Long-term deals for trio show that Celtic are planning for the future
It was a very busy end of the transfer window for Celtic.
Those were the stories that generated the biggest headlines.
However, some of the other deals the Hoops concluded could have a huge impact on the club’s future.
The most intriguing part about these deals is that none of the trio will be joining Celtic right now.
Perez and Gutman both signed three and a half year deals, but will be loaned out to clubs in America.
Meanwhile, Shved, who signed a four and a half year deal, will stay with his current club Karpaty Lviv until April.
This is the right decision for all involved.
Perez and Gutman can continue their footballing development in America, which will give them regular game time they wouldn’t get at Celtic Park.
Shved will get the chance to play until the Ukranian league finishes, then from April has the chance to get to know his new team-mates.
Will all three players make it at Celtic? It is hard to say.
But even if one of them does then the notion of loaning out players you have just signed is a good one.
It is far more important for these players to be playing regularly at a decent level than sitting on the Celtic bench or in the stands.