Celtic transfers stink of panic and Rangers unstoppable machine will load at 56 – Hotline – Sports Hotline
Celtic fans on the Hotline believe the sweet smell of success is returning to Parkhead thanks to their club’s transfers in January.
But Rangers supporters are convinced that the Hoops’ transactions smell of panic.
Australian midfielder Riley McGree brought the number of new arrivals in east Glasgow to five this week and general manager Michael Nicholson has been praised by his supporters for doing a neat job.
Talks continue to turn Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers loan deals into permanent moves.
And Ciaran Mallon, Belfast, said: “Love the transfer window so far. Another exciting young talent on the doorstep from Parkhead to Riley McGree. The future looks bright for both green and white.
But Glasgow’s blue half was quick to respond to claims from yesterday’s hotline that Nicholson is some sort of miracle worker.
Muir Fulton, Ayr, said: “So the Messiah is here at Michael Nicholson, all bags and banners on the panel can be stored until May when the Rangers lift number 56 and we will see them return as an annual tradition in Parkhead.”
Jean bruce sent by email: ‘Celtic have spent around £ 20million on the players this summer and have already signed five signings for this transfer window which will have cost them around an additional £ 15million if, as reported, Jota and Carter-Vickers sign permanent agreements. That’s a lot of money and a lot of players, just to be second to Rangers – again. And sitting on the same points as at the same time last year.
“Does anyone breathe in the scent of panic coming from down in Parkhead?” Meanwhile, Rangers have just brought in £ 16million for a reserve player, lead the league and only have to make minor adjustments to strengthen the squad to help them win the champion title.
Jake curley sent an email: “Celtic is signing loads of ‘exciting’ players and is getting rid of the deadwood that was the exciting new signing not so long ago. They have to keep in mind that you don’t get a coconut every time. The training ground champions only need a few adjustments to their well-oiled machine for the 56 title. ”
Jim MacKenzie, East Kilbride, said: “To Celtic fans who brag about how many players their club have signed as opposed to Rangers, the message is clear – your club is signing a quantity because they have to do so when Rangers already have a strong squad and we don’t need to bring in tons of people.
Holtine regular and Hoops idiot Gordon Ashley fanned the flames yesterday when he said new signings would ensure Celtic “deal easily with the Rangers” after the break.
Corn Ian mckendrick sent by e-mail: “May I remind Mr Ashley that the Rangers speak on the ground, not in the papers.”
And Chris Lowe, Yoker, said: “Celtic fans are very excited about their new CEO because they bought five players at a low price. It is only to soften the blow that Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers are not signed as Celtic are skinny and cannot afford the big money transfers. The point is, Celtic are one league loss from another event in the parking lot. ”
Hibs ace Martin Boyle is another on Celtic’s radar. But they look set to be watched by Saudis Al Faisaly, who have struck a staggering £ 1.5million deal at the winger.
Hibee Neil Renton, Edinburgh, said, “If Boyle leaves Hibs for a large money transfer to Saudi Arabia, I wish him all the best. He has been a great asset to the club. As long as it is not a transfer to Celtic that would be difficult to accept.
Finally Robert McEwan, Mont Vernan, couldn’t resist a search against Steven Gerrard after he fell in the Cup’s first hurdle as Aston Villa boss, losing 1-0 to Manchester United.
He said: “I’m surprised Steven Gerrard didn’t come for any of the so-called Rangers superstars. Centerbacks like Connor Goldson don’t grow on trees. After another cup loss, Gerrard’s record in Scotland.