Celtic have made notable astute decisions in the transfer market in recent times, although that’s not to suggest that there hasn’t been the odd blunder or two, with the Parkhead outfit having missed out on a few potential stars of late.
One such figure who could well have shone for the Old Firm side is former Aberdeen man, Lewis Ferguson, with the impressive midfielder having been tipped for a move to Glasgow in the past few years.
Pundit Kevin Graham notably suggested back in October 2020 that the club were playing the “long game” with regards to the young Scotsman, before going on to suggest that he did think the move would happen at some stage.
Despite the player’s Rangers connections – as he is the son of Derek Ferguson and nephew of Barry Ferguson, having also been part of the club’s youth set-up – a move to Celtic Park was seemingly not off the table, with his uncle having even stated:
“Lewis is his own guy, he’d make his own decision. I don’t think it would be a factor in Lewis making that decision that his dad and his uncle played for Rangers. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and I don’t think that would worry him.
“Whether Celtic are interested in him, I don’t know, I know there’s been a lot of talk about Celtic and Rangers. If I’m being honest, I do think he’s good enough to play for both of those teams”.
Pundit Noel Whelan also suggested at the time that he would be “delighted” to see the Hoops sign what he described as a “damn good player”, although he could not foresee a move taking place due to the number of midfield options already at the club.
As it proved, no move did come to fruition as the 5 foot 11 ace remained at Pittodrie over the next few seasons, proving a constant thorn in the side of the Bhoys with a stunning record of seven goals and two assists in 16 appearances against the Scottish Premiership giants.
That tally included a goal in all three league encounters with Ange Postecoglou’s side last term, with the former Hamilton Academical man’s total tally for the Dons standing at 16 goals and one assist during that 2021/22 campaign in all competitions.
Such form ultimately saw him make the “brave” move – in the words of former boss Jim Goodwin – to join Serie A side Bologna on a £3m deal in the recent window, with that representing something of a bargain fee for a player who had provided 60 goal contributions in 169 games at Aberdeen.
Much like with the case of compatriot Josh Doig – who joined fellow Italian side Hellas Verona this summer – Celtic have seemingly missed a trick in not signing the four-cap machine, with Ferguson having more than proven his quality after regular terrorising the club in recent years.
While the 23-year-old has endured a slow start to life in his new surroundings – with just two appearances to date – the expectation is that he will leave the Hoops ruing their inaction even further in the years to come.