In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Celtic recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Celtic looking to extend Daniel Arzani’s loan deal
Celtic want to keep Australian winger Daniel Arzani at the club and will seek an extension to his two-year loan deal for another season, as reported by The World Game.
According to The World Game, manager Neil Lennon has been sufficiently impressed by the 20-year-old’s performances in training and reserve team games to intend asking his parent club Manchester City to extend his loan until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Arzani hasn’t played for Celtic since injuring his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in October 2018, but The World Game understands that he is keen to prove himself at the club and has targeted the Boxing Day clash against St Mirren for his comeback.
Arzani remains an unknown quantity at Celtic, seeing as he has only played once for the club prior to his ACL injury, and he could find it tough to force his way into the team after being ruled out for so long.
While the Australian can play on either wing, Mohamed Elyounoussi (left) and James Forrest (right) have thrived in those positions this season, with seven and 11 goals respectively, so Arzani isn’t likely to displace either any time soon.
However, with Mikey Johnston suffering his own injury troubles, Scott Sinclair frozen out by Lennon and Lewis Morgan scoring just once in 13 games this season, Celtic don’t have huge strength in depth on the left-hand side, so the Australian deserves the chance to show what he can do.
Pundit describes Ryan Christie as ‘a £30million player’
Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan has described Celtic attacking midfielder Ryan Christie as “a £30million player” and feels that the Hoops shouldn’t accept anything less if other clubs come in for him.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan hailed the “transformation” of the 24-year-old under Neil Lennon and feels that it would take a large offer to convince Celtic to sell him.
He told Football Insider: “You’re looking at a £30million player. It would take a ridiculous sum for another club to buy him now. I’ve seen players with less ability than Christie go for more than £30million.”
Whelan is correct in highlighting the huge impact that Christie has made in recent months, with him being Celtic’s joint-top scorer so far this season with 12 goals alongside centre-forward Odsonne Edouard, having already surpassed his full 2018/19 tally of 11.
The Frenchman was reportedly the subject of a proposed £30m bid from Napoli during the summer, as per the Daily Mail, and with he and Christie tied on 12 goals for the season, Whelan’s £30m valuation of the Scotland international seems like a fair comparison.
Considering the impact that he is having at Celtic this season, the Hoops can ill-afford to lose him without holding out for a sizeable fee and having an adequate replacement lined up.
Scott Sinclair reportedly orchestrating January exit with social media posts
Football Insider has claimed that Celtic winger Scott Sinclair is “orchestrating a January exit plan with his carefully timed social media posts”, with the winger playing just six times all season for the Hoops.
According to Football Insider, sources close to the club have said that the 30-year-old has been trying to communicate his fitness and physical condition to prospective suitors with a series of pointed social media posts.
Last weekend, Sinclair posted a photo of his muscular upper body on his Instagram profile, along with the message “No matter what the situation, I’m focused and ready”.
Having played 50 or more matches in each of his three previous seasons at Celtic, Sinclair has had just six appearances this term, all of them from the bench and none since the end of September.
With 62 Celtic goals to his name, the winger has certainly made his mark for the Hoops, but the impact of Mohamed Elyounoussi on the left (seven goals this season) has seen him routinely included in place of Sinclair.
The Englishman is apparently keen on a return to his native country in search of regular game-time, as claimed by Football Insider last month, and with the likes of Elyounoussi producing the goods and keeping him out of the team, the time may be right for Celtic to let Sinclair leave if a suitable offer comes in for him over the winter.
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