The English Premier League clubs recently made the decision, as reported by BBC Sport, to vote to change the ending of the summer transfer window deadline.

That means that as with Scotland, the deadline will be at the end of August/start of September.

This is a change from this season in England, where the window closed before the start of the league season on the 8th of August.

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This decision made by the Premier League could actually benefit Celtic.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor / (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

Especially in the quest to qualify for the Champions League should the Hoops win nine in a row.

Let’s say a Premier League wanted to sign a big name Celtic player. Either Callum McGregor or Odsonne Edouard for example.

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Deadline day no longer a Champions League distraction

This season, if a team wanted to sign a player around deadline day, they would have done so during Celtic’s bid to qualify for the group stages of the campaign. That could have been a distraction.

Indeed, Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day, although he was ruled out of the Champions League qualifiers due to injury.


However, now that deadline day has been moved back to the end of the month, the Hoops can prepare for the potential Champions League campaign with one less distraction.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There is another way the decision could benefit the Hoops.

That is that by the time of deadline day, they will know if they have made the group stages or not.

Could be easier to reject English bids?

That could give Neil Lennon and the Hoops board the chance to reject any big money bids for Celtic players.

For example, the Daily Record reported in January that Leicester City are considering a £30 million move for Odsonne Edouard in the summer transfer window.

The chances of Celtic rejecting that bid will be much greater if Champions League participation and all the money that goes with it, is confirmed.

Hopefully the Hoops make the group stages in August, and as a result can turn down any deadline day bids from England.

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