Celtic need to pay €15m to sign brilliant midfielder

Eduard Spertsyan (10) of Krasnodar seen in action during the...
Eduard Spertsyan (10) of Krasnodar seen in action during the... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

As Celtic prepare for the Premiership title run-in, there’s plenty of work going on in the background with next season in mind as well. Whatever the outcome in these final league games and the Scottish Cup, the Hoops will be looking to strengthen. At least that is the hope and expectation. So, this summer’s transfer window is going to be very important. 

We already know that Celtic will need a new goalkeeper with Joe Hart retiring at the end of the season. It looks as though a midfielder is under consideration too.

The club have recently been linked with Eduard Spertsyan. He is a 23-year-old Armenian international and is currently one of the top players in the RPL, where he plays for FC Krasnodar.

The good news is that Spertsyan looks set to leave. But on the other hand, it looks like it will take a considerable transfer fee to bring him in. Igor Korneev told Sport Express when asked about the possibility of the player leaving FC Krasnodar:

"Most likely, Spertsyan will leave. The most important thing is that the history of last summer does not repeat itself. I think Galitsky will ask for at least 15 million for Eduard."

Celtic need to pay €15m to sign brilliant midfielder

Sergey Galitsky is the president of Krasnodar, Spertsyan’s current club. He has nine goals and six assists from his 22 league appearances for them this season. That's pretty good for a midfielder.

It’s not looking like a sudden run of form either. Spertsyan was selected for the Russian Premier League Team of the Season in the previous campaign. He was also named Armenian Footballer of the Year in 2022. He has 25 caps for his national team so far. It’s an impressive-looking record.

The question is whether a transfer fee approaching €15 million is too high for Celtic. Financially they have the funds. They may have even more if Matt O’Riley or another high-profile were to leave over the summer. Not to mention the millions that would come in if Champions League football is secured for next season.