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Deleted Mystery Tweet Claims Celtic Star Is “Free Agent”



Leigh Griffiths has been the subject of intense speculation since it was first revealed that Celtic may not be taking up the option of extending his contract by a further year.

With the former Scotland hitman being linked with a return to his old club, Hibs,  it is still not known whether or not Griffiths will, in fact, remain at the Hoops. Until now.

This afternoon, Griffiths brother Aaron, tweeted a cryptic message which seemed to suggest that Griffiths has in fact been freed, “Not without a contract from Celtic he won’t he’s a free agent as far as I’m aware”.

The tweet was screenshot by user @Conor67_ as it was swiftly deleted which prompted many fans to wonder if the popular striker has in fact been released by the club.

Griffiths has not been without his controversies this season as his well reported off field issues have seriously impacted his ability to not only break through to the Celtic first team, but also the national squad.

The Celtic support are split on whether or not Griffiths should be offered a new deal for next season, but with Patryk Klimala already gone and Odsonne Edouard looking more likely to be heading to Leicester City, the question is not whether Celtic can afford to extend Griffiths contract but can they afford not to?

“POTENTIALLY £90m!” – JOURNALISTS AMAZING MANAGER GAMBLE CLAIM

Every Celtic supporter is familiar with Mark Guidi and his offerings, and sometimes rantings, whenever he appears on a radio football show.

When he used to work for Clyde1 on Superscoreboard, his overbearing ‘shout down’ style whenever he didn’t agree with a caller or if a caller challenged his opinion was a huge turn off.

Since he migrated over to The Go Radio Football Show, his style has calmed somewhat but he has come up with some belting quotes and this one really gets the juices going. When speaking about the Ange Postecoglou appointment, Guidi speaks of his reservations but then made an outlandish claim that even the Doc from Back to the Future isn’t qualified to make, “You couldn’t rule anything out. If he does have to come and isolate and like I said, nothing Ange Postecoglou, I’m not being disrespectful at all. I’m not trying to ridicule him with the old ‘Ange who?’, not at all.

If he’s offered the Celtic job, good luck to him. But I don’t know how Celtic have arrived to the conclusion that Ange Postecoglou is the right man to drive Celtic forward.

And that’s nothing against him. I just have a feeling that we’re missing something. Is it just buying time until Steve Clark is available? Possibly although he is still under contract. I don’t know, maybe I’m being very unfair.

“Celtic are in the Champions League qualifiers in July and August. That’s 30 million quid. If you win the league this season. It’s another 30 million quid because you’re right into the Champions League so that’s 60 million pounds.

“And you’re 30 million pounds of season ticket money, and as we all know, we all know Celtic supporters are swithering. If you want to add all that up that’s potentially 90 million pounds in the next year based on a large show on who your next manager is going to be and with the greatest respect to Ange Postecoglou, it’s a strange one for me.”

Quite the claim for Guidi and very dramatic, but it still didn’t encourage any extra callers to challenge that because, well, you know. It’s really not worth it.

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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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THE CELTIC BOARDS POTENTIAL £30m FATAL MISTAKE LAID BARE BY SKY SPORTS JOURNALIST
There are just some people in the journalistic world you listen to …
SKY REPORTER GIVES COMPELLING BACKROOM TEAM UPDATE
You know, it really is a strange one. Not the appointment of …
WHAT SUTTON SAID TODAY CONFUSED THE WHOLE OF CELTIC TWITTER
Right off the bat, Chris Sutton waded into the Ange Postecoglou debate …
GOT TO LOVE STRACHAN’S TAKE DOWNS. HERE ARE HIS BEST AT CELTIC
I read an article where Gordon Strachan absolutely destroyed the pundit's and …

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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ENGLISH MEDIA REPORT EPL “BID BEING PREPARED” FOR WANTAWAY STAR

As the news broke of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer’s intentions of quitting the Hoops in the summer, reports in the English media suggest that Norwich City are set to table a bid for the Norwegian.

It was expected that Ajer would be heading to the English Premier League after speculation that Newcastle United were favourites to land the towering defender with an £8m bid, but with Ajer entering the last year of his current contract, the price Celtic would hope to receive could be a lot less than they had hoped.

Ajer said of his future today, “With one year left of my contract, that would be the best solution for me and my club. Something is going to happen this summer.

“There are of course many rumours. Right now it’s just rumours. I have one year left on my contract with Celtic and I relate to it, but something will probably happen this summer.

“I have one year left and will be loyal to the club. For both me and Celtic to get the best possible starting point, it probably makes sense that it happens this year.

After reports linking him with a £20m move to AC Milan at the start of the season, Ajer may be resigned to EPL relegation mediocrity as a move to consistent drop zone club Newcastle United or, as expected, Norwich will do nothing for the defender’s medal haul, although it will significantly top up his bank balance.

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.

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.

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