It’s likely that most clubs won’t be able to pay significant transfer fees for at least a year or two thanks to the current situation, so it will be interesting to see how things change.
Scouting will become much more important, while clubs will start to look for free agents and youngsters from top clubs who may not get a chance.
With that in mind, it’s vital that Celtic tie down any young player who they feel could go on to play for the first team, and the club’s website has announced the latest extension this afternoon.
Brody Paterson may not be familiar to a lot of the fans, he’s mainly involved in the reserve team and doesn’t appear close to breaking through at this point.
Even the official release on the website seems to rank his greatest achievement as “almost scoring in the reserve cup final victory” last year, so it’s almost impossible to tell what to make of this.
It seems the most likely outcome for him going forward is to spend some time out on loan in a lower division while also playing in the developmental games for Celtic, and hopefully that will allow him to improve and push towards the first team.
It’s hard to get excited about this now, but he clearly has talent for the club to offer him a long term deal so it will be interesting to see how he gets on in the next few years.