The potential hold-up in Celtic announcement of apparent new recruit Alexandro Bernabei

By Lewis Laird

June 29, 2022

It has been a positive start to the transfer window for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic,

The Bhoys have added two new additions to the club, bringing in Cameron Carter-Vickers and Ben Siegrist on long-term contracts.

Over the past seven days, reports have also continued to suggest that Postecoglou is closing in on his third and four signings of the summer – Alexandro Bernabei and Jota.

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The support has been eagerly anticipating the official announcement from the club, confirming that both players are now Celtic players.

The deal to sign Argentinan left-back Bernabei appears to be further down the line, with the Lanus player currently in Glasgow.

Yesterday evening, it was also reported that the 21-year-old had completed his medical and would be signing a five-year deal at Parkhead.

So, what is the hold-up in his announcement?

Well, there may be a good reason for that.

During Bernabei’s final game for his current side, the full-back received a red card after headbutting his opponent in a heated incident.

The Argentine under-21 internationalist was handed a two-match ban for his action, and upon his arrival at Celtic, that ban was expected to carry over.

This would mean that Bernabei would miss the Hoops’ first two Scottish Premiership matches at the beginning of the season against Aberdeen and Ross County.

However, the club might have been holding off on officially signing Bernabei’s papers so that he could continue to serve his ban as a Lanus player.

The left-back has already served one match, missing the league match against River Plate on Sunday.

And his ban would be complete after Thursday, should Celtic not confirm the signing, with Lanus set to take on Independiente del Valle in the Copa Sudamericana.

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It is arguably the ideal scenario for Ange Postecoglou. Bernabei will have completed his two-match ban in time to return for a full pre-season and travel to Austria with the rest of the squad at the beginning of next week.

The Celtic manager has been keen to conduct much of his transfer business in time for his squad’s return, and the 56-year-old looks to have done exactly that, recruiting in some crucial areas.

Whilst he will still want to add to the squad, I am sure Postecoglou will be happy to get potentially up to four new permanent additions in time for next season’s preparation stepping up.

We will have to wait and see whether this theory is correct over the next few days. Either way, I think we can confidently say that Bernabei will be a Celtic player.

In other news, Christopher Jullien flight mystery cleared up after Celtic defender’s cryptic update.