Ange’s most key signings for Celtic so far have included the players that he brought from Japan. We may well return to that market at some point. This is what he does.
He makes sure that he knows all about a player before deciding to go for him.
It stands to reason that, having had a season to keep an eye on things here in Scotland, that he’s not terribly impressed by many of the players that he’s watched in this country.
If he had been, I’d suggest that more than one deal would have been done already.
We have, of course, signed one footballer who has spent the last couple of years here, and it was Benji Siegrist. That is telling. It shows you that Ange is keeping an eye on the domestic market, and how nothing escapes his eye.
Is Siegrist the only player who has impressed him?
Doubtful, but he’s the only one, so far, who Ange rates as good enough to play for our team.
This is the first time in a long time that there is no obvious standout footballer in Scotland outside Celtic Park for us to even consider. Connor Barron of Aberdeen has been scouted, but nobody thinks he can step up and go right into the team.
There is no Armstrong. There is no Turnbull.
This year there’s not even a Scott McKenna. Early talk about Ryan Porteous has faded as he has faded from the public consciousness. We’ve just bought a left back so even Josh Doig is not on the radar.
The obvious name being thrown around right now is Lewis Ferguson. It is a measure of how much this team has evolved, even since Ange has been here, that you can no longer see what he would bring to the club if we were to move for him.
He has been one of the country’s outstanding players for several years, but that’s the problem.
He needed a bigger stage than Aberdeen on which to properly grow; in this window not even the club from Ibrox is interested in his services, which shows you how far down the list of potential signings for us he’s fallen.
A disastrous last season didn’t help.
Ange has watched this guy enough to know he doesn’t want to do business. He’s seen every club in the country now and knows what he needs to about them all. He has moved for one domestic based player.
One. I don’t see that changing any time soon.
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