It would be safe to say that Celtic fans have not been impressed with the signings the club have made this season, over the two transfer windows. Nine additions were made in the summer but most of them failed to make an impact. A few have already left on loan. On the other hand, there were just two incomings in the winter, despite the Hoops' shaky first half of the campaign, which had suggested a need for significant strengthening.
The club currently have two players on loan. Paulo Bernardo from Benfica, who has shown flashes of quality but is yet to prove that he can deliver consistently. And Adam Idah from Norwich City, who made a promising debut but does not have a good track record in his career so far.
Despite there being many question marks around both Bernardo and Idah, it looks like it will take significant transfer fees to sign them, if Celtic do want to bring them in permanently after their loan deals expire. Let's see how things play out.
As reported by the Irish Daily Mirror [print edition page 45] (via TBR Football), signing Bernardo permanently will cost Celtic around £6 million. The same report also claims that the Hoops could sign Idah for a fee in excess of £3 million.
Celtic must pay £9 million-plus fee if they want duo
Bernardo has put in quality performances from time to time. But has he been good enough for Celtic to consider shelling out a £6 million fee to sign him from Benfica?
They signed Jota for around the same figure in the summer of 2022. It goes without saying that he was much more of a gamechanger.
As for Idah, we have not seen much of him in a Celtic shirt. He did so many good qualities on his debut but it remains to be seen how he performs consistently.