Dwelling on Celtic transfer mistakes like John McGinn and Ivan Toney is pointless; the excitement starts now

By Euan Davidson

June 12, 2021

Bear with me, Celtic supporters, as we talk transfers, and even John McGinn, yet again.

Facts being as they are, the Bhoys need some new players. Shocking, I know, but we do. And so, with a more exotic manager in place, we’ll surely see plenty of A-League and J-League players join the rumour mill. We’ve already got a dream trio from Postecoglou’s former stomping ground, if you’re interested.

Yet, we seem to be stuck in the past a little bit. Especially with Brentford being promoted, and Scotland being in a major tournament. You know what’s coming here; the obsession with Ivan Toney and John McGinn.

Yes, Celtic nearly signed them both, at different times. John McGinn’s grandfather was a chairman at the club, after all. The fact that we weren’t able to snap him up from Hibs is lamentable. As for Toney, well, he’s already pretty much suggested he’d have won 10IAR for us. You’ve got to admire the confidence, really.

Frank McAvennie, speaking to Football Insider, has laid the blame at Peter Lawwell’s door, saying:

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

“The big ones for me are Ivan Toney and John McGinn.

“He had the chance to sign both of them, they are worth £70million or something now. Easy.

“That’s Lawwell’s big mistake. I wanted him to spend money, we all did. Sometimes you have to balance the books.”

Yes, McAvennie is right about Ivan Toney and John McGinn, but we’ve got to move on

It’s not like I disagree with Frank McAvennie here. He’s right, and who knows what could’ve been achieved with one or both of those players wearing the Hoops.

The idea of a Toney/Edouard strike-force is frightening. Given Toney’s exploits in the Championship [Sky Sports], it’s a blunder. In fact, Celtic will have immediately regretted it; his goals will have amplified that sense of remorse. However, as we embark on a new era at Paradise under Ange Postecoglou, there are so many options to be excited about.

Yes: John McGinn is a good footballer / (Photo by Alex Morton – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It’s very possible that someone we’ve never heard of will be our main man next season. Someone from the outer reaches of the game, names we aren’t at all familiar with, could come in and make an instant, lasting positive impact. Call me an optimist, or even naïve, but to me that’s incredibly exciting.

Dwelling on past mistakes is redundant at this point. If we could go back a year, armed with all the information we have now, we’d be able to bring home the 10, but we can’t. Instead, we’re on the precipice of something incredibly unfamiliar, and it’s time to embrace that.

Because honestly, the choices are that or grumbling about transfers that didn’t happen. That’s not what I’m suggesting McAvennie is doing, by the way, he’ll have been asked about those transfers specifically. However, if we never see another headline about how John McGinn or Ivan Toney nearly joined Celtic, we’ll be better off for it.

It’s time for new names, new accomplishments, and new history to be made. That’s more exciting than wondering “what if?”.

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