Report: Celtic target Boyle could stay at Hibs as Saudi club change focus

By Euan Davidson

January 13, 2022

Reported Celtic target Martin Boyle was supposedly furious with Hibs yesterday, but his mindset has changed again, according to a report.

The Socceroo, recently as yesterday, was said to have demanded talks with Hibs chiefs after a bid from a Saudi Arabian club was rejected. However, the Daily Record report that Al-Faisaly have switched their focus to Brazilian winger Rossi.

And instead of leaving Boyle fuming, the report states that he respects Hibs’ position. The club want at least £3m for the winger, formerly of Dundee and Montrose.

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Where this leaves Celtic is unclear. Since the original link was made last week in the Times, there has no been no concrete update on the Bhoys’ interest in Boyle. Al-Faisaly’s change of direction could hypothetically open the door for Celtic. However, there isn’t anything suggesting – yet – that Celtic will act to sign the winger.

Instead, Boyle is likely to face Celtic on Monday. At a raucous Paradise, Boyle seems sure to start under new manager Shaun Maloney, who’ll come to Celtic Park as a first-team manager for the first time.

Ewan Henderson, who is on an initial loan from Celtic to Hibernian, won’t be eligible to play, however. That’s due to a clause that prevents players from featuring against their parent club.

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Celtic target Martin Boyle seemingly staying put; is transfer saga over?

Whatever your opinion on Celtic signing Martin Boyle, it seems like a moot point now.

Even the Hoops would be unlikely to offer Boyle the kinds of wages he would’ve reportedly earned in Saudi Arabia. We’re talking substantial figures here, around £20,000 a week. It’s just unrealistic for a player who wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter.

Where Celtic go next will be interesting. Clearly, an experienced winger is what Ange Postecoglou wants. The links to Boyle and Zinedine Ferhat suggest Ange is after a pacy option with a solid reputation for goals and assists, who’s affordable and available.

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They don’t tend to come cheaply, though.

Would Boyle have been a good Celtic signing? There’s little to suggest he wouldn’t have been. He’s a proven quantity at our level, is excellent for Australia and is well-known by our manager. He’d get plenty of opportunities to shoot and create for others, no doubt.

Ah well. It looks as if instead of lining Boyle up, he’ll be one of our next opponents. Instead of talking him up, the job will be shutting him up as Shaun Maloney’s Hibs come to Celtic Park.

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