Sign, Seal and Deliver

308046-new-signing-john-guidetti-is-looking-forward-to-the-start-of-his-career-with-celticIs it any wonder that Manchester City have allegedly slapped a £5m price tag on Bhoy Wonder John Guidetti?

Guidetti has been nothing short of sensational in the Hoops since arriving on loan from the Etihad. So it’s no surprise that football forums and social media is buzzing about him. Even the staunchest of Bluenose’s would admit the boy has talent.

It’s the first time in a few years that Celtic has had a striker of note. The previous sentence is one I thought I’d never write due to Celtic’s historic ability for finding front men.

It’s something I’m sure the board are now treating as a priority, especially given how much he’s impressed in the short time he has been here. Is it any wonder Ally McCoist and his players aren’t looking forward to facing Celtic in the League Cup? Guidetti looks as if he’s going to mirror what he did for Feyenoord whilst on loan to them, and long may it continue.

The Swedish U21 International looked a little ring rusty when he joined the Hoops, but it hasn’t taken him long to start scoring the goals. His rustiness was clearly down to lack of match sharpness and adopting to new team-mates and, of course, the Scottish game.

His fitness and match practice are now in line and we are starting to see one hell of a player.

Celtic has lacked someone with a bit of ingenuity from dead ball situations. Both Mulgrew and Stokes appear to have lost this, more so Mulgrew. Van Dijk may chip in with one or two but the Swede looks the real deal from free kicks and penalties. His second against Thistle, in particular, was the stuff dreams are made of, the kind Nakamura used to score.

I’m sure Guidetti and Craig Gordon are the first names on the team sheet and are easily Deila’s best captures. I dreaded Forster going but we’ve won a watch in the former Sunderland keeper.

Surely the Celtic Board is aware of Guidetti’s ability and must to push the boat out to ensure he is plying his trade at Paradise next season? It would be a travesty if this guy was allowed to slip through our fingers.

He seems to be enjoying himself in Scotland – who does that remind you of? What other Swede built a great career with Celtic? Not that I’m comparing him to Larsson but there is a massive potential for both the player and the club to forge a fantastic partnership.

It will come at a cost of course. But look at the money Celtic has wasted on strikers over the past few seasons. We’ve been crying out for a natural born striker. Instead of Pukki and Balde, Celtic could have and should have signed Finnbogasson. This guy is on that level. He is in that class, the sort of natural born finisher we’ve been missing.

Celtic should play on the fact that his fellow Swede loved life in Glasgow and enjoyed great success. Guidetti will no doubt be aware of Larsson’s achievements. Could the King lend him advice?

My fear is that English clubs may well take notice of him just now and pounce in January but Celtic are in pole position to make him an offer. His fellow players can always bend his ear and if he’s enjoying his football he’s more likely to stay.

There’s a great belief amongst the Hoops faithful that he could be the best striker we’ve had since Gary Hooper.

The fact that he’s bagged 9 goals in 9 games speaks volumes and should there be continuity to this admirable feat he could help push Celtic towards four-in-a-row and possible cup success. He could well help Ronnie Deila stay in a job.

I do hope his head is not swayed by the lure of big bucks in the English Premier League. Celtic simply cannot compete in that market. They could pay him a relatively handsome wage all the same.

Take a look at our last goalscorer Gary Hooper. He took the dollar at Norwich, got injured and scored a few goals. His team were relegated and any chance, if there was one, of playing for his country went by the boards. He is now playing Championship football, with the best accomplishments of his career left behind him at Celtic Park. It has happened before.

The Swede will no doubt attract suitors but I don’t foresee them being from a Top 5 EPL club. He’s stated he’s happy in Glasgow and will no doubt win silverware too, and this should not be underestimated when it comes to attracting, or retaining, players.

Celtic needs to emphasise this to him … this, of course, and the fact he’ll be guaranteed European football.

The Man City loanne wasn’t registered in time to feature in the group stage of the Europa League but will feature should Celtic progress from those, and I’m sure Ronnie Deila would loved to have had him in the team for these matches.

On the flip side – this could attract more predators … which is all the more reason we should be bending over backwards to nail him down on a long term contract.

Deila’s comments comparing Guidetti to Larsson recently are of course wide of the mark but I’m sure well meant. Guidetti has a mountain the climb to fill the Kings boots. Yet he’s confident, cocky and will score goals.

But to reach the level of The King, he’d need to sustain what he’s doing right now for 7 years and win plenty of trophies. If he shoots down a certain Glasgow NewCo in January that will, of course, be a start!

I would, however, like the chance to see the young Swede play more than a season long loan and if Peter Lawwell and his cohorts on the Celtic board have any ambition they must sign him on a pre-contract in January. He could be the difference between winning trophies and not.

If they want to see the crowds increase they’ll need to show the willingness and maybe they’ll see more bums on seats.

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Gavin McCann

A dipsomaniac funambulist steadying himself on life’s tightrope through the medium of writing. I “suffer” from diphallic terata with mild polyorchidity. Like a dug wi’ two dicks.

7 thoughts on “Sign, Seal and Deliver

  • 4 November, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Where does the £5mil tag come from? You’re surely not falling for the usual smsm garbage. Every Celtic player or manager they fear has to be shunted out the door one way or another.

    It’s a very sad situation for them.

  • 4 November, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Correct me if I am wrong, but if John Guidetti’s contract is up at the end of this season, then he is able to talk o interested parties come January. No fee would be necessary, except a development fee. I would let that go to arbitration, with both City and Celtic placing their valuations of the player. The fee would be somewhere in between.

  • 4 November, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I am a bit surprised at the £5m price tag.

    As things stand, Man City will never see the player again – he’s out on a season long loan and his contract finsihes at the end of the season – as clear a wave good bye as there can be in football terms.

    So, barring a nominal ‘development fee’ they kissed good bye of making any money on Guidetti when they approved his loan.

    I would have thought, that in order for his loan club to get in ahead of the rest for the sake of 1 calendar month and sign him on a permanent basis – £1-2m would have been better than nothing..

    £5m in the circumstances is ridiculous

  • 4 November, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I don’t even think there is a development fee because it is a cross border transfer, much the same as Adam Mathews.
    I agree that he is the striker we have been looking for since Hooper left but he must also forge a partnership with either Stokes, Grifiths, or Scepovic. When the opposition has another threat to watch that is when you will see the best of him. Also at some point he will go off the boil and some one else will have to step up to the plate.

  • 4 November, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I agree with previous comments if he is out of contract at end of season why can’t we get him on pre-contract typical that msm are not highlighting this but keep just talking about £5 million fee

  • 4 November, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    It,s the stinking bigoted Daily Record that put a £5 million price tag on Guidetti,not Man. City! the glasgow rag and their junior reporters have never even heard of John Guidetti until he was signed on loan from City! hope Celtic offer him a pre contract he,s happy with, and he wants to stay. If not, Celtic can,t do much about it! and of course there,s always the possibility City might offer him a contract,but anyhow,he,s our player till the end of the season! long enough to keep the daily record hacks vomiting!

  • 5 November, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Good article,Gavin.
    There are 2 factors that we should be concerned about.
    Will his agents be happy taking a smaller fee,if he signs for
    us ?
    And you mention,Lawwell and the board showing
    ambition ?? This is in complete contrast,to their downsizing
    strategy of the past few years.
    However,if they do not deliver Super Guidetti,then they will have a riot on their hands,so this might force their hand !!

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