposed to the mainstream part of the draw where Motherwell found themselves. This is why we got an easier draw. That wont ever change unless they change the format which wont happen for a long time to come.

    HH

    John Paul

  7. Totally agree wee Lubo Peter Lawwell has his finger on the pulse and has proved that he is a very shrewd businessman unlike another certain owner of a now dead club on the south side who threw money about (that he couldn’t afford) like confetti and killed his club stone dead. In Lannon and Lawwell we trust.

  8. Totally agree wee Lubo Peter Lawwell has his finger on the pulse and has proved that he is a very shrewd businessman unlike another certain owner of a now dead club on the south side who threw money about (that he couldn’t afford) like confetti and killed his club stone dead. In Lannon and Lawwell we trust.

  9. agree with everything you say, however just one small point, as long as we win the league, we can not face a side like arsenal in qualifying. the qualifying stages are split between champions and non champions, champions can only play champions, and non champions play non champions. As all the top leagues have automatic qualification, we will be drawn with so called lesser nations (like Sweden and Finland) still tricky but not overwhelming. Other than that agree with everything you say Hail Hail

  10. agree with everything you say, however just one small point, as long as we win the league, we can not face a side like arsenal in qualifying. the qualifying stages are split between champions and non champions, champions can only play champions, and non champions play non champions. As all the top leagues have automatic qualification, we will be drawn with so called lesser nations (like Sweden and Finland) still tricky but not overwhelming. Other than that agree with everything you say Hail Hail

  11. agree with what u say but we dont have to worry about getting a big team in the qualifiers in the CL. the new rules means the champions of the smaller nations play against each other and not against the big teams from the big leagues so our chances of qualifing are strong every year as long as we r the champions ourselfs.

    H H

  12. agree with what u say but we dont have to worry about getting a big team in the qualifiers in the CL. the new rules means the champions of the smaller nations play against each other and not against the big teams from the big leagues so our chances of qualifing are strong every year as long as we r the champions ourselfs.

    H H

  13. Being on the wrong side of 50 and having followed the team since being introduced to Celtic by my father in 1966 i would like to point out that I have never in the past felt a stronger relationship between the Fans, Manager, Team and Board than we have just now. These are the people we have entrusted to run our team and having surveyed the train wreck over at Govan I am glad to see a future for my sons and grandsons at watch Celtic at Celtic Park, Yes we would all like marquee signings every year but realistically this wont happen. I see the younger players that we Scout with the intention to sell on at a profit as a refreshing and safe way to do business. All in All I trrust Lennon and Lawell to see us through to CL football on a regular basis and as near to debt free as possible. Hail Hail

  14. Being on the wrong side of 50 and having followed the team since being introduced to Celtic by my father in 1966 i would like to point out that I have never in the past felt a stronger relationship between the Fans, Manager, Team and Board than we have just now. These are the people we have entrusted to run our team and having surveyed the train wreck over at Govan I am glad to see a future for my sons and grandsons at watch Celtic at Celtic Park, Yes we would all like marquee signings every year but realistically this wont happen. I see the younger players that we Scout with the intention to sell on at a profit as a refreshing and safe way to do business. All in All I trrust Lennon and Lawell to see us through to CL football on a regular basis and as near to debt free as possible. Hail Hail

  15. Good article,

    I’ve been thinking about Celtic as a business at the moment, on the one hand it’s relatively recession proof, on the other hand, we as customers (and to some extent investors) are far more vocal about the running of the business.

    Yeah, it’s more than just a business, but we got a scare this year and I bet there were some rapidly receding hairlines walking up kerrydale street to work. So well done, for taking the time to think, as opposed to the comments we all see all over the place that blithely proclaim the need to invest “the money we got” in a big name player (who could in turn do a ligament and be out for the best part of the season)

    I agree with ewanbhoy and steviebhoy about champions league qualifiers, personally, I wouldn’t be opposed to selling players instead of buying, then replacing them with cheaper alternatives as and when we’re offered money. This is going to sound hideous, but we’re not a big European team, and to be honest, spending what cash we have isn’t going to change that, I think we should position ourselves as a cash rich club, run on a shoestring (albeit a very thick shoestring in comparison to our domestic counterparts), which is going to paint our domestic league and cups green over the next few years, then, if the orcs get back up, the cash is there to keep them at bay.

    We can’t be put in the position again that we have to qualify for the champions league to either stay afloat, or be able to buy a player or two when it’s necessary.

    The simple fix is to use the time without the usual domestic rivalry to bolster the clubs finances, eradicate debt, try to create a surplus of cash and invest wisely (I don’t just mean in players).

    On the subject of the board, it’s a bad time to be running a football club, in Scotland it’s a horrific time to be running a football club. The board have done very well, there have been hiccups and their actions are shaped by much more than just what we want, which must be tricky, fans, police, politicians, players, finances – all in a country that we know has not welcomed our presence. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for making the decisions that Peter Lawell et al do, anyone that thinks they could do a better job of improving the running of our club are fooling themselves.

    I get the impression that this year was always going to be the tricky year, the board will know what needs to be done for next year, we don’t need no stinking rangers! That’s the point of this year, coming to terms and adjusting to the financial mess left to the rest of Scottish football. And so far… 10/10 we don’t need no stinking rangers.

    Let’s just sit back, watch Barcelona at work, and see what we can do.

    Hail Hail, these are good times in bad times

  16. Good article,

    I’ve been thinking about Celtic as a business at the moment, on the one hand it’s relatively recession proof, on the other hand, we as customers (and to some extent investors) are far more vocal about the running of the business.

    Yeah, it’s more than just a business, but we got a scare this year and I bet there were some rapidly receding hairlines walking up kerrydale street to work. So well done, for taking the time to think, as opposed to the comments we all see all over the place that blithely proclaim the need to invest “the money we got” in a big name player (who could in turn do a ligament and be out for the best part of the season)

    I agree with ewanbhoy and steviebhoy about champions league qualifiers, personally, I wouldn’t be opposed to selling players instead of buying, then replacing them with cheaper alternatives as and when we’re offered money. This is going to sound hideous, but we’re not a big European team, and to be honest, spending what cash we have isn’t going to change that, I think we should position ourselves as a cash rich club, run on a shoestring (albeit a very thick shoestring in comparison to our domestic counterparts), which is going to paint our domestic league and cups green over the next few years, then, if the orcs get back up, the cash is there to keep them at bay.

    We can’t be put in the position again that we have to qualify for the champions league to either stay afloat, or be able to buy a player or two when it’s necessary.

    The simple fix is to use the time without the usual domestic rivalry to bolster the clubs finances, eradicate debt, try to create a surplus of cash and invest wisely (I don’t just mean in players).

    On the subject of the board, it’s a bad time to be running a football club, in Scotland it’s a horrific time to be running a football club. The board have done very well, there have been hiccups and their actions are shaped by much more than just what we want, which must be tricky, fans, police, politicians, players, finances – all in a country that we know has not welcomed our presence. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for making the decisions that Peter Lawell et al do, anyone that thinks they could do a better job of improving the running of our club are fooling themselves.

    I get the impression that this year was always going to be the tricky year, the board will know what needs to be done for next year, we don’t need no stinking rangers! That’s the point of this year, coming to terms and adjusting to the financial mess left to the rest of Scottish football. And so far… 10/10 we don’t need no stinking rangers.

    Let’s just sit back, watch Barcelona at work, and see what we can do.

    Hail Hail, these are good times in bad times

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