I’m afraid that the Gerrard Express was in danger of coming off the rails yesterday.
There was a free and fair exchange of views between the convict chairman and the ex-Liverpool legend.
As ever the problem at Sevco was about money, or rather the lack of it.
Mr Gerrard stated in a conference call to the Serious Professional and the Director of Fantasy that he wasn’t happy about how the recruitment was going.
He accepted that he had previously to go with the squad that he had said he needed three named players to make a difference.
One of that trio was Martin Škrtel.
I’m told that the ex-England captain was of the opinion that the offer to the Slovakian defender was never intended to succeed.
The Serious Professional then took Gerrard’s concerns to the convict chairman.
Mr King said that he would deal with it.
Then the Director of Fantasy received an angry call from south of the Limpopo.
I’m told that there wasn’t a lot of love expressed by the chairman for the new Sevco manager.
However, Mr Allen was told to make the Connor Goldson deal happen, but to keep within the financial realities of the basket of assets.
Therefore, the season ticket money takes another hit.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Brighton defender was another part of Gerrard’s preferred trio.
My information is that the other player is a striker.
Overall, Mr Gerrard had accepted that the current squad is what he has to work with.
Of course, some loans will come in, but he needed those three players in question as permanent signings.
Meanwhile, across the city, there is another type of recruitment strategy.
Celtic have money and will spend it.
Expect a group unveiling with the appropriate razzmatazz.
My information is that the Double Treble winners will parade “three or four new players”.
I expect Odsonne Édouard to be one of them.
John McGinn should be there too.
However, although the financials have been agreed I’m told that Hibernian want Mikey Johnston on loan as part of that deal.
My information that Brendan has put his foot down on that one, although Scott Allan going the other way in a permanent swap is not a problem for the Celtic boss.
Now, I don’t expect that you will read any of the foregoing in the Succulent Radar media.
It should not fall to a journalist in another country to be fulfilling a Fourth Estate function for Planet Fitba.
However, that seems to be the case.
Especially when it comes to matters Sevco.
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Now I’m off back down the words mines.
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