Celtic may have shot themselves in the foot by not signing new Aberdeen man Matty Kennedy.
Kennedy, who signed a pre-contract with the Dons, will play for St Johnstone until the end of the season. [BBC] He is a winger who is highly rated in the Scottish game and with Saints fans.
The Hoops should have made their own move, even if they would loan him out immediately.
Matty Kennedy would have been a smart Celtic signing
The 25-year-old is having a good season for the Saints who themselves have been inconsistent.
He is predominantly a right winger who can also play on the left or behind the striker. It is little wonder why Aberdeen boss Derek McIness likes the look of Kennedy going on his record.
Despite his age, the Hoops should have also tried to make a move for Kennedy in this window or the summer.
Celtic sorely need freshening up on the right of midfield and Kennedy would have been worth a shot. A loan move even to Aberdeen or back to St Johnstone to keep him tested would have even been an option.
Kennedy’s record and performances this season speak for itself and Aberdeen have got themselves a good player for free.
Will Saints winger be the only Scottish Premiership player to lose out?
One man who has got some links to the club is Dundee United forward, Lawrence Shankland [Daily Express]. Shankland has been subject to interest according to reports from the summer and winter windows.
Celtic have been in the market for a striker but have already signed one in Patryk Klamala.
However, it can’t be understated that Shankland is scoring goals for fun for the Arabs in the second tier.
Shankland, unlike Kennedy, will draw a substantial fee which might be putting potential suitors off.
But, there are a long list of players in Scottish football outside Glasgow’s big two that have gone on to have successful careers, leaving fans scratching their heads as to why their club didn’t snatch him.
The Celts maybe weren’t interested in Kennedy but there must be substance to the Shankland links.
If he ends up at a top flight club and does well, some Hoops fans will be angry the club didn’t make their move when he was on a plate.