Celtic Transfers Summer 2010

Steven Reid was up at Celtic Park today apparently. He’s on a free transfer and looked to be joining West Brom but there’s a few places suggesting he was in Glasgow today for talks.

Bit injury prone but a good player - a pay as you play type deal and he’d be a good signing.

No manager at the moment obviously so not sure who he’d be talking to or why he’d even consider joining a club without knowing who the manager would be but may as well start the thread with this rumour.


Neil Lennon planning raid for Wilson

CARETAKER Neil Lennon is planning a £2.5 million raid for Nottingham Forest star Kelvin Wilson - if he keeps the Celtic job. Express Sport can reveal that the defender, 24, is Lennon’s top defensive priority should he remain in the Parkhead hotseat.

Lennon, who expects to find out within the next week if he is keeping the job, is a former City Ground team mate of Wilson and believes he has a big future ahead of him.
The Celtic chief travelled to St James Park to run the rule over the Forest star in action against Newcastle last month.

Wilson started off at Notts County before he moved on to Preston North End and then headed back to Nottingham in a £300,000 switch.He has been a big part of Billy Davies’ side which has made the Championship play-offs and are set to take on Blackpool in the first semi-final. Davies is keen to keep a hold of Wilson but knows that could prove difficult if they fail to make the Premier League.

Lennon has continued to work behind the scenes to target possible signings and Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper is high up his list. As Express Sport revealed on-loan Motherwell keeper John Ruddy very much remains a live target if they can cash-in on Artur Boruc who is wanted by Seville or back up keeper Lukasz Zaluska.

This was doing the rounds before the play offs.
Cant see it happening. Forest are a bigger club with a great history and just one season away from the premiership. Celtic play in a pub league and are about one year away from administration.

As dancingbaby pointed out on another thread, there’s plenty of rumours going around that Trap is being headhunted for the manager’s job, with Lennon staying on and working with him. I’m not too enamoured with that - I think Lennon should either get the job on his own merits or not, as opposed to a kind of half measure.

It should definitely be a busy summer. When you look at the team that started against the huns 10 days ago, it’s not inconceivable that over half of them could leave over the summer. Boruc and McGeady are our most valuable assets but, again, I’m not too enthused by the championship players we’re being linked with and there’s no point selling players if we’re not going to replace them with players of adequate quality. Otherwise it’s just more downsizing and the standard will continue to decline.

Palermo have publicly declared an interest in Samaras.

As well as transfers and the managers situation, there’s also football going on in Europe that will affect our seeding for the Champions League third qualifying round. That’s the penultimate pre-qualifying round and it involves 10 second placed teams from Scotland, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey and a few other places. Win that round and it’s onwards to play one of the third or fourth placed teams from England, Spain, Italy, Germany or France. Celtic’s poor displays in Europe in recent seasons mean that we’re not even guaranteed to be seeded in the third qualifying round. We need Basel to beat Young Boys Bern, which they are doing at present, and we also want Fenerbahce to win the Turkish league so they’re not one of the second placed teams with a better seeding than us.

Fenerbahce are drawing 1-1 at half time, while Bursaspor are 2-0 up. Basically, we need Fenerbahce to win to remain as one of the seeded sides - otherwise, we could potentially draw Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, Braga or Fener themselves (if they finish second).

The current unseeded options are Gent, PAOK, Young Boys Bern, Bursaspor (if Fener win the league) and Unirea (as things stand - the Romanian league still isn’t finished).

Is the Turkish league still in the balance?

Yes, Fener are a point ahead and the above are latest scores in the final games.

Fenerbahce have lost the league on the final day so that means they join the third qualifying round and take our seeding. We’ll have a tough tie against either Fener themselves, Zenit, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev or Sporting Braga.

Peter Lawwell has publicly apologised to the support:

ELTIC Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has written to all season ticket holders highlighting the Club’s determination to bring success back to Celtic Park.

The letter, which is included in the renewal packs that will be sent out to season ticket holders this week, also expresses a sincere apology from the Club to supporters for the disappointment of last season, while also pointing out that the great strength of Celtic is the unique and faithful support of the fans. The full letter reads:

Dear Supporter
This season has been one of the most difficult we have experienced in recent years. The Club set out with great optimism at the start of the season, with a new management team and with the objective of refreshing the first team squad and regaining the Scottish Premier League.

These changes did not deliver the success we hoped for and ultimately, this season has been unacceptable. For this, we sincerely apologise.

Our illustrious history has had many highs and lows. We must now move on. We must go forward together as the united Celtic family which has been so formidable in the past.

The disappointment of this season has only made everyone at the Club even more determined to ensure that we get back to doing what Celtic does best – winning football matches and, ultimately, winning trophies.

That can be best achieved if we all work together. Your unique and faithful support is the great and enduring strength of Celtic Football Club.

Our fans have rightly gained a reputation as being second to none. The backing you give the team has been crucial to everything we have achieved in the past and will be so vital to our achievements in the future.

We do not take your support lightly; we cherish it and it is for you that we aim to re-instate the Club to its pre-eminent position in Scottish football as quickly as possible.

We are all Celtic supporters faithful through and through and I can assure you that the Club will be doing all it can to once again bring you the success which your support deserves.

Price Freeze continued
We fully appreciate the commitment that you make every year in buying your season ticket, while we are also very much aware of the current economic climate. So, for the third year in a row, we have decided to freeze the price of your season ticket.

New Ten Payment Instalment Plan (15.9% APR typical)
In addition to the Club’s existing four-payment direct debit scheme, we are also pleased to introduce a new payment plan this season with Zebra Finance that will allow payments to be spread over 10 months. This has been introduced following consultation with many supporters and we hope it will be welcomed. Your booklet and season ticket form contain further information. Please see your renewal pack for further information. On an average season ticket the interest will work out at £28.10 which I am sure you will agree at only £2.81 per month is a fantastic rate.

Children’s Season Tickets
We remain committed to encouraging our younger supporters to attend Celtic Park on a regular basis. They are the future lifeblood of the Club and we want to make it easy for them to come along and cheer on the team. For children 12 and under, season ticket prices start from just £50, which we believe represents tremendous value at just £2.63 per game.

We are committed to delivering success on the pitch because that is what Celtic Football Club is all about and that is what your support deserves. We have come back from disappointments before and I can assure you, we will do it again.

Thanks again for the incredible and faithful support you’ve given the club and we look forward to welcoming you back to Paradise again next season.

Peter Lawwell
Chief Executive
Celtic Football Club

Simon Ferry with a belter of an og for Swindon at the back post.

No idea how he’s getting on with them, he’s playing regularly anyway but he’s getting on a bit.

He’s done well according to threads on the huddleboard - you know where lads put up links to Swindon sites where their fans are discussing him. He’ll probably be sold this summer as he must be 22 or 23 now?

Have been watching the end of the St Pauli/Celtic game here:

Rasmussen just got a nice goal, set up by Fortuné. Provo Paddy apparently got another solo cracker earlier on so it’s 2-0 to us.

Looking forward to seeing McCourt’s goal. :clap:

Paddy’s goal:

Rasmussen’s goal:

I can exclusively reveal that Neil Lennon has been appointed as the permanent manager of The Celtic Football Club. The committee appointed to manage the appointment has unanimously agreed upon Lennon as their preferred candidate and the Irishman has proudly accepted their offer to become our manager. Good luck to him. :clap:

is that 100% true- he is down to 1.45 on betfair

Yes, it comes from the usual source. Not sure when they’re announcing it officially, having the press conference etc as the squad is still in Germany - it should be before the end of the week though.

great news- a great day for Celtic & Ireland

+1. Neil Lennon is a great, great man that represents everything positive about our country, namely he loves the Celtic and hates the huns.


he’s like me & you, he’s a provo too
walking in a lennon wonderland


Neil Lennon. :clap: