If we’ve learned anything in recent weeks, it’s that Neil Lennon still seems to have one eye on talent still in Scotland.
Last night, Celtic were linked with their latest apparent target playing here – Martin Boyle (Scottish Sun). The Hibs winger has been in fine form and has been involved in 10 goals in 11 games since Jack Ross was appointed at Easter Road (Transfermarkt). Yet despite that, you would probably do well to find many who back the idea of signing him.
He hasn’t been the only Scottish-based player being reported as a potential signing at Parkhead this month either. Celtic have also been linked with both Aaron Hickey (Scottish Sun) and Lawrence Shankland respectively (Scottish Sun).
This follows on from a summer transfer window in which Lennon signed Greg Taylor. So far, Taylor has yet to prove himself worthy of being our first-choice at left-back – playing just 11 times this season (Transfermarkt).
And you have to wonder whether Lenny is right in having an interest in any of these players.
Brendan Rodgers’ Scottish signings didn’t work out
In the summer of 2018, Rodgers went and brought Youssouf Mulumbu to the club. He signed Lewis Morgan the January beforehand. Both men weren’t able to solidify their place at Parkhead and have now left the club.
Rodgers also had bids rejected by Aberdeen for Scott McKenna (BBC). That’s despite the fact he’s been consistently poor against Celtic in the past, with some of our supporters making our feelings known about him as recently as earlier on this season.
The only real transfer from Scotland that’s worked for us in recent years is Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen. Jonny has proved himself to be a reliable figure at Celtic Park, and the fact he’s still at the club shows he’s had enough in his locker to keep Rodgers and Lennon happy. He’s played in cup finals and European games, showing the faith that’s been put into him.
Outside of that, you’ll do well to find a signing from Scotland that can be deemed successful. Rodgers learned that by signing up Mulumbu and Morgan. It would be a shame if Lenny was to fall into the same hole with Scottish talent.
That’s not to say that players from Scotland can’t go on and play for Celtic. However, too often have signings from lesser clubs failed to work out. Boyle, for example, is a decent winger. He’s in good form, but he hasn’t stood out enough to be a viable candidate to join Celtic.
Hopefully, for now, we keep signings from Scotland minimal. There aren’t many if any who look like being worth a punt at this moment in time.