TERRY BUTCHER'S opening observation spoke of a man warily familiar with the slings and arrows of outrageous footballing fortune.
There are currently two players within Celtic's financial reach that they would ordinarily go for in an instant: Johnny Russell and Leigh Griffiths.
The transfer window may not officially open until next week but already many Scottish Premier League clubs have been trying to reshape their squads.
JACKIE McNAMARA hopes the wrangle over his departure from Partick Thistle will soon be cleared up.
A MOVE which would take Johnny Russell to Serie A seems foreign to Scottish football.