Celtic’s transfer policy this summer will depend on a number of factors.
It will come down to who departs the Hoops and it will also have something to do with whoever the new manager is at Parkhead.
One policy they’ve looked towards is recruiting young players from south of the border.
Perhaps one of their most eye-catching targets from the English game is Siriki Dembele.
Currently at Peterborough, his radiant form for the League One side has taken them to the Championship.
He is out of contract in the summer of 2022 and if he doesn’t sign a new deal, this will be their last chance to cash in and receive a fee.
That means Celtic could potentially secure Dembele’s services on the cheap this summer, particularly if you head the words from Barry Fry.
The Peterborough director spoke to last week to Football Fancast’s sister site, This is Futbol.
He commented: “He’s got a year left on his contract and we’ve made him what we consider to be a lucrative offer but there has been a lot of interest in him, and I don’t think he’ll sign a new contract with us.”
That’s a huge boost to Celtic but what could he bring to Paradise? Well, with scintillating speed and “dazzling” dribbling, he has the potential to be a menace in attack.
This could be wonderful news for David Turnbull, a creative midfielder who’s been playing with a lack of genuine width next to him this season.
On his way to being named in Scotland’s squad for the European Championship’s, Turnbull has provided 2.7 key passes per match for Celtic.
That’s more than any other player in the squad but very rarely have we seen a supply line in behind.
Coincidentally, one of the rare occasions we saw that was when he lined up alongside Siriki’s brother, Karamoko Dembele.
It was Turnbull who supplied the ball for the teenager’s first senior goal as he raced onto a glorious pass in behind before finding the back of the net.
That sighting is something we could see at Paradise regularly next term, particularly if they land the Peterborough forward.
Capable of playing on the flanks or through the middle as a striker, Dembele has scored 12 goals in all competitions this term.
That tally bodes well for a creative player featuring in behind him.
Like his younger brother, the 24-year-old is capable of beating his man for pace and trickery before finding the back of the net.
The thought of Turnbull and the English attacker playing together should be enough to make fans drool.
You only need to look at the way he combined with Karamoko against St Johnstone a few weeks ago. More football like that and it won’t take long for Celtic to click into gear next season.
They simply have to sign the Peterborough star.