The cross border rules do give Scottish clubs an advantage when it comes to pre contract agreements for players down south.
Our teams can open negotiations within six months of the deal expiring while those down south have to wait until much closer to the end, so it means there are bargains to be had.
A report from MSN has indicated that Celtic are hopeful of signing QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel on a free transfer next summer, but the London club are starting to see some progress in their contract talks.
Mark Warburton is currently in charge at QPR and he’s quoted as saying that the talks are moving in the right direction, so that will scupper Celtic’s plans if they can get something sorted by January.
He would be an interesting signing as a winger with bags of pace and the ability to beat a man, but he can be very inconsistent and he probably fits into the old cliche of needing to improve his end product.
It absolutely makes sense to take a punt on a player with that kind of talent if there’s no fee involved, and you would hope that playing in a dominant team would give him more chances to develop his consistency on the ball.
His pace would also be useful from the bench as an impact sub or in Europe where Celtic are more likely to play on the counter, so he would certainly have a place in the squad.
He’s only 22 years old so there’s still plenty of time for growth, so this will be an interesting one to keep an eye on if nothing is sorted before the winter window opens.