Our View: Celtic should move fast to sign Martin Boyle

By John Reid

January 30, 2020

Celtic’s interest in Hibernian’s Martin Boyle was seemingly confirmed when the Scottish Sun reported that Nick Hammond scouted the winger.

However, Neil Lennon then declared that the Hoops weren’t interested in the player. Things might have changed since then though.

Hoops winger Mikey Johnston looked to suffer a knee injury in Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Johnstone on Wednesday night, a situation that Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed has him ‘concerned’.

Therefore, Celtic really need to sign a winger. Boyle is a name that immediately springs to mind. However, the Daily Record are reporting that Huddersfield are interested in signing the player.

The potential injury suffered by Johnston should force Celtic into action. That should mean moving for Boyle before Huddersfield have the chance to sign him.

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Chance to play in Europe must appeal

Martin Boyle playing against Aberdeen (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If you were Boyle, surely a move to Celtic and a chance to play in Europe would appeal more than trying to avoid relegation to League One.

The fact that Boyle knows Neil Lennon from the pair’s time at Hibs could also be a factor if the player decides to move before the end of the window.

Nick Hammond probably watches lots of players in his role as Celtic’s Director of Football Operations, but the fact that he watched Boyle might well mean that he is on the Hoops’ radar, no natter what Neil Lennon claims.

Injury may have changed Hoops situation

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Perhaps Celtic weren’t interested in signing Boyle in January. However, the injury to Johnston may have changed things.

With Scott Sinclair, Lewis Morgan and now Johnston absent from the Celtic squad, both permanent and temporary, the time in now for Neil Lennon to sign a winger, before the transfer window closes.

That player should perhaps be Martin Boyle. Only time will tell if Celtic make a move for the winger, but the Hoops might well need to make another signing before the window closes on Friday at midnight.