Celtic won’t be signing former Champions League foe Patrick Twumasi this summer after the Ghanaian closed in on his next move.
Football Ghana report that the 25-year-old is set to complete a season-long loan move to Turkish top-flight side Gaziantep from current employers Deportivo Alaves. Twumasi made just 11 league appearances in his debut season in La Liga. What makes things even worse for the forward is that all of those outings came from the bench.
He’ll be hoping for more starts at the Turkish side who secured promotion to the top-flight last season.
Celtic fans will be familiar with Twumasi after he netted a double against us for Astana in Champions League qualification a couple of years ago. Football Ghana linked us with an interest in him earlier in the summer but it appears that was never entirely credible.
Would going for opposition players like Twumasi make sense?
Let’s face it, Celtic couldn’t be doing much worse with recruitment at present. So should the club be looking at opposition players we have faced before in Europe?
It’s actually not an awful idea. We got a pretty good look at Twumasi when he played against us and probably found out just as much as a scout would. The Ghanaian caused us numerous problems and looked like he could definitely cut it at our level.
The majority of players we play against in European qualifiers would probably be keen to move to Celtic. We’re bigger than the majority of our opposition and could certainly offer higher wages.
Take the recently linked Birger Meling for example. The Scottish Sun had us in with a move for the Rosenborg full-back. He is a player who has impressed on numerous occasions against us and clearly possesses something that would be of use to us.
Meling would almost certainly move to Scotland if we offered him the right package. And he wouldn’t cost the earth either. The same could probably be said for Twumasi. We sign the best players we come up against in Scotland, so why not do it on the continent too?
It’s probably not the most genius of recruitment plans. But neither is the one currently being adopted by the club.