Report: Ex-Celtic target Martin Boyle available for £500k

By David Walton

May 18, 2021

Former Celtic target Martin Boyle is available for only £500k this summer, according to the Scottish Sun.

Celtic previously went to watch Boyle back in January 2020. However, at the time, it was reported that the Easter Road club would’ve been looking for as much as £3million for the Australian’s services [Scottish Sun].

In the end, Boyle signed a new contract in Leith that tied him to the club until 2023. But it appears that an interesting clause has been inserted into the deal by Boyle’s representatives that perhaps shows he’s ready for his next move.

The Scottish Sun reports that there’s a £500k buyout clause in his contract. The report claims that Boyle looks likely to move on from Hibs this summer. Whilst there has been no reported interest from Celtic this year, Boyle’s situation opens up an intriguing question.

The right-winger has 15 goals and 12 assists to his name this season [Transfermarkt]. It’s a hugely impressive return for a club outside of Scotland’s top two.

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Celtic could do better than Martin Boyle, but £500k fee adds element of intrigue

It’s my firm belief that Celtic could do better than Martin Boyle if they scoured Europe. Given the number of impressive wingers on show in the continent, it would be a touch surprising if our most suitable candidate was the Hibs man.

However, the £500k fee adds a real element of intrigue. Celtic will be in desperate need for some backup to James Forrest next season. Not having that in place this term cost us badly both domestically and in Europe.

Despite Boyle’s fine return, however, he’s gone through some major consistency problems. Runs of five and six games without a goal or assist hasn’t been uncommon. In that sense, Celtic could perhaps do with looking elsewhere.

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle against Celtic (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But where there’s a bargain to be made, you can expect the Hoops to be sniffing. Especially when you consider just how many players we need to sign over the next window or two. If Celtic can save money on any position, you couldn’t blame them for taking a look at it.

It would ultimately come down to what the new manager thinks of him of course. Celtic will carry out their behind-the-scenes work and ensure everything is in place for the new man to get some signings in the door swiftly. Boyle will no doubt be one of the names put to him.

With Celtic seemingly holding a long-term interest in Boyle, it’s hardly ridiculous to think we could see him in a different shade of green and white next term.

In other news, a French centre-back linked with Celtic in 2019 is now available for absolutely nothing.