A blog I wanted to do a while back but I left doing it in hope he would stay but sadly he left. We got money for him, released Mohamed Bangura from his contract and spent that money signing Leigh Griffiths from Wolves where he was top scorer. There is no doubting Griffiths will score goals but we lost something HUGE this week
I am guessing here but an educated guess that the Celtic dressing room won’t be the same without Ledley. He had a huge impact on the team in the dressing room and at training. He is a TOP player. We were told by Lennon we had £6M to spend. I won’t argue if Ledley wanted to leave we had to cash in, but if he left over a few thousand pound that would be brutal to take. He looked happy, he looked content. Many players stated in the press and on the Celtic website “We all want Joe to stay”
Watching the game today I sensed the players missed Joe, maybe some were disappointed at the board for not trying hard enough maybe some were disappointed in Joe for going to a relegation side when Champions League football was on the menu here. I would like to think Joe wanted to go home but London isn’t home. I remember many tweeting “If he leaves for Cardiff City I will understand” to leave at the last second for a team who probably will be relegated makes no sense. I asked the same with Hooper. It must be money, it has to be because the prestige of playing for Celtic is higher than anything Hooper and Ledley will get now. They won’t have big nights like Barcelona, they have traded Hero status almost for less. Maybe Joe got an extra £20,000 a week, I have no idea.
All I know is I miss Joe, he was something else as a player for us, he could spot a pass and was starting to score goals. BUT This season I don’t think he started one Champions League game, I am guessing he maybe started in the 6-1 defeat in Barcelona.
The fans will miss you Joe but more so your ex team mates off and on the park. So good luck to you and your family whatever your future brings mate. You will always be remembered for many things, but sadly you won’t be doing this again Joe