Celtic need to avoid delving into the Scottish market in January

By David Walton

November 12, 2018

It’s been a temptation in the past, but Celtic need to avoid the Scottish market in January.

Brendan Rodgers hasn’t been shy in plucking Scottish clubs for young players in recent years. He follows the club as a whole with that temptation too.

Celtic, however, are in such a delicate place at the minute that they can’t afford to take that risk again. It’s now vital that they start to look at some of the European markets outside of their own isles.

Jack Hendry has struggled badly since making the move from Dundee to Celtic (Matt Browne/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Talent is at an ever-growing high in a vast array of European countries. Yet, continuously in the past, Celtic have looked closer to home for signings. It comes off as lazy scouting, but we won’t get into the whole Lee Congerton debate again.

History, however, proves that searching for talent in Scotland won’t get the club anywhere.

The Hoops now infamously splashed out over £1million on Jack Hendry from Dundee last January. Despite the fact he was a hero at Dens Park, he’s struggled with the step-up and is largely error-prone. He’s cost Celtic on several occasions now, and has lost his place in the side convincingly.

Too many Scottish flops

Jonny Hayes was another who looked like a world-beater at Pittodrie with Aberdeen. He was a constant thorn in Celtic’s side, and always seemed to turn it on against Rodgers’ team. His goal in the 2017 Scottish Cup final seemed to be enough for the Celtic manager to swoop in on him, and, again, spend close to £1m for him. That signing has also been a total failure.

Scott Allan has been a real flop, whilst Lewis Morgan has yet to make any impact at Parkhead. Despite the fact that Ryan Christie is now finally looking like he’s coming of age, it took him three years to make an impact in Glasgow. All three came from Scottish clubs.

The likes of Jonny Hayes at Celtic just hasn’t worked out (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic’s best players this season have been Filip Benkovic, Tom Rogic, and Odsonne Edouard. The likes of James Forrest and Callum McGregor can of course be up there too, but they came through the club’s own academy.

In other words, Celtic’s three best recruits that came from other clubs have been foreign acquisitions. Benkovic was signed from Leicester, but only immediately after signing from Dinamo Zagreb.

Exploiting markets in Europe, Australia, and Asia look a lot more profitable than entering the Scottish/British scene.

Rodgers will surely now avoid going for the likes of Scott McKenna in January. The Celtic manager needs to learn his lesson about buying from Scottish clubs.

Like it or not, there’s not a player outside of Celtic in Scotland that can help take them where they want to be as a club. Certainly not at the moment anyway.