If Celtic learn one lesson from this season it should be that short-term loan deals don’t work.
The club have taken Filip Benkovic, Timothy Weah, Oli Burke and Jeremy Toljan on loan this season with only the former working out to a certain degree. Deals for the latter three in January have all failed to the extent where Hoops fans will be happy to see the back of the players.
The club, and their previous manager, took a real short-term view to proceedings in January. Brendan Rodgers clearly had no long-term aspirations at the club and was just looking to prolong his success by putting sticking plasters on gaping wounds.
The club can’t afford to be so negligent this summer.
Two conditions of loans
Celtic must only complete loan deals this summer on two conditions. Firstly, the club should make sure that the loan lasts at least a year with 18/24 month deals preferred. It can take some players the best part of a season to get to grips with Celtic so an extended loan spell is sometimes needed for them to reach their potential.
Paddy Roberts took around 7 or 8 months to reach his potential in a Celtic shirt. If his deal has been similar to that of Weah he may never have been a star for the club.
Secondly, the club should try to insert an option to buy clause when possible. Odsonne Edouard would have been unlikely to return after his original loan spell if the club hadn’t expressed a permanent interest in him from day one. The striker has gone on to become one of our biggest assets after signing permanently last summer.