Celtic's McManus Turns Down Town Move Wednesday, 26th Aug 2009 19:42
Celtic skipper Stephen McManus is understood to have turned down the chance to join the Blues on loan with a view to a permanent deal. The clubs are believed to have agreed terms on the deal.
The 26-year-old Scotland international is said to have spoken to his former Celtic team-mate Roy Keane earlier today to tell him that he would prefer to remain with the Glasgow giants and fight for his place.
ooh thats a bit of a blow. just the sort of defender that could have done a good job. whats the betting we go for a treble move from sunderland now with nyron nosworthy being added to edwards and leadbitter?
" Celtic skipper set to join blues " This headline had us all hoping but once again this turns out to be untrue. I don't think i am going to get excited about future signings until i see their names in our match program!
Shame if this is true, as he would have been a major asset and made the defensive solid.
Please keano get a quality centre half in before Tuesday, will make the difference. If MacManus why not try for Shitu, Nosworthy or another experienced premership defender. Terry or Ferdinand will do if we can't get no one else....
Rather than worrying about who to buy next, why don't our coaching staff train and improve our players we already have. I know it is a radical idea, but it used to work. Do people really think the players we have got in or are desparately trying to get in are so much better than the ones that we already had?
strikalite says: " Are there no quality centre halfs in the French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch lagues?? Of course there are, it's about getting out there and looking for it!!! " I think that's a very good point, and could add the Swedish, South American and East European leagues too! Swedish clubs manage to go over to South America and bring back some half-decent players - not top Premier League players as they all go to Man.U., but players probably good enough for the Championship. In defence of our scouting system we did get Civelli, but surely there are many good and cheap options out there? (Work permits can be a problem, of course.)