Top Celtic players brilliantly batting away questions over their futures

By David Walton

May 24, 2022

One thing we always fear as we head into the summer transfer window is the best players at Celtic potentially looking elsewhere.

We always talk about strengthening the squad and taking it to the next level. However, what if a couple of our top players are actually eyeing up something different? It’s not as if that’s been unheard of over the years.

Thankfully, it appears as though there’s a hugely strong bond at Celtic Park just now. Ange Postecoglou has managed to create a family-feel and, given the responses some of our best players have been giving foreign media, it looks as though everyone is in it for the long haul.

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Take Liel Abada for instance. He was asked in an interview with Sport 5 about what move could be next for him. His response was that it wasn’t right to be talking about future moves, that he was happy at Celtic Park, and looking forward to making a big impact next season.

Josip Juranovic, meanwhile, was always questioned about his future goals when speaking to Polish media as he wend on to tell them all about how much he loved life at Celtic Park [TVP Sport].

Finally, Giorgos Giakoumakis was recently asked a question since returning to Greece about potentially playing in the EPL one day. He stated that his goal is to win many more trophies in the future and mainly assert himself in the national team [Neakriti].

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Celtic players refusing to discuss Parkhead exit options

There’s a trend here. Players are talking up their love for Celtic or how much they’re enjoying life at Parkhead. Abada, Juranovic, and Giakoumakis all had opportunities here to tout themselves for bigger things, but they effectively refused to do so.

We’ve seen how easy it can be in the past for players to let something slip when speaking to foreign media. It happens at the top clubs and it can be a dangerous game. However, since winning the league championship, nobody has hinted at a potential exit.

Nobody has stated that they’ll “wait and see” what happens in the summer either. There’s just been no doubt when it comes to our top stars about where they’re playing their football next term.

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Sure, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League almost certainly has something to do with it. We’re not blind to that. But it’s also clearly a sign of the positive feeling the manager has instilled within the dressing room. It feels more like a close group of friends than it does a bunch of colleagues.

We don’t need any uncertainty during stage 2 of Ange’s rebuild. We need to be safe in the knowledge that our best players aren’t going anywhere. Thankfully, that looks to be the case.

You can never tell what transfer offers will come in for top stars over the summer. But for the time being? Nobody looks like they’re ready to leave just yet.

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