When it comes to the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that not many Celtic fans will be looking at the Scottish talent available.
However, that’s not to say there isn’t any about that the Hoops should keep their eye on. When it comes to the Premiership, we’re always in danger of letting young talent slip through our grasps and head off to England. We don’t need reminding of John McGinn again, for example.
Of course, nobody stands out the way the current Aston Villa man did when he was at Hibs. Yet there is still plenty of quality there to be monitored, especially over the second half of the season.
Here, we list three players performing well enough to at least consider ahead of what could be a crucial summer window:
He’s the most obvious one of the lot. Celtic went in for the box-to-box midfielder and just about nabbed him in the summer. However, Motherwell released a statement confirming that the player had failed a medical and therefore wouldn’t be signing.
The fee initially agreed was a reported £3million (The Times). The fact that Motherwell rejected revised terms from Celtic suggests they still won’t agree for much less. That should rule us out of going for him in January considering he hasn’t played a game all season.
Motherwell manager Steve Robinson stated last month that he wouldn’t be back until January (Daily Record). That gives us the perfect opportunity to run the rule over him and how he’s recovered from his knock.
We can’t forget the fact that he managed an incredible 16 goals and seven assists last season (Transfermarkt). For a box-to-box midfielder, that’s a sensational return, and most likely the main reason Celtic were initially interested. How he responds between January and May should be key to whether we return for him next summer.
Findlay was actually a part of Celtic’s youth system before leaving the club and subsequently signing for Newcastle at the age of 20. Things may not have worked out for him down south, but his move to Kilmarnock has seen him rapidly become one of the most efficient centre-backs in the league.
Perhaps most known for scoring a late winner against Celtic back in September 2018, Findlay is a lot more than that. He’s aggressive, composed on the ball, and dominant in the air. With 110 appearances for Killie under his belt, he’s proven his worth (Transfermarkt).
Unfortunately, he’s been out with a hamstring injury since late October, yet just look at the difference in Kilmarnock since then. In their first nine matches of the Premiership campaign, they managed six clean sheets and were on a run of one defeat in eight. Since Findlay’s injury, Killie have won just one of their last eight, kept only two clean sheets, and seen their manager sacked.
In addition to that, Steve Clarke has given him his Scotland debut this year, where he actually bagged a goal against San Marino. Findlay is certainly one to watch, and when he returns from his own injury, iis a player we should be keeping an eye on.
This one will most certainly divide opinion, but hopefully not because of his bloodline.
Lewis Ferguson has had a quieter season this year than he did last. Fresh off of a Young Player of the Year award at last season’s club awards, the pressure has been on him in the 2019/20 campaign/
With those around him struggling to perform, it’s been a more low-key season for Ferguson. However, his midfield control for the Dons has still kept them in third place. He’s played in 23 of 26 games for Aberdeen this season, and has always played the full duration of matches when available.
Stats-wise he has two goals and five assists in those 23 games (Transfermarkt). But in general play, he’s been the one who’s consistently dragged Aberdeen forward and always looks to excite on the ball. When Celtic hammered Aberdeen 4-0 at Pittodrie back in October, Ferguson was suspended. It’s no surprise the Aberdeen midfield was so weak on the day.
The big question mark over Ferguson is whether he’s better than what we have. He needs a real eye-catching second-half of the campaign to win over many. However, he remains one of Scottish football’s hottest prospects at just 20 years old. Don’t be surprised if Celtic are keeping an eye on his own development.