Opinion: Celtic interest in Kelly is damning indictment of club’s transfer strategy

Celtic are reportedly in the running to sign Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly, but he is not the type of signing the club should be aiming for.

What’s the story?

According to The Scottish Sun, both Celtic and Hamburg are interested in Kelly, who will be available for just £50,000 this summer.

The report claims he has a clause in his contract that allows the knockdown fee, and that the 23 year-old “looks certain” to move on after just one season in West Lothian.

Ipswich, Wigan, Barnsley and Reading are all interested as well, while Hamburg and the Hoops continue to monitor the situation.

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Pointless signing

There’s no question Kelly would be good value for money at just £50,000.

The former Rangers youth player, who never appeared for the Gers’ first team, has 14 clean sheets in 33 Premiership games this season, an impressive return for a side in the bottom half of the split.

He has also shutout Celtic twice already this term, first at the Almondvale Stadium back in November and then a fantastic performance to protect a 0-0 draw at Parkhead last month.

However, is this really a signing that is going to take the Bhoys to the next level? Scott Bain would presumably stay as first choice, and Craig Gordon is a more than capable deputy.

Basically, this move would be upgrading the number two position rather than the number one position, and it’s simply not necessary.

If the club wants to turn domestic dominance into European success, buying squad players like this is not going to cut it.

Instead, they should be buying players that go straight into the first XI, thus turning the current starters into the squad players themselves and upgrading the quality of the entire group in the process.

Kelly is a good young player, but he is not better than Bain and would be an unnecessary addition to the club’s wage bill in a position where they already have sufficient depth and quality.

If this is the type of cut-price move the club is looking for, they may as well forget about trying to bring European success back to Glasgow.

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