Celtic kick off the second of their preseason friendlies in Austria this evening against old foes Rapid Vienna. I’ll avoid the usual historical reference to this fixture and instead focus on the present.
More of Celtic’s current squad will see some match time against the Austrian side, but one player mentioned by Ronny Deila recently is no longer at the club. The manager was quoted by various media outlets stating:
“Samaras had a great career at Celtic but we’ll see. We’ll look at the whole picture. I have not decided yet and there are many players on our list. I’ll never close the door on anything. I haven’t spoken to Samaras because he has been in Brazil.”
Its fair to say that most if not all Celtic fans accepted Sammy moving on. If however Ronny feels the Greek striker has something to offer then I am not opposed to it.
Neil Lennon was the man keeping him at the club but even under his management he saw limited appearances. Deila may see the same type of role for Samaras if he did indeed want to bring him back to the club but only as long as he wanted to bring him back for the right reasons.
Another player linked with the club and mentioned in the media these last 24 hours is young Iraqi international, Humam Tariq. I think most of us will acknowledge that we’ve never heard of this kid but his name has sparked some attention unlike other young talent.
If his ability can match the few plaudits I’ve read about he could be an interesting acquisition. Young talent appears to be something Ronny is keen on so I’m hopeful this could be a positive move.
Back to today thought and with any luck another victory. Keep it coming Bhoy’s.