The Celtic advantage that keeps being forgotten about amid departure rumours

By David Walton

June 26, 2022

So it didn’t take long for the latest Celtic departure rumour to hit the news cycle with Josip Juranovic linked with Atletico Madrid.

Indeed, Sky Sports reported via their transfer blog [26/06, 13:42] that Madrid are keen on the Croatian international. That comes after rumours doing the rounds last week of Juranovic being expected to leave Parkhead for the EPL [Fabrizio Romano].

The initial emotion running through the Celtic supporters when they read stories such as these is worry. After all, so many of our top stars have only just joined the club. The thought of them leaving gives off the impression that Celtic would be rattled by it.

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However, here at 67HailHail we’ve always remained insistent on how we feel about departure rumours. There really is nothing to be concerned about unless reports start getting seriously specific about figures and clubs. As of yet, there’s nothing in these reports that you wouldn’t see in a normal summer transfer window.

But even more importantly – Celtic are in absolute total control of every single one of their top first-team players. When it comes to those whose contracts are expiring at the end of next season, Celtic fans won’t be frightened. Only Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli, and Scott Robertson fall into that bracket [Transfermarkt].

As for the summer of 2024? Joe Hart and David Turnbull will see their deals wrap up at that point. But even that is a full 2 years away. 2 years before even a couple of our first-team heroes are scheduled to leave.

Departure rumours shouldn’t lead to any fear amongst Celtic support

As for Juranovic himself, his deal runs until the summer of 2026. That gives us 4 more years before he can be nabbed for nothing. Why, then, do these departure stories strike so much fear? There really is nothing to be fearful of when you look at the cold hard facts.

We aren’t saying that clubs aren’t interested in Celtic’s top stars. Nor are we saying that they’ll all stay until their contracts expire. That would be naive and wouldn’t represent good business in any shape or form for the football club.

However, what it means is that Celtic have total control over all of their key men’s status this summer. If an EPL club come in with a £15m offer for Juranovic, for example, it’s absolutely fine. Celtic would do what they felt was best for the club without feeling pressured to sell due to them being in control of such a long-term deal.

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The only departures that would be sanctioned are those that the club feel will reap a big figure that can see us become stronger at the end of the window regardless. It’s not a case of us being caught cold and being stunned by reported interest from others.

Losing a big player this summer would be a slight change of plans, but only because Celtic will have chosen to go ahead with it. That goes back to the subject of control. It’s all down to the football club what happens. We aren’t in a position where we’re going to be blindsided and end up losing key players for small fees.

That’s why there’s no reason for Celtic supporters to be concerned over the recent departure rumours. Nothing is happening this summer that our club doesn’t want to happen.

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