Why Celtic supporters should be really encouraged by summer reports

By John McGinley

April 28, 2022

Celtic are going to be linked with a whole host of names this summer. That’s guaranteed every year. As always, some of the reports will be proven true with a large proportion either written off as agent talk or sheer uninformed speculation.

I’m not snobby about transfer rumours, in fact, I find them a bit of good fun. Even more so on the back of what looks to be a very successful season heading into phase two of the Ange Postecoglou project at Celtic.

What’s so promising this week is that different reports from different outlets this week join up to paint a pretty picture of a cohesive Celtic plan this summer.

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First of all, there was a report in The Athletic suggesting that Celtic were prioritising three positions this summer – a left-back, a ball-playing centre-back and a right-sided winger.

It’s said by the outlet that Celtic have been scouting for the specific traits Ange Postecoglou needs to optimise his Bhoys outfit with movement and off the ball work so critical.

In the wake of that, firm links to a couple of players have emerged – Ola Solbakken of Bodo/Glimt, the winger and Mohanad Jeahze, the left-back.

Both obviously fit the profile of what the club might be looking for, with each report backing up what The Athletic has had to say about Celtic’s transfer quest in the post-season.

More than that, in the Solbakken report it was suggested he was actually a backup plan should Jota not commit to a permanent deal at the club following his loan from Benfica.

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The Bhoys have the option to buy the stand-out attacker but obviously, the player himself will make the final decision. It’s a two-way thing.

With no guarantees there it’s heartening to hear that the club are actively looking for alternatives and won’t be caught flat-footed in the event Jota moves on.

We know that prior to Postecoglou’s arrival that the Celtic transfer machine had efficiency problems but I think we can all hope that has now changed.

The manager did his January business so early as to actually have new players in the door by December. Will we see similar swiftness this summer as he plans for year two? The early signs suggest yes.

In other news, Agent comments make it clear Alexandre Mendy to Celtic is unlikely.