Date: 24th May 2007 at 3:32pm
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Amid further unconfirmed reports in the Japanese media that English Premiership comic relief side Spurs are set to bid up to £10million for Celtic’s Shunsuke Nakamura, TicV”Establishment” gives his views on whether Celtic should cash-in.

Celtic need a lot more quality players brought in and we badly need to ship out the deadwood and underachievers currently on our books.

Of our two highly-valued, and much coveted, assets – Artur Boruc and rumoured Spurs target Shunsuke Nakamura – if one of them has to depart I would prefer it be Naka.

Celtic would command a whopping transfer fee for the Japanese star and the club could be faced with losing him for nothing in a year’s time or so. As a club, we could really be doing with the money his sale would bring to strengthen other areas of the team with true quality for a change.

As for Boruc, the holy goalie must be retained at all costs!!! If the club want to cash in this summer then Naka should be the one to bring in the Yen. He has undoubted qualities but he rarely shows them, except in the briefest of flashes, and, of course, his ability from free-kicks.

However, he goes missing way too often and his disappearances occur in far too many games, even against the poorer teams in the SPL.

I say cash in while we can.

Not all of Timdom will like hearing my views on Naka but the bottom line is that Celtic are a business like any other, and one which is competing in a very restricted market-place.

It would be wonderful to be able to keep wee Naka, and also retain the luxury of being able to go out and really compete in the transfer market for a couple of real top quality players, hell, we’d all love that!

However, reality is always there to remind us of our true position and, should one come in, the club simply cannot refuse an exceptional offer for Naka. But Spurs’ initial offer of £6million was a couple of million short, even if London may be a tempting offer for Naka himself. I reckon an offer of close to £8million would tempt our board into selling.

Bigger clubs than Spurs will come in for our Japanese star, and the closer we get to the end of the summer transfer window, the more desperate clubs will become, with the result that Naka could attract a late, major bidding frenzy to secure his services.

If however, Naka is still a Bhoy next season, I will be more than happy. The only problem that his staying would mean, is that we could end up receiving little if any money for him.

Celtic would of course offer him a lucrative new contract to prolong his stay in Paradise, but, Naka has already expressed his desire to sample either the EPL or the Spanish top flight. He’s already done the tour of Italy, I think his talents would be much more suited to La Liga, but that’s just a personal opinion.

I’m not trying to start an uprising in Timdom, I’m only being honest and realistic in my opinions here. Although I’m sure that wont stop the Happy Clapper’s from being raging…and there was me thinking that was an exclusively Orc thing!

By TicV”Establishment”

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