Celtic-linked Championship star rubbishes speculation over a move to Parkhead

By David Walton

January 17, 2022

Hamilton Academical centre-back Jack Hamilton has dismissed speculation about a move to Celtic after a link appeared last week.

The Scottish Championship star was said to be interesting clubs both in Scotland and in England. The likes of Celtic, Liverpool, Hibernian, and Aberdeen were all mentioned as potential suitors [TEAMtalk].

Hamilton boss Stuart Taylor was quick to pour cold water on the story too. He labelled it “pub chat” as he lauded his star [Daily Record], with no offers as of yet appearing to have come in for the player.

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And Hamilton has agreed with his manager as he shrugged off the speculation without much thought. As quoted by the Record, the Accies centre-back said: “Personally, I don’t look into a lot of it as I play for Hamilton. I’m at Hamilton right now so I am not looking too much into anything else.

“Hamilton is all that I am focusing on. It doesn’t really bother me too much as I don’t read a lot of it.

“If the gaffer is calling it pub chat, then that’s all it is.”

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Celtic make their transfer stance clear but there remains scope for opportunity

Ange Postecoglou has already made it clear that, for now, Celtic’s January work is over [Sky Sports]. Granted, the manager did state that there would be scope if something extraordinary were to come up.

Does a potential move for the Hamilton centre-back fall into that category? Probably not. But at the same time Hamilton likely wouldn’t go straight into the first-team. He would be one for the future, and Celtic are always looking for young talents that they can build long-term projects out of.

Hamilton, meanwhile, is already battle-hardened in the Premiership despite operating in the second tier at the moment. He’s already managed 65 appearances for Accies despite only being 19 years of age [Transfermarkt]. He’s already managed to keep tabs on the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Alfredo Morelos in recent years too.

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Celtic already have 4 centre-back options at their disposal of course, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christopher Jullien, Stephen Welsh, and Carl Starfelt are all part of Postecoglou’s defensive ranks. Nir Bitton can also slot in when required too. Would Hamilton be able to come in and displace any of them? That’s difficult to say.

In addition to that, would the player want to come to Parkhead if his only real prospect was going out on loan elsewhere? Competition does look like it would be fierce for his signature, with plenty of reputable options likely able to offer him far greater first-team opportunities.

So it would be surprising if this one came off for several reasons. In any case, it’s clearly not something the player himself is focusing on.

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