We got deals done early in the January window and surprised on the upside by signing Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal 10 days ago. This led some to believe Celtic had found the magic formula to get deals done early always.
I see evidence of this faith everywhere. What about Jota, why are we dragging our heals with that left back? It is as though everyone online has the ability to see the value in getting deals done early, but those responsible for getting deals over the line are oblivious to this fact.
Celtic have not reinvented transfer window dynamics. Carter-Vickers loan deal had clauses in place that gave Celtic control over what happened. The players we recruited from Japan in January were not subject to competitive bids from others in Europe.
If you are an Argentinian club with a left back that is subject to a bid from a Champions League side, why would you sell early? You have one club on the hook, if the player is any way adequate, there will be others monitoring him. The club’s motivation is to get as many active bidders as possible. Only then will they discover their best price.
The same goes for players and agents. Why agree a deal unless there is only one possible buyer? This is the way football transfers work and nothing has changed since the windows started. If you want someone with a competitive profile, unless they have a buy-out clause, be prepared to be messed around for a while. I expect we will land more of our top targets than we will miss this summer, but don’t kid yourself that any player will come to Scotland if he has an offer from the top half of the English Premier League.