Thursday, February 01, 2007

Play To Win *

So it's goodbye Shaun Maloney. Not surprisingly, I suppose. Here is a young player, not getting a game every week, while the club does not exactly get contract talks moving fast enough. He's been excellent for Celtic since he burst on to the scene as a teenager and played his part in our wonderful, but fruitless, night in Seville. In fact, his last act was to hit a free kick over the bar in the last seconds at the end of extra time when everyone had been crying out for a cross to the far post exactly where Larsson was waiting and exactly where the Swede had already scored two headers earlier in the match. The Villa contingent at C&S should be pleased as they have a good one in young Shaun. But what we've lost with Maloney leaving, Celtic have gained with the signing of Paul Hartley. That he even considered signing for Rangers was mind-blowing, so it was funny that we put in a late bid to scupper that one. Btw, Hartley is the one who, while at Millwall about 10 years ago was asked by a fanzine "if you were a pigeon, who would you shit on?" His answer: "Rangers, they are Orange bastards!" Excellent, can't wait for the next meeting with the huns in the middle of March.
Mixed feelings for JJ on the transfer front. Out go cracking central defender Luke Chambers as well as forward Scott McGleish. The young Chambers is a very promising player and I would have thought that a move to at least the Championship would have been on for him rather than to a team which isn't exactly making sure of its automatic promotion - sorry Lisa. McGleish, on the other hand, from what I've seen of him, was maybe playing a division higher than his abilities merited this season. But in come an Everton youngster to take Chambers's place, while, up front they have Kenny - six hat-tricks in a season - Deuchar. I have no doubt that Deuchar will be banging them in before too long.

And the point of this post was? Dunno, like!

*Heaven 17



Blogger J.J said...

I was sorry to see Chambers go, but at least for once we managed to get a sell on clause in the contract. I am happy we got £80k for Scott - not bad for a 33 year old journeyman. And I am really excited by what I have read about our new signings. Looking forward to seeing them on Saturday now.

9:39 pm  
Blogger Reidski said...

JJ - that should be a few quid in a few seasons to come, unless, of course, Forest find themselves in the top flight before too long. As for Scott, not bad at all and I hope he gets Wycombe into at least second place - remember my bet??

10:20 pm  
Blogger Martin said...

Did someone say "Feeder Club"? ;)

9:23 am  
Blogger Reidski said...

Martin - you cheeky bugger. Anyway, how is Petrov doing and did Maloney get on yesterday? I've not checked the teams yet.

12:27 pm  
Blogger Martin said...

Petrov's gone quiet after a good start, overshadowed by the genius(?) that is Gavin McCann.Maloney was an unused sub I believe.Probably not ready for the big time yet.

10:31 am  
Blogger Reidski said...

Martin - in trying to ignore the sarcasm, thanks for the info!

11:10 am  

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