Cursory glance at Celtic’s new Bhoy Holm suggests we have signed a savvy kid

Everyone loves a new signing and the potential they can bring to the table heading into the new season. Celtic today kicked-off another new era in our wonderful, unbroken history as Brendan Rodgers officially spoke to the club’s supporters via the official media channel and spoke of his hopes for the future, whilst he’s also spoken about newest recruit, Odin Thiago Holm.

Rodgers had this to say about the 20-year-old midfielder today: “We are delighted to bring Odin to the club and to secure his signing so early in the window. He is a player who has been in the club’s scouting and recruitment system for some time. I have looked at him closely and believe he is someone who can make a big impact at the club.

I have spent time already with Odin, he is an ambitious, exciting young player and I know he is delighted to be joining us. He is a great addition to the quality squad we already have and we really look forward to working with him.”

The Irishman has a wonderful track-record of improving players, and especially young players too. At Liverpool he turned Raheem Sterling into a superstar that turned the head of Manchester City’s recruitment team and he brought Belgium star Youri Tieleman’s career on leaps and bounds too. Not to mention Patrick Roberts, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, and Callum McGregor whilst at Celtic.

Rodgers’ initial reaction to the signing of Norwegian youngster, Holm, is intriguing as he thinks the Scandanavian can come in and have a “big impact” from the off. Having spoken to him and gauged his attitude and personality, it’s clear that the new boss sees somebody with the potential to succeed at Paradise and perhaps beyond.

A telling revelation from someone who has worked with some top-class talent throughout his time in football management, for sure. Odin is no pushover, despite playing for Valerenga in the Eliteserien instead of being at a top European clubs’ academy. Nominated as a European Golden Boy candidate in the past, Holm visited some of the top brass in the game in the not so distant past.

Having saw the glamour and the glitz of it all in the English Premier League and beyond, the savvy Norwegian kid said thanks, but no thanks to being sucked in and becoming another brick in the wall at these prestigious development establishments. Instead, he decided to take the road less travelled in the words of the magnificent Robert Frost, and earned his spurs in the men’s game at home first in a proper apprenticeship.

For sure, there will be those that sneered in disbelief when the youngster chose to knock back the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, however, what Celtic have just landed is a young man who knows what he wants out of life and knows the correct way to go about it in the pursuit of greatness in the game of professional football. Development, development, development.

I like the lad already.

Welcome to Paradise, Odin!

Paul Gillespie


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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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