Report: Celtic looked at move for Fulham's Anthony Knockaert this summer

By David Walton

September 20, 2021

Celtic were one of several clubs that took a look at Fulham winger Anthony Knockaert this summer, according to Football League World.

The report claims that the Hoops kept tabs on his situation along with West Brom and QPR respectively.

Football League World reports that the player’s wages became an issue in any deal. It’s unclear as to how far Celtic wanted to progress with a move for the Frenchman.

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However, Knockaert could become available once again in the January transfer window. The report states that there’s an acceptance that he needs to find a new club. Both the player and the club are working on a solution.

Celtic managed to recruit both Jota and Liel Abada as their wide options this season. This leaves the club with two options down either flank for cover. With Mikey Johnston back and James Forrest closing in on a return, we’re well stocked for now.

Knockaert, meanwhile, has only managed one appearance all season for Fulham. But with 224 Championship appearances and 72 EPL outings to his name [Transfermarkt], he definitely carries plenty of experience with him.

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Celtic unlikely to move for Anthony Knockaert given current options

You won’t find many Celtic supporters that don’t think we need extra options in January. The rebuild is far from complete and we still need to upgrade in several positions. But right-wing, where Knockaert regularly plays, isn’t one of them.

The last thing we need is to halt the development of Abada. The 19-year-old Israeli is still trying to find consistency. It makes extremely little sense to take him out and throw in Knockaert, for example. Not when there isn’t much between the pair when it comes to talent.

This January, the priority has to be in central midfield and perhaps even the centre-forward position. Celtic are short in numbers in both areas. Unless we encounter a major injury at right-wing, it’s difficult to see us taking another look at Fulham’s Frenchman.

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Not to mention that question marks will arise over how we get a deal done in the first place. If wages proved to be a stumbling block in the summer, wouldn’t they be so once again in just a few months? Knockaert will hardly want a lot less just because we’re several months down the line.

He’s undoubtedly a talent. His career in England has shown that. And if we were in a different situation, it would be worth taking another look.

But even if he is available in January, will Celtic be itching to pick him up? It feels unlikely at best.

In other news, Schalke claim Celtic were “desperate” to land £3.4m-rated centre-back Ko Itakura