As the winter break descended upon the Scottish Premiership, we were surrounded by positive headlines about our friends over at Ibrox. It was clear that a few people had gotten a little bit moist with the victory over Celtic.
Not only were the SMSM revelling in this first ever victory over Celtic. They followed that up, gushing with excitement, at the imminent signings of 34 and 36 year old players.
I’m not going to judge a player by their age. Celtic signed arguably one of their most gifted players in history at the tender age of 33.
The press weren’t particularly complimentary about that transfer. We also have our own batch of thirtysomething players currently playing their part in the squad.
That said, the drivel unleashed about Jermaine Defoe and Steven Davis has been nauseating. I actually think both players will do well at Ibrox, but let’s just put things in perspective.
This flock of praise for Steven Gerrard and the Ibrox club is good for them. I can see why a club, almost 7 years after their reincarnation, would be so excited by the signatures of two international Premier League players.
In particular, it’s big deal for their fans to see an old favourite return to Ibrox. The irony being he turned his back on them in 2012 when the 1872 club went to the wall, like most of the rats did on that sinking ship.
So I’ve acknowledged it’s good for Rangers. However, are we seriously making comparisons with Celtic?
SMSM will stop at nothing to make every single move a pissing contest. I mean give me a break. To suggest that Rangers have won some kind of battle in the transfer market (or title race hopes for that matter) is totally absurd and irrelevant.
The imbalanced and conveniently timed stories is typical of media bias in Scotland. Defoe and Davis officially joined long after the stories were released, a sense that neither the club nor the media could contain themselves and just wanted to get the stories out pronto.
It’s one upsmanship. Even Chris Sutton bought into it stating that the Ibrox signings made them favourites for the title.
Now I know Sutton likes to exercise his gob and is even occasionally right. Equally, he can be completely outlandish.
He made some comment that if it’d been Defoe to Celtic we’d have been erecting statues outside Celtic Park. Don’t get me wrong, I think Defoe is talented and still capable of doing a job.
If he was on Celtic’s radar I would have taken him. As a short term fix he could have been a good move in the absence of Leigh Griffiths but he wasn’t on our radar.
To suggest Celtic would be erecting statues of the English international is verbal diahorrea by Sutton. It’s a flippant comment by a guy who should know better, having been idolised as a player himself a by the entire Celtic support.
Even he knows you have to prove yourself to be worthy in the eyes of the our fans. Defoe has yet to prove himself in Scotland, so don’t get ahead of yourself, Chris.
Sutton has also been critical of the players Celtic have signed so far this month. It’s clear he wanted marquee transfers, but three players bursting with potential aged between 18 and 22 isn’t enough for the pundit it seems.
And yet, it’s good business so far for Celtic. We are hoping for more arrivals in the other areas of concern and Brendan Rodgers has underlined that intent.
It seems that Sutton has gotten caught up in the media circus that got a little bit excited at the prospect a title race. The fact is Celtic have been every bit as proactive in this window as their rivals and we are still doing business.
We can most likely expect a couple more signatures. Defensive recruitment is currently open.
There will be some departures on loan or on a permanent basis too. There’s been a number of stories about Lewis Morgan and Jack Hendry (both signed 12 months ago) going out for much needed game time.
Apparently being added to that list is Youssouf Mulumbu. He looked like a decent backup option last summer, but hasn’t made an impact.
Could he end up at Kilmarnock? Not a bad move for all parties.
No word on whether Marvin Compper will head off. He’s clearly never going to play for Celtic again unless the plague hits our back line.
Even then, it’s more likely that the returning Nir Bitton would get a game at centre half before the German. That tells you all you need to know.
And it may well come to that if Dedryck Boyata left in this window. There hasn’t been anything new about a proposed move in January, but he will most definitely leave for free at the end of the season along with a few other defenders.
So it is crucial Celtic get those positions filled now. That appears to be in the process, but we’ll need to see what comes to fruition in the next couple of weeks.
If Celtic get some defensive deals done it will be a good window over all. Let’s see how that pans out.