The truth about the new FIFA transfer rule and how it will affect Celtic

By David Walton

June 8, 2022

As of next month, a new transfer rule will be integrated by FIFA to help halt the hoarding of players by big clubs.

Indeed, FIFA will only allow clubs to sent 8 players out on loan to teams playing in a different country. Next year, it will drop down to 7, with 6 being the maximum from July 2024 onwards.

This rule won’t apply to those aged 21 and under or club-trained players. Meanwhile, FIFA’s member associations are being given 3 years to implement a system that follows the above guidelines at a domestic level.

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Recently, there has been talk about how this could be damaging for Celtic. The Daily Record and Glasgow World both ran pieces on it yesterday. The idea being that this could harm the Hoops when it comes to securing loan players from other clubs.

However, there’s no point acting as if this has some sort of big issue for Celtic or their transfer plans. For example, it wouldn’t have affected any of our signings over the last 2 years alone. Recently, our loan signings wouldn’t have fallen into this bracket. Jota, for example, is club-trained with Benfica whilst Cameron Carter-Vickers’ loan from Spurs wouldn’t have exceeded the 6-player limit.

Last term, we brought in Mohamed Elyounoussi, Diego Laxalt, Jonjoe Kenny, and Shane Duffy on loan. All 4 would still have been able to sign for the club even if those restrictions were in place.

Celtic unlikely to be hunting for many loan deals under Ange Postecoglou

Ange is all about building a squad that can last the test of time and has some stability. Sure, there were a couple of loan arrivals this year, but it already decreased from the 5 we brought in last term.

This isn’t going to be a Celtic side that’s reliant on several temporary moves every transfer window. That doesn’t fit what the manager is trying to do here.

No, that doesn’t mean that we’ll never sign another loan player so long as Ange is the manager. But it’s not something he’ll primarily be looking at unless they can offer something exceptional to the cause. And moving for one or 2 in certain transfer windows likely won’t have any serious effect on our business.

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There’s no point blowing this up as anything more than a minor tweak for us. It’s not as if we’re constantly on the hunt for loan moves or reliant on them in any way. If anything, it’ll likely encourage clubs to let go of some of their players they can’t secure a loan deal for.

Celtic could easily benefit from this rule more than they’ll suffer for it. It’s certainly nothing to be concerned about heading into the summer window.

It’s actually an important tweak from UEFA to stop potentially great talents being tossed around Europe but still belonging to one specific club. Hopefully, it’ll lead to a few permanent bargains for Celtic in the coming years.

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