Spare me the Celtic exit rumours

By John McGinley

December 17, 2020

January is just a couple of weeks away. Naturally, the transfer speculation is again ramping up on the Celtic internet.

Today’s big story comes from Italy. La Gazzetta Dello Sport (17/12 print edition, page 16) report that Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is interested in signing Celtic prospect Jeremie Frimpong.

It’s said by the Italian outlet that the Bhoys have slapped a €15m valuation on the youngster. Despite that, that talks will occur in January as the Serie A side attempt to lure him abroad.

As you’d imagine, it’s been spread far and wide throughout the Scottish media and Celtic blogs.

It’s doubtful to be the last rumour involving the potential sale of a Celtic player over the next six weeks.

Yet, surely, the club have made their stance on player exits pretty clear this season?

Celtic Park is locked down

Even with talents such as Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Olivier Ntcham all having contracts set to expire in 2022, Celtic haven’t been tempted to sell any of them.

Despite a disappointing exit from the Champions League, the Celtic Park decision-makers have remained resolute. They’ve batted away all buyers.

Frimpong is far from at his peak value too. There are expectations he will improve and develop at a fast clip over the next couple of years.

Unless any of these players are actively seeking a hasty escape from Glasgow, it seems unlikely we’ll bite on any offers.

Celtic star Jeremie Frimpong in action against AC Milan / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic have committed to Lennon

The club have also gone out of their way to back Neil Lennon. What would it say if they do that in December and by the next month they’ve sold some of his best players?

Barring another complete collapse, the manager looks to be in place for the foreseeable future.

Celtic appear to have committed full force into the rest of this season, rain or shine.

With ten-in-a-row on the line, I really can’t see us selling one of our first-team regulars whether that be Frimpong or anyone else.