The exciting Scottish Premiership core that would cost Celtic £10m this summer
As we continue to await what the summer rebuild brings, there’s an exciting Scottish Premiership core that would cost Celtic £10m for the complete set.
New manager Ange Postecoglou is only just in the door and has only just started getting to grips with his self-isolation period. During that time, it’s been reported that he’ll be using it to identify players for his rebuild. Better than that, he’s already admitted that talks regarding new recruits have started with pending CEO Dominic McKay [Celtic Website].
John Kennedy claimed before his interim spell ended that Celtic were already doing work in preparation for the new manager. Even if at the time we expected it to be Eddie Howe, that work won’t have changed. Kennedy claimed that everyone in the league would be covered for the new boss to look at [Scottish Sun].
And, therefore, it’ll be down to Postecoglou to make the decision on three particular talents Celtic have been linked with. Three talents who, combined, would cost the club as much as £10m going by recent valuations.
First up is Hibernian duo Josh Doig and Kevin Nisbet. Both have had incredible breakthrough seasons in the Premiership this season. Nisbet in particular will have caught Celtic’s eye with 18 goals and eight assists alone this term [Transfermarkt]. Two of those goals came against the Hoops and at key times during our 10-in-a-row pursuit too.
Not to mention his campaign has seen him progress into the Scotland squad for Euro 2020. Nisbet was last seen bagging a goal against the Netherlands in a pre-tournament warm-up clash. His stock is growing.
Nisbet and Doig won’t come cheap
As for Doig, he’s gone from strength to strength since breaking through under Jack Ross. He’s appeared 35 times for the Easter Road side and is one of the most attack-minded full-backs in the league [Transfermarkt].
In addition to that, he’s broken into the Scotland under-21 squad and was named SFWA Young Player of the Year this season.
However, neither man would come cheap if Celtic really did want to raid Leith this summer. Nisbet is said to cost £3m [Scottish Sun], whilst the talented youngster Doig is being mooted for a valuation of as much as £5m [football.london].
That’s potentially as much as £8m for two Hibs players alone. Not even mentioning what Celtic may need to pay if we want to take Ali McCann from St Johnstone.
The Northern Ireland international is another who’s shone in the Premiership this season. How he didn’t bag a spot in the SPFL Team of the Year is mind-boggling. It was his control of the engine room that played a key role in Betfred and Scottish Cup success for St Johnstone this season.
Scottish Premiership obtains talents Celtic could do with
McCann is incredibly composed and technically efficient for both club and country. A real box-to-box option, it could be the case that Celtic see him as a long-term successor to the departed Scott Brown.
But to bag him, it’s been stated by St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown that he’ll need to go for a record fee. The Sun believes this would mean £2m.
So in order for Celtic to secure this Scottish Premiership core in the upcoming transfer window, we’ll have to part with around £10m.
How many of them Postecoglou wants is currently up for debate. When you add it up, it takes a meaty chunk off of our transfer budget. It’s also worth remembering that Celtic could need as many as 13 players in the door to have back-up in every position.
Hibs and St Johnstone, of course, are quite right to demand top dollar for their best players. We would be demanding that we do the same if it was Celtic.
It’s going to be interesting to see how much we invest in Scottish Premiership talent this summer. It’s certainly worked for us in the past.