Much of the talk about Celtic’s possible transfer activity has revolved around Moussa Dembele this winter transfer window but it seems as though the striker is increasingly likely to stay at Celtic Park.
The main suitors appear to be not so interested in signing Celtic’s young French striker now as Brighton just completed a club record signing with the addition of Jürgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven reportedly for a fee of about £14m.
Newcastle, who had been linked with Dembele too, now look more and more like a club in turmoil with Mike Ashley looking to sell the club and therefore Rafa Benitez unsure of who he can sign or if he can sign any players plus would Dembele actually like to play for the Geordie side given the situation there.
Keeping Dembele would surely be good for the player and Celtic but there could be other moves made in addition to the two signings Brendan Rodgers has already completed.
Up until now Marvin Compper and Lewis Morgan have signed contracts to join the Hoops however German defender Compper is sidelined for about a month with a calf injury, and Scottish U21 forward Morgan has been loaned straight back to his former club St Mirren.
Celtic prospects Regan Hendry, Kundai Benyu, Mark Hill and Jamie McCart have also been loaned out for the 2nd half of the season plus Liam Henderson moved to Italy to play for Bari.
Other transactions include Nadir Ciftci coming back from a nightmare loan in England with Plymouth Argyle but he was loaned out again this time to Motherwell while Danish goalie Erik Sviatchenko is moving back on loan to Denmark to play for FC Midtjylland.
There could well be some additional players joining the Hoops but midfielder Callum McGregor welcomes possible new signings and is prepared for extra competition for places in Brendan Rodgers’ side. McGregor had this to say about Celtic’s transfer activity:
“It’s probably the quietest transfer window I’ve seen so far but there is still time.
“The manager will be looking. For us, we have to keep doing it on the pitch and in training.
“Every season I’ve been here the club have signed an attacking midfielder or a midfielder.
“That’s just part of being at a big club. You have to keep going and keep proving yourself.
“I feel when the manager sets up his team he likes a bit of everything in the middle.
“We’ve all chipped in with some goals and assists and it’s very much a team game for us.
“But we can’t wait to have Stuart and Tom come back in to help us with that too.”
Celtic are back from sunnier climes in Dubai and face a pretty busy schedule over the coming weeks so some additional signings look very likely to be made by Rodgers who has traditionally been active in the January window as he was with old club Liverpool. Just who joins Celtic remains a mystery but as McGregor says attack minded players seem the most likely signings.