Category Archives: Celtic Transfer Rumours

OUTSPOKEN PUNDIT PUMMELS BOARD WITH HYPOCRITICAL DEFENCE OF LENNON AND HAMMOND SIGNING POLICY

There has been a lot said about Celtic’s hunt for a new manager. The Celtic board have, quite rightly, been lambasted for their handling of the Eddie Howe affair and now they are being held to account for the potential shambles of the Ange Postecoglou appointment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the Postecoglou appointment IS a shambles, but the circus that has surrounded it is.

Speaking in his weekly column, Charlie Nicholas has criticised the board by, strangely, crediting the Lennon/Hammond regimes transfer policy, “Ange Postecoglou looks set to become Celtic manager – but how many top targets will he have missed out on by then? We had the Eddie Howe disaster but now they look to be finally in a position to land Postecoglou. There is no doubt that Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond would have put transfer targets in place before they departed.”

What a strange comment. Are we talking about the same Hammond that identified Barkas, Duffy and Laxalt? The same Lennon that said he had been tracking Laxalt for almost two seasons before he managed to get him? Or the same two guys that identified Jonjoe “Pass it sideways” Kenny? And there have been many more!

This is coming from the same pundit, who just back in January said of the signing policy, “Celtic have gone backwards and the signings have been poor. They were lazy about the signings.” The hypocrisy is incomprehensible.

Sometimes I genuinely think these “pundits” just need to take a deep breath before speaking or writing, which actually makes what he said worse as writing requires a degree of thinking. Nope, wait. It makes sense now!

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AFRICAN MEDIA REPORT CELTIC “INTEREST” IN 90 CAP INTERNATIONAL STRIKER

As Celtic look to replace apparent outgoing striker Odsonne Edouard, they have been linked with Ghanaian international captain and striker Andre Ayew.

Ayew is available on a free after being released by Swansea since the Welsh club failed to secure their place in the mega bucks English Premier League after he 2-0 defeat by Brentford in May.

African media outlet Ghana Soccernet revealed Celtic’s supposed interest in the hitman as they negotiate the current transfer of Odsonne Edouard to Leicester City

Although not a prolific striker, Ayew did manage to score 17 goals in the English Championship last season but the experienced forward does have versatility as he is capable of playing as a winger on opposite sides of the pitch.

It does seem a strange link to make but I can see why as Celtic where linked with the big striker back in Brendan Rodgers reign when Ayew was five years younger, but even then, his goal scoring rate still wasn’t what many would call prolific.

With Celtic still officially manager less, there is no way to tell how much leverage there are in these rumours but is Ayew the man to replace the iconic Edouard? Not for me.

DEAL “AGREED”. CELTIC READY TO RAKE IN MILLIONS

The worst kept secret in football is just about to be made official as Leicester City have reportedly agreed to buy Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard for £15m.

Reports in today’s media suggest an agreement has been made in principal to allow the Frenchman to team up with his old gaffer, Brendan Rodgers, as The Foxes boss aims to find a long term solution to the “Jamie Vardy” problem.

Vardy, now 34 years old, has been sensational form for Leicester and was a pivotal figure in helping them secure the English Premier League title in 2016, but with his best years behind him, Rodgers had identified Edouard as the ideal replacement and at £15m, he certainly has found a bargain.

Edouard has been a prolific success at Paradise and Celtic fans will be hoping that the money being recouped by the board will be invested straight back into the squad as incoming boss, Ange Postecoglou looks to rebuild the team in time for next season’s league and Champions League campaign.

After the deal is concluded, the big Aussie boss will be left with the headache of having only two recognised strikers at the club but with rumours of Leigh Griffiths possibly being moved on, could Celtic really begin the season with just one forward man?

Whatever is going to happen the supporters will be hoping that Celtic will have at least identified targets for the incoming manager as the clock is ticking towards the start of the new season.

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SWEDISH MEDIA REPORT MANAGERLESS HOOPS “BID” FOR £3.4M STAR. who’s making the bid?

Reports from Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet, have confirmed that Celtic have tabled a bid for Elfsborg’s towering centre back Joseph Okumu. The Kenyan international is in high demand with reported interest from FOUR other European clubs, including Glasgow rivals, Rangers.

According to the report, club manager Stefan Andreasson has confirmed that a bid of £2.5m has already been confirmed as the largest from French side Llorient, but with interest from Gent and Reims, it is thought the Swedish club are holding out for at least £3.4m.

Andreasson said of the interest and of his player entering the final year of his contract, “There is a lot of interest in Okumu, it has been for a long time.

“I cannot comment on any details. We have had some clubs that want to act, not just one club.

“Either we find the right club, otherwise we have the ambition to extend. We have a good dialogue both with Joseph and with his representatives.”

With Celtic still officially managerless and with no Director of Football or Head of Recruitment, who exactly is sanctioning this multi million pound move?

And, if reports are to be believed, that Ange Postecoglou is set to become the next Hoops manager, is he having signings thrust upon him before he has even got his feet under the table?

Celtic are in a whole sorry mess and until at least the manager question has been answered, the supporters are still in the dark at what is happening at this great club.

REPORT: HOWE ‘SPOKEN TO’ CENTENERY LEGEND TO JOIN TEAM. ARE CELTIC FANS READY FOR THIS?

A report has surfaced today that Eddie Howe has spoken to former Celtic warhorse Peter Grant to join his backroom team when he officially takes over the reigns at Paradise.

Grant was pivotal in his role in the famous Centenry Double season way back in 1988 where he helped Celtic lift the league and Scottish Cup double as part of a midfield duo with Paul McStay.

The boy from Bellshill, nicknamed ‘Peter the Pointer’ genuinely loved playing for the Hoops and it now looks like he could be in line for another sensational return to his boyhood heroes if Howe gets his way.

Grant was part of the ill fated Tony Mowbray era in season 2009/10 but with rumours of a bust up with Neil Lennon at the time, it seemed that was enough to end his coaching career at Paradise the first time around.

However, Grant could be in for a sensational and emotional return as part of Howe’s backroom team and if he is brought on board, one thing is for sure, the lack of commitment and passion shown by the players this season will most certainly not be tolerated by Grant and that is definitely something that is required at Celtic Park next season.

THE MEDIA SPIN ON EDOUARD PROFIT IS PATHETIC BUT PREDICTABLE

It’s a strange wee world we live in. Only in the Scottish media would a £5m profit on a player be regarded as a negative.

With Odsonne Edouard about to depart for the bright lights of Leicester City, the £20m reported payment that Celtic will receive will be subject to a sell on clause owed to Paris St Germain.

It is well known that the French billionaires will be owed 50% of any profit made on the Frenchman so why are the media intent on spinning it now as a negative?

The simple answer is it’s because it’s Celtic. With the success of the Hoops being able to buy low and sell high over the last few years, the written press simply can’t wait for a negative spin to be laid on the next transfer “disaster”.

Now, let me be clear. A 50% sell on clause is madness in any transfer deal but if that is what it took to get Eddy to Paradise then I for one am delighted.

Plus the 50% clause is not a surprise. Everyone knew about it at the time. The press knew, the supporters knew and so did any potential buyer.

So why the negativity? Granted the price Celtic are going to receive is significantly less than what it would have been last summer, but if Edouard went for £35m instead of £20m, would the press be reporting a profit of £13m as a positive or the fact that PSG are owed £13m as a negative?

I think we all know the answer to that.

REPORT WARNS OF £7M BID FOR HOOPS STAR. CELTIC FANS NEED TO TAKE A SEAT

A report has surfaced tonight of a plot to raid Celtic with a £7m bid for Hoops Young Player of The Year David Turnbull.

The Scottish Sun reports that Aston Villa are poised to try and prise Celtic’s star man away from Paradise after the Euro’s as Villa boss Dean Smith takes note of the Scottish transfer market after the success of John McGinn.

Turnbull, signed from Motherwell for £3m last summer has been a huge success this season as the one shining light from what has been described as a year of disaster after losing the long dreamt about ten in a row to greatest rivals Rangers.

If The Villains genuinely are serious about trying to tempt Turnbull away, they need to get their valuation in order first.

£7m for a player of Turnbull’s already rising stock is laughable and in my opinion Smith would genuinely need to come back with an offer north of £15m for Celtic to entertain the notion of allowing the Euro’s bound midfielder to speak to the Midlands club.

With Celtic supporters still patiently waiting for the news of Eddie Howe becoming the next manager AND season book renewals, any thought if selling their top star would be a massive blow to not only to the teams chances of taking back the league title back from their Glasgow rivals, but also of convincing the hoops faithful to parting with their hard earned cash again.

CELTIC “EXPECTED” TO OFFER €8M FOR PROLIFIC FORWARD

Turkish media outlet , Milliyet today reports that Celtic are “expected” to offer €8m for prolific Gabonese forward Aaron Boupendza.

Boupendza currnetly plays for Hatayspor in the Turkish Super Lig and has so far notched twenty two goals in thirty eight appearances for the 6th place team.

The 24 year old was picked up on a free from French side Bourdeaux at the beginning of the season and has been an absolute sensation in Turkey’s top division and has started to attract attention from various other clubs, including Celtic.

It is reported that Celtic have already had a €6.5m bid rejected but Milliyet claims that is is expected that the Hoops will come in with a second bid of €8.5m, which will match the Turkish club’s valuation.

Boupndza is a Gabon international with sixteen appearances under his belt with just four international goals to his name.

A relative unknow to the game before his move to Hatayaspor, by all regards it seems Celtic see the front man as an ideal replacement for Frenchman Odsonne Edouard when he finally moves onto the English Premier League with Leicester City.

Although there is no word from Celtic regarding the transfer of Boupendza, it seems the Turkish media are almost certain that Celtic see the front man as the man to lead the line for the Hoops next season.

karamoko is going nowhere. the rebuild needs him

All the speculation regarding young Celtic winger Karamoko Demeble contract and whether he will be at the club next year has been all but blown out of the water.

After Celtic’s victory against St Johnstone last night, interim manager John Kennedy, lifted the lid on the young Hoops stars future and insisted he is going nowhere, “There is a lot of speculation in terms of Karamoko being out of contract in the summer.

“I don’t know where that that has come from because he has another year left.

“In terms of him, again a young player and every young player has a different pathway. Karamoko has been spoken about as the next superstar, but people develop physically at different rates.

“He is probably one who still has a bit of development, but is a terrific talent – we know that.

“It’s not a token gesture, he has done well in training recently.”

Dembele’s reputation as being a star for the future has been well documented and Kennedy does make an excellent point. Players do develop at different rates and the stance Celtic have taken with him will hopefully aid his progress as it could be seen as the club protecting him from the pressures of being the next Celtic star.

Dembele could be pivotal for Celtic next season. Expected Celtic gaffer Eddie Howe has a fantastic reputation for developing and nurturing young talent and I would expect Dembele to make a huge impact on Howe’s revolution in the summer.

“IT’S NOT EASY” – CELTIC ALERT AS FORMER TARGET LEFT IN THE COLD

The Ben Davies transfer saga was one of those stories that summed up Celtic’s season. The done deal that never was baffled the Celtic fans and caused serious embarrassment to the Parkhead hierarchy. Then boss, Neil Lennon, was convinced he had his man and it was widely reported by the Scottish media that the ‘deal was done‘.

Amazingly, Liverpool stepped in and stole a march on the deal as news emerged that Davies hadn’t signed the deal and was still available to move to another club. £500,000 later and a SIGNED contract later, Davies was a Kopite and Celtic were left reeling.

As details emerged on how the deal fell through (as reported by Vital Celtic), the big defender has yet to appear for The Reds this season and his misery was further compounded at the weekend when Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, opted for academy graduate Ryhs Williams to start in the 2-0 home win against Southampton.

In fact, Davies never even made the matchday squad and how he must be thinking what he needs to do to play for Liverpool or will he need to move on to resurrect his now seemingly flailing career?

Klopp addressed leaving his winter window signing out of the squad and what he said doesn’t look good for the big defender, “For Ben it’s not easy in our situation; we brought him in and he has to adapt and all of these kind of things. He is a really good player.

“If you bring one new player and then a second new player it changes everything, so we have to see which decision we make for it.”

Klopp’s words are ominous for Davies and it looks like his Liverpool career is over before it has even started. Would Celtic look to make their move again as they aim to rebuild the squad in the summer?

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