Transfer activity can freshen up Celtic’s title challenge

January 27, 2010

Well, I think we all knew it was coming. Hot on the heels of the sales of Barry Robson, Gary Caldwell, Willo Flood and Chris Killen, now ‘Mick’ McManus and Danny Fox could be on the way out of the club. Some may feel Tony Mowbray is tearing away the soul of the club with some of these sales, but I honestly believe he’s doing the right thing.

McManus has been out of form all season long, as was Gary Caldwell, so it’s no wonder Mogga wasn’t convinced. The Celtic support certainly weren’t, as shambolic defending cost us again and again. We were crying out for a change, and the new arrivals of Scandinavian defenders Hooiveld and Rogne, as well as the return of Darren O’Dea from his loan and the promotion of youngster Josh Thompson, the centre of our defence now has a very different feel to it. Then there is Glenn loovens to bring in, and it seems there is a much hungrier edge to our defence.

Korean midfielder Ki-Sung Yong showed some impressive touches on his début, and with Scott Brown only a few weeks away, our midfield is also looking better. Paddy McCourt showed us in glimpses what he is capable of on Sunday against St Johnstone, and if he keeps that kind of form up he may yet play every week. I think most Celtic fans would love to see McCourt get a good run in the side, as he has looked almost unstoppable at times. My main worry is McGeady, as he appears to have gone backwards this season. His finishing in particular has been atrocious, and he should have put the recent Old Firm game out of sight before we scored.

And that brings us nicely to our strikers. Marc-Antoine Fortune appears to be a very different player at the moment. Since his injury, in my opinion he has come back hungrier, quicker and his finishing has improved. We are missing ‘Skippy’, as both Samaras and Fortune seem to play outside the box. That being said, new signing Morten Rasmussen may change that.

He claims to be a ‘penalty box’ player, and the video below backs up that claim. He could be just what the club needs.Beating St Johnstone was vital, especially as it allowed us to close the gap on Rangers. Now, another win tonight against Hibs and the confidence should start flowing. Hopefully, the new signings get to play a part in that.

Welcome to Celtic Park, lads. Now, go and win the title back.

Cheers for reading, and I’ll appreciate any comments.

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