Transfer window officially opens for Celtic on Friday

By John McGinley

June 9, 2022

Tomorrow is officially the start of the summer transfer window for Celtic and the rest of the Scottish Premiership.

The online Transfer Matching System at FIFA recognises 10th June as the opening date of the Scottish window in 2022, which closes on 1st September. [FIFA]

Of course, deals are able to have been negotiated, agreed and announced before this registration date, but Celtic like to dot the i’s and cross the t’s before revealing anything to supporters.

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That’s not to say you should expect a rush of transfer announcements tomorrow.

If you look back at last year, only Liam Shaw, Joey Dawson and Osaze Urhoghide arrived before the end of June.

Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt then followed in an exciting week-long period that didn’t come until mid-July.

Celtic are in even less of a rush this summer, even if the rumour mill is linking the club with all sorts of names.

We know that Ange Postecoglou and the recruitment team at the club are on the hunt for players in multiple positions.

The manager has gone on the record regarding his hope for a midfield signing while left-back and centre-back both look like likely priorities too.

Celtic’s first competitive match is not until July 30th, in stark contrast to previous summers when European qualifiers would kick off at least two weeks before this date.

The manager has a little extra breathing room in that regard.

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However, we also know he will be eager to add to his squad for the start of the Celtic trip to Austria for a pre-season training camp in early July.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the club can complete business by then, similar to the moves that brought Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi to the club very early in January.

In other news, Rule change can be a benefit to homegrown Celtic talents.