I read Craig Fowler of the Scotsman’s comments today about Celtic signing Nadir Ciftci. I was drawn in by the “Celtic get their way as always” remark.
Do they aye? I’m not sure that is the case.
Why would Ciftci, Armstrong and Mackay-Steven come to Celtic? Because they are the only club in Scotland that is capabale of affording them and offering a step up from their current club, with no disrespect to the work done by Dundee United or their staff.
There is no money in Scottish football. Celtic are the only viable move for the best players within Scotland.
Does that constitute Celtic getting their own way? No, it doesn’t because put simply it is the only way.
Yes, these players could have gone south as many do but how many clubs down south can match Celtic’s stature? A few and mostly because of money but none of which would be willing to buy those players.
That is your answer Craig, but like a poor journalist (if that’s what you are) you have instead used the goading tactic which many in your profession have resorted to. You can argue that Celtic have over-raided Dundee United but all is fair in love and war.
Had Celtic’s old rivals been anything other than the walking dead these days you might be writing (in truth or lie) about a bidding war between the two. Unfortunately for you and your colleagues in the media, you can’t write about that kind of scenario these days because it simply isn’t reality.
Personally, I would take it or leave it regarding the signing of any of the three players. If they left now, they would not be irreplacable however, I am glad that they remain in Scotland because they are good players who have my backing as a Celtic fan.
Is that a bad thing that they came to Celtic? No, but you have made it sound as though Celtic are bad guys for stealing another Scottish club’s players.
The fact is that if it weren’t for Celtic, Scottish football would be wiped off the map. Celtic have put a lot of effort into ensuring their future in the game continues to thrive whilst their old rivals squandered the whole lot and got away with it.
The Scotland team continues to do a good job under Gordon Strachan, the first decent national manager for some time. Most of his squad, if not Celtic players, are generally from the English Premier League or Championship.
So I ask you again are Celtic getting their own way as usual? Celtic do business to the point that they are unlikely to make a move unless they pull it off.
That isn’t getting your own way. That is doing your homework before you commit.
They don’t always get what they want. They just don’t advertise everything they do until it is a done deal.
That is why the Scottish media write rumours about players Celtic are ‘supposedly’ interested in when in fact they don’t have the inside track on the story at all. I’m sure Celtic watch more players than currently play full time in Scotland, but not all are going to be drafted.
To be astute in business does not mean getting your own way as usual. It means laying the ground work first and even then, Celtic won’t always get it their own way.
Ciftci, Armstrong and Mackay-Steven make their own decisions. They chose Celtic so deal with it.