Date: 1st January 2009 at 1:27pm
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Barry Kilby warned shareholders at last month`s Annual General Meeting that he couldn`t promise new signings in the New Year unless money could be raised by selling some of our fringe players.

‘Things are tight. Let`s see said Kilby

“I can`t promise anything (in the window) and I`m not going to.

Talking about the loan market options he said:

“You’ve got the loan player market and we`ve got some good links,” said Kilby.

“Owen got Mark from Arsenal last season and that was through Liam Brady (Arsenal`s head of youth development).

“They all work their connections. I think every club does.”

Owen Coyle therefore may have to be content with loans during the January transfer window and that does have it’s disadvantages and will be a disappointment to Clarets fans. Kilby explains:

You can bring a player in if you’re really down in a position and he goes straight in,” he said.

“But what you can`t do is get a loan player as cover, so it’s not that simple.”

Celtic’s Darren O’Dea is rumoured to be one of Coyle’s loan targets in local media reports. The centre back has struggled to start in his preferred position for Celtic and has been forced to play at left back due to the form of Stephen McManus and Steven Caldwell’s brotherm Gary.

Gordon Strachan though is looking for his fourth consecutive SPL title and is reported to be keen to keep his squad together

O’Dea (pronounced O’Dee) is a 21 year old, Dublin born, Republic of Ireland U-21 International and has been called up to the full International squad but has yet to make his debut.

O’Dea joined Celtic, his only professional club to date in 2005 and made his Celtic debut in the CIS Cup against St Mirren in September 2006.

He impressed so much during the 2006/7 season, he was given a 3 year contract, with the option of a further year in March 2007.

The player certainly seems to have the defensive credentials and could be a useful alternative at left back if Jordan and/or Klavenes are injred or suspended.

The news though that we might not have enough funds to secure a permanent signing in the January window which openned today is very disappointing and doesn’t give Clarets fans much confidence despite the fact we all understand our financial plight.

Looks like another calculated risk could be going begging. 5th at Christmas and ???? by May!!