It’s fair to say that many Hibernian fans weren’t happy with Kris Commons’ suggestion that Celtic should nab Martin Boyle on the cheap.
Indeed, the former Hoops attacker believes Neil Lennon should launch an audacious £250k bid to sign the Australian international (Daily Mail). However, whilst Hibs fans were angry at what they clearly feel was a massive under-valuation of their player, this isn’t actually a deal that would suit anyone.
Boyle has started the season well – of that there is no doubt. He opened his campaign up with a brace against Kilmarnock on Saturday. That followed a season in which he provided six goals and eight assists for the Easter Road side last season (Transfermarkt).
But he’s thriving due to the fact he’s Jack Ross’ main man at the moment. Boyle is one of the first names on Hibernian’s team-sheet on a weekly basis. That won’t ever change either. Therefore, it isn’t only Hibernian who would be having their time wasted should Celtic launch a small bid for the ex-Dundee man.
Boyle nor Celtic would gain from any deal
If Boyle made the move to Parkhead, he would seldom feature. That’s not some sort of snobby view towards the quality of the Hibernian man. He’s a fine footballer, and he has proven he has the technical ability and raw pace to cause Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, and any other Scottish defence problems.
Unfortunately for the winger, Celtic have other options they should be prioritising ahead of Boyle. James Forrest, for example, will rarely be dropped by Neil Lennon this season. That goes without saying, and we don’t need to rhyme off his stats to convince anyone that will be the case.
But behind Forrest we have Karamoko Dembele who looks like being a part of things this season. The highly-rated Lennoxtown graduate made a late sub appearance against Hamilton after featuring regularly for the Hoops in pre-season. It would make absolutely no sense for Celtic to block his progression this season by bringing in Boyle.
Even if the Hibs man was to come in and grab a fair number of goals or assists, Celtic would be much better served in the long-run by giving Dembele that kind of exposure. Blocking his progress is an absolute no-go this season.
So it makes no sense for any party if Celtic followed Commons’ idea and tested the Boyle waters with a six-figure sum. Hibernian wouldn’t be getting anywhere near their previous £3m valuation (Scottish Sun), whilst Boyle’s first-team exposure would be much more limited than it is now. As for Celtic, they could potentially be halting the progress of Dembele.
In our view, no party would win from this outside of Boyle’s bank account.