A last-minute switch up in transfer targets saw die-hard Celtic fan Robert Snodgrass snubbed of a move to his boyhood club. The Hoops made a deadline day decision as they snapped up AC Milan ace Diego Laxalt on loan instead. The left-back has certainly impressed since his move to Parkhead and he’s a player that the club should be considering moving for permanently.
Snodgrass is also a man they shouldn’t leave out in the cold. Whilst it was only a short-term deal Nick Hammond was looking for, he could sign the West Ham star for absolutely nothing next summer.
In short, the 33-year-old would be a very smart signing for the Bhoys. As it stands, Neil Lennon has no registered senior right-winger on his roster. His line-ups this season have featured either a double strike force or a midfield three to support the one loan target man.
Signing a natural right-winger would give Lennon so much more depth and several new formation options. Celtic have struggled somewhat this season, falling out of favour in the Premiership and stumbling through their Europa League campaign with just one point on the board so far.
The manager has been frustrated with injury problems, positive coronavirus tests and players out of form. Odsonne Edouard is one man who has surprised a lot of people with his silence on the pitch. Since his return from his self-isolation spell, the Frenchman has struggled to get involved in many goalscoring opportunities. He has just one goal to his name his last nine appearances for the club.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has been Lennon’s star man, but he too is on loan. Lennon will have some serious thinking to do as the countdown to the summer window approaches. Signing Snodgrass from the Irons would be a step in the right direction if a permanent deal for the Southampton forward is off the cards.
The Scotland international has been out of favour this season as West Ham continue to develop. Last term, however, he notched five goals and five assists in the Premier League, beating the previous campaign’s two goals and five assists (via Transfermarkt).
Snodgrass is currently on a reported £40,000 per-week wage, which could be a problem for Hammond. The current highest paid full-time Celtic player is Scott Brown on £23,000 per-week. The winger would likely have to consider taking a significant pay cut if he was to join the Hoops, but with it being a dream move to the club he loves, it’s feasible that he will take pretty much any deal to make the move happen.