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so farewell then...
The gamble move of the window; it’s a bold one to sell your main goalscorer in the middle of a season when you’re having a real problem sticking the ball in the net.
Safe to say Scott McDonald was not the most popular player with the Celtic support in 2005. We had dug our own grave in the league with home defeats to almost everyone in the top 6, but his two goals in 90 seconds at Fir Park were the final nails in the coffin of that season’s league campaign.
During the following seasons he was just as much of a pain, constantly giving us problems and often as not scoring.
Rangers tried to sign him in January 2007 - in fact some papers announced it as a done deal - but (and stop me if you’ve heard this one before) the deal collapsed because Rangers wouldn’t come up with the asking price (or should that read – were held to ransom?).
The papers had been ecstatic at the thought of the deal; Celtic’s worst nightmare about to join the hun and were less than sympathetic to Motherwell’s stance of expecting a decent fee for their main forward.
They were slightly less enthused by the idea that he should join Celtic. In fact as soon as that was touted McDonald became a niggly wee moaner who wasn’t up to much.
His first couple of games for Celtic didn’t go that well. The press were trying to light a fire under a scoring crisis when he started against Spartak Moscow at Celtic Park.
15 minutes into the match a hilariously bad clearance from one of the Russian defenders landed at his feet 10 yards out and he buried it.
From there on he was a consistent scorer, often popping up in the big games. In the first of these he scored two against the huns and then got the winner against AC Milan.
During the run in for the league in 2008 his attitude was invaluable.
Last season we lacked goals, but McDonald was one of our more reliable players and while some fans felt he was a negative influence with his complaining, perhaps he was simply a fair reflection of the supporters’ attitude to what was happening on the pitch.
This season again he has chipped in with his fair share of goals, but from the start of the campaign there have been rumours that he was on his way out and coming up to the winter period he was dropped back to the bench.
In fact his last goal for us was as a substitute, the New Year goal against the hun.
As I said, selling McDonald is a huge gamble; on the one hand we’ve turned a £750k player into a £3.5 million player, but on the other 20 goals just walked out the door.
Better turn out well or we’re looking for a new manager.