Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has urged the Hoops to launch a £250k move for Hibernian’s Martin Boyle this summer.
Boyle bagged both of Hibs’ goals as they managed to overcome Kilmarnock 2-1 on the opening day of the season on Saturday. This followed on from his six goals and eight assists in 28 games last term (Transfermarkt).
Celtic were previously linked with the Australian international back in January. Jack Ross stated back then that his pacey winger wouldn’t be sold for any less than £3million (Scottish Sun).
However, that hasn’t stopped Commons from encouraging Celtic to test the waters with a fee that comes in at £2.75m less than Ross’ original valuation back in January.
Speaking in his Daily Mail column, Commons said the following:
“Given that he’s only got a year left to run on his contract, bigger clubs are bound to be looking at him. I know for a fact that Neil Lennon rates him highly and thoroughly enjoyed working with him during their time together at Easter Road.
“With just a year left on his contract, Boyle wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Especially not with the financial problems Hibs are facing.
“He could be available at a knockdown price. I reckon a bid of around £250k would be enough to at least ask the question of Hibs.”
£250k is an absolute insult regardless of Hibs’ situation
Commons’ theory here makes sense. Hibs owner Ron Gordon admitted during the lockdown period that the club was suffering “unsustainable” financial losses and that cuts would need to be made (Daily Record).
However, a fee of £250k for a player who is worth at the very least a seven-figure value would smack of great business but poor morals.
Let’s switch it the other way. Say Celtic had to make up for money lost during the health pandemic. Would we accept a figure for Odsonne Edouard that is around 25% of his valuation? We would be furious at the audacity of the buying club and would laugh it out the door.
If Celtic want Boyle, and it’s difficult to see why we would need him, then they have to show Hibs a bit more respect than £250k. It would hardly be a sign of us helping out struggling Scottish clubs.
For now, this is all speculation regardless. Celtic’s interest in Boyle appears to have cooled after deciding not to put a bid in for him back in January.