Good Evening Everyone...Hail Hail!!!
This is my first post here so I thought I would start by introducing myself, didn't want just to start posting without giving you an idea who I was and why you should believe anything I say.
My name is Andrew Gibney born about 13 miles from Celtic Park in a small town called Cumbernauld. After seven glorious seasons sitting in the main stand at Parkhead (time perfectly with Larsson's arrival and departure) I moved to Leeds, England for education reasons.
Six years I have been in Yorkshire now, and it looks like I'm here for good. Many a good night has been spent in the Wim Jansen Celtic Supporters Club on Regent Street. My subscription to Sky and ESPN means I rarely get down there any more.
You may know my work already, I am the editor and writer of gibfootballshow and host of the award nominated gibfootballshow podcast, have a listen! This season I have also done work for Scottish TV station STV concentrating on tactical analysis for Celtic and Rangers Champions League games.
But if this is first time you've read anything of mine then "Hello!" Thanks for dropping by. I like to think of myself as a fair and level headed kind of guy. I don't go in for conspiracy theories or that type of shenanigans, just love the club and will do till I die.
So without further adieu let's get right in tae it!
It has been quite a quiet window so far, but there are still 12 days to go and I'm sure there will be plenty of action before the window slams shut. Jos Hooiveld has gone to Copenhagen on loan, good move for him, now he has the chance to play Champions League football. I hope he can come back and become a better player, or Celtic get a decent transfer fee for him.
Interesting that Lennon has let him go, as good as Rogne has been that now leaves him, Majstorovic, Glenn Loovens and at a massive stretch Charlie Mulgrew. Lennon must have something up his sleeve....surely.
The Erik Huseklepp deal seems dead in the water, really disappointed this one didn't get finalised, after seeing Erik a few times for SK Brann and France he is a very talented player. Playing from either the left or right of a 4-2-3-1 he love to get forward and join the attack and he is also very useful playing off the striker and will always give support. Too often Hooper or Stokes are left isolated upfront and there is no support, Huseklepp would have provided that.
Rumours are the deal died as Brann wanted £2m but that was too rich for Celtic's blood. Celtic's offer seems to have been either £650,000 with £50,000 for each year's Champions League participation. However in Norway rumours were that Celtic only offered £320,000 upfront and the same Champions League deal.
This is a ridiculous price for Celtic to try and prize away a Norwegian International without giving his team compensation to replace him with any type of quality. So Brann said "no way" and the deal is off.
Kelvin Wilson from Nottingham Forest has been signed on a pre-contract agreement but Kelvin and Celtic hold out hope that a deal can be done to bring him in this window. It may depend on what forward Lennon can lure to the club. James Vaughan from Everton on loan is the newest story, which is good cause it stops the Kevin Phillips rumours staying around too long.
Vaughan is a decent forward, watched him score a superb header against Sheffield United at the end of last year. Has some space, but seems to lack that killer instinct so maybe better to stay away from that one.
Come back on Friday for a preview of Celtic v Aberdeen, must be much tougher than last time.
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