The Sky Sports journalist has confirmed that Celtic made a massive mistake in the summer transfer window which they must be regretting now.
As the dust settles, it is pretty clear that what was thought to be one of the best Celtic transfer windows in recent memory has turned out to be a huge failure. The club brought in Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti, David Turnbull, Diego Laxalt and Shane Duffy, either on permanent or on a loan as they looked to secure 10IAR. A few months on, and only one of them has stood out.
Turnbull is clearly that standout and it is arguable that he is the one who has helped the most to steady the ship. Other than that, there is not much to write about though.
Laxalt made a good start but has faded away since then. Neither Barkas nor Ajeti look up to the mark. And Duffy has been one of the biggest transfer busts in recent memory. In the case of the Republic of Ireland international, it could have been so much different though.
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Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph has revealed that the club had the chance to sign Philadelphia Union centre-back Mark McKenzie in the summer. But decided to go after Shane Duffy. And we all know how that turned out.
Now, it looks like the Hoops could very well be priced out of a deal, with news breaking out that KRC Genk have made a £3.6 bid for him, which is ‘significantly less’ than what Celtic would have needed to pay just a few months ago.
This is a matter of hindsight though. When Duffy was originally brought in, he was considered to be a major coup and someone who would establish himself as the best defender in Scotland. He was a popular choice in the eyes of the fans as well.
Thus, it is hard to blame the board for going after him although better scouting must have been done. Duffy has failed badly in the Hoops and it is hard not to see why. His qualities just do not compliment a team that keeps most of the ball. And you have to feel that McKenzie would have been a much better signing.