Celtic outgoings just as important as arrivals, and club are getting it right

By Euan Davidson

July 23, 2021

This summer, Celtic had a considerable list of potential outgoings that were just as fundamental to rebuild as any new faces.

Every big club takes the odd transfer risk, but there was an inefficiency from Celtic in cutting their losses. A litany of players faced uncertain futures, with will-he-won’t-he transfer sagas growing tiresome. Think Vakoun Bayo, Jack Hendry and today, Marian Shved.

The trio were all victims of circumstance, in a sense. Because Celtic were so profoundly rubbish to watch last season, it was natural to look at who was away from the club and wonder if they could do a job. Since they weren’t around, it was easy to see them in. abetter light.

God knows, I did, too. All three prospered on loan. But there was a reason these specific players were temporarily jettisoned by the Bhoys; they hadn’t been good enough.

So, the best thing the club could’ve done, financially speaking, was to let these guys rebuild their CV and earn some kind of fee for them. That’s exactly what Celtic have done, and it’s just as important in transfer terms.

Call it addition by subtraction, if you like. And let’s be clear – the to-ing and fro-ing over these deals was frustrating in the extreme. It’s a weight off the collective mind of Celtic supporters.

As for bigger names, there’s still some work to be done. Recouping over £13m for Kristoffer Ajer on the last year of his deal constitutes good business [Daily Mail]. However, question marks hang over the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham, two players who have been key pieces in the past.

For Celtic, subtraction just as important as addition

It might sound ruthless, but Celtic need a squad of players entirely committed to the cause, and of the required standard to play for the club. It’s just that simple.

As good as they looked on loan, there as a good reason Bayo, Shved and Hendry have all left the club. In Bayo’s case, his opportunities were limited, a potentially good player who wasn’t quite a tactical fit for Celtic. With Shved, his attitude seems to have been an issue, until his boss at KV Mechelen had a word. As for Hendry, high-profile mistakes ultimately cost him.

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At this point, we can’t be overly sentimental about who’s leaving the club. It’s a brand new era, after a dismal season. With a new manager and a new set of ideas, those who can’t or won’t fit need to be moved on.

Yes, we may be showed up if any of the trio prosper at their new clubs. Sure, we might live to regret letting go of a talented young player without giving them a run in the team.

But there are normally good reasons as to why it never happened for them at Celtic. At this stage, income is really important, and it only serves to fund the rebuild and keep the Bhoys’ balance sheet on an even keel.

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