It has been a hectic month for many clubs in the SPFL this January as it wrapped up last night when the window slammed shut at midnight. Shouts from the terraces demanding biscuit tins to be broken into by the board and “save our season” cries have been in full force for the past few … Continue reading 5 of January’s Most Interesting Signings
It’s been a while since Scottish football fans got properly excited for a January transfer window. Most clubs can only rely on loans and free agents but the country’s top clubs are preparing for a busy month as a potential title race heats up beyond the winter months. We've already had the arrivals of Jermaine Defoe and Oliver Burke as well as the return to Scottish clubs of Ryan Gauld and Steven Davis - all on loan. It is another loan move that seems most intriguing and for reasons that are more than meets the eye. Timothy Weah, son of African footballing icon and current Liberian president George Weah, has joined Celtic on loan from PSG until the end of this season. Eighteen year old Weah will join the Hoops at their Winter training camp in Dubai as they make preparations to bounce back from their recent Old Firm derby disappointment. The young striker will be expected to provide fierce competition for Celtic's record signing Odsonne Edouard, himself an initial loan arrival from PSG, while Leigh Griffiths recovers from personal issues.
Trouble is brewing in paradise as Celtic are in dire need of adding new blood to a squad that is about to come up against their biggest test in recent years. There seems to be a disconnect between manager Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic board in terms of their transfer policy and, given the improvements that Rangers, Hibs and Hearts have made this summer as well as the difficulty of navigating multiple Champions League qualifying rounds, this is happening at a critical time. In the green and white hoops you are always only as good as your last performance and it already seems like so long ago that the club made history with a double treble.
Pure Fitbaw has some potential solutions to shore up the Celtic backline but first let's examine why a fix is needed before August 31st when the transfer window closes.
Written for Pure Fitbaw by Paul McGarraghy (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Over The Bar - An Independent Football Fansite)
When Manchester City signed Patrick Roberts from Fulham on 19 July 2015, many fans of the English Championship side expected him to spend some time bedding in at his new club. However, nobody could really be sure if he’d get the opportunity to fulfil his potential at a club where playing time would be limited, given the star names in the first team squad. City paid the Cottagers a fee of approximately £12 million for Roberts, who was just 18 at the time, and a fee like that for a prospective talent usually indicates the high regards in which the buying club holds the player. However, as could be expected, playing time was restricted, despite Roberts impressing during pre-season and back –to-back loans at Celtic would follow.
It is fair to say that many eyebrows were raised when Liam Henderson swapped Parkhead for the Stadio San Nicola. With rumored interested from Preston North End and Hibs, it would have been considered a fairly left field prediction that Henderson would be joining the promotion chasing Serie B side F.C. Bari on a contract which runs until 2020.
Rangers’ mindset and tactics were all wrong for the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final game before a ball was kicked and, as the game unfolded at Hampden, Celtic took control.
Rangers are unlikely to accept more of the same, and need drastic change.
So what are three changes Rangers could make for when they meet again this Sunday?
Celtic and Hibs under 20s clashed at Cappielow Park in Greenock on Monday. Pure Fitbaw was there to run the rule over the next generation of Hoops and Hibees stars.
We review the past week's content on Pure Fitbaw ICYMI and take a look at what's coming up this week as we Scout the Week in Scottish football.
Russian poet, playwright and novelist Alexander Pushkin described the city of Saint Petersburg as having been created to "cut a window into Europe." This Thursday night Celtic can bring the shutters down on that window by knocking Zenit out of the Europa League. This preview of the Round of 32, second-leg tie will use statistics … Continue reading Young Celtic Stars Can Make Round Of 32 a European Zenith For Zenit