Report links Celtic with 2 SPFL talents who are producing big in 2021/22

By David Walton

January 2, 2022

A report from the Scotsman has linked Celtic with potential moves for Hibernian winger Martin Boyle and Motherwell’s Bevis Mugabi respectively.

The report claims that speculation regarding a Parkhead move for Boyle won’t go away. It comes after initial interest was reported back in 2019 when Neil Lennon had to dismiss the rumours [Daily Record]. Since then, the player has fought back from injury to make a big name for himself in Edinburgh.

The Scotsman reports that Boyle would cost the Hoops £3m if a move was to be made.

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It’s also stated by the newspaper that there is speculation surrounding a potential move for Motherwell centre-back Mugabi.

The no-nonsense Ugandan international has been a key part of Motherwell’s rock-solid defensive performances in recent weeks. Mugabi has been part of a backline that hasn’t conceded more than 1 goal in a game in any of their last 8.

Celtic could potentially use some more centre-back cover even if Christopher Jullien is returning from injury. With Mugabi into the final 6 months of his contract, it remains to be seen if Celtic believe there’s a deal to be done.

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Ange Postecoglou will still have priority targets, but are Mugabi and Boyle on the list?

Celtic’s respective acquisitions of Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Reo Hatate certainly captured the imagination. But it would infuriate the supporters if the transfer work was to stop there in January. That doesn’t even bear thinking about.

One position that doesn’t look as though it needs strengthening, however, is the right-wing position. Celtic already have James Forrest and Liel Abada slugging it out wide on the right. Not to mention that Maeda also has extensive experience in that position too.

Therefore, to see Celtic splash out £3m on Boyle feels unlikely to say the least. In fact, it seems flat-out ridiculous given there are other priority positions still needing seen to.

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Mugabi, meanwhile, is perhaps a more interesting one. The towering centre-back has made a name for himself in Scottish football and at 26 still has plenty more room for development.

The worrying aspect here would be the Motherwell man’s lack of pace. Given Ange likes to play with a high line and a gung-ho attacking style, it would remain to be seen whether Mugabi would be able to adapt to such a differing system to the one he players in under Graham Alexander.

For now, it’s difficult to see Celtic making a move for either man. But January is always a tough window to predict after all.

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