Charley Musonda has not yet joined Celtic. Some reports suggest that the deal is almost over the line. That’s something of an exaggeration but it sure is close. And if we this one done it will answer a lot of questions about this window. If we put the tin hat on it by signing Dundee’s Jack Hendry – and the signs there look fairly good as well – then we should consider it a job well done.
This site has criticised the slow pace of action, but Musonda is one of those players who all told is worth the wait. He can do big things at Celtic and the genius of the deal is that it’ll be an 18 month loan instead of one lasting until the end of the campaign. One would think we’ve been savvy enough to put a right-to-buy clause in the deal as well.
Celtic has had this guy in our sights since last year.
We were very unlucky not to add him to the squad in the summer, when Chelsea looked set to sell him. Instead they told Musonda that he would probably play first time football and he said that would have been his first preference. Understandably. Yet just weeks later, he was on Twitter excoriating those who he said had broken promises to him. There was little doubt he would go in the window.
But a few English clubs were interested and that seemed to have scuppered us.
If we’ve pulled ths off then the wait has been worth it and we have a fantastic creative midfielder on our books for at least 18 months … a great piece of business no matter how the press ants to dress it up. I suspect even they will have to give credit where it’s due on this one.
As I said, it’s not over the line, but I heard a month ago that there were five targets of who two have signed. Musondo was one of the others, as was Hendry.
The other, it will not surprise anyone to learn, is John McGinn of Hibs … whether that sees the light of day remains to be seen. It’s hard to see where he would fit into our squad at this moment in time and although I remain a massive fan and think his inevitable destination ought to be Parkhead, Brendan has recently made it clear he views Kouassi Eboue as Scott Brown’s natural replacement … which kind of makes you wonder what long-term role McGInn would play in the team.
But progress, at last, and in a big way. With all of our first team regulars now almost certain to remain at the club past this window, we’ll be in good shape if we get these final deals done.
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