Deja vu for me as Sol Campbell linked to my club…just the other one!
May 26, 2010
OK, there’s a glitch in the matrix. Around this time last year, I was positively giggling in excitement at the prospect of Sol Campbell pulling on the Black and White shirt and running out for Notts. Now after that abysmal episode, and via former club Arsenal, it appears that Campbell is set to become an important part of my footballing life after all.
So how do I feel about Campbell at Paradise? Actually, providing he isn’t on a Bobo Balde style contract I’m quite happy. The club has been really struggling defensively, and has lacked a true commanding centre-half for a couple of seasons. Even at 35, Campbell still showed himself to be capable in the Premiership playing for Arsenal, so I see no reason why he couldn’t continue that at Celtic.
Look at our current list of central defenders and the one thing that is missing is experience. The two youngsters Thompson and Rogne have looked pretty decent, and with an experienced player like Campbell alongside them they will certainly develop quicker. After two seasons I’ve come to the opinion that Glenn Loovens isn’t any better than Gary Caldwell or Stephen McManus, and quite frankly that’s not good enough. I’m happy to give Hooiveld more time, but I think Loovens should be shown the door by the new manager.
But then we have to wonder who else is available. Lennon has publicly stated that he wants to bring Keane to the club on a permanent basis, but I honestly think that is simply a pipedream. Indeed, if that was going to happen he’d have been signed whilst still at Celtic Park, so I just don’t see it. Keane has been linked to both Aston Villa and Everton, and I think it is clear to see that we cannot match the financial clout of either of those two clubs.
However, I do see another 30 year old striker in the Premiership who isn’t getting a game, and could perhaps be tempted north. He has struggled with injury this year, and has been overlooked by his country for the World Cup. He’s also one of the top scorers in Premiership history. Guessed who it is yet? Michael Owen.
Unrealistic? I don’t think so. United will be looking to add to their front line this summer, and after Owen’s injury record they may consider cutting him off their wage bill. I honestly believe he’ll struggle to find a top 10 English club, yet Celtic could bring him in on a season-long loan or a free, and if we can keep him fit he’ll tear the SPL apart. Then there’s also the possibility of European football. One thing is for certain: if we can afford £3.8m for Marc Antoine-Fortune, we can afford Michael Owen’s wages!
Mind you, we may have our sights on another striker this summer, with Kris Boyd rumoured to make the move across the city. As much as I’d normally be against it, the amount of comedy us Bhoys will get out of it will make it worthwhile.
Mr Gilchrist, I’m looking at you…