Read somewhere the other day (can’t remember where) that the huns are confident of getting Brown for 2m but that they’re not in for Thomson.
Q&A with Jan Vinegar Hill of Nitelink from the Celtic site:
Celtics Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink answers questions set directly from Bhoys supporters from all over the world
How is the SPL and Celtic in particular viewed in Holland?
Dutch people always say that its just about Celtic and Rangers here. But I say to the people who say that, come on over to Scotland, stay for a couple of weeks and see how the games are played and then well talk about the game. After that you usually find that their opinion has changed. But they do see Celtic and Rangers as the big teams and you have to remember that in Holland its a little bit different because there are 18 teams in the top league, while there are only 12 in Scotland and in Holland, teams only play each other twice a season.
How is life in Eindhoven different from that in Glasgow?
Glasgow is a much bigger city and its a little different, because they look on football differently here, compared to how they look at it in Eindhoven. There are positives in both cities and I liked living in Eindhoven, but I really like it here also. There are great shops and restaurants in Glasgow and like I said, the people are very friendly.
I was lucky enough to be at the game when you scored your first goal for Celtic. How did it feel to run onto the pitch as a sub and score on you debut? Its a day I will remember.
Stephen Sutton, Helsinki, Finland
The goal was great, but the feeling when I first came on the pitch, with the fans singing my name, was fantastic. It may have been a normal league game to most people, but to me it was a big day. I was new at the club and to score the winning goal was a great feeling for me. I have a nice photograph of the goal at home and I am going to cherish that memory.
Hi Jan, welcome to Celtic. It’s been great to read all the good things you have said about your move here. Can I ask how you think the SPL compares to the Dutch League and to the other leagues in Europe this season? All the best to you and your family for Christmas and New Year.
Thank you very much! And a happy Christmas and New Year to all the Celtic supporters. Hail Hail! Many people ask me that question Maura, because I am very positive about Celtic and we are in the next round of the Champions League and not every team does that. A lot of people said in the beginning that we were in Europe just for the experience, but we have come through a difficult group which included Copenhagen, who put out Ajax and we are in the next round. I think that a lot of teams from Holland would struggle to beat teams in Scotland, because here the game is 150 miles-per-hour and the game just goes, goes, goes. Its difficult to compare though, because there are different styles and different players. The Premiership and La Liga are recognised as two of the best leagues in Europe, but we can make things difficult for their top teams, as you seen against Manchester United. The SPL might not be the biggest competition in Europe, but a lot of players would find it difficult to play here.
My name is Bryan Naylor and I am a huge Hoops fan from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I wanted to know what’s been the hardest thing to adapt to in Scotland and what has been the easiest?
Canada! Ive always wanted to go there. Id say that the easiest thing about moving here is that the people are very friendly. People want to help you and thats a nice thing. It makes you feel at home wherever you go and thats a good sign. Its hard to think of something thats been difficult to adapt to, but sometimes when the Scottish boys make jokes and talk very quickly they are a little difficult to understand. But thats a minor thing and I am getting there with the language now and I am able to throw in a couple of jokes myself. Its getting there, so come back to me in half a year and I will be fine.
It must have been frustrating for you to have been injured in recent weeks. How is your injury and is it an on-going injury that could trouble you over the rest of the season?
When I played at PSV and at Twente I was very lucky with injuries and did not suffer anything too serious. Its the same now, but although I havent had a big injury, there have been lots of little injuries that have kept me out for a few weeks and thats a little bit of a problem. Its my hamstring at the moment, but when I am fit again that hopefully wont cause me problems in the future. I just hope that I get fit quickly because I want to play. I am a new signing at the club and I want to show who I am and that I can score goals and be important for the team. Its been a little frustrating, because I have been up the gym and you can burn your energy away there, but its nothing like playing games. But I am just looking forward to getting out on the pitch again to play and play every game up until the 26th of May because that will be the Scottish Cup final and I hope we are in that.
How far do you think Celtic will get in the UEFA Champions League? I think they will get to the last eight.
Martyn Robertson (age 14), Rosehearty
The last eight? Martyn, I hope you are right! Anything can happen if you look at the teams who are now in the last 16. Every opponent is difficult, but they have to come here, to Celtic Park and thats also difficult, no matter who they you are. We have to take advantage of that and hopefully, with a bit of luck and some goals we can go further. It will be difficult, but we have to aim for the last eight and who knows, maybe the last four? You can but dream.