Talks are likely to continue between Celtic and AC Milan after the transfer window closes regarding the availability of Diego Laxalt in Europe, according to the Glasgow Times.
Milan are within their rights to insert a clause into any loan deal for Laxalt stating that he cannot play against them. The Rossoneri and the Hoops have been drawn against each other in the Europa League group stages this season.
Domestically, clubs who loan players out to their rivals don’t need to worry about facing them due to Premiership rules. However, UEFA are more relaxed about the situation, and that could benefit the Hoops ahead of their meetings with Milan in Europe.
But that will rely on the generosity of Milan, and the Glasgow Times believes that talks will likely be ongoing after the closure of the window tonight regarding the subject.
Celtic experienced something similar back in 2016 when Patrick Roberts came up against parent club Man City. However, the sides had yet to be drawn against each other in the Champions League when the deal was done.
Milan would show real insecurities if they fail to agree
The idea of never allowing loan players to play against their parent club has always irked me personally. Surely, if you believe a player isn’t good enough for your team then you’ll have no problem coming up against him.
Look at how beneficial it was for the likes of Roberts when he netted at the Etihad against Man City. He was given a chance to impress with the first-team in their pre-season tour of the USA during the 2017/18 campaign before eventually returning to Glasgow.
If Milan were to actively put a clause into any deal stating that Laxalt couldn’t feature, then it would show just how insecure they are about their own frailties. Surely it’s a challenge they should relish as well as allow their player to take part in.
If the Serie A club is sending Laxalt to Parkhead in order to play in big games, then it would be pretty ironic to see them put a block on him competing in our two most glamorous matches of the season.
Of course, we won’t get too accusatory just yet, because there’s been no agreement reported as things stand. All we can do is hope that the Rossoneri see sense and allow their man to feature.