Ki for Kazan?

Some media outlets have been reporting that Celtic have turned down an offer from Russian side Rubin Kazan. With the fee being said to be around £6M mark, I’ve been wondering why the club accept it?

I’m pretty much on the fence with a lot of things. When it comes to Ki’s place in the Celtic squad, that’s where you’ll find me.

There is no doubting that Ki has the potential to be a good player. From time to time we’ve gotten that from him.

He does lack fortitude though, particularly in big games. The ability he does possess then exit’s the game shortly followed by himself.

His market value is negotiable because is is a promising talent. However, he will only make it at the right club.

Scottish football has been a learning ground for him. I don’t think it is his playground though.

Spain, Italy or maybe some where the big bucks want good talent. With Kazan supposedly showing interest as much as an offer, Celtic maybe trying to abstract more for him.

A couple of years ago Celtic cashed in on Aiden McGeady when he was still only 24 years old. With Ki of a similar age he still has a long career ahead of him.

I’m pretty sure that Celtic will play hard on this one. Ki could still have another year at Celtic but he will have to toughen up.

His potential to play well in the big games still evades him. I do think he will become a very good player whether that is at Celtic or somewhere else.

Hail! Hail!


Andy Goram broke my heart

Those once sombre words of the late great Tommy Burns. They became synonymous with his reign as Celtic manager during the mid-nineties.

Now, as the saga over at Ibrox moves further into doom, Tommy’s quote, whilst relevant to Goram’s performances, take on a new meaning. There was more to Celtic’s disappointment of that time but if Tommy was still here he would realise that he, the club and the supporters were cheated out of trophies in every way.

The financial mess which the Ibrox club find themselves in is far from over. However, it demonstrates to the public just how much that club cheated its way to every trophy by controversial ways.

As a young manager trying to turn around the fortunes of Celtic on the park, Tommy was readily pipped by his rivals across the city. When he pinned Andy Goram as the greatest cause of his frustrations, we were all nodding in acknowledgement.

I wish Tommy was here to see this day because despite only winning one trophy as Celtic manager, perhaps he could see just how much better he really was. It wasn’t just Goram it was Murray, Ogilvie and those other irresponsible puppets upstairs at Ibrox, hell bent on being superior in every way to Celtic.

As it turns out Tommy did better than the current records show. It wasn’t a level playing field, it was no win situation.

Whatever it took, by whatever means Celtic would never succeed. And as a result of Tommy’s frustration he would be shown the door.

Thankfully, Tommy came back to the club in later years because that was where he belonged. The marriage of the man with his beloved club though would sadly be cut short with his death.

I’m not a man of religious belief, not like Tommy. But I hope somehow Tommy can see just how much of a disadvantage he had.

Hail! Hail! Tommy Burns. You were better than them.


Two promising managers, two ailing clubs.

Yesterday it was Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, today it’s Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and both men will be charged a big task. It has been said that Liverpool have taken a huge gamble with Rodgers, on the flip side Villa may just feel lucky about getting Lambert.

Obviously both jobs carry varying objectives for the new managers but there is an added pressure for both men. The questions are how long will they be given and how much backing will they each receive?

Villa aren’t exactly a top four club these days (though Martin O’Neill managed three consecutive 6th place finishes), but they of have of course won the European Cup, European Super Cup and (dare I say it) Intertoto Cup. The latter knows where it belongs but the other achievements for the club mark a moment in their history.

Whilst Lambert won’t be looking that far ahead, he will be looking up above and trying to avoid down below. He may have moved to early, he may have moved to the wrong club but he is testing himself at a new club in just his second season.

Brendan Rodgers finds himself with a slightly bigger task. Liverpool have had success in Europe in recent years and in their history they have been a European and domestic force.

That will be a requirement of Rodgers role; to ensure that he is always taking the club back there. Unfortunately the job has become something of poisoned chalice so he will need to be given time as he, like Lambert, is just entering his second season in the Premier League.

The expectations for Rodgers will dwarf of Lambert’s but there is no doubt that these are two managers showing positive signs in football management. For the sake of their respective careers, I hope they are never thrown to the dogs.

The press and the supporters are merciless and the pressure that managers and players are under to achieve whilst under the spotlight can be damaging. For me the responsibility lies with the men upstairs, the men behind the money.

But I wish the best of luck to Lambo and Rodgers. They have their work cut out for them.

Hail! Hail!