Celtic Ramps Up Its Signing Efforts With Some Big Decisions Due Next Week.

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Well things are moving now, aren’t they?

Mo Elyounoussi has been offered the chance to return to Celtic Park in the next campaign and should make his decision inside a week.

Fraser Forster might not be joining him – I still think he will – but we are moving forward with Plan B by talking to Joe Hart.

I hear rumours that we’ve opened talked with one of the players I wrote about yesterday; it’s the ex-Aberdeen boy Ryan Fraser.

It would be a very good piece of business considering his age.

This would be a permanent deal as opposed to a loan.

It actually makes sense when you consider that we could give him what Elyounoussi would cost in wages anyway and we’d have the player on our books at the end of it.

Celtic does do joined up thinking.

Remember; the window isn’t opened yet. But it will be soon. It would be nice if we had news to announce on the day that it does. I think we will. If you asked me would I prefer Elyounoussi or Fraser, I’d have to say I’d take the Aberdeen boy but only because it wouldn’t be a loan. Elyounoussi is far and away the better footballer … I wish we could do business for him.

It seems unlikely.

It would have been unlikely even before the global health emergency.

It looks as if some more players will be heading off; Shved looks as if he might be on his way, and there’s really not that much complaining from our fans over that one.

He remains a baffling signing, in part because Rodgers knew nothing about him when he arrived and made it very clear that he was not interested in finding out, and because Lennon didn’t fancy him either although he’s obviously a very talented player.

Thank our un-named Director of Football for that one; Lawwell really had better learn to keep himself out of transfer business from now on.

That’s the only concern over this window, of course; that he decides to play games again and messes up all the hard work that Lennon and Hammond have done in the last six months, making up their lists of targets and stuff.

With money tight across the game there are definitely bargains to be had … but the master negotiator had better be on his game and get things done.

Things are moving though.

Behind the scenes. Quietly.

Next week we should see the first major signs of what the plan for the coming season is.

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