Summer target's comments will annoy but everything worked out for Celtic

By Euan Davidson

December 18, 2021

Celtic summer target Sacha Boey has again stated his reasons for turning the club down for Galatasaray in the summer.

The Bhoys were heavily linked to Boey in the summer. The former Rennes man had a choice between a move to Glasgow or to Istanbul. He chose the latter, with Celtic opting for a rotation of Anthony Ralston and Croatian international Josip Juranovic instead.

Boey said, via the Sun: “In the summer I had a straight choice between Celtic and Galatasaray.

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“The previous season I had played against Celtic and got noticed, it was a great stadium and a fantastic atmosphere. I liked Celtic, but I said no.

“Galatasaray is an incredible club – they are the biggest in Turkey and the fans are unbelievable. Everything is huge.

“I made up my mind quickly. I want to win trophies. In football, they only remember winners.”

Are Galatasaray the biggest club in Turkey? It’s debatable. But Boey’s comments about wanting to win trophies is particularly strange. Celtic won 9 titles in a row and an unprecedented Quadruple Treble. Galatasaray, meanwhile, haven’t won a trophy for two years, and sit 9th in the Turkish Super Lig [BBC].

Rather than get annoyed about it, though, it’s worth reflecting on two things here; Boey has actually praised Celtic within these quotes, and it worked out for the best anyway.

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Celtic turned right-back from weakness to strength, even without Sacha Boey

Would Boey have been a good signing? Most probably, he’s a quality player. He’s shown that for Galatasaray.

But Celtic, instead, managed to finagle a fantastic deal for Croatian international Josip Juranovic. We spent just £2.5m [Sky Sports] on a guy who is keeping Atletico Madrid’s Šime Vrsaljko from adding to his caps. Not only that, Juranovic has been excellent for Celtic.

His attitude, versatility, tackling and passing have been a major boost to a Celtic team with a distinct footballing ideology. He’s even scored important goals, putting penalties away as if he was playing in his back garden. Fans love him, and it’s not hard to see why.

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Elsewhere, there’s Anthony Ralston, the talk of Celtic supporters this week, and this season in general. Ralston has emerged as a key player for Ange Postecoglou. His winner on Wednesday night exemplified the attitude and progress he’s made this season.

Far from being a weakness, the right-back position has two international players now. Both are adept, quality even, at adjusting to the inverted full-back role. They’ve both scored and set up goals and contributed to a brilliant camaraderie and spirit.

Sacha Boey could end up being a star. If he does, fair play to him, and good scouting from Celtic.

But everything worked out for the best for a bigger club.

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