Some Hibernian supporters on social media have been left raging at the suggestion of a low Celtic bid for Martin Boyle.
The theory was put forward by ex Celt and Hibee Kris Commons in his Daily Mail column. Commons, signed by Neil Lennon back in 2011 for the Hoops, believes Celtic should launch an audacious £250k bid for Hibs’ star-man.
This is mainly down to the fact that he’s out of contract and Hibs have been going through what owner Ron Gordon described as “unsustainable” financial issues (Daily Record).
However, it’s fair to say that the idea of such a low offer has been scoffed at by the Easter Road support. Here’s a look at some of their reaction on social media:
£250k for Martin Boyle? Aye right 🤣I would rather keep him for the season and lose him for nothing than us give him away for that amount especially to either of the ugly sisters. Boyle should consider signing a contract so we can get a decent fee for him, show a bit of loyalty
— Cybernat2015 (@Cybernat2015) August 3, 2020
His mentality is everything that is wrong with this situation. “Ask the question”. Kevin Nisbet was 250k with all due respect to Kevin. Why would we sell Boyle to Celtic for the same price we paid Dunfermline? He’s and Aussie International and at the peak of his career.
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewClark50) August 3, 2020
Ken what gets me with these stories aswell. Dembele worth "50m" edouard worth "50m" morelos worth "30m"…. John McGinn worth 1.5m Boyle 250k. Get in the bin. https://t.co/lnu6svq4Ln
— Steven 🏴 🏴 (@FamousFive1875) August 3, 2020
I wondered how bad must Kris Commons be that Sky even kept Boyd but got rid of him.
Kris Commons says Rangers or Celtic could get Martin Boyle with a £250k bid.
I don't wonder anymore.
— Steve McKenzie (@Steve_Hibees) August 3, 2020
Good of Commons to undersell our players. Know he played for Celtic but surely to god he realises how important decent transfer fees are to the likes of hibs. £250k or Boyle for a year? Not really a hard choice that. https://t.co/aIBa8cu9F8
— CalHibs (@CLHibs) August 3, 2020
Aye they definitely should Kris. If they’ve not got anything better to do and enjoy wasting their own time.
— Leon (@LeonRousseau10) August 3, 2020
Kris has let himself down with this one!
— BarryHibby (@BarryHibby) August 3, 2020
The face of the coverage of our game, ladies and gentleman. Is it any wonder there the extent of the old firm domination is continually widening with comments like that??
— dc1984 (@davecoats1984) August 3, 2020
And they’d be told to quadruple it at least
— officialghawkins (@Ghawkins7) August 3, 2020
Hibs fans have a right to be angry
There’s nothing wrong with hunting for a bargain. Celtic pride themselves in it and they aren’t the only club that does. Buying low and selling high is what makes clubs their profit in Scottish football these days.
But you have to look at the moral side of things here. Hibs are suffering badly from the global health pandemic and are having to make unfortunate cuts. You can think what you will about them finding £250k to sign Kevin Nisbet, but the point still stands (Daily Record).
As a cash-rich club who compete in Europe on an annual basis, do we not have a bit of responsibility to help the likes of Hibs a tad and show them a bit of respect for their players in times like these? After all, as recently as January, the Edinburgh side were valuing Boyle at £3m (Scottish Sun). That sum is debatable, but we all over-inflate the prices for our best players.
£250k would be a bit of a poor show if Celtic wanted to nab Boyle. It’s unlikely we will even go for him, but if we do, you would like to see the club show a bit more class than that for a player who is worth far far more than such a paltry sum.
Hibs fans have been left raging with this idea and rightly so. Granted, the Leith support never really need a lot of provoking to have a go at Celtic, but this idea from Commons is taking the biscuit a tad.
Celtic and Hibs have generally had a good relationship in recent years when it comes to transfers (if you take away the McGinn situation). But trying to nab Boyle so cheaply wouldn’t look great.