When word first came through that Daryl Murphy might be on his way to Celtic, the relief of Sunderland supporters was matched only by the indignation of Celtic fans who berated Salut! Sunderland for daring to suggest the change of landscape could do wonders for the lad’s career.
Still no apologies from here, of course. The piece – found by clicking here, and also including a great clip of The Fields of Athenry, by the band Dance to Tipperary at Celtic Park – and our subsequent comments made our position abundantly clear.
We happen to like Celtic. We recognise that a Celtic playing in last season’s Premier would probably have finished one, maybe two or even three places higher than our own 13th. And that they would, in time, challenge for top six status. Even though we won, away, last time we played ’em.
But now that the deal has been done, and Murphy has actually signed for the Hoops, Celtic supporters are beginning to fret, if some of the posts at the Kerry Dale Street fan site are any guide.
Take a look at the comments for yourself. Among them, however, I did like this exercise in having it both ways:
Not really seen much of him, but the reaction seems to be he is abysmal.
quickly followed by (from same poster) …
If he was that bad, I doubt we would sign him.
But yes, I do believe Daryl Murphy can be a good player, and has the ability to prove he didn’t simply rediscover his natural level playing at Ipswich last season. I just don’t think that somewhere was likely, post-Keano, to be Sunderland.