There were a lot of Celtic fans, including myself who were expecting Celtic to sign at least one more player before the deadline but it failed to materialise.
Should we really have been surprised given the club’s attitude towards many deadline days in the past. Selling Johansen and trying to flog Simunovic while banking a massive Champions League pot put expectations at an all time high for a signing that would capture the imagination, much like Rodgers appointment back in May. Sadly, and I’m told not through lack of trying, Celtic didn’t manage to get anyone in.
Now, there’s two ways you can look at it. You can go the ‘Lawwell is banking all the money for his bonus’ rant or you could look at the manager and think Celtic’s lack of investment on the final day was down to not being able to get who he WANTED. I’m sure there were many agents of players knocking at Celtic’s door throughout the last few days, some who may even have a bit of notoriety but not what and who Brendan Rodgers wanted. In the past we’ve seen deadline day signings like Miku and CKR, brought into appease fans of a signing and to make up the numbers. Rodgers does not do the numbers game, he wants quality, he has his own vision and will not settle for lesser players being thrust upon him because his own targets aren’t moving, in this window anyway.
Deadline day has been whipped up into a frenzy by Sky Sports and I, like many others get carried away with it sometimes. Watching the comings and goings up and down the country is entertaining to watch. The reality, however, is that we work in a different world from the vast majority of clubs that take part in the frantic finale to the window. We have to be more methodical, more reserved and prudent in our approach. Take Bournemouth capture of Jack Wilshire for example, he has went to BFC on a season-long-loan, some Celtic fans thought we should be in the conversation since it was a loan deal and if he’s fit, he can be a great player. The reality of that transfer is Bournemouth are reportedly paying £80kpw wages with a hefty playing bonus on top of that. It’s just not in our world nor do I want it to be. Yes, it would have been nice to Celtic put down a large sum of money on one player with a bit of quality but they must only do this at the behest of Brendan Rodgers and not be drawn in to doing so for the sake of it.
Last night I felt the frustration, as many of you did but was quick to see the bigger picture. The polarising Peter Lawwell once said, we aim to head out of the transfer window stronger than we went in, on that premise alone we have to be happy with what we’ve done.
We now have a top class manager and added Ajer, Dembele, De Vries, Gamboa, Sinclair and Toure. While shedding Boerrigter, Cole, CKR, Mulgrew, Johansen, Allan, Stokes, Fisher and Janko. Forgive me if I’ve forgotten anyone, it is early morning and I haven’t had my coffee yet! With the exception of maybe Mulgrew who could have been great for cover over the season then all the outs are just as good as the ins. If Efe Ambrose’s feet weren’t planted firmly under the table and he accepted a switch to the Belgian league yesterday we’d all be in a state of euphoria.
The frustration of deadline day will pass, and I’m betting, if the team plays to their ability in Celtic’s next home fixture no one will remember the sight of young Paul the Tim sitting on the steps of Celtic Park waiting for something to happen (That’s dedication btw).
Our Champions League group looks daunting and to coin a very Scottish term it would have been great to have some more ‘HONORS’ (backup) for heading out to face some of Europes best players but one signing wasn’t going to make or break that. This is a developmental season and Rodgers will assess his squad in January as well as prepare for next season soon after.
With the likes of Paddy Roberts, Sinclair and a rejuvenated Tom Rogic feeding an ever improving Leigh Griffiths how can we be too down hearted?!
With regards to the rest of the season in the famous words o fa disgruntled Delia Smith…
LET’S BE HAVIN’ YOU!
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