Whilst it no doubt hurts Celtic to have sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal, the club will be breathing a sigh of relief that no other key man left the Hoops in the transfer window.
In particular, they will be relieved that former boss Brendan Rodgers didn’t return and sign any players for Leicester City.
Former boss reportedly keen on two players
The former Celtic boss had been linked with buying Callum McGregor during the summer transfer window. Intriguingly, the Daily Record, citing the Daily Mail, reports that Leicester tried to sign McGregor for £20 million on the final day of the transfer window. The report goes on to claim that Hoops chief Dermot Desmond told Rodgers personally that the player was not for sale.
Rodgers may have been interested in James Forrest as well. Reports in February suggested that he was keen to sign the player.
Thankfully neither player moved on, and both remain at Celtic for the time being. Thankfully Celtic stood firm, and if any bids have been made they have been rejected.
The Hoops could not have afforded to lose any more key men in the transfer window after the exit of Tierney.
Manager would have been left with too much to do
It would have left manager Neil Lennon with too much work to do to replace the players in such a short space of time.
McGregor makes Celtic tick from the middle of the park. Forrest’s goals have been massive for the Hoops in recent years. Taking either out of the side would have had a huge impact.
Perhaps Rodgers will return for the players in January. It would be no shock if he did. However, Celtic’s answer must be the same. Neither player is for sale.