Celtic look set to finish their transfer window in sensational fashion by completing a blockbuster deal on deadline day.
We’re approaching the last 24 hours of the summer transfer window now, it closes at 11 p.m. on Monday 5 October. That’s going to see the end of an extended window this year due to the global pandemic.
Could it slam shut with another English Premier League star and seasoned international joining the club? Emphasis on the ‘another’ is relevant as this has the potential to be a significant window for Celtic with quality players rather than projects arriving. Shane Duffy and Albian Ajeti have both arrived successfully from the Premier League this window.
The media is now full of the news of a potential loan deal to bring Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United to Celtic. The Daily Record for one talks of this being quite advanced, which increases the likelihood further of it happening rather than being more speculative rumour. They quote London sources expecting a deal to be finalised before the transfer window deadline.
Snodgrass is nearing the end of his career but Neil Lennon is known to be keen to bring in experienced, battle hardened players to lead his squad through what will be a tough season. Snodgrass at 33 with a career at Leeds, Hull, Norwich and West Ham plus his international caps for Scotland certainly fits that bill.
The player is looking for more first team action having been sidelined at West Ham of late. If he can get anywhere near ex-Hammer teammate Ajeti’s impact in the Hoops it’d be a great signing. there are also plenty of Celtic fans excited at the prospect too.
Snodgrass also added his own praise for Leigh Griffiths goal today via Instagram. That could be just as a Celtic fan as relieved as the rest of us when it went in, or a nod and a wink towards see you soon.
Sky Sports asked Lennon about transfer day being busy and the Snodgrass stories, but he refused to be drawn further saying little more than expected at this point:
“Yeah, either way. Obviously we want to keep everybody and get a couple players if we can, but at least one.
“You can link names at me all you like but you’re not going to get a straight answer. I’ll be with Peter [Lawwell] and Nick Hammond tomorrow and we’ll be looking at a few things.”
Exactly where in the team line up he’d be used by Lennon remains to be seen. He’s not a left back which feels an urgent position to fill, but he’d still add some steel, drive, experience and dead ball quality all of which is much needed.