Report: Why Vinicius Souza isn't certain about a move to Celtic despite UCL football

By David Walton

June 16, 2022

Vinicius Souza has doubts over a move to Celtic Park this summer due to having reservations about the Scottish Premiership, according to Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph.

The Daily Mail stated last week that Souza was interesting Celtic and that talks had been scheduled with his representatives. However, it appears as though the Brazilian star has a host of offers already on the table with his agent saying as much earlier this summer.

The Record reported earlier this week that PSV Eindhoven, Club Brugge, Bologna, and Fenerbahce were showing an interest. And despite Celtic holding UCL football for next season over all of them, the player still apparently isn’t sold due to the Scottish Premiership:

Celtic are in need of a new defensive midfielder after the departure of Nir Bitton over the summer. However, whether the Lommel talent is who we opt for remains anyone’s guess.

Ange Postecoglou doesn’t look too favourably upon players who need to think twice before coming to Parkhead of course. It will be interesting to see whether this puts Celtic off making any move for the player.

Souza played in Belgium last season in a loan deal with Mechelen. The midfielder featured 35 times for the club, coming up against Celtic youngster Osaze Urhoghide who was on loan at KV Oostende [Transfermarkt].

Vinicius Souza shouldn’t make mistake of underestimating Celtic potential

We’ve already seen how badly it can turn out for players who make the mistake of underestimating what Celtic has to offer. Look at the likes of Sacha Boey and Thomas Henry last summer. Both men went to Galatasaray and Venezia respectively and suffered dismal campaigns.

The Scottish Premiership certainly didn’t do a lot wrong for Virgil van Dijk, Moussa Dembele, or Kieran Tierney just to name a few. The bottom line is that if you do well enough at Celtic Park then big opportunities are there to progress to bigger things.

Celtic are at their peak as a football club when they have Champions League football to offer potential new signings. That’s what Souza simply has to be looking at. A chance to operate at the elite level whilst being at a club that can help him develop a winning mentality.

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The midfielder is still only 22 years of age. There shouldn’t be any rush for him to move to one of Europe’s biggest leagues if he isn’t ready. Celtic, at face value, feels like the next logical step for him.

Of course, this is a battle we’re constantly fighting as a football club operating in Scotland. Some targets are able to see the value in what a move to Parkhead can offer them. Others incredibly feel as though coming here would regress them or hold them back in some manner due to the league.

Hopefully Souza doesn’t fall into that particular trap. A move to Celtic Park couldn’t be more attractive than it currently is heading into next season.

In other news, Report: Wales international would cost Celtic £3.5m after holding talks