It’s nearly January and we know that tends to throw up some….let’s just say speculative ideas.. Jesse Lingard to Celtic for example (TEAMtalk). Do me a favour.
But even though we’ve already heard some daft ones already, there’s one we should nip in the bud now. The Martin Boyle to Celtic rumours have yet to begin for the new year, but they’ll come.
Over the last couple of transfer windows, Celtic have been linked with the Hibs man. Back in January 2019, the suggestion came up after Nick Hammond attended two of Hibs’ games. Neil Lennon had to move to dismiss the idea (Daily Record).
The whole talking point came up once again in the summer. Kris Commons couldn’t believe that Celtic wouldn’t disrespect Hibs with a lowball offer. When Boyle was entering the final year of his contract, he looked a bargain for someone. It was never going to be us though.
Regardless, Commons said in his Daily Mail column back in August: “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.”
Boyle to Celtic link is inevitable
So what makes us think the winger will be linked in January again? Simple – his form is starting to pick-up.
In Boyle’s last two league games against Motherwell and Hamilton, he’s scored twice and bagged an assist. He was then one of the Hibees’ best performers at Alloa last night. Indeed he set up Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge with a host of great crosses into the box.
His form will attract admirers. With that will undoubtedly come with links to Celtic. And of course they’re plausible given the relationship Boyle had with Neil Lennon in the past.
But Boyle isn’t consistent enough. Before his goal vs Motherwell, he’d gone 14 league games with only one goal to his name. He’s not an assist machie either. His last assist before Hamilton was the two against Rangers back in September. There’s a real inconsistency there.
To me, it would just strike of another Chris Killen/Derek Riordan/Scott Allan type signing. One made for no particular standout reason. Just because he’s one of the flavours of the month.
Boyle is a good player. He fits in well with Hibs, but Celtic can’t go risking bringing him in. He wouldn’t come cheap either. Back in January, it was reported that Hibs were looking for up to £3million for him (Scottish Sun). That was when he only had 18 months to run on his deal too.
So let’s kill this one off before it grows arms and legs. Celtic do need a winger or two next month, but not one of them should be Boyle.