Celtic-linked Glenn Murray has signed a new contract with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Earlier on in the January transfer window, the Hoops were linked with a move for the striker. The Daily Record’s Duncan Castles stated on his Transfer Window podcast that Celtic were considering the veteran as a “strong option”.
However, nothing ended up coming of it. Murray stayed at Brighton, with Celtic going on to sign Patryk Klimala instead for £3.5million (Scottish Sun).
It appears as though Brighton have now looked to seize on him staying at the club too. His contract has officially been signed and he’s now on a deal that runs until the summer of 2021. Manager Graham Potter stated that Murray is “happy and settled” at the Amex Stadium.
Yet it hasn’t been the best campaign from him individually. He’s played 17 times this term and only scored two goals (Transfermarkt). His most recent was on Saturday when he fired home a clinical late effort at West Ham to secure a 3-3 draw at the Olympic Stadium.
No urgent need for Murray to arrive at Parkhead
You can’t help but feel that any Celtic interest here has been ended. With the signing of Klimala, it’s difficult to see why we would need Murray.
The truth is that the Englishman isn’t any better than what we have. He hasn’t shown the form this season that suggests he can come to Scotland and do a job on occasion from the bench. Not for a club of this size.
From Murray’s perspective, he’ll likely wonder what we can offer him too. Considering he isn’t good enough to be Odsonne Edouard’s replacement, he would only come to Parkhead and be on our bench. At his age, he’ll surely want to play more regularly than Celtic should be offering him.
That’s not to take away from Murray’s playing achievements either. He has over 140 Premier League appearances to his name and another over 140 in the Championship. He’s bagged just under 40 goals at the top level of English football too, so he certainly has talent (Transfermarkt).
But this just simply isn’t a good fit. Perhaps when Murray was younger and had more potential it would’ve been worth a punt, but you struggle to believe that this is a move Celtic would make.
All the best to him with his new deal at Brighton, but he no longer has the traits we should be after.