Are we about to start the summer spending?
It seems like based on reports that are doing the rounds tonight, from “sources close to Cameron Carter Vickers.” That is music to the ears of every fan, and it would be a real coup if we could pull it off.
I think most fans, by now, recognise that of our two loanees he is the most important. Tying this guy down gives us a top class central defender for a pittance, and he’s still young enough that he’ll improve steadily and the move later on will recoup our outlay.
If we win this league the money will be there.
In fact, the money is there right now because Ange is trading at a significant surplus at the moment, and although he’s been backed very well by the board up until now there is always more they could do for him.
Cameron Carter Vickers doesn’t represent a risk.
Neither does Jota really, but of the two he has proved himself to be pretty much indispensable, and if you presume that Jullien doesn’t have a long term future here then he’s more necessary than ever.
Not only would it be a good signing in and of itself, and one that would calm the uncertainty over what the defence might look like next season, but it would be a major statement of intent from the club at a time when were are pushing hard for this title.
What could signify our confidence more than spending this kind of cash?
What would show our strength more than signing a big cheque to keep a big player at Celtic Park?
Not only does it make good sense in squad terms, but it’s a show of force.
That is more money than our rivals will be able to spend on any single player, and it would come before the Champions League cash was secure, before season ticket sales, before bonuses from the re-sale of players we’ve already brought in fees for … it would be a massive demonstration of how far ahead of them, financially, we actually are.
This one feels like there’s something in it.
This one feels as if it’s got juice.
The rumours have been gathering pace now for weeks. This would be a great time to seal the deal. Announce it before one of these major games coming up … and get the party started early.