Yesterday, stories broke in the UK press about the Mexican winger Isaac Brizuela and a proposed move to Celtic, stories which originated in his home country and an interview he gave.
Brizuela has suggested that Celtic tried to sign him in 2014, and failed, but that he would be willing to move to the Parkhead club now – but would he really fit in?
Celtic’s interest would have come when Ronny Deila was manager and the club was crying out for creative flair on the flanks.
It was before James Forrest emerged as a major talent in the team, before the signing of Scott Sinclair and when they had no real cover on either wing and had to bring in the likes of Alexander Tonev and the disastrous Derk Boerrigter.
It makes sense that Brizuela would have been a real target then, although the move obviously never came off.
Would Celtic still be interested now, though?
Brizuela’s belief that Celtic might want him, five years on, seems hopeful at best; he plays in a position where Celtic are well appointed.
On the right we can call on the services not only of Forrest but of new signing Maryan Shved from the Ukraine, while Ryan Christie has also proved capable.
On the left there is Sinclair, Hayes, Morgan and the hugely impressive Mikey “Magic” Johnson, who is a product of the club’s youth academy and a fan favourite already.
On top of that, they dipped into the loan market during the last window to secure the Southampton midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi.
If Celtic were in talks to sign Brizuela back then he went, instead, to Chivas for more than £5m; aside from anything else, this is not the kind of money Celtic would spend on a 29-year-old.
The club’s transfer policy has, for the last few years, been based on signing the best young players it can find and selling them on for a profit.
He simply does not fit either into the profile of what the club is looking for or to plug a gap in the side that desperately needs to be filled.
Celtic fans like a player with enthusiasm for the idea of pulling on the famous Hooped shirt, but his chance probably came and went five years back, when the club’s need was acute and the player himself was still not in his prime.
It’s a shame, because he’s a very capable player – but one who’s unlikely ever to play in the SPL.