Celtic transfer update direct from Neil Lennon; Brexit will make impact

By John McGinley

December 18, 2020

Neil Lennon has stated that Celtic may need to focus more on the British transfer market as a result of new regulations relating to Brexit.

As we discussed earlier this morning, a new points-based system is coming into effect for January 1st 2021.

The Daily Record has also reported that Scottish football bosses have made a plea to the Home Office amid fears there could be a talent vacuum in Scottish Football.

Celtic won’t be immune to the challenges. There are suggestions the new rules could scupper a move for Philadelphia Union defender Mark McKenzie.

Lennon admitted the situation was a problem earlier today.

Speaking on the official Celtic YouTube channel, he said: “We have looked at that. We’re probably looking at the British market more than anything else.

“I think it’s going to be difficult after the end of the year, to get players in from the content, as far as we’re aware.

“Nick Hammond and his recruitment team, and obviously the board, are looking into that and ways, if we want to bring players in, what’s the right way in accordance with the laws.

“We’re aware of the difficulties we could face going forward.”

The problem for Celtic

Celtic’s issue here is that, traditionally, the British market is far more expensive for the club to navigate in.

The TV deals down south have inflated the transfer market beyond the wage and fee capabilities of Celtic. That’s true from the top-flight through the top half of the English Championship.

Celtic missed out on Ivan Toney to Brentford during the summer, as an example.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Bringing in talented youngsters from abroad, who may not have established themselves at an international level, is a valid strategy to counter that.

If they now fail to meet requirements in a post-Brexit world, it could impact Celtic massively.

Fingers crossed solutions are found.

In other news, have you heard about the Celtic precedent that could be inspiring Real Madrid’s current strategy?