Diego Laxalt to Celtic will be completed today but that will conclude the club’s business for the summer window, according to the Daily Record (Deadline Day blog, 12:54).
The Record states that the AC Milan defender’s medical was due to happen in London. However, instead it may be being done remotely with all tests being conducted in Italy.
More pertinently, the newspaper believes that there will be no further additions after Laxalt’s arrival. The Uruguayan international will fill a huge void as Celtic look for competition for Greg Taylor, but that will reportedly be all the Hoops complete tonight.
The Record also reports that there will be no big departures either – meaning that Laxalt to Celtic may very well be the only piece of business the club completes on deadline day.
The Scottish Sun had reported yesterday saying that Celtic were keeping tabs on Liverpool’s Harry Wilson. However, it looks as though that won’t be happening, with Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan backing up the Record’s claims.
A terrific window if nothing else gets done
There’s always a bit of a deflating feeling that hits the stomach when you hear that there will be no more business. Usually when the reports start flooding in that everything has been completed, it’s met with some disappointment. Not this year.
Should the window end after Laxalt arrives in Glasgow, Celtic will have managed to add the likes of Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, Mohamed Elyounoussi, David Turnbull, and Albian Ajeti to their ranks whilst also ensuring that no big-name players depart.
That’s massive – especially when you consider the fact that Celtic missed out on Champions League football and money this season. It’s solid proof that the board has backed the manager whilst refusing to cash in and put the 10 at risk.
Even so, there are seven hours or so before the window comes to a complete close. As a Celtic fan, you can never say never, but it does indeed look as though we’ll have successfully strengthened in all of the areas where we hoped to do so at the start of the summer.
Nobody can look at the squad and say that we now have a weaker starting XI than the one we had at the end of 2020. Now, it’s down to the manager to deliver after being backed by his bosses.
Here’s hoping we now power on in our quest for the 10 by putting Rangers to the sword in two weeks.