Celtic await ratification of Guidetti’s transfer by the SFA. The player travelled to Glasgow yesterday afternoon and quickly concluded a deal with Celtic, but it took until late in the evening before paperwork arrived from Manchester.
Aware of the delay, Celtic applied to the SFA for an extension. The SFA authorised the extension and subsequently received all relevant paperwork, Celtic believed they were over the line, but I understand we are in new territory with respect to extensions, so the SFA have asked Fifa for guidance.
Paperwork was submitted considerably before Manchester United completed the 2am signing of Radamel Falcao, so there is reason for hope, but it’s not clear in Glasgow what discretion the FA used to register Falcao. The same may or may not be available to the SFA.
There are also time constraints, player lists for Uefa group stage competitions need to be completed by 23:00 tonight, and we can’t add the player until Fifa issue guidance to the SFA.
If Celtic wanted a more complicated transfer than Guidetti they surely found it with our Serbian striker, Stefan Scepovic. Transfers involving influences across multiple countries are often difficult……
One thing Celtic are clear about is the endurance of the player, who had to sit through difficult hours in order to make the deal happen. He kept his nerve as others tried to sell him to Getafe – who were under no Financial Fair Play restrictions.
We’ll do a wrap-up of the window tomorrow.