Former Rangers and Scotland full-back Alan Hutton has recently been discussing the flurry of transfer rumours involving Celtic and Southampton, and he believes the Bhoys have an exciting opportunity on their hands.
There is a transfer merry-go-round between the two sides, as the Saints want to sign Olivier Ntcham, who Celtic have valued at £12 million, whilst the Hoops want to keep current loanee’s Fraser Forster and Mohammed Elyounoussi at the club next season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said, “It’s a big price tag [for Ntcham] but I think they’re playing the game well, they obviously know they want a couple of players from Southampton so if they can up the value for Ntcham it might make the deal a little bit easier to get the players they want.
“I understand what they’re doing, clubs always want the highest price for their player and they’ll probably meet somewhere else.
“Obviously it opens up the door for Forster and Elyounoussi, they could be part of this deal. There’s a whole host of variables in that deal so it could be a good thing for Celtic and obviously they want to bring players in from Southampton so it could be a good bargaining chip. I’m sure some sort of deal could be thrashed out.”
It is hard to disagree with Hutton here on his points, Ntcham is only 24 years-old and has been linked with many European clubs in the past, like Nice and Portuguese giants FC Porto, so the Scottish side could in a position to start a bidding war for the player if needed.
This makes it easier to involve Forster and Elyounoussi in a swap deal, and Ntcham is the perfect bargaining chip. The England goalkeeper has been crucial to Celtic’s campaign, keeping 14 clean sheets in 28 games whilst only conceding 17 goals, per Transfermarkt. His heroics gave the Hoops their first trophy this campaign, as he saved a penalty from Alfredo Morelos in the Betfred Cup final win over arch-rivals Rangers, as per Glasgow Times.
Ntcham has also expressed his desire to leave and if the Hoops could work out a deal for Elyounoussi and Forster, two players who have expressed desire to play for the Scottish champions, then it would be very beneficial for them.
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