Given that we had nine Celtic games played in December, this month is a bit of a strange one to try and get our heads round.
Apart from having a laugh at transfer rumours, we’ve got the best part of a month with nothing much going on in the world of Celtic.
We might have some activity in the transfer window but I can’t see much happening really. One of the goalkeepers may move on. Efe, I suspect could go. Some people have suggested that Nir Bitton could go as well if a decent bid comes in, I’m not sure on whether I think him going is a good idea.
Recently, I feel he hasn’t offered a massive amount and that we have better midfielders. But what guys like Ryan Christie, Scott Allan and Callum McGregor who don’t play very often?
For the first time in a while, I’ve not been too worried about the transfer window. Years ago, a lot of people asked how good Hibs would be if they were able to keep the guys who moved on – Whittaker, Thompson, Brown, Riordan etc. How good would Celtic have been if we were able to keep a hold of guys like Forster, Van Dijk, Wanyama ?
I think for this transfer window, we’re really in a good position, I don’t think that Moussa Dembele will leave us in January. I can’t see Armstrong, Brown, Gordon, Erik, Jozo etc moving anywhere either. I do think that we’ll strengthen the team. We might even get a real player instead of a made up guy that Sky Sports tweeted about recently.
Originally, I was going to write this blog about the transfer window but apart from feeling positive about this window, I haven’t really got much more to say about it. But I did start thinking about Sky when I was writing the last section.
How poor their coverage of the last game was, us v Sevco over at Ibrox. There were too many things that they glossed over, the songs / chants from the home support to begin with. . .
I have read quite a few comments and blogs on the same subject – after a game, you get about 10 – 15 minutes of chat with no post match interviews or press conferences. Does that show that Sky don’t believe Sevco v Celtic isn’t a big deal ? If not, why do they continue to cover it at all ?
My preferred choice, which is probably unrealistic, would be for Celtic to broadcast and have our own people commentating on our games as well as having perhaps ex players and coaches giving analysis on the games.
Instead, we’ve got BT Sport which, I think most fans agree, are far better than Sky. So why is that? First up, on Sky, I notice that every game involving Celtic often has talk of how to beat Celtic. This is usually from people who have played against us quite a lot but haven’t beaten us very often. At different times, both Ronnie Deila and Gordon Strachan have commented on negative coverage and reporting of Scottish football.
A recent blog that I read have suggested that maybe Sky don’t mind the SPFL but they just want to devote all of their energy into covering the EPL.
With BT, I quite like having big Chris Sutton, at times, he can be a wind up merchant but he’s definitely not a Celtic cheerleader as some have suggested. In the past, I remember that he was very critical of Celtic and Ronnie.
With BT Sport, you’ve got a good mix going on. Sometimes, you’ve got four or five different people chatting about the game, compare that to Neil McCann and the other guy who does Sky, I’ve forgotten his name.
In the new year, we obviously hope to see Celtic carrying on with the same form and as long as the players are all fit, I don’t’ see why we can’t. I’m not overly concerned about whether or not we stay unbeaten in the league.
If we can get six in a row, I’ll be more than happy. Add in a wee Scottish Cup triumph and you’re looking at a rare treble. While I’m in no doubt that the thought of a treble has crossed Brendan Rogers’ mind, I’m glad that he hasn’t been saying very much about it in public.
It’s good to not have a great deal of chat from the players about what they’re going to do. I like the fact that the players are happy to do their talking on the pitch.
We’ve saw daft comments in the past from ex players which just servers as motivation for our opponents.
Finally, if you have an idea on what to do between now and our next game, please let me know!