WITH the new season started the Bhoys at Celtic Underground appear to be ready to invest in a fancy new television presumably to watch the away games in the Champions League qualifiers.
See if I go into currys tomorrow and offer £200 for a £250 tv but promise them I’ll pay the extra £50 once I’ve watched 1000 hours of programmes do you think they’d sell it to me?
— Celtic Underground (@celticrumours) July 14, 2019
The Arsenal fans won’t be doing that this year, as theirs is a Europa League side. To be fair to the Gunners they did reach the Europe’s second tier tournament cup final last season. Some of their supporters were actually claiming on social media over the weekend that Arsenal have a bigger fan base in the UK than Celtic have worldwide.
It was left to @MuiryCelt to nail that lie using these two photographs. One from Arsenal’s appearance in the Europa Final earlier this year and the other when Celtic made it to the UEFA Cup Final in 2003 in Seville.
What he didn’t do was mention that only perhaps around 25% of the Celtic fans in Seville or the final had a ticket and were in the stadium.
80,000 > 3,000
— Muiry (@MuiryCeltic) July 14, 2019
Imagine swapping playing your football in front of the the support on the left for the fans on the right in @MuiryCelt’s tweet.
Not that this is something that’s actually happening anytime soon as far as Kieran Tierney is concerned. Reports yesterday that Arsenal had bid the necessary £25million were shot down within hours.
It is true that Arsenal have got as far as submitting a second offer – which has been rejected by Celtic – and rightly so. From the start, Arsenal are aware that bidding begins at £25million. The longer they, as one of the top sides from the richest league in the World, embarrass themselves in the Currys shop, the more likely that their weakness will alert a rival who will be prepared to slap down a bid for £25million for the one of the best two left backs in Britain.
Scottish football isn’t highly regarded south of the border and it is fair to say that clubs down there the benefited from signing decent to world class players on the cheap over the years. John McGinn to Aston Villa last season was the bargain buy of the summer window and you only have to look at two Celts who left for Liverpool and Arsenal previously. Dalglish and Nicholas were sensational talents at Celtic.
King Kenny of course choose his English side well. Champagne Charlie didn’t and his sparkle was soon lost.