Well, I’d like to say I saw this coming, but I was wrong. On a previous blog I speculated that Celtic would get it right and supply the manager with the tools of the trade to build his Ark. They didn’t. And now the floodwaters are rising, and ‘Noah’ Rodgers has been left up the creek without a first-class paddle!
When the supplicant put his hands up to Celtic’s ‘god’, Desmond Dermot, he was summarily denied, and as a result, the fools gold we were promised has fooled us all. The billionaire had other priorities to be fair to him; he was playing golf right up to the deadline hour with fellow-Irishman, Rory McIlroy.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers was scrambling about with multiple phones to his ear in a bid to achieve his desirable, Snatch of the Day and accomplish his mission to bring in four TOP CLASS players. This was not to satiate his legendary ego, but to fortify a crumbling vessel which is in serious danger of floundering and with it, sixty-million Champions League quid!
The Ark-itect didn’t get four. He didn’t get two. No left-back and no TOP CLASS striker. Instead, he got another hopeful winger and a third-choice Championship exile from Norwich. But… he’s Irish, so that’s Ok. The fans will love him.
Perhaps, but with none of Brendan’s targets achieved, how does that look? I know how it feels; it feels like the paying customer who supply the Celtic Football Club board of directors with their luxury lifestyles have been sold down the river! The team has been weakened for the second transfer window in a row, and there’s absolutely no guarantee we will retain the Flag, never mind win the double.
I’ve heard it said, ‘people are complaining after winning all those trophies in recent years.’ I’ve also heard it said that ‘we won the vast majority when *Rangers imploded and died,’ leaving us with, in Kevin Bridges’ parlance, “a one-horse race!” But, that would be disingenuous to the other clubs whose whole squad would probably cost the price of one top Celt…
This season we brought in players who hardly saw the light of day on the park and have discontented members whose career has more ups and downs than a New York bellhop. Marco Tilio got a mere sniff during a Champions league game and was promptly shipped all the way back to Australia!
I’m not saying he would have been good enough, I’m saying the same as the majority of players; he should not have been bought! How are these guys expected to embrace loyalty to the club when they are treated like this? Gus Lagerbielke anyone?
IF Nicolas Kuhn rips up the wing, and IF Adam Idah proves that the Scottish Premiership is inferior to the Championship down south with some sterling performances in front of goal, THEN we may see light at the end of a currently very dark tunnel.
When Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley surely depart Parkhead’s shores, theirs will be huge boots to fill, and IF Celtic implode courtesy of this window and blow the Title and the cash, their replacements may be as inferior as the ones we have purchased recently.
IF that happens, there will be no hiding place for the fats-cats in the heated Director’s Box. Things may indeed get a little frostier outside.