Celtic's transfer vision is clearer than ever as Fabrizio Romano checks in again

By John McGinley

August 17, 2022

The debate surrounding Giorgos Giakoumakis, Celtic and transfers has been fierce online today as people ponder what the club’s strategy should be when interest in players comes.

Fabrizio Romano usually keeps his eye firmly on the elite transfers across Europe but increasingly has turned his attention towards Scottish football and this summer hasn’t been far away from a couple of exit rumours.

His latest was both started and shut down in the same tweet, with the renowned transfer reporter suggesting that there had been interest in Giakoumakis that was swiftly rebuffed, with the player himself said to be happy enough at Celtic.

Although it’s sparked discussion around when Celtic sell players and what ‘peak value’ means, the only thing that really matters is what it tells us about the club’s transfer strategy right now – and it’s clearer than ever.

The Bhoys are in the process of squad building and not asset stripping for reinvesting profit. It’s just far too early in the Ange Postecoglou process to consider the sale of any player currently valued at Paradise, outside of concrete silly money bids.

There’s no need to ‘flip’ assets, or pursue the fantasy football of cashing in Giakoumakis and buying two more players before the end of the transfer window – as if that’s an easy process.

That’s just not how Celtic will function while these players are motivated to play for the club and the manager sees them as essential to the current squad – regardless of the potential wheeling dealing that could follow.

Let’s not get it wrong – Celtic will have a price for every player. The club have shown time and again they’re not beyond a sale – but only in the right context, likely motivated by the intentions of the talents themselves.

If a player is looking for a move to next stage of his career, this manager isn’t going to stand in his way, nor is the club. Likewise, if a player has one or two years left on their contract, it’s time to have a serious conversation about their future and potentially cash in if the relationship is unlikely to continue.

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Likewise, if a buying club is truly motivated to land one of our players and has the resources to pay beyond determined reasonable value, Celtic will look at it. There’s no indication this is happening with anyone right now.

Ultimately, this group was only really largely formed in January and most of Postecoglou’s players have only had one pre-season working under him, if that. It’s not a time to consider anyone vital’s sale unless a particularly favourable series of stars align.

Right now, everyone is pushing forward together in a unified direction and while that harmony reigns at the club, yes, it is perfectly reasonable for Celtic to shut down any outgoing transfers if the subject of interest has a part to play.

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