Celtic supporters have been celebrating their side’s excellent 2017 in the Transfer Tavern over the New Year, a year which saw the Bhoys brush aside all those that stood before them to complete the Scottish domestic treble.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went unbeaten during the 2016/17 campaign to ease to the Scottish Premiership title, finishing a staggering 30 points clear of second place Aberdeen in a season in which they dropped just eight points. And alongside success in the 2016 Scottish League Cup and the 2017 Scottish Cup, it was a season many of our resident Bhoys fans will not forget in a hurry, and one they are well on their way to replicating having already defended the League Cup crown, as well as entering 2018 with an eight-point cushion at the summit of the league.
Subsequently, many of those Celtic fans lining up at the bar have been making a lot of noise in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Football Insider, which suggests that a deal which would see winger Kundai Benyu move to Oldham Athletic is close to completion.
The 20-year-old made the move north of the border back in the summer after seeing his contract expire at Championship club Ipswich Town, yet he has been unable to make an impact at Parkhead with just four appearances to show for his efforts so far.
And with his most recent outing for Rodgers’ side coming back in the middle of August, the Zimbabwe international is low down the pecking order, and reports suggest that he is on the verge of sealing a loan move to League One side Oldham, with ‘advanced talks’ taking place regarding a deal.
And with Benyu unlikely to command regular football at Celtic in the second half of the campaign, it’s a move which appears to be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Landlord’s verdict: Celtic fended off much interest to land Kundai Benyu during the summer, what with the winger out of contract after leaving Championship side Ipswich Town.
Yet with just four appearances to show for his efforts in the first half of the season, the 20-year-old doesn’t look like breaking into Brendan Rodgers’ side anytime soon, so much so that the former Liverpool chief is reportedly willing to sanction a loan move to Oldham Athletic in the second half of the term.
First team chances will undoubtedly be greater for the Zimbabwe international at Boundary Park, in a move which makes complete sense for both the player, and indeed the two clubs involved.
Celtic fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!