Three Celtic 2019/20 transfer rumours that look ridiculous now

By David Walton

March 24, 2020

When it comes to transfer rumours, Celtic are an absolute goldmine for them.

Yes, every year in both windows there are always some ridiculous ideas that get floated about. Some are decent, some are speculative, and others can just be eyebrow-raising at best.

The 2019/20 campaign hasn’t been short of woeful player suggestions either. And here, we take a look at three of the rumours that look absolutely bewildering now:

1. Uche Ikpeazu

Uche Ikpeazu and Scott Brown (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Why wouldn’t Uche Ikpeazu be on this list? What on earth is it that he was going to ever offer Celtic in the first place?

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The big Englishman got himself onto plenty of back pages this season. His bullish and combative nature on the pitch won plenty of admirers at Tynecastle, and he found the net in high-profile games against the likes of Hibernian and Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Yet he had seldom impressed against Celtic, and his goal return for a forward has been absolutely dreadful this season. Ikpeazu has only netted two goals in 29 appearances (Transfermarkt). There’s not being an out-and-out goalscorer and then there’s that.

Before the SPFL shutdown, Ikpeazu didn’t even make Hearts’ last three matchday squads. Even at Tynecastle, he was starting to be deemed out-of-favour.

However, that didn’t stop West London Sport from reporting back in October that we were interested in the big striker. Thankfully, nothing came of it.

2. Billel Omrani

Cluj forward Billel Omrani (Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

There was, it seems, a massive over-reaction to Billel Omrani knocking Celtic out of the Champions League at the third qualifying round back in August.

The big Frenchman came to Parkhead and bagged a brace that condemned Neil Lennon to one of his worst results since returning to Celtic Park. His goals came courtesy of a penalty and a tap-in.

Almost immediately after that match, Romanian outlet GSP said that he had an “offer” from Celtic. This was apparently due to how impressive he had been in the Champions League qualifiers, scoring six goals in six games.

However, that was seven months ago, and Omrani hasn’t done much since. He only managed one goal in the Europa League group stages, and only has six league goals to his name too (Transfermarkt). He hasn’t proven he’s any better than what we have, and his brace at Parkhead was clearly blown out of proportion.

Remember, Omrani made a return to Glasgow with Cluj in October and had no impact on the game whatsoever. His performance back in August was highly-exaggerated.

3. Martin Boyle

Hibernian’s Martin Boyle (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

This one was just totally out of the blue in January and looked ludicrous enough at the time.

The Scottish Sun reported at the end of the winter transfer window that Neil Lennon would’ve loved to have been reunited with Boyle. They stated that Nick Hammond was at Easter Road to watch him against Hamilton for the Celtic manager.

There was perhaps some tiny merit in it at the time considering his return had coincided with Hibs’ good run of form. He shined with a brace in an Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle as well as bagging another two against Aberdeen in December. He was also key to knocking Dundee United out of the Scottish Cup with a goal and two assists.

However, since then, Boyle has only managed three assists and no goals in 12 matches. It’s hardly impressive stuff, with the Australian international failing to stand out before the shutdown (Transfermarkt).

He also underwent knee surgery and missed much of the first half of the season rehabilitating. So there’s still that potential worry also.

His form has dipped, and with all due respect to the Hibs man, he’s been shown to be nothing too special.