It was one long transfer window for Celtic boss Neil Lennon and it went right down to the wire with the defending Scottish champions concluding their business with a loan swoop for AC Milan defender Diego Laxalt on deadline day.
He became the sixth capture of the summer, joining the likes of Vasilas Barkas, David Turnbull, Shane Duffy and Alban Ajeti in the famous green and white hoops.
These moves will certainly aid the quest to clinch a historic tenth title in a row and they’ll need to get to work straight away as they sit behind arch-rivals Rangers in the SPFL standings, though that could change when the two teams go head-to-head after the international break.
And whilst Lennon’s business stops here, the Bhoys’ recruitment and scouting network will still be looking at players ahead of the January transfer window, which is merely a few months away.
One name stands out too.
According to Football Insider last month, the Parkhead outfit had begun working on a move to sign Queens Park Rangers sensation Bright Osayi-Samuel, who is out of contract in the summer.
That means Celtic can swoop in and tie him down to a pre-contract agreement in the winter transfer window, thus not commanding a fee from Peter Lawwell and Nick Hammond.
The 22-year-old looked set to join Club Brugge for £5m earlier in the summer before the move collapsed and now it’s time for the patient Hoops to make their move.
Osayi-Samuel was an unsung hero next to Eberechi Eze last season, who seemingly took all of the plaudits, as he scored five goals and provided eight assists whilst averaging a whopping 2.9 dribbles and 1.2 shots per game, via WhoScored.
That form has continued into this campaign with the Nigerian-born winger scoring once in the Rs opening four matches, also averaging four dribbles per game.
It’s no wonder he’s received so many glowing endorsements in recent times. Steve McClaren deemed him as a “real star of the future” whilst current boss Mark Warburton hailed his man for being a “real handful” who has “sheer pace that terrifies defenders”.
Osayi-Samuel may be one for next season but that shouldn’t stop the Scottish giants going all out to secure him at the next opportunity.
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