Recent transfer talk shows a rapid change in Celtic philosophy

By Euan Davidson

July 6, 2021

You don’t really get shock transfers these days, but there seems to be a change in the Celtic philosophy.

Take today, for example. None of us really knew a great deal about Swedish centre-back Carl Starfelt up to now. And, despite nothing being said about us being linked to any Russian Premier League player, let alone a Rubin Kazan player, let alone Starfelt, it’s quite refreshing in a way. No protracted transfer sagas for us please, if you can.

See also: Osaze Urhoghide. Never linked with us, report comes out that day, he’s signed in the evening [Celtic FC]. Excitement is coming from thin air. And it nods at a change in the way the club conduct their business.

Whether we’ve got lucky in dealing with two clubs (Sheffield Wednesday, Rubin Kazan) who don’t like to reveal everything right away is one question. But another is; are we finally done with transfer stories that go on all summer? Or even years, in the case of the likes of Patrick Roberts and James McCarthy? Is the tired thinking of the past finally on its way out?

You’ve got to surely hope so. Because, invariably, when there are twists and turns in a transfer story, we don’t get “our man”. The Charlie Wyke tale seems to be going a similar way, and maybe that’s a good thing. Nobody we’ve been linked to prior to Ange Postecoglou’s arrival looks like coming through the door.

Whether it’s a change of Celtic philosophy or comment sense, we just don’t know

Consider it; our best business has come out of practically nowhere in the past.

After months of Eddie Howe speculation, Ange is in, and so far most seem to adore him. Club legends like Henrik Larsson, Lubomir Moravcik and Stiliyan Petrov were all signed to utter surprise. There are more recent examples; Odsonne Edouard had a mediocre spell on loan at Toulouse, and Moussa Dembelé wasn’t a name on any Celtic fan’s lips prior to his arrival from Fulham.

Moussa Dembele; a bolt from the… well, not blue / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The sagas; your John McGinn, Ivan Toney, those are the ones that have bitten us. When Celtic work extremely publicly, or with chairmen who are desperate to ramp up the price for their asset, it just doesn’t work. So seldom have Celtic actually benefitted from a protracted storyline, either in incomings or outgoings.

It just isn’t something we do well. And that’s why being linked with names we could never have given you off the top of our heads is so exciting. Whether we land Carl Starfelt (excellent name, by the way) or not, it seems we’re already at the personal terms chat. In normal circumstances, this might’ve been a “reporter says Celtic might be thinking about an interest in…”.

That gets tiresome. This kind of stuff? Never. And whether it’s a shift in thinking or just better methodology, it’s got to be the norm from now on.

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