Celtic reportedly couldn't trigger Martin Boyle's £500k release clause even if we wanted to

By David Walton

June 13, 2021

Celtic wouldn’t be able to trigger Martin Boyle’s £500k release clause this summer even if we wanted to, according to Edinburgh Live.

Celtic were previously linked with Boyle back in the summer of 2020. This was before he penned a new deal to stay with the Easter Road club until the summer of 2023 [The Herald].

At the time, the contract signing put an end to the speculation. However, last month it was reported the Boyle could be released from his contract from only £500k [Scottish Sun]. New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will likely know all about the Hibs winger given he’s an Australian international.

But according to Edinburgh Live, only foreign clubs are able to trigger the release clause. This means that Celtic would still have to pay full price for Boyle’s services.

Hibs have previously been reported to be after £3m for him [Scottish Sun].

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Impressive season from Martin Boyle could put him back on Celtic radar

What had been previously concerning regarding the Boyle to Celtic rumours was that he had hardly been overly impressive at the time. However, the same couldn’t be said of this season after a stunning campaign.

Boyle managed 15 goals and 12 assists under Jack Ross at Hibs this term [Transfermarkt]. It’s a superb return from a right-winger, and he’s clearly back enjoying his football again.

I’ve said in the past how much that I wouldn’t want Boyle at Celtic. Mainly because he hadn’t previously managed a campaign like the one he just had. He’s one of the key reasons Hibs finished third and managed three trips to Hampden this season.

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Celtic are in desperate need of some competition for James Forrest. Last season showed exactly why we need immediate cover in case the worst happens. Whether that man could be Boyle will almost certainly be down to Postecoglou.

But there’s no denying the season he’s just had could easily have put him back on the club’s radar. How much Hibs would want for his services, however, is a different question altogether.

Should they still be looking for £3m, it would feel as though there is better out there for the price. But if they’re open to a cut-price deal as opposed to losing him for £500k, there could be a deal to be done.

In other news, this 2018 Celtic signing has surely played his last game for the club.