Talk of Robbie Brady to Celtic just doesn't make sense anymore

By David Walton

September 22, 2021

The Robbie Brady to Celtic chat appears to be starting up again, but it’s a lot more difficult to justify now than it was earlier this year.

Brady was the last player linked with former boss Neil Lennon. The Mirror reported as far back as February that Lennon saw the player as a major part of his rebuilding plans.

We know what happened next. Failure caught up with Lennon and he was out the door. All of a sudden, with Brady leaving Burnley in the summer, Celtic’s attention appeared to switch. Ange Postecoglou came in the door and in a different direction the Hoops went.

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You could see some the reasoning for it at the time. Brady has 57 Ireland caps to his name and 160 EPL outings too [Transfermarkt]. Celtic needed reinforcements down both flanks, with Brady having experience on both.

But as he continues to search for a new club, the Celtic talk is starting back up again. The Irish Mirror believes a move to Parkhead could be on the cards after Swansea manager Russell Martin flat out refused he had spoken to the player. Football League World, meanwhile, also believe Celtic are interested with Middlesbrough making contact with the player.

But when you look at the Celtic situation now? Why on earth would we move for Brady?

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The Robbie Brady to Celtic story has had its time

It’s difficult to see any reason as to why Celtic would move for Brady. Take a look down both of Celtic’s wide areas for example.

On the left, we have Jota and Mikey Johnston battling it out for a spot. Both men are fit and we have a good competition developing there. Would we really bring in Brady to battle Jota in particular when the latter is on loan from Benfica? It goes against why we would’ve signed him in the first place.

Of course, Brady is more comfortable on the right. That’s where he’s mainly operated for Ireland and his previous clubs. But again, why sign Liel Abada for £3.5m? [Scottish Sun]. We also have James Forrest who’ll be getting regular minutes this season. What logical sense would it make to add Brady to the mix?

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It also wouldn’t represent the best image for this new modernisation overhaul Celtic are trying to push. Would anyone believe Brady is a Postecoglou signing when he was pushed as a Lennon option last term? It would be far too coincidental.

Hopefully Brady finds himself a new club in the near future. At 29, he still has plenty to offer.

But if Celtic were to sign him up? It just wouldn’t look right for several reasons.

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