Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae is talking up a possible move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic by Celtic. The legendary Swedish striker is a free agent after leaving MLS outfit LA Galaxy.
Rae told listeners on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard that it would be a “remarkable” coup for the Hoops. However, in reality, Rae should give it a rest after making the bizarre claim.
Alex Rae speaks up on Celtic signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic
There have been silly rumours on social media in Celtic social circles about Ibrahimovic.
The striker has spoken up about the Hoops before but there has been nothing concrete or any links.
It’s quite bizarre and a non-starter due to the extravagant wages, the arrogance, and the Celts’ business model. Rae thinks differently, however, when speaking on Superscoreboard last night.
He said: “If Celtic pull it off it would be a remarkable one.
“In terms of marketing, he struggles for a bit of confidence though, Ibrahimovic, isn’t he a bit shy?!
“But in terms of what he would bring to the table, we see some of his goals for LA Galaxy. I love the fact that, is it, Carlos Vela? The boy who he was getting embroiled in an argument with, he referred to him as a Mini to a Rolls Royce, you know that type of thing. He would be brilliant for the game.”
Signing would be a slap on the face for strikers
There are many reasons that the move is a complete non runner – Rae not revealing his source is one thing.
However, the most glaring thing would be it being horrible for the current striking trio. Odsonne Edouard is rightfully first choice and flying at the moment and won’t sit on the bench for Ibrahimovic.
In the meantime, Vakoun Bayo isn’t getting a fair crack of the whip because of Edouard’s form. Furthermore, Leigh Griffiths’ issues have been well documented and he doesn’t deserve to slip in the pecking order.
He would only disrupt the team harmony in so many ways, but the media would love the scoops. Neil Lennon will know himself that signing Ibrahimovic is more trouble than it’s worth.
Rae and anyone believing in these hyperactive rumours must give it a rest.