Celtic should move to snap up Kevin Nisbet quickly before Euro 2020 begins

By David Walton

May 19, 2021

It’s time for Celtic to go all out and try to bring Kevin Nisbet to Parkhead before he potentially shines at Euro 2020.

Nisbet has found himself included in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for this summer’s competition. Scotland will take on Czech Republic, England, and Croatia in the group stage. The competition will begin on June 11th and last until July 17th. Granted, any chance of Scotland making it to that stage would be a touch ambitious.

The Scottish Sun reported only last week that Nisbet was being considered by Celtic for a summer transfer. They reported that £3million was the price being mooted and that Celtic wouldn’t be put off by it.

Yes, we don’t have a manager officially confirmed, but Eddie Howe is clearly in the box-seat. If he hasn’t been doing work behind the scenes by now, then what chance have we got? With regards to Nisbet, if he’s a player that Howe wants, Celtic need to move now.

Euro 2020 brings with it the sting of raising players’ valuations. All it takes is one or two goals in those group stages for Nisbet to rapidly increase attention from outside suitors. In turn, that allows Hibs to continually raise their asking price. Something we all know they’ll do given previous dealings with them.

Celtic shouldn’t be haggling over a few hundred grand this time around. We can’t afford to allow Nisbet to be our John McGinn Mark 2. If Hibs want £3m for him, for goodness sake just show them the respect and pay them what he’s worth.

Celtic shouldn’t wait around for Kevin Nisbet

Nisbet would be a tremendous asset for Celtic. Potentially using Leigh Griffiths as a bargaining chip may not be the worst idea ever. That could be one potential way to get Hibs to do a deal quickly.

Of course, the Easter Road side may not fancy losing Nisbet just now. He’s tied to them for the long term. They’ll also quite like the idea of keeping him beyond the Euros and hope it leads to a bidding war. If it doesn’t, they would still have the luxury of Nisbet remaining a commodity.

But they’ll ideally want swift clarity over his future too. If Celtic can give them a tasty enough offer, they’ll hopefully play ball. Celtic simply need to ask the question, however.

Kevin Nisbet celebrates against Celtic / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Nisbet is just coming off the back of a campaign in which he’s slammed home 18 goals for Hibs [Transfermarkt]. He also handed in a transfer request back in January when Birmingham City were interested in his services [Daily Record].

Yet if he performs at the Euros (and he’ll likely get his chance), it’ll be more than just Birmingham lining up.

£3m for Nisbet already looked a bargain last week. Celtic should get the wheels in motion quickly on this and finalise a deal before the transfer window even opens. Remember, clubs can still do deals outside of windows. That would allow Nisbet to officially join Celtic when the summer window opens and secure our first summer signing quickly.

He’s a talent we just can’t allow ourselves to pass up. Time for Celtic to move quickly for a change and get this done.

In other news, we look at what Steve Clarke said when asked about Leigh Griffiths today.