Keeping Charlie could prove to be a struggle

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

ANDY Payton fears Burnley could struggle to hold on to Charlie Austin if Celtic decide to make a move for the striker before the closure of the transfer window.

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby has publicly admitted this week that Austin is among their list of options if they sell fellow forward Gary Hooper before the end of January.

The SPL side want to keep Hooper but the former Scunthorpe man has 18 months left on his current contract and is reported to have turned down Celtic’s latest offer of a new deal amid interest from the Premier League, most notably Norwich.

Austin’s own contract also expires in the summer of 2014 and the striker is attracting admiring glances from clubs after netting 23 goals for Burnley so far this season.

The 23-year-old’s performances at Turf Moor have earned him comparisons to former Clarets ace Payton, who hopes Austin remains with Burnley, but is realistic about the attraction of playing for Celtic – having represented the SPL club himself.

“Charlie has scored 23 goals so he is going to attract interest,” said Payton, who played for Celtic between 1992 and 1993.

“I think Burnley will probably be tested with an offer before the end of January and then it will be very interesting to see what would happen.

“As a Burnley fan I hope he stays. We’re doing really well at the moment and you never know, we could get into the play-offs and you’ve seen a lot that the team that finishes sixth can go up.

“But what I’d have to say is that Celtic are a massive club.

“They get crowds of 60,000 and I’m going up there next month to watch their Champions League game against Juventus. They are in the last 16 of the Champions League and massive clubs like Chelsea aren’t.

“When I played for Celtic I played in Europe against clubs like Cologne, Young Boys and Borussia Dortmund.

“Unless you go to a top six club in the Premier League, players aren’t going to get the chance to play in games like that.

“If Celtic did come in with an offer and Charlie said he wanted to go, it would be very interesting to see what Burnley would do.”

Austin has always stressed he is committed to Burnley but Payton fears his contract situation could complicate matters.

“Ideally you’d get Charlie signed up to a five-year contract now, but it’s whether the club can do that with the finances, and I can’t imagine him going into the last year of his contract,” he said.

“If you get told that maybe another club could double or treble your wages, it’s hard for players not to be tempted.

“I am a Burnley fan and went to school in the area, but Charlie isn’t from Burnley so it’s not quite the same.”

Burnley have insisted on several occasions that they have no plans to sell Austin but Payton fears they could possibly receive an offer they cannot refuse, should Celtic make their move.

The former Turf Moor star says, however, that should Austin depart Burnley must ensure they hold out for a similar fee to the £7m Southampton paid for Jay Rodriguez in the summer.

“If Gary Hooper left I wouldn’t be surprised if they did put a bid in for Charlie because they are similar types of players,” he said.

“I think they probably could afford him because they have the Champions League money and they have a mega rich owner.

“You see some fans talking about wanting £15m but you have to be realistic. I think you’d be looking at a similar amount to what they got for Rodriguez.”

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12:52pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Dublin Claret says...

SPL is way below championship level, so why go north for maybe a couple of glamour games a season. Charlie, sign a years extension, keep learning your trade and you can weigh up the sitiuation in 12 months. If you're still doing the business, bigger clubs than celtic will be in for you!
SPL is way below championship level, so why go north for maybe a couple of glamour games a season. Charlie, sign a years extension, keep learning your trade and you can weigh up the sitiuation in 12 months. If you're still doing the business, bigger clubs than celtic will be in for you! Dublin Claret
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1:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Midland Claret says...

Charlie may get more money but will he further his career by going north of the border. Will Hooper score in the premiership? Did Kris Boyd?
Answer no. Waste of time as a career move.
Charlie may get more money but will he further his career by going north of the border. Will Hooper score in the premiership? Did Kris Boyd? Answer no. Waste of time as a career move. Midland Claret
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2:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

The SPL is where players go to watch their careers die.

Charlie should stay until at least the summer and then re-assess his options.
The SPL is where players go to watch their careers die. Charlie should stay until at least the summer and then re-assess his options. Blackburn fans love horses
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5:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder says...

Double yer money, crowds of 60000 and champions league football, course he's going to sign a new deal isn't he?
Meths swiggers
Double yer money, crowds of 60000 and champions league football, course he's going to sign a new deal isn't he? Meths swiggers Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder
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5:56pm Thu 24 Jan 13

anon starter says...

Thanks Andy for another monosyllabic insight. Toothless half wit!!!
Thanks Andy for another monosyllabic insight. Toothless half wit!!! anon starter
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6:34pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

Putting a different coat on doesn't mean the toothless auld hag can inveigle it's tragic way back in. Anon starter is the new name of the sickest troll infesting these threads. Let's all blank this sad shack of sight (Sp).
Putting a different coat on doesn't mean the toothless auld hag can inveigle it's tragic way back in. Anon starter is the new name of the sickest troll infesting these threads. Let's all blank this sad shack of sight (Sp). Chris P Bacon
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6:58pm Thu 24 Jan 13

anon starter says...

A call to arms from CHris P Wanton - an apt name as wanton describes many of his traits not least a wanton loser supporting a wanton bunch of no marks playing for a wanton club punching way above its weight. Yes Chris it will be interesting what response you get from the pitiful support that prevails for you're team. Lets see eh?
A call to arms from CHris P Wanton - an apt name as wanton describes many of his traits not least a wanton loser supporting a wanton bunch of no marks playing for a wanton club punching way above its weight. Yes Chris it will be interesting what response you get from the pitiful support that prevails for you're team. Lets see eh? anon starter
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7:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13

walshy2866 says...

Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP
Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP walshy2866
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7:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

anon starter says...

They daren't put his mug on TV before the watershed!!!
They daren't put his mug on TV before the watershed!!! anon starter
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8:47pm Thu 24 Jan 13

stevieclaret says...

Pitiful support? Pot - kettle - black!!
Pitiful support? Pot - kettle - black!! stevieclaret
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8:50pm Thu 24 Jan 13

burnleyglentoran says...

walshy2866 wrote:
Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP
He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get!

We're in the money.

B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny!
[quote][p][bold]walshy2866[/bold] wrote: Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP[/p][/quote]He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get! We're in the money. B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny! burnleyglentoran
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8:56pm Thu 24 Jan 13

anon starter says...

Yes with the 20 grand you make you'll be able to buy 15 rows of terraced huts! Good work
Yes with the 20 grand you make you'll be able to buy 15 rows of terraced huts! Good work anon starter
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10:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13

burnleyglentoran says...

anon starter wrote:
Yes with the 20 grand you make you'll be able to buy 15 rows of terraced huts! Good work
20 if we buy em in Blackburn.

Better work!

BURNLEY FC - TOP DOGS IN EAST LANCS. ONCE AGAIN
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: Yes with the 20 grand you make you'll be able to buy 15 rows of terraced huts! Good work[/p][/quote]20 if we buy em in Blackburn. Better work! BURNLEY FC - TOP DOGS IN EAST LANCS. ONCE AGAIN burnleyglentoran
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10:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

anon starter says...

I see you've mastered the caps lock function. You could probably press it with your 6th finger whilst typing with the other 5. Shudder to think what the other 6 are doing!!!
I see you've mastered the caps lock function. You could probably press it with your 6th finger whilst typing with the other 5. Shudder to think what the other 6 are doing!!! anon starter
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8:25am Fri 25 Jan 13

walshy2866 says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
walshy2866 wrote:
Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP
He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get!

We're in the money.

B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny!
Tell you what is funny, seeing just how few of your lot comment on their own posts. Maybe its because LET is seen as a Blackburn paper? Radio Lancashire the same, because its based in Blackburn too. Further proof of dingles fascination with the town & football club. Your sole target is to better us , no other ambition & judging by the last 30 odd years you're not making much progress. Don't forget your little venture in the premiership, you were above us for a short time, but then Coyle smelt the money, did one & it all fell apart. De ja vu boys , de ja vu.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]walshy2866[/bold] wrote: Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP[/p][/quote]He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get! We're in the money. B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny![/p][/quote]Tell you what is funny, seeing just how few of your lot comment on their own posts. Maybe its because LET is seen as a Blackburn paper? Radio Lancashire the same, because its based in Blackburn too. Further proof of dingles fascination with the town & football club. Your sole target is to better us , no other ambition & judging by the last 30 odd years you're not making much progress. Don't forget your little venture in the premiership, you were above us for a short time, but then Coyle smelt the money, did one & it all fell apart. De ja vu boys , de ja vu. walshy2866
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10:08am Fri 25 Jan 13

midas says...

walshy2866 wrote:
burnleyglentoran wrote:
walshy2866 wrote: Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP
He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get! We're in the money. B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny!
Tell you what is funny, seeing just how few of your lot comment on their own posts. Maybe its because LET is seen as a Blackburn paper? Radio Lancashire the same, because its based in Blackburn too. Further proof of dingles fascination with the town & football club. Your sole target is to better us , no other ambition & judging by the last 30 odd years you're not making much progress. Don't forget your little venture in the premiership, you were above us for a short time, but then Coyle smelt the money, did one & it all fell apart. De ja vu boys , de ja vu.
How many times do you need to be told - the LET is not our forum, the LET is for Rovers (and us to laugh) and we have our own forum on Clarets mad with over 20,000 account and 3m posts!
.
I don't know why it is that Rovers have a public newspaper as their main forum, lack of interest? apathy? are there any Rovers fans forums? There are many things that you can target Burnley with but fans forum isn't one of them.
[quote][p][bold]walshy2866[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]walshy2866[/bold] wrote: Dyche just been on Radio Lancashire doing his best to avoid the ce**ic talk. Bob The Builder's off up there its just when? He'll fit in well up there with the tarmac laying gutter repairing ira supporting 5cum. The cousin marrying tips he's picked up in bonli will align him with the fenians nicely. FtheP[/p][/quote]He may be an ex-brickie, but we'll be able to fill a hod full of 50's with the cash we get! We're in the money. B*****d Rovuurrs? well they're just funny![/p][/quote]Tell you what is funny, seeing just how few of your lot comment on their own posts. Maybe its because LET is seen as a Blackburn paper? Radio Lancashire the same, because its based in Blackburn too. Further proof of dingles fascination with the town & football club. Your sole target is to better us , no other ambition & judging by the last 30 odd years you're not making much progress. Don't forget your little venture in the premiership, you were above us for a short time, but then Coyle smelt the money, did one & it all fell apart. De ja vu boys , de ja vu.[/p][/quote]How many times do you need to be told - the LET is not our forum, the LET is for Rovers (and us to laugh) and we have our own forum on Clarets mad with over 20,000 account and 3m posts! . I don't know why it is that Rovers have a public newspaper as their main forum, lack of interest? apathy? are there any Rovers fans forums? There are many things that you can target Burnley with but fans forum isn't one of them. midas
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