The transfer window has been open a few weeks now, and with three signings already in the door, and both of them for big bucks, Celtic’s squad building seems to be taking shape in a very nice way. But there are positions that still need to be filled including central defence.
There is talk, of course, about Shane Duffy, and he appears keen on the move, but Brighton are alleged to be demanding a hefty loan fee – a reputed £2 million – to get the deal over the line, and I don’t believe Celtic should be paying anything like that.
We’ve never paid a loan fee at that sort of level before and I don’t believe we’re going to start now, unless it comes alongside an option to buy at a relatively good price.
In those circumstances, maybe.
So either Brighton will reduce their demand, we’ll work something out or we’ll walk away.
That would present us with a dilemma … but might it be one who’s answer is a little closer to home?
In short, is this the year Celtic chooses to buy domestic?
And if we did, who would the likely candidates be?
Well, there are a few … most Scottish based players are well below the level we’d be looking at, but there are a handful who are just interesting enough to register on the radar.
We’re going to take a look at who those particular footballers are …