Luciano Becchio

Becchio to Celtic?

Rumours have surfaced today on Betfair (admittedly not the most reliable of sources) linking Leeds United’s Argentinian forward Luciano Becchio with a move to Celtic. This comes a few weeks after reports that Becchio was looking to leave Elland Road – rumours which were swiftly denied by the club. It was then suggested that Becchio was keen to stay at Leeds and that contract negotiations were ongoing.

Now however, according to Betfair, Celtic are set to put forward an offer of £750 000 for Becchio in the hope that Leeds will be inclined to cash in should contract agreements not be reached. This story arises shortly after Celtic striker and former Leeds target Gary Hooper was ruled out for six weeks with a calf muscle tear.

After the departure of Jermaine Beckford and an injury to new striker Billy Paynter, Becchio has found himself in a lone striker role supported by wingers and has scored two goals in three games so far this season.

I’m sure fans would agree that letting Becchio go would be a big mistake if we are to succeed this season. He has been one of our most consistent performers and always gives 100%. With Billy Paynter still injured and Mike Grella and Davide Somma seemingly out of favour with Simon Grayson, losing Becchio would leave us very short of attacking options and it’s hard to think of another proven striker Leeds could buy with the suggested £750 000 fee.

Fans will be hoping to see this rumour go the same way as some of Betfair’s previous attempts.

  • wombat

    ken bates or grayson should come out and make a statement with regards the truth of the matter . we deserve to know wether fact or fiction .

  • Tim the White

    The usual crap! I just don’t see us parting with LB under present circumstances. Why do you think Davide Somma is out of favour?? He only becomes available for selection from Saturday and I think he may play a part against Millwall who will want to come and bully us. However I don’t hold up much hope for Grella, but he is one of those players that we will never really know about unless he has a run of games and that seems unlikely.
    I think we will have to rely on Sam and Gradel plus Snoddy for the extra goals this season.

  • superhoops

    Betfair get all of their rumours from the awful football-rumours.co.uk – a website for the common man to contribute gossip to. I reularly take great pleasure in using the site to write nonsense about the likes of Millwall, this Becchio thing has been mentioned on a few times, it’s got absolutely nil substance so panic not.

  • Brac73

    As you stated, Betfair is hardly the most reliable of sources, I have been informed that Becchio will not be leaving and no offer has been received.

  • richard

    He`s one player i really would not want to leave us.

  • Craig

    I’m ashamed at you TSS ;) Those Betfair rumours aren’t worth reading let alone responding to.

    • TSS

      @craig

      Check the author mate, it was @timhodge that wrote the above.

      It is usually me that posts Betfair rumours up in fairness though. They amuse me, and quite frankly, you never know!?

  • Simon

    lol Craig.

    Becc’s isn’t going anywhere.

  • WheelsV1

    Leeds said whn the last story about him leaving us Tht contract talk are put on hold to september after the transfer window so he as no worries for start of season and leeds can look at players to try bring in and if LB leave it be worse thn beckford in my eyes coz becchio is the work horse and would run himself in to the ground for leeds and one those players Tht care about wearing the white of the Mighty Leeds plus he and killa my fav player plus betfair rumours are like toilet paper only good to wipe ass on

    • Marc Butterworth

      WheelsV1, if you cant be arsed typing your comments in a legible fashion, then dont type anything. People just start reading and give up after 2 lines of your “text talk” shite… How old are you? 6?

  • Christopher Gee

    Having watched the Beckford saga unfold last year I don’t think we can be complacent about this story. Becchio will be looking to significantly improve on his current contract and strikers do command a premium. If he is to be our main frontman this year the offer from Ken needs to reflect his position in the squad. His performance yesterday was much improved and he showed some touches on the ball that we wouldn’t have seen 12 months ago. If he has the potential to play for Celtic then he’s worth investing in and our lovable chairman will get his money back, but just not yet.

    • Colin

      @derbyshirewhite

      I think you’re right. I think Becchio’s agent is pushing for a big deal. If he isn’t, then he should be because at the moment without Becchio Leeds would be well and truly stuffed. There might be something in this.

      Why oh why do Leeds leave players that they value on expiring contracts?? It holds the club to ransom. Which goon is in charge of contracts? Andy Hughes gets an extension but no one bothers to sort out a deal to keep Becchio?

      As Wheels said – if Leeds have said no contract negotiations until September (thus keeping Becchio at Leeds), then if I was Becchio’s agent, I’d say “Fair enough, no contract negotiations from our side until January. Speak to you in 2011.”

  • Colin

    If Celtic did want to part with £750k and Leeds managed to get it upped to £1m, and that was the tipping point where SG could say to the board – “let him go for £1m and I want £2.5m to spend on a quality striker and it’s xxx” then I’d wouldn’t be too sad to see Becchio leave.

    £2-2.5m surely get’s you a quality 21+ year old who can’t make a PL 25 man squad

    • timm

      I agree Colin. He could go for me at that money. Paynter & Gradel could possibly be a great pairing for us, not forgetting Somma & Grella. Also, if he was sold, SG would definately get some money for another striker. Celtic’s where average players go to earn big money & play a couple of european matches, but these players such as Hooper must know that they’re taking the easy optio, unlike the brilliant Jermaine Beckford who has given himself a real challenge to rise to.

      • kevin bull

        good target man but no pace..paynter will more than fill his boots and chip in with a lot more goals.get the money now while hes in demand.gradel and somma,snoddy all to come in.we will be right up there..

  • Tony Curie’s Curler

    It’s obviously Luciano’s agent trying to drum up business to increase his wages in any contract offers with Leeds. Larry wont have any influence what so ever in this matter. It’ll depend on whether his agent wants a pay day or not!

    If he does he’ll make it next to impossible to negotiate a deal so he’ll unsettle the player (creating rumours) no doubt his agent is touting Luciano around, and he’ll move on. Bates won’t be held to ransom by an agent and to be honest I don’t blame him.

    It would leave us with a massive hole, but players come and go such is football. We’ll miss him for a while, until the next player comes along. We’ve lost much better players and got over it. Such it life.

  • Bob Scratchcock

    I think the Celtic board would have to be high on mescaline to consider offering up a Becchio to a support anticipating a Bellamy. Boards as conciencous as Celtic’s don’t make P.R. Disasters on the scale this would be.

    A non-story from a non-source.

    As you were, folkes.

    • timm

      What, you mean like when they gave John Barnes the managers job?!

    • TSS

      Is it really that far-fetched? The SPL is no better than the Championship, and Becchio is a very competent Championship striker. Much like their previous signing, Gary Hooper!

  • Dylan

    Okay…even if this is true, it’s not the end of the world for me. Becchio has improved but (be honest) he’s still not the star frontman we would have liked; otherwise we wouldn’t have been so chuffed about being linked with so many strikers in the pre-season! I do like Becchio..but if we do sell him (for an inflated price), we could get someone with more potential. Also, I still think that Paynter could be a real bargain when he’s fit and ready. If Becchio wants to go- let him go.

  • We Beat The Scum One-Nil

    It’s all a load o bollox!!

  • Paul South Wales

    If we got a £1m fort Becchio, then we could go for Jay Simpson, so every cloud n all

  • Paul South Wales

    For Becchio even

  • Bob Scratchcock

    “The brilliant Jermaine Beckford”? What? Seriously? Crikey!!

    • timm

      Yes Bob, Brilliant for us. The stats don’t lie Bob. As the ‘conciencious’ Celtic board would be the first to admit when it comes to their pathetic record under the aforementioned John Barnes.

  • tim campbell

    charlie austin and paynter up front – the two guys already know each others games and i think we could pick austin up reasonably cheap

  • It wouldn’t surprise me if he did go, at the end of the day football is all about money and we know what lengths these agents will go to, to improve their own finances and that of their player. It’s a dirty game with a lot more to it than kicking a ball, anyway there is some good points raised here, if he did go we would surely then invest in a better quality striker as a replacement. Or would we? Not seen much evidence of Bates spending to replace anyone as yet, who was Delph’s replacement, Beckford’s replacement etc.. Personally, I don’t think there is any truth in this story though which is quite a relief because I for one would not want us to let Becchio go, he works so hard and plays with true Yorkshire grit, which is not bad for an argy, but more importantly he is getting goals for us and looking better and better everytime he plays. The lad has a bright future and can help Leeds move on to better things. fingers cross!

  • henry vincent lewis

    We must keep him!
    He is our talisman and a fine footballer of great courage.
    We just need a goalscorer to play with him and take advantage of his work-rate.
    Don’t forget ‘Greybeard’ is far better at selling than buying!!
    The £1million would soon disappear in the new hotel project!!

  • richard

    We`d flog`im then just get another freebie. I`ll stick with Luco ta very muchly.

  • TSS

    Interesting view from TSS’ Facebook page. Anyone thought that perhaps Paynter was brought in as a replacement for Becchio, and maybe we’d already planned for this? He’s certainly more like Becchio than he is Beckford after all.

    • timm

      Could definately be the case? If SG doesn’t fancy a player he’ll get rid. Robinson & Michalik still being on the books has probably cost us Jay Simpson? So maybe he would move Becchio on if it meant he could get somebody in who he thought was better? Like you said, Paynter’s much more like Becchio than he is Beckford.

  • Bob Scratchcock

    Really, Timm? And what are the attributes that make him a “brilliant” player? Struggling to see anything in his game other than league 1 goals that could come close to qualifying the “brilliant” statement, perhaps you could enlighten me.

    P.S. This Celtic board is a completely different one to that which sanctioned the John Barnes appointment some eleven years ago.

  • Bob Scratchcock

    P.S.S. “the afforementioned John Barnes”? Can’t see any previous mention of him in either the article or posts. Funny that. It’s almost like you deliberately brought his name up to score some sort of cheap point……..and failed. Hmmm

    • timm

      Aforementioned by me Bob. As regards JB, well Bob, are you saying Jermaine Beckford was a poor striker for Leeds? Players can only perform against what’s put in front of them Bob & i don’t think even you could argue with JBs stats while he played for Leeds? It would be easy for Beckford to take himself off & take the money at a club like Celtic but we all know he wouldn’t need to raise his game. Brilliant is a word i choose to use for JB because he was a great servant for my club Bob, This is a word i choose to use to describe a well rounded individual who saw the job through to the end, a player who scored a goal i’ll never forget at Old Trafford which gives us the bragging rights over them until we are next beaten by them, a player who knuckled down & got us out of the hell that is L1 Bob. Did you ever read anything about Beckford in the papers Bob which wasn’t connected to football? You know the type of story i’m talking about Bob, the ones about players being pissed & slapping women around, the ones which we’ve repeatedly seen Craig Bellamy associated with (which Celtic board signed him Bob?) Exactly which scale would this P.R disaster be on Bob? A million quid punt on a player who’s performing well at a level which is currently superior to the SPL seems fair enough to me? & im fairly sure Dr. Reid will double check just to confirm his credentials? So why could it be such a huge ‘P.R disaster’ Bob?

      • Bob Scratchcock

        So, Timm, the attributes that you consider make him brilliant are his ability to score in league 1 and that fact he’s never appeared in a lurid newspaper article about him slapping women? Really? That’s what you consider the relevent qualities of a “brilliant” player? Well paint my face and call me Brenda if that’s not a new one on me.

        Given the choice between a jermaine Beckford who doesn’t get in the papers for the wrong reasons and a craig Bellamy who does, I know which one I and every other Leeds fan bar you would choose, and it ryhmes with lage schmellamy.

        Seriously, Timm, you need to address that chip on your shoulder as not only has it made a rather uptight, humourless and rather bitter man but it has also affected your judgement. (A) Becchio for 1m is a joke, and I say that as someone who lives in moortown and sees Leeds pretty regularly. And (B) why would Celtic want him when they have four senior strikers and two youth strikers who are of better quality than the one-paced Becchio.

        Beckford and Becchio may have done a job for you in the heady heights of League 1, petal, but to exagerate their comparable abilities as you have done is disingenuous at best and ridiculously blinkered at worst. Beckford IS the new DJ Campbell and I’m confident his period in the sun will be equally short lived. No spite, just an impartial assessment of the guy’s ability.

        • timm

          Exactly which scale would this PR disaster be on Bob? No chip on my shoulder Bob, just defending my comments. Where do i write anything that gives the impression that i have a chip on my shoulder? I’m glad you find my piece humourless Bob as i never intended to put any humour into it. I’ll ask you one more time, exactly which scale would this PR disaster be on? Also, could you tell me at which point i ‘exaggerated their comparable abilities’? Welcome to the site Bob & iI look forward to receiving your answers.

          • Bob Scratchcock

            Celtic have just sold their best player for £9.5m; the club went public about their bid for Bellamy; The club also made it public that all money brought in would be made available; the club are under pressure from the fans to deliver players capable of wrenching the title back after two years; Robbie Keane has not yet been replaced.

            So tell me, timm, with those factors in mind, do you not think a signing of Becchio’s calibre might just be seen as an anti-climax and thus a bit of a P.R. Disaster?

            Have a look back over your posts, timm. You’ll see that you’ve been quite gushing in your praise for both players and their ability to play at a higher level. However, timm, you have avoided stating what attributes you’re basing that on, despite requests to do so. Personally, timm, I think both players have glaring inadequices in their respective games which will hamper their attempts play at a higher level than heady heights of league 1/championship, in beckford’s case an inability to link play, hold the ball up, stand up to heavy challenges or work for the team when not in possession. Becchio? Well despite being willing, timm, he’s just a bit lacking all round. I’d suggest ex-Motherwell striker Ross McCormack would be a far better player to fill that support striker role and, what with his situation at Cardiff, you’d probably be able to pick him up for a very reasonable £2m, timm.

            Look forward to hearing your reply, timm.

          • timm

            In a word Bob, No! All clubs supporters want their club to sign the best players available, but unfortunately we’re not always realistic about A, who our clubs can afford, & B, (perhaps more importantly in the case of the Old Firm) Who our clubs can attract. We both know that when a player of the calibre of Robbie Keane played for Celtic it was purely to tick a box on a personal level, just as it was when an over the hill Roy Keane relieved them of a thick wedge of money a few years ago just so he could fulfil a boyhood dream at the supporters expense. Managers are paid a lot of money because they & their staff have the ability to spot talent, & club owners/directors love a manager who can see potential in reasonably priced players. After reading your post this morning i took the liberty of speaking to 2 friends of mine who are Celtic supporters, one is a season ticket holder who also follows them to europe & the other attends at least a dozen games a season & also sees a bit of Leeds. The season ticket holder said that ‘he hadn’t seen much of Becchio but he’s heard he’s decent for Leeds’, the other said that ‘We (Celtic) could do with somebody who puts himself about just now & Becchio can certainly do that’. When i asked the season ticket holder if the fans would be disappointed he basically said that they’d love Messi but they have to be realistic & they trust Lennons judgement. I don’t have a chip on my shoulder Bob & i take exception to you saying i do. You also accuse me of exaggeration when in fact it is you who exaggerates by saying things like PR disaster! Your opinion on Beckford & Becchio is precisely that, your opinion. But it is fact that a manager of the calibre of David Moyes has seen enough in Beckford to give him a contract at Everton, & whether that works out for the player remains to be seen. Speaking as a Leeds fan i genuinely hope it does work out for the player. I do find it funny that you now say it would only be ‘a bit of a PR disaster’ Bob, i didn’t know you could have a ‘bit of a disaster’? Is that like being a little bit pregnant Bob. I don’t care about your cock-sure opinion that Becchio & Beckford can’t perform at a higher level Bob, unless you’re a successful Premier Leaugue manager that is? I prefer to deal in fact., & the fact is that as a Leeds Utd supporter, Jermaine Beckford was a brilliant servant for my club. Just as the fact is that David Moyes has taken him to the PL. Jermaine Beckford is not the new DJ Campbell Bob, he’s Jermaine Beckford. That’s just a lazy statement Bob because they both have tattoos on their neck, you should watch that Bob, people will be thinking you have a chip on your shoulder.
            PS DJ Campbell is a very very useful player.

          • Craig

            Careful you two or TSS will yellow card you and the FA will then feel the need to take matters in hand.

  • Paul South Wales

    Chill out Robby itchydick

  • Dylan

    Beckfords stats…check out his chances:goals ratio! Without the service of Snoddy, Killa and Howson he would have scored fewer goals than David Batty! Also, regarding Becchio- I still think he’s got a lot to learn; he works hard enough but his first touch is sometimes more akin to Holbeck Working Mens XI than the great Leeds Utd. Said that…I do like him (mostly for his work rate) and hope he stays- but if not..let’s make a bit of cash off him, rather than let him go for free like Beckford.

    • timm

      But still impressive enough for a manager of the calibre of David Moyes to take a punt on him. If it was just about goals to chances ratios Andy Cole & Michael Owen would probably be playing for Holbeck too! It’s about notching up a decent tally during a season, & no striker in the world would score goals without other players to supply the ball.

    • ForeverWhite

      Dylan, no offence but you can hardly use a goal to shot ratio (I assume that’s what you meant?) as an indication that Becchio is better than Beckford was (again, assumption, but in the long run that’s what this comes down to) when A: I suspect you don’t have such stats and B: take it from someone who follows Leeds everywhere, Becchio misses more sitters than Beckford ever did!

      • Dylan

        First mate..I also follow Leeds- and I’ll be there for Milwall and Saturday..so I know what you’re on about. However, it seems to me that – as much as I enjoyed Beckford as a Leeds player – I just don’t think he was Premier League, or maybe even Championship class. I think he’ll struggle at Everton and will soon be playing at a level more befitting his abilities fairly sharpish. I think that this season will be about consolidation- let’s face the facts – the 2 games we’ve played so far have been a sharp awakening regarding the qualities required in this division.

        • Dylan

          meant “Milwall on Saturday” by the way.

  • eastbournewhite

    No way will Becchio be going! Only player I wana see leave now is that clayton clown we got on loan from Man City. He not been on much but wot a pile of crap

  • henry vincent lewis

    Have Betfair every been right about anything?
    What makes this any different. If Leeds intended to sell him he would be under contract now.

  • les irwin

    truth is this should be done by now why do we always piss about with player contracts til they walk out the door for nowt this should have been done last season not now .the other truth is ken bates has ,ZERO NIL ,NO .NAHDA , NEIN ,NONE ,ZILCH in the football side at elland road he had no intrest at chelsea ,he is using the money we pay into the football club to build his chelsea type villiage to sell for millions the football side is a means to an end and when another 1 is sold 750.000 for becchio it will pay for another refurb of something the good news is at 79 he has 1 foot in the grave

  • Dylan

    By building infrastructure, Bates is ensuring that Leeds are a viable organisation in the future. My heart tells me that I should be pissed off about the fact that we haven’t spent a fortune on new players; my head says that – for now at least – this is probably the sensible thing to do.

    • Dje

      @Dylan

      The sensible thing to do for Bates is to get the team promoted as quickly as possible to the Premiership and cash in his chips. That’s where the good money returns are to be found. Hotels, conference rooms, roulette wheels are only going to make some money for Bates/Leeds United in the mid-to-long-term and his age, Bates aint in it for the long term. And as to paternal instincts form beyond the grave, I seriously doubt Bates would give a toss about Leeds or Leeds United in the next life*.

      *pending qualification, probably over two-legs.

      • Dylan

        Fair point. However, I do think that Bates’ plan is probably to make Leeds a more viable purchase for someone. This would obviously be easier if we were in the Prem, so fair point mate.

        • les irwin

          dylan bates has no intrest in football he is in it for the money

  • tim campbell

    Darius Vassell linked with us again – if we could get him i’d think he would be worth it. still got a good turn of pace

    • graham allen

      i saw Vassell mentioned – think he is too old for SG – too over paid and is he still hungry?Just looked at Paynter’s scoring for last season 29 goals in all competitions. He was the lead striker for the first time in 2009-10 and did well. I think Paynter could do it. Betfair Rumour? Waste of time to even discuss it!

  • Chareose

    better the devil you know….. id stick with bechio unless Didier Drogba becomes available……:o)

  • Marc Butterworth

    With this rumour coming from BetFair, I would normally say it was a load of bollocks but my worry is that Pappa Smurf is a tight arsed bastard and I could very easily believe that the contract issue is stumbling over pay and that Celtic have got wind of this. Becchio would be a big loss. Not the end of the world but a big loss none the less. It would also send a very loud signal out to the rest of world that Bates has no ambition and that Leeds are going nowhere for the foreseeable future.

  • leeds-lad

    If Bates can extract more money from Leeds United …….. well, its thanks for the great service Becchio, good luck and good bye !!

  • superhoops

    Personally would think Vassell and excellent signing and could easily perform at this level. Would argue he still has something to prove. The rumour has an air of credibility – SG and Vassell are supposedley mates and we saw this with Dickov

  • leeds through and through

    dont think that LB will be going anywere soon personally, and i dont think that david somma is out of favour with SG he’s just suspended at the min, he had his fair share of game time in pre-season and i wouldnt be surprised to see him alot more when his suspension ends.

  • steve underwood

    well lots of interesting comments first beckford the stats dont lie he was a great player for leeds would have him back like a shot hope he does well at everton if not come home becks.Now becchio you cant fault his work rate but im sorry that wont keep us up or get promotion a striker has to get 20 t0 25 goals a season im sorry but he wont do that austin would be fantastic if not him then paynter must be given a chance and grayson please drop howson its like we are playing with 10 men

  • henry vincent lewis

    A top goalscorer need s foil.
    Someone to take the punishment and leave the way clear for the poacher.
    Mick Jones/Alan Clarke!
    I agree with you Steve that Beckford was great player for us, but he is hopeless up front on his own.
    Becchio can hold up play with his back to goal. His ball retention is excellent
    and he is unique in our squad.
    He should get us 15 goals and create a lot more for his striking partner.
    He is also the bravest man in the squad!

  • steve underwood

    fair point about becchio had one chance against forest poor touch chance missed beckford poor touch but 9 times out of 10 he still would have scored at this level you need more dont think vassel is the answer

  • Dje

    Curious. I can’t work out if all the these rumours about Leeds and Vassell are coming about because he’s a player who most half-hearted football fans have heard of and so it is doing the rounds in the chatter that goes on in offices, schools, trains etc – and therefore is being perpetuated/sustained – or it is genuinely about to happen.

    I also can’t work out whether or not I want us to sign Vassell.

    [Clearly to-day is not going to be a day of great decisions for me]

    • TSS

      @djedjedje

      Experienced at international and Premier League level, but never a great goalscorer. He’s like a more expensive Luciano Becchio.

  • Raph

    I sincerely hope hes not going anywhere. Hes a real worker and 2 goals in 3 so far (maybe should be 3 in 3 if you look at the miss kicked 1st touch when 1 on with keeper against forest) not a bad start

  • Granulated

    I wish Betfair would fekk off.

    they are worse than the tabloids

  • steve underwood

    ok we all know we need more players would say holding midfield is top of list carsley would have been ideal but went to coventry wat about kavonagh from carlise

  • Bill Fox

    Would hate to see him go and all the more so as we can’t seemingly afford the wages of a really proven replacement (Jason Roberts again mentioed a day or so back). Good point tho’ made by many is why are we letting his contract go unresolved…….

  • Bob Scratchcock

    No, timm, he would an unparalled P.R. Disaster you clown; I was being slightly faceatious.

    As for your Celtic supporting ‘mates’, if they actually exist, I would suggest their opinion was tempered spmewhat by not wanting to offend you, especially given how emotional you can become on the subject of Leeds utd and it’s players. I’ve yet to speak to one Celtic who has seen Becchio play that would be happy with him as a signing. Go figure, eh timm.

    You say you’re not a bitter man yet your posts are dripping with a latent resentment and barely contained anger. Why is this, timm? Is it really that difficult for you to swallow that a Celtic fan might not be that enamored by the potential signing of someone as distincly below average as Becchio, even if he is one of Leeds’ better players. Does the impartial assessment of the abilities of Beckford serve to remind you of just how far your club has fallen in ten years? If so, why? It’s a view shared by most broadminded and objective football people, even if David Moyes saw fit to take a punt on low cost free transfer to fill his 4/5th choice striker role.

    You don’t like my comparison with Campbell? Well I’m sorry about that, love, but given that both players are pacey goal hangers and not a lot else then I’d have to say it’s quite accurate.

    Anyways, I’m off to see what soulless mercenaries are willing to take top dollar off our fans in order to tick a box; and I kinda sense you wish you were doing to same, timm.

    Cheerio, timm! Give my best to your “Celtic supporting mates”.

    • timm

      Losing the argument so resort to calling me a clown & to question whether im telling the truth eh Bob? To lie would mean that i gave a shit about you Bob. I don’t really know what your doing on a site which is for supporters of ‘my club’ Bob? Too much time on your hands & no mates perhaps? Maybe you should go & bore people to death down the pub seeing as you know everything about everything. You should be a scout for a top PL club with all your knowledge ‘love’. Why don’t you write a letter to Dr Reid to see if he’ll have you? Goodbye Bob petal. Good luck for the season & lets hope no one gets killed in the riots when Celtic fail to snatch Fabregas from under the noses of Barca! But hey, there’s always the PR sensation that is Gary Hooper from Scunthorpe to soften the blow!

    • timm

      Oh no Bob! Just heard that Celtic have signed the Honduran left back Emilio Izaguirre from Motagua for an undisclosed fee. Didn’t anyone tell them that Ashley Cole’s unsettled? I personally wouldn’t have a problem with it Bob as i’d be trusting the manager, but after reading your comments about what calibre of player the fans expect, i’d imagine that the Park Head car park is filling up with angry protesters as we speak Bob? Possibly even discontent at the Vatican? This is a PR disaster on a scale never seen before! Did you also see that Celtic striker Ben Hutchinson is going out on loan to Lincoln Bob? It’s funny how Leeds also loaned a striker to Lincoln last season, & it’s even stranger that we also have a Honduran player on trial at Leeds this week too. So we both loan strikers to Lincoln & we both look at signing Hondurans for ‘undisclsed fees’, but somehow Luciano Becchio isn’t big enough or good enough to wear the green & white of the mighty Celtic? Dream on Bob love, dream on! My mate (you know the one Bob, the fictional one!) even told me today that the rumour in the east end is that Lennon has even enquired about the fitness & willingness of Viduka!

  • Bob Scratchcock

    I called you a clown because I’ve been baiting you for 3 days now and you still haven’t realised, love. But thanks for indulging me; the thought of your raging little red face sat there banging away while your arteries harden has been most satisfying.

    Now, pull your pants up, you tart.

    • timm

      Oh Bob! Is this what it’s come to? & i thought we were friends.

      • Bob Scratchcock

        Timm, sweatheart, you’re trying too hard.

        Becchio indeed!

  • timm

    No Bob, minimal effort was all that was needed. Now toddle off & watch the unveiling of your new left back on Celtic TV. Night night & remember me in your prayers.

  • Bob Scratchcock

    Meaow! Somebody get her a saucer of milk

  • richard

    Hope luco stays, its not as if sg would have the money to spend anyway