As Celtic show their commitment to Kieran Tierney with a new six year deal, Rangers Lite have decided that their ‘international ambassador‘ Bomber Brown deserves a real job as a domestic scout. Bomber is one of the odious group which led the reprehensible behaviour at the AGM in 2014 when the last professional board at Lite were described as ‘rhats‘ as they took shelter in what became known as The Gazebo. The board knew that Brown and Halloween Houston, at King’s behest, were fomenting unrest and had looked into the possibility of holding the AGM in London. Threats to burn down the hotel and assassinate the staff put paid to that idea.
Why did Bomber get involved in the social unrest? He was no longer on the guest list for a free nosebag in the Argyle Suite! The man who does not have the intellect or education to be a matchday ambassador remains on the payroll due to services rendered to King.
However if Brown chapped your door looking to sign your son, would any self-respecting parent entrust their progeny to this unhinged knife? Or would they prefer Brendan Rodgers dropping round for tea, safe in the knowledge that if their son was good enough Celtic would provide him with the security of a six year deal? Leaving any club allegiances aside, as should be the case for any aspiring professional football player, Lennoxtown would be one’s only choice. Lite are so poor that they no longer have a reserve team which is just as well as their colts are a mediocre lot.
Those of you who follow my Twitter feed @sitonfence will have noticed that I have gone all-in on a Dundee United exclusive. An exclusive that Stephen Thompson is determined to keep under wraps. Is it possible that the deal he concluded with U.S. interests on Sunday is being concealed to await a NYSE advisory notice? My impeccable source is also all-in on this deal. As is so often the case you heard it here first.
Combining several disparate strands of information to keep my readers abreast of the salient details in Scottish football leads inexorably to tonight’s game at Celtic Park. As Lite receives yet another knock back from former Club Brugge coach Michel Preud’homme (who unlike Primark Pedro is on protracted gardening leave) Celtic play host to a Bayern Team minus the threat of Lewandowski. If there were any thoughts that the Celtic defenders were in for an easy shift, James Rodriguez will soon disabuse them of this notion. The Colombian attacking midfielder is as good as Manchester City’s De Bruyne. He cost his parent club Real Madrid 75 million euros. His loan fee for two seasons at Bayern Munich is 13 million euros.
When one consider Celtic’s investment in football personnel in the year to 30 June 2017 of £13.8m and deducts the £2.3m accrued from player disposals, their net spend in one year is less than this loan deal for one player.
Despite this there are those who believe that Celtic can prevail in this evening’s game. Far be it for me to be a spectre at the jelly and ice-cream feast but is there any corroborating evidence to support this perspective? Celtic were outstanding against Aberdeen but with every respect due to Scotland’s second best club they did not challenge Celtic’s makeshift centre backs in the same manner that one might anticipate from Bayern Munich.
I can think of two reasons why Celtic should do well this evening: the conspicuous absence of Müller and Lewandowski. Bayern have a squad valued at 600 million euros but will travel tonight without a recognised striker unless they draft in the relatively untested Kwasi Okyere Wriedt.
In their game against Leipzig on Saturday, Thiago replaced Müller, with Rodriguez on the left and Robben on the right of Lewandowski. In the latter’s absence and that of Müller both wingers have goals in their lockers. There is also a clear and present danger from the forceful runs of Corentin Tolisso and the aerial prowess of Joshua Kimmich. The latter is deadly from set pieces.
Celtic won’t have a better chance to prevail against the leaders of the Bundesliga but they will have to be at their very best. If they go toe-to-toe with Bayern, as Rodgers has hinted in his press conference, we could be witness to a memorable European night at Celtic Park.
I don’t have an an envious bone in my body but I would give my eye-teeth to be at Celtic Park this evening. Rodriguez and Robben will be a handful but if they can be neutralised Celtic could provide an upset. Will FC Hollywood, Tinseltown, be in the rain?