Report: Celtic summer shortlist contains three Scotland internationals

By David Walton

February 16, 2021

A report in The Times today has stated that Celtic are eyeing up three Scotland internationals for their summer rebuild.

Indeed, it’s been a grim season for the Hoops transfer-wise. Only one of their summer signings has been a genuine success in David Turnbull. The likes of Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, and Albian Ajeti have all been extremely disappointing.

In addition to that, Celtic are going to need cover in key areas this summer. With Duffy due to head back and Kris Ajer looking likely to depart, a new centre-back will be on the agenda. The same will go for a new right-back now that Jeremie Frimpong has left the club. An improvement in goals would also be welcome.

Yet the Times believes that David Marshall, Declan Gallagher, and Stephen O’Donnell are all candidates to be those very players.

The newspaper states that all three are on an early summer transfer shortlist for the Hoops. They believe that Derby goalkeeper Marshall would be “open” to a Parkhead return. As for Motherwell right-back O’Donnell, he would apparently “jump at the chance” to return to Glasgow.

Celtic need better despite Euros beckoning for Scotland internationals

The European championships are coming up this summer, and all three players mentioned are likely to participate. Even so, Celtic need to be looking at better in order to take the title back from Rangers.

Marshall isn’t a bad shout given his exploits at both club and international level. With another 24 appearances to his name this season, he’s back playing regularly again [Transfermarkt]. However, given he’s on a two-year deal, it’ll take a fee from Celtic in order to bag him.

You would also question whether a new manager would want Marshall in. If he doesn’t want his own number one, then perhaps he could be prepared to give Vasilis Barkas another opportunity. In any case, a set transfer shortlist wouldn’t be ideal for any new boss.

David Marshall / (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

There is so much change at Celtic to come this summer. With Dominic McKay entering as the new Chief Executive, that’s big enough. However, with speculation over a new Director of Football rife [Daily Mail], it’s difficult to take any current shortlist seriously.

Surely, when change does come to Parkhead, the direction of our transfer work will be affected massively. The likes of Marshall, O’Donnell, and Gallagher very much scream like Lawwell/Lennon signings. However, fans will be hoping any new regime comes in with bigger ambitions for the club.

Not to whack any of the players mentioned here. All three have had good seasons and are progressing well with their current football clubs. But not one would genuinely excite the Celtic support or even feel like an improvement on what we have.

In other news, an English club scout has revealed he was close to joining Celtic last year, but for the hierarchy intervening.