Looking back at the 2013 Celtic January transfer that never was

By Connor Gordon

January 14, 2020

Celtic were close to signing former Partick Thistle right-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair in 2013. Manager Neil Lennon was all but set to bring the defender in on a pre-contract. [Daily Record]

Taylor-Sinclair’s own manager was even ready to let him go to the biggest team in Glasgow. However, the move bizarrely and quietly fell apart and it all relates to the current day’s transfer targets.

What happened to the Aaron Taylor-Sinclair to Celtic move?

The Aberdeen born defender was a reported target for the Hoops in 2013.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was a Celtic target in 2013/14. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was in the final year of his Thistle contract and could speak to clubs in January. Celtic appeared to be the shock team in for the once upon a time rated defender.

They even went as far as trying to get a £75,000 deal over the line in the window so Thistle received a fee. Thistle gaffer Alan Archibald even resigned himself to losing him to the Hoops.

Archibald told the Daily Record: “Aaron isn’t staying but we had a couple of good years out of him. He exceeded all expectations.”

However, Archibald was to be wrong as the move quietly collapsed and Taylor-Sinclair saw out the season.

Ex-Partick Thistle gaffer Alan Archibald thought the move was over the line. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

He ended up joining Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2014 once his contract ran out and is now back in the Scottish Premiership with Livingston.

Lessons can be learned even to the current day about signing targets for the Hoops.

Thistle defender’s saga applies to current January window

Last season, it was José Cifuentes commenting on a possible move to Celtic which didn’t end up happening.

In this window, Andraz Sporar was the longstanding link and that also doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

In every window there are always signing targets that will be reported by the mainstream press. Fans won’t know for sure if they are completely true or not and it all adds to the debate.

Andraz Sporar move has gone quiet after being heavily linked. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Taylor-Sinclair saga shows it can even go as far as the manager accepting the move is going to go ahead.

The only way for fans to be sure that the transfer is happening and complete is when they are holding a scarf above their head (Mo Johnston was a one off). Fans need to be patient as the club should know where the weaknesses in the team are that need addressed.

Even though one or two deals are close now, there is no use in being impatient for others.

This is no doubt the most important January window for years. Surely the club know that if they fail here then there is a good chance that the league title could be in jeopardy.

That would be unforgivable especially after the last few underwhelming winter windows.