According to The Mail Online, Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out Scott McTominay’s potential loan move to Celtic this month.
The Bhoys were linked with the 22-year-old as they chase down a record tenth Scottish Premiership title in a row.
With that in mind, here are the pros and cons of Celtic missing out on this loan deal.
McTominay is a highly thought of player, who has received adulation from many people involved with Man United. At only 22 years of age, he has a bright future ahead of him, but he is equally unproven so far in his career.
He has only played a handful of games for Man United this season, and it may be a risk for Celtic to call him up in such a tight season.
Whilst McTominay would have added more depth to the Celtic squad in a season where they will be pushed all the way in the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League, Brendan Rodgers would not have wanted to unsettle his squad.
With the likes of Tom Rogic (although at Asian Cup), Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham already occupying the midfield for The Hoops, it would be unfair to sacrifice one of them to accommodate McTominay, which could eventually have led to some unhappy figures in the Celtic camp.
Could have become permanent
Being a Scotland international himself, McTominay would have been adored by the Celtic fans and could have become a fan-favourite very quickly. As has happened with many loans before, this deal could have become permanent had McTominay started to like Celtic Park.
Unfortunately, Rodgers will not be able to entice the midfielder to come to Parkhead to create the possibility of a permanent stay.
Standing at 6ft 4, McTominay is quite an imposing figure on the field. This led to former manager José Mourinho deploying him as centre-back at times. Although he is not that experienced as a defender, that level of versatility would have come in handy for Celtic this season, should injuries occur across their defence or midfield.
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