It has been reported that Hibernian are keen to find a way to bring their former attacker Martin Boyle back to the club in the current transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reports that the Edinburgh club have first refusal to re-sign the player they sold to Al-Faisaly in January for £3m, and the player is keen to return to Scotland.
If the Easter Road club can’t get the deal for Boyle done, should Celtic consider swooping in to sign the 29-year-old?
Ange Postecoglou will be well-aware of the Australian from his time as the manager of the Australian national team, and might well have been impressed with some of his performances last season, especially his hat-trick against Rangers in the semi-final of the Premier Sports Cup.
Perhaps any potential move for Boyle would depend on Celtic getting players out. Boyle is able to play on both wings and as a main striker, and as it stands the Hoops have a lot of players available in those positions. However, if the likes of Mikey Johnston and Albian Ajeti leave the club before the end of the transfer window, then the Bhoys could bring in another attacker.
Would that player be Boyle, and is he likely to be on Celtic’s transfer shortlist? He could be, as we know that Ange Postecoglou likes to sign attacking players and he has signed a fair few of them since he took over as Celtic manager.
Last season he scored 18 goals in total for both of his clubs, which is a good goal tally for a player who most features on the wing, and he would certainly be a fourth goal threat for the Hoops from that wing, competing with the likes of Jota, Liel Abada and Daizen Maeda.
The aforementioned trio mentioned above might well be a reason why the Hoops don’t consider a move for Boyle, as he wouldn’t be guaranteed a place in the Celtic starting line-up, due to the number of attackers that are already in the squad.
That could mean that if Celtic do bring in another forward thinking player before the transfer window closes, it might be another striker and not a winger, as the Hoops have so many players in that position already. Boyle can play as a main striker but his best position is arguably on the wing.
It would certainly be a headline-grabbing signing if the Hoops went out and signed Martin Boyle, but only time will tell if the player is even on the transfer shortlist at the club.