Former Juve and Lazio striker Fabrizio Ravanelli has set his sight on joining SPL champions Celtic. "There was a chance I could have signed for Rangers when I was leaving Juve a few years ago but I went to Middlesbrough because I wanted to play in England. I have since learned a bit more about Glasgow because Paolo Di Canio spoke highly of his time at Celtic and of their great fans and superb stadium. If they wanted to sign me I would be interested. Why not?" said the White Feather.
yea, nice carson, i heard about that too! i think he'dbe better than john hartson, but i dont like the idea of players thinking that celtic are a team that you can say, i wouldlike playing for them, and for celtic to come running, especially at the end of a guys career. roy keane is guilty of saying this.
hiopefully though, we will be in englsih league soon and wojnt have to be subjected to these press releases where fading players think that celtic is an easy ride.
Ian wright did this, and after he couldnt hack the pace of the scottish game, went back to england and promptly slagged off the celtic fans because HE wasnt good enough to satisfy them, he felt he could turn up and be adored for his past exploits, but who cares about ARSEnal!! or what he did there for that matter!
oneills been promised money, but i think celtic will be stingy again. which may be a bad idea, as its gonna be a closer fight next year.
18 year old Swedish defender is the only signing that is all but done, a physique like bobo balde ive been told! at 18!!
it says hes 27, but im not so sure, Gary Kelly was linked again in the paper before his testimonial tonight against celtic, but he has already stated he wants to stay at leeds, but i think this could still be possible as leeds want to sell him so hes not got much of a choice!
club and country team mate, Ian Harte, 25 also linked, a devastating left peg this guys got, could be a good signing
ANOTHER leeds player, as leeds manager is told he MUST sell after spending lotsa money and winning F-all (HAHA!) Michael Duberry
As the trend shows, Oneill needs strength at the back.
Replacing LUBO is goingto be very difficult, the last i heard on this, was signing a guy from Feyenoord, but thats been quiet lately.
MY main focus for celtic just now, is attempting to get into the Nationwide league, as talks are early, we must wait till ITV digital thing is sorted out. so therefore I still dream...
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Bhoys savour Adams party, but will next trip count?
By Roger Hannah
Arsenal 1-1 Celtic
Celtic ended their supreme season last night as they had begun it last August - by pushing the English champions to their limits in an unofficial Battle of Britain.
Alan Thompson's spectacular free-kick was the outstanding moment of a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Tony Adams' testimonial at a packed Highbury.
The end-of-season clash might have been less spectacular than the 4-3 thriller against Manchester United at Old Trafford but, with the Old Firm perhaps bound for England on a permanent basis, it was surely more meaningful.
And it ensured the SPL champions emerged undefeated from four testimonials south of the border, after successes at Leicester and Leeds as well as Manchester.
But while Martin O'Neill will delight in his team's burgeoning reputation among Premiership chairmen, the evening was really a celebration of one man's incredible career.
Adams' young children, Oliver and Amber, began the party for the most successful captain of Arsenal's modern era by carrying the FA Cup onto the lush turf.
Their dad, having lifted the Premiership trophy on Saturday, returned with the gleaming silverware to the adulation of a 38,000 full house.
Celtic's loyal fans were not to be disappointed either as Tom Boyd paraded the SPL championship trophy.
Adams' second testimonial, one well-deserved in light of 22 years' unbroken service, was always going to be more about back-patting than point-scoring.
Celtic chairman Brian Quinn chatted with the play-ers on the pitch prior to kickoff, but the plc boss was surely more interested in boardroom discussions.
Even if Celtic must reluctantly use the Nationwide League as a platform towards the Premiership, the power-brokers will covet a return to venues like Highbury.
And if last night's result will be forgotten among the revelry, the opportunity to talk hardball with David Dein and Co - just six days after speaking with Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale - will have been worth as much as the silverware on show.
Adams' old cronies were wheeled out with the shame-lessness of a Downing Street cocktail party as Ian Wright, John Lukic, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn all donned the Arsenal colours again.
Any red-and-white donations reached a good cause on this occasion, however, as the Sporting Chance charity benefited to the tune of £500,000.
The skipper - with four title medals, three FA Cups and a Cup Winners' Cup to his name - was simply over-come by the occasion.
'To have a full house here at Highbury in my honour is truly humbling,' said Adams. 'I have had a truly incredible 22 years at this football club. I consider myself immensely lucky to have been given a chance to fulfil my dreams. As the greatly-missed David Rocastle always used to say: "Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent.î
'My mother passed away 18 months ago but she is still with me in spirit, kicking every ball. Regrettably, my father is very ill at the moment.
'But my parents supported me throughout everything. Now, of course, my own children, Oliver and Amber, are the most important things in my life.'
The tears welled up in the eyes of a Highbury legend as Britain's finest, albeit devoid of World Cup-bound stars, honoured his achievements.
Tributes were paid by Arsene Wenger, chairman Peter Hill-Wood, ex-England boss Terry Venables and former Arsenal and Celtic star Charlie Nicholas.
'Tony was just a natural, instinctive leader, ' said Nicholas. 'I remember when he made his debut and, even then, he was being spoken about as a future captain.
'But as well as being a good communicator, he was obviously a special talent.'
Adams' immense talent was still in evidence last night, even if he could have done without Shaun Maloney snapping at his ankles throughout the match.
The newly- retired Lee Dixon traded blows with Bobo Balde as though to pretend the Battle of Britain charade was a contest worthy of its lavish billing.
Adams then effected a stunning tackle on the effervescent Maloney, with Arsenal sweeping to the other end and Francis Jeffers watching his shot deflected inches wide of Jonathan Gould's post.
Gould and Thompson replaced Robert Douglas and Stilian Petrov as the only changes from the winning Pittodrie side 24 hours earlier.
Arsenal, by dint of their old boys' policy, rested Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Martin Keown and Ashley Cole.
In Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp they still possessed class - but Thompson also exhibited that quality in abundance as he thrashed a free-kick beyond Lukic after 31 minutes.
Celtic lost Balde to injury just before the interval, with 18-year-old defender John Kennedy the first of a lengthy procession of substitutes.
Momo Sylla was denied twice in quick succession after the break as Celtic, showing little sign of fatigue after Aberdeen, sought to embellish their lead.
But Arsenal levelled midway through the second-half as Dixon - in nose-bleed territory at centre-forward - glanced a header past Gould.
Ex-Celt turned telly darling Wright won a great ovation as a late sub, with Celtic's stream of replacements including young French keeper Michael Herbert.
In the end, though, nothing mattered more than Adams' celebration and the charitable donation. But watch this space for the competitive rerun...
yea, shame we couldnt win it, but the commentators were terrible! they kept say that celtic were trying harder! we had 1 first team player on the pitch!! average age of the squad used mustve been about 19. oh, and not forgetting the fact that 9 of the starting 11 all palyed 90 minutes against aberdeen the day before! i know its a friendly, but i hate the fact that commentators make excuses for arsenal! the only reason they wont let us in their league is cos theyre scared of us!!!!!! theyre all crap!we'd hammer them all!!