The season is barely over, and already we have seen a number of managerial appointments and the beginnings of a summer filled with player transfers.
One of the most eagerly anticipated transfer sagas in Scotland this summer, will no doubt be the speculation over the future of Celtic midfielder, Victor Wanyama.
In January the main transfer being spoken about was the Bhoys’ striker, Gary Hooper, who missed out on a move to Norwich City, and although the Canaries could still come back in for the Englishman, it is his Kenyan team mate that is attracting all the interest from a number of teams, and the media at the moment.
Long way to go
We’ve only just hit June, and already one newspaper has reported how Arsenal, both Manchester United and City, Stoke City, Southampton Newcastle United and Fulham are looking into the idea of making an offer for the former Germinal Beerschot star.
After signing for the Scottish champions last summer for a bargain price in the region of £900,000, the 21 year old has excelled above all expectations at Celtic Park over the last season, with several commanding performances coming in the Champions League, including in the win over Barcelona, where he scored the opening goal.
Costing circa. £900,000, the 21 year old has excelled above all expectations at Celtic Park
The midfield powerhouse has found himself a bit of a stalwart over the entire season for the Hoops, and quite rightly is attracting interest from England. With the condition of Scottish football under so much scrutiny, it’s been great for arguably the best players in the country to show what they can do on the European stage.
At least, as in my opinion, Scottish football is in such a disappointing state, some of the players who have potential to play elsewhere have had the opportunity to display their talents against some of the biggest teams in Europe.
There is so much debate over Scottish football at the moment. From the reconstruction of the Leagues, to finances and general standard of football which can be found in both the top division, and the national team.
Fans have been critical over the last few years at how poor the international team have performed in qualifying tournaments, with a large number of teams being classified as “long-ball” sides.
However, after seeing Celtic reach the last 16 of the Champions League, which has brought more interest in Scottish football, fans are seeing results of this increased exposure. Already, the Parkhead side’s fans have seen the benefits, with season ticket prices being frozen, as well as trips all over Europe seeing their team play.
There are a number of rumoured moves for players down South, or abroad in some cases, and this is arguably a good thing for the future of Scottish football.
Yes, it does mean that the SPL and the lower tiers of Scottish football are losing some of their brightest players, but the money raised from these transfers can be reinvested, either in youth facilities or new players.
Everyone will have read something about the financial debate in Scottish football, whether it be with Rangers, or Hearts or even Dunfermline most recently, everyone will have an opinion on what is actually going on in Scotland.
The teams which are being touted as possible destinations for some of Celtic’s stars are amongst some of the richest club’s in the world.
Some of the richest club’s in the world are scouting Celtic’s star players
This surely means that the Glasgow giants can hold out for as much money as possible, and cannot only improve their own side, but can benefit the whole of Scottish football by signing some players from Scotland.
Although only a number of these deals will go through with a substantial fee, there is still potential for the benefits to be felt throughout Scotland, not only at Parkhead.
I can only hope that the Wanyama deal, probable Hooper deal can help Scottish football, and give the fans something that they can actually be proud to watch and support.
Deals such as these will be going on for the next two or three months, and only time will tell who and how much of a benefit there will be.