Swedish media: Celtic table bid for international defender

By John McGinley

June 4, 2021

Celtic have tabled a bid for Elfsborg’s Kenyan international defender Joseph Okumu, Swedish outlet Aftonbladet has reported.

It’s said that the Bhoys are one of five teams who have contacted the club. The others are rivals Rangers, Lorient, Reims and Gent.

Lorient have so far offered the most money, but Elfsborg are holding out for £3.4m.

It’s said that Rangers could well be his preferred option given their better opportunities in the Champions League.

Manager Stefan Andreasson told the outlet: ” I can not comment on any details. We have had some clubs that want to act, not just one club.”

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Who submitted Celtic bid for Joseph Okumu?

Okumu may well be a talent, but the story does raise the question – who submitted this bid?

Our chief executive Peter Lawwell is on his way out of the door, as is head of football operations Nick Hammond. It wouldn’t make sense for either of these people to be signing off on transfers.

Incoming CEO Dominic McKay could be involved, but it’s thought his role is less to do with the football department and more the commercial side of Celtic.

Celtic are said to have made a bid for Joseph Okumu / (Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images)

There may well still be a transfer committee in place at Celtic. However, given none of them are likely to be involved in running the first-team next term, it all seems rather counter-productive.

It also shows up the absurdity of not having a manager in place when we are competing with other clubs for transfers. How Celtic let it get to this stage is beyond me.

Another long weekend awaits.

In other news, Kristoffer Ajer gets a fair hearing from Celtic fans despite brutal honesty.