The winter break in Scotland gives us a chance to recharge the batteries but it doesn’t stop us from wondering and waiting each day to see what players are rumored to be coming to Paradise.
Some players will sign, and some will leave Celtic for good or out on loan this window as Ange makes room for his latest three signings from Japan and hopefully, he can strengthen in one or two other positions and sign Carter Vickers and Jota on permanent deals as they have both been impressive since arriving putting in solid performances every time they have pulled on the Celtic Jersey.
The rumor mill will be in full flow with half-truths, some complete bull. Stories can be made up by players agents to get their man a move and then we have the usual a source close to the club or the player said which could be true, could be made up by the tabloids for clicks or it could just be a bloke down the pub.
Celtic Midfielder Liam Shaw has been linked to a loan move to Motherwell and St. Johnstone, if whispers are to be believed it looks like Fir Park will be his destination. Shaw had a good game when he played against Real Betis in the Europa League, but Ange will be happy to get him out on loan till the end of the season.
At twenty years of age, Shaw has plenty of time on his hands to progress his Celtic career but realistically it won’t be this season with so much competition in the midfield at the club the time is now for him to get regular football and hopefully he can come back and make the impact that he made at Sheffield Wednesday.
Irish Media Reports suggest that Sligo Rovers striker, Johnny Kenny who has been watched by Willie McStay and Irish based Celtic scouts’ numerous times and he has had many a report compiled on him and sent back to Glasgow.
18-year-old Kenny would be one for the future and I would imagine he would go straight in the Celtic B team if the reports were to be true. Hibs have also been tracking his progress.
With Brexit came new rules on Celtic signing Irish players who can not sign till they are 18 this has turned McStay and the Celtic scouting network towards the North of Ireland to unearth teenagers to sign for Celtic.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.