Celtic’s double transfer blow

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We have had a fantastic transfer window so far with lots of deadwood allowed to leave and 3 fantastic signatures from French, Austrian and English clubs, but today the news hasn’t been so good with Celtic suffering a double blow.

Today we have heard that Rakeem Harper will stay at West Brom after months of trying to get him to sign and also that Jack Stacey is off to Bournemouth for 5 million pounds.

On the first we have failed to persuade an unsettled and out of contract player to come and play Champions League Football and win trophies and instead play for a team that will finish mid table if they have a good season.

On the second we have lost out on a target who will play for a club that will similarly be ecstatic with 10th place in the Premiership, both players have signed on with clubs far smaller than Celtic but more than likely for far more money per week.

Also, if the Bournemouth reports are to be believed, for 5 million pounds which is small change to the English club.

Once we identify targets we need to get the business done, meet valuations and get the deals over the line quickly as we did with Boli, Julien and Connell, as soon as anything turns into a bidding war we lose, especially to the inflated English market.

We picked up Luca Connell from a team themselves in administration with the player being out of contract, our other targets seem to be beyond our reach as soon as another name is added to the chase.

We are currently being linked with Cifuentes from Ecuador but Man City is also in the chase for him, more than likely they will sign him and loan him to us where we will pay to develop another of their players.

With Ntcham writing his ticket to leave, hopefully someone meets that valuation and provides the ammunition needed to bring n a quality right back.

We are one signing away from an extremely successful transfer window, it is a pity that we lost out on these 2 targets today.

Maybe it is time to go back to the continent and forget about the inflated market down south, we simply can’t compete.