Celtic’s recruitment over the last few years has come under scrutiny following news of a possible move for Manchester United midfielder Scott Mctominay.
Pulses won’t be raised by the possible arrival of the 22-year-old and his potential arrival is far from the ethos the Scottish Champions should have in their transfer policy. Celtic should be ambitious, confident and everything a 49 time League winning side should be.
As reported by the Daily Record, fans had their say on the transfer policy at Celtic Park:
Brian Loyce: “If Celtic want to persist with the pathetic transfer policy of signing young, unheard of players from unknown teams in unknown leagues, surely this is done at the end of the season and not January. There’s been so many dud signings we cannot get excited any more. Heads must roll.”
Fan David Bryce said: “In fairness to Rodgers, he’s won every trophy going since coming to the club but during the first two seasons he was up against nobody. We can see the difference this season against a resurgent Rangers side. The facts are the team has regressed badly since the end of the first season, his signings have been woeful, there’s never a plan B and I don’t think he has a clear strategy going forward. A club like Leicester is the best he can hope for.”
James Egan: “I’m sick and tired of Celtic’s policy of signing players on loan. It’s short-sighted and a clear sign of the penny pinching approach to recruiting players.”
McTominay’s rumoured arrival, albeit on loan, certainly has ruffled feathers.
Often playing it safe and not taking any risks, the midfielder, under any previous Manchester United’s manager’s reign, would not have had a hope of progressing into the first team.
The signing of the Scotsman would, in my opinion, degrade the reputation of Celtic and the SPFL in general. Signing a cast-off, young, yet seemingly unheard of midfielder on a loan deal would sum up everything wrong with Celtic’s transfer policy and reinforce the stereotype of the SPFL as a second rate division.
Are loan signings of young players wrong? No. The signing of PSG forward Timothy Weah looks exciting and will hopefully further both his career and Celtic’s chances of winning the League.
Oliver Burke’s arrival did raise some eyebrows, but as a former RB Leipzig star, the Scotsman has the talent to make it big both at and away from Celtic Park.
The club need to be far more ambitious, in any other top league, would a team be battling a number of other, in all due respect less successful clubs, to the signing of McTominay? Probably not, should Celtic want to sign another dud, then the youngster would be perfect.