The 7 Celtic-linked players who almost certainly won't be signing for the Hoops

By David Walton

June 22, 2022

As we continue to enjoy the Celtic transfer window debate of which players will sign or depart, it looks as though we can now certainly cross as many as 5 off of the list.

Indeed, we reported earlier this week stating that the Hoops had been linked with as many as 29 players during the current window alone. Naturally, then, a whole host of them clearly won’t be making their way to Glasgow to be a part of Ange Postecoglou’s revolution.

But even this early, it looks safe to cross as many 7 off of the list of potential options. Why? Because it appears as though Celtic have solved 2 of their biggest issues heading into the summer window.

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Ben Siegrist arriving ensures our goalkeeping ranks are fully stocked. That means we can forget Nikita Haikin of Bodo/Glimt [TEAMtalk] or St Pauli’s Nikola Vasilj [Football Insider].

The prospect of signing yet another goalkeeper is a ludicrous one. Not when you consider we now effectively have 4 options heading into next season. Any shot-stoppers on our transfer list will now be dismissed. Siegrist was who Celtic have opted to go for in the end.

Meanwhile, Celtic may not have formally announced Alexandro Bernabei, but it’s a deal that seems inevitable at this stage. The Hoops have reportedly agreed a fee for the player [Sky Sports] whilst he’s already said his goodbyes to his teammates and coaching staff at Lanus.

Celtic won’t be interested in anymore goalkeepers or left-backs

Therefore, given how close this one is, it appears as though Celtic have identified their man. And with a fee having already been agreed, nothing looks likely to stop this one from going through.

What does that mean for our transfer target list? It means you can whack off the 5 other left-backs we’ve been linked with. Reports in Sweden claimed that Celtic had scrapped their interest in Mohanad Jeahze and Erick Otieno respectively [Fotboll Direkt]. Not surprising either given the drive for Bernabei.

Then there’s Francisco Ortega who was reportedly interesting Celtic last month [Daily Mail]. The same goes for Julian Aude of Lanus and Matthew Sorinola of Belgian side Union SG [Wales Online].

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Should Bernabei arrive in Glasgow and complete his expected move to Celtic Park, don’t expect any further activity when it comes to the left-back position. We simply don’t need any further additions with Greg Taylor already there as solid and reliable competition.

It will be ideal to be able to whittle down our transfer target list a tad. One of the great things about doing business early is that the Celtic supporters don’t have to endure speculation in all positions throughout the summer. It makes it a lot easier to know which links are more credible.

Hopefully, Bernabei’s announcement isn’t far away as we gear up for more exciting news before pre-season.

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