Will the board take a leap of faith ?

So after an excellent result in Sweden we have one foot in the door of the Champions League group stages and guaranteed minimum of £10m. After watching tonight’s game I believe we will finish the job off next week.

Now you could say that the score slightly flattered us but we scored two goals and despite the chances Helsingborg had which were mainly down to our mistakes they still could not score. Having now watched them throw everything at us I do not believe they are a better side than us nor do I believe they can overturn the deficit.

So what is running through the mind of Peter Lawwell and co at the moment? Are they as optimistic as I and many Celtic fans are and are prepared to give Neil even £3-4m to try and land a player or two or will they stick with the wait till the fat lady sings approach? Which is sensible enough but brings it’s own problems.

The second approach put’s us in an awkward position as the next leg is on the 29th of August leaving us a few days to tie up a couple of players. Clubs will know we are up against time so they may play hard ball and add a few 100K onto any transfer fee.

As for the debt situation the club will have to borrow in any event as you don’t get your CL money till the second half of the season which will make the half yearly accounts look less healthy however the second half yearly accounts will balance the deficit out.

It is my hope and I’m sure I am right that we have already targeted a couple of players and we or they are waiting to see if the Champions league becomes a reality before any negotiations can start.

Which brings me back to the original question, Will the board take a leap of faith and try to open negotiations now or will we wait until the clock is ticking against us ?

As I said the club will have to take on some debt anyway.

10 thoughts on “Will the board take a leap of faith ?

  1. An issue I’m sure that will once more divide the Celtic faithful.
    My personal opinion is that we should tie up a loan deal with an option to purchase any potential signings. I do not believe it is either necessary or prudent to spend money this season, I’ll blog my rational later though!
    Good article buddy HH

    1. I think if we get 1 or two in just now we don’t have to go into the transfer market in January. The loan deal option is a good idea. I await your rational 🙂

  2. An issue I’m sure that will once more divide the Celtic faithful.
    My personal opinion is that we should tie up a loan deal with an option to purchase any potential signings. I do not believe it is either necessary or prudent to spend money this season, I’ll blog my rational later though!
    Good article buddy HH

    1. I think if we get 1 or two in just now we don’t have to go into the transfer market in January. The loan deal option is a good idea. I await your rational 🙂

  3. The trouble with signings in the £2 – 3M bracket is that for every Gary Hooper there is a Mo Bangura. I for one don’t want to go back down the road of signing players just for the sake of it, although we are crying out for a decent C/H. How about Chris Berra?

    This season presents a unique opportunity to push some of our youngsters on and see what they’re made of. Toshney, McGeouch, Slane, Keatings, Watt and the Twardzik brothers in particular will never have a better chance to make names for themselves. Personally, I think all of these boys are good enough and wish them every success.

  4. The trouble with signings in the £2 – 3M bracket is that for every Gary Hooper there is a Mo Bangura. I for one don’t want to go back down the road of signing players just for the sake of it, although we are crying out for a decent C/H. How about Chris Berra?

    This season presents a unique opportunity to push some of our youngsters on and see what they’re made of. Toshney, McGeouch, Slane, Keatings, Watt and the Twardzik brothers in particular will never have a better chance to make names for themselves. Personally, I think all of these boys are good enough and wish them every success.

  5. Any purchases would be a waste of money.
    We’ll almost certainly win the league with the current squad so improvement isn’t required there.
    Champs League? We’ll almost certainly go out at the end of the group stage so unless any signings make a significant improvement to the team it would be a waste of money.

    Best way forward is to get a couple of season long loan deals. There are plenty, and I mean plenty, premiership players, even at the lower end who would improve our team (particularly the defence). Would you rather sit on the bench at Stoke/Fulham/Swansea or play in front of 60k every other week and in the Champs League?
    Today QPR have signed Carvalho on loan…..will we do any similar deals?
    I think we’d have a decent chance of a couple of loan players.

  6. Any purchases would be a waste of money.
    We’ll almost certainly win the league with the current squad so improvement isn’t required there.
    Champs League? We’ll almost certainly go out at the end of the group stage so unless any signings make a significant improvement to the team it would be a waste of money.

    Best way forward is to get a couple of season long loan deals. There are plenty, and I mean plenty, premiership players, even at the lower end who would improve our team (particularly the defence). Would you rather sit on the bench at Stoke/Fulham/Swansea or play in front of 60k every other week and in the Champs League?
    Today QPR have signed Carvalho on loan…..will we do any similar deals?
    I think we’d have a decent chance of a couple of loan players.

  7. As we all know there are a plethora of clubs trying to offload overhead and plenty of loan signing options out there. From our pespective I think generally Lennon has been quite shrewd. Yes he’s made a couple of signings that havent worked and moved on players who dont conform to his ethos.
    When you are shopping in the bargain basement…the TK Max of the football world…you really do need to dig deep and rummage around. I dont think we have any problems other that in centre defence. That is where I worry as Neil’s track record there is quite frankly shit! You would think big Johan would be able to run a more acute eye over perspective candidates. Or does NL’s need for control kick in when making decisions. In saying all that…isnt it great we can debate this? Happy Days. HH

  8. As we all know there are a plethora of clubs trying to offload overhead and plenty of loan signing options out there. From our pespective I think generally Lennon has been quite shrewd. Yes he’s made a couple of signings that havent worked and moved on players who dont conform to his ethos.
    When you are shopping in the bargain basement…the TK Max of the football world…you really do need to dig deep and rummage around. I dont think we have any problems other that in centre defence. That is where I worry as Neil’s track record there is quite frankly shit! You would think big Johan would be able to run a more acute eye over perspective candidates. Or does NL’s need for control kick in when making decisions. In saying all that…isnt it great we can debate this? Happy Days. HH

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