One player who we really appear to have missed out on is Manchester United’s Scott McTominay.
The United and Scotland midfielder put in another impressive shift to end the season against Belgium for his country last night. McTominay looked extremely composed on the ball, and breezed past Belgian superstars when he went on a charge.
Of course, nobody in particular stood out on the night against the Belgians. Scotland’s 3-0 defeat was ultimately one to forget for the Tartan Army. McTominay, however, can be satisfied with what he produced, and particularly how he’s ended the season with United.
He featured in nine of their closing 13 Premier League matches. From the midfield, he was one of the standouts, displaying fantastic composure and a keen eye for a pass. Against the likes of Champions League winners Liverpool and French heavyweights PSG, McTominay stood out and never looked out of place.
Back in January, Celtic were linked with a loan move for the United man (Sky Sports). Many fans would’ve scoffed at the idea of it. He hadn’t fully proven himself, and was often nowhere near the starting line-up at Old Trafford. But it’s a different story now.
Of course, some in the Celtic support will be reading this and still saying no thanks. On the contrary, some United fans reading this will likely be saying “you’ve no chance”. McTominay’s fine second half of the campaign has earned him that response from his own fans.
But Celtic could certainly do with the added strength in midfield. As it stands, outside of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor, midfield competition is weak.
McTominay would now undoubtedly strengthen our midfield
Youssouf Mulumbu, Nir Bitton, and Eboue Kouassi all aren’t as efficient and classy as McTominay. Olivier Ntcham, meanwhile, struggled for form all through last season. Bitton and Mulumbu, meanwhile, are entering the final year of their contracts too. It would perhaps be wiser to move them on if possible.
McTominay has proved over the last five months or so that he can cut it with the big boys of Europe. That doesn’t mean he just comes here and demands a place in the team. He would, like everyone, have to earn his spot. But McTominay has all of the attributes that would make him a standout in Scotland.
Celtic are in desperate need of some freshness all around the pitch. McTominay would provide exactly that from the midfield, if he would be willing to still come up north.
That’s what would make any move for him extremely audacious. He’ll likely now believe he can make a further impact at Old Trafford next season. United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, meanwhile, rate him highly and proved that in the closing stages of the season.
Any move would likely depend on how United strengthen this summer. The central midfield was a weak spot last season, so United could buy some heavy reinforcements that push McTominay down the pecking order.
Should that happen, Celtic should pounce and offer McTominay the game-time he might not receive in Manchester. It’s highly-optimistic and most likely improbable. But it’s a question that would now be worth asking.