There will be plenty of regret in some quarters if Gustaf Lagerbielke leaves this month, with a loan looking likely. You and I have seen far worse in the Celtic central defence over the years, but the mind of the manager appears to have been made up and his is not short of competitive options in that area.
With a squad as big as we have, hard decisions need to be made. Just as we discussed with Adam Montgomery earlier in the week, the financials on how a fringe player leaves the club go a long way to determining how successful we will be.
Think Benfica, who made plenty from Jota and could do the same from Paulo Bernardo, despite neither making the cut in Lisbon. We paid £3m for Gustaf. Serie A has been a league where former Scottish Premiership players appreciate in value. A loan at any of the three clubs reportedly interested in him could have the same effect Jack Hendry’s loan to Oostende had for a central defender who suffered significantly worse critical appraisal than Gus.