Former Norway international and Celtic player Vidar Riseth claims that Celtic won’t be fielding many calls this January.
Riseth, who has also called out compatriot Kristoffer Ajer during his dreadful run of form, claimed that clubs from Germany, England or Italy will be more likely to bid for Rangers players in the winter transfer window.
The former midfielder told the Herald:
“If there are players who want to leave the club then go. The window will open in January and if I was the coach or in the boardroom I would be telling them to go and look elsewhere.
“The problem is that the way they have been playing I think they will be looking at another club in Scotland.
“There is not one player at Celtic this season who has done anywhere near enough to have the English Premier League or the Bundesliga or Serie A seriously contemplating a move.
“And that doesn’t come to the team playing badly all the time either. That comes down to players not taking responsibility. Playing at 70%. Walking through games with no urgency.”
Vidar’s right; nobody in this side has earned a move
Although Dutch youngster Jeremie Frimpong has been linked to Southampton (Sun), nobody at Celtic Park has covered themselves in glory so far this season. Certainly not to the degree that elite clubs in Europe will be taking much of an interest.
Celtic’s Europa League tenure was effectively ended by Sparta Prague (BBC) after 4 games from 6, and in that arena, as well as domestic competition, the team has played horrendously.
Kristoffer Ajer had been linked to A.C. Milan, but his dismal performances will have given Paolo Maldini and Stefan Pioli food for thought. Odsonne Edouard has scored goals, but not in the volumes expected, and so he looks set to stay. Of Celtic’s real assets, none have pushed themselves into contention for a big move.
Riseth isn’t usually quick to comment on Celtic matters. However, he’s absolutely spot on in his assertions.
While it seems harsh to accuse anyone at the club of downing tools, there’s certainly a mentality issue at Celtic this season. The usual verve and attacking play have been replaced by endless, fruitless sideways passing. In defence, the club are being regularly embarrassed at home and abroad.
Players aren’t taking responsibility. They are, indeed, “walking through games”, and the urgency of the supporters hasn’t been matched by the players or by Neil Lennon.
Concerning times for Celtic, then. At least we shouldn’t have to worry about any of our top talents moving on in January, then. That’s because they’ve largely been useless.