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