What did and didn't happen for Celtic on transfer deadline day

By John Reid

February 1, 2020

Celtic’s transfer deadline day was nowhere near as eventual as it has been in years gone by. For a start, the Hoops didn’t sign any players, which makes a change from recent years. A few players did exit the club.

As we will see though, Celtic did try to sign at least one player, and they managed to keep hold of all of their most important players as well.

Here is a round-up of what did and didn’t happen with Celtic on transfer deadline day:

Victor Wanyama:

Former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama / (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The deadline day excitement really started in earnest when the Evening Standard reported that the Hoops were in talks with Tottenham about signing Wanyama on loan.

Celtic turn attention to Ben Davies as Mario Vuskovic interest cools

However, Sky Sports (Live blog, 31/01, 12:15) reported that Celtic categorically denied any interest in the player.

The saga took another twist later on Friday, when the Daily Mail reported that Celtic were interested in signing the player, but his wages were a stumbling block.

Therefore, the player didn’t join Celtic.

Christian Atsu:

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Christian Christian Atsu of Newcastle (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Celtic are in need of a winger, so it was no surprise to see the Hoops make an offer for this Newcastle player.

Sky Sports (Live blog, 31/01, 16:42) reported that the Scottish champions made an offer to sign the attacker on loan, with Nottingham Forest also interested.

However, just over an hour later any chance of signing the player came to an end, as Sky Sports (Live blog, 31/01, 17:46) reported that the player wanted to stay and fight for his place for the Premier League side.

Vakoun Bayo:

(Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Scottish Premiership side St Mirren reportedly attempted to sign the Celtic striker towards the end of the transfer window.

STV sports reporter Raman Bhardwaj reported on Twitter that the Saints made an approach to the Hoops to sign the player on loan, but that a deal was unlikely to happen.

That is indeed what happened, as the player is still at Celtic Park. Neil Lennon told the Daily Record, that Bayo would only leave if another player striker was signed.

“The only way Bayo would go is if we brought another one in. I want to run with four strikers” Lennon said. No striker arrived, so Bayo stays.


Miami bound Lewis Morgan (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

It wasn’t exactly busy when it came to players leaving Celtic either, as two players were confirmed as having departed the club.

Lewis Morgan completed his long-running switch to Inter Miami, after what seemed to be a very protracted transfer process.

Meanwhile, a youngster left the club on loan. Grant Savoury joining Edinburgh City for the rest of the season.

All in all, it was a quiet end to the transfer window. Celtic seemed to try to get players in, and BBC Sport reports that the club tried to make a signing, but were unable to get the deal for the unnamed player done.

That sums up what wasn’t the most exciting end to the transfer window at Celtic Park.