Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay is encouraged by the reported transfer activity at the club this summer, as reported by The Evening Times.
Despite winning another treble of trophies last season, Celtic do need to recruit well this summer to freshen up their squad and maintain the success they’ve enjoyed over the last few years.
The Daily Record claimed on Thursday that the Hoops have opened negotiations with French club Toulouse about a potential transfer for central defender Christopher Jullien, with the deal potentially as expensive as £10m.
Obviously that would be a significant outlay for a team in Scotland, but one that would significantly strengthen Neil Lennon’s squad.
Hay reckons it’s a sign that the Hoops could be set for a big summer after disappointing so many supporters during last year’s window.
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As quoted by The Evening Times, he said:
“They certainly don’t seem to be hanging about this time, and want to let it be known to the fanbase that they mean business.
“As well as the David Turnbull bid, the interest in Christopher Jullien is intriguing. He certainly has the physical presence, and the French market is one that Celtic have exploited well in the past.
“Talk of a potential bid of £10m coming from Celtic, which would break the transfer record for the second summer in a row, is a reflection on how important this season is with nine-in-a-row up for grabs, as well as the fact that they want to back the new manager.
“The team definitely needs freshened up a bit, and they recognise that.”
It remains to be seen whether the club will be going out and spending £10m on players in their prime, such as Jullien. It’s really something without precedent at the club and there is still an element of the silly season transfer rumour about that potential deal in particular.
Hay is right though, it does seem as if the club are ready to make the improvements they need over the next few months.
With a number of high profile players like Dedryck Boyata and Emilio Izaguirre being shed from the wage bill, as well as last year’s exits of Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong, there’s certainly room for a bit of quality.
Next season is such an important and potentially historic one, so you’d have to think that the club won’t let it all slip through their fingers because of a lack of investment.