After a difficult start to the season, things are starting to look up at Celtic Park. Manager Ronny Delia seems to have settled on his best XI, and the club’s spot at the top of the league is once again intact after talk of a ‘worst season ever’ earlier this term.
Even though the mood is positive right now in the green and white half of Glasgow, January presents an interesting opportunity for the Hoops, who may be able to push on with a few wise additions and sales. With that in mind, here are three to be signed, and three to be axed…
On loan from Manchester City, Guidetti has really impressed so far this season. The Swede has endured a few years of injury woes, but with regular playing time in Glasgow he’s already smashed ten goals in all competitions, which has led to transfer talk. The Bhoys are desperate to keep the 22-year-old, with a £3m January offer having been mooted even though the Scandinavian will be available for nothing in just about six months’ time. Although paying up when he can be snapped up for free soon makes little sense on the surface, getting a deal done quickly will keep other sides at bay and end the speculation, which will be a boost for Ronny Delia.
By no means a regular anymore, the Israeli star’s time may indeed be up at Celtic Park. At 26, Kayal is in his peak, which may make selling more viable, with teams across Europe likely to be tempted by his experience and proven record. Maccabi Haifa are keen, but Celtic may have to reduce their valuation to get a deal done in January, with Kayal’s old club eyeing a free deal next summer.
The MLS’s MVP presents an interesting option for Celtic. Players have frequently move back across the Atlantic Ocean for short-term loans during the American off-season, which could allow the Hoops to land a quick boost for their title push. Keane is known to be a fan of Celtic and has already spent a brief period of time in Glasgow, which may even be enough to tempt him into a permanent deal after a successful stint with the LA Galaxy.
Maybe not a transfer that would directly benefit Celtic, but selling Van Dijk now could make sense. The Dutchman’s value appears to be at an all-time high, and with Arsenal known to be desperate to land a centre-back to keep their season on track, a few extra zeros could be added to his price tag.
The Dutchman himself is likely to be keen a move to further his career, so this deal is one that may well go ahead.
Having rose to prominence with the Scottish national side of late, Anya is certainly a player a host of Celtic fans would love to see in January. The Watford ace has been impressive this season, and there are rumours circulating that playing regular European football and battling for silverware could tempt him north of the border.
Unfortunately for Celtic, some Premier League sides are interested in the silky winger. Having spent much of his younger years in Spain, Anya boasts a great level of technical ability and has proven that he has the resilience to play out of his comfort zone.
Griffiths has been far from the success Celtic hoped for when they signed him from Wolves, and with his playing time having been limited this term, a January sale has been mooted. Hibs are rumoured to be keen on a deal next month for their former star, who would benefit from regular playing time.