Report: Celtic target Boyle left furious with Hibs; crunch talks looming

By Euan Davidson

January 12, 2022

Reported Celtic target Martin Boyle has been left furious by Hibernian, after the Leith side rejected a bid from a Saudi Arabian club, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun state that Boyle, who has been linked with the Bhoys again over the last week [The Times], is not a happy man. Al-Faisaly want to give Boyle the chance to massively boost his wages in Saudi Arabia. However, Hibs rejected a bid from the Saudi Arabian Pro League outfit.

Al-Faisaly’s interest, it seems, would put paid to a Celtic approach for the Australian winger. Boyle would be able to set his family up for life in Saudi Arabia. According to the Sun, he’d stand to earn around £1m a year. That’s approximately £19,230 per week, which Celtic would surely not offer.

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Now, Boyle wants talks with Hibernian chiefs, who value Boyle at £3m. Given the deep pockets of the Saudi league, it makes sense from Hibs’ perspective to hold out for more. But Boyle is not best pleased at the Hibees.

In fairness to the winger, he’s more than earned the right to look elsewhere. Since joining Hibernian in 14-15, he’s played 264 games, scoring 63 goals and setting up 53 more. This season alone, he has 14 goals and 5 assists to his name [Transfermarkt].

It’s his international exploits that have alerted Saudi clubs to his talents, however. And the Socceroo may feel, at 28, this is his last chance for a substantial payday.

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Martin Boyle unhappy; can Celtic take advantage of situation?

Clearly, Boyle looks to be wanting to move on from Hibernian regardless. He’s arguably given the club the best years of his career, although his current form suggests there’s more to come.

Can Celtic take advantage of this situation, though? It seems unlikely, and that’s for a few reasons.

While he’s a signing that would make sense for Celtic on many levels, it’d be wild if the Hoops board offered Boyle c.£20k a week. He wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter. Joe Hart makes £15,000 over the same amount of time. Add his transfer fee into the mix and this looks progressively less likely.

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Now the cat’s out of the bag in terms of what he could earn? Martin Boyle will surely agitate for a move to Saudi Arabia. And before we talk about his career ambitions or anything else – can you blame him? Obviously if it was a straight-up choice between Celtic or Al-Faisaly then we could be slightly aggrieved if he opts for the latter.

But he can earn fantastic wages and be a star in the Saudi league. To an Australian international, who’s spent his entire career in Scotland, that may hold real appeal for Boyle.

Who knows; but what’s clear is that Boyle isn’t particularly happy with his current situation. Whether the figures involved have permanently put Celtic off remains to be seen.

At this point though, it’d be mightily surprising if he ends January in Green and White Hoops.

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