A lot of Celtic fans will be fearing the worst when it comes to the future of Ajer and Eddy this summer, but what if we saw a situation where one player was sold and that money was used to help keep the other around for longer?
Eddy’s contract does end in 2022 and there is no situation where it’s acceptable to let that run down so he can leave for free, but you also have to wonder if he desperately needs to leave this summer.
He’s still only 23 so he has plenty of time to develop and grow, while it would surely be more satisfying for him to go next summer after he helps to regain the title and leads Celtic deep into the Europa League.
That can only happen if he does agree to a new deal, but there’s every reason to believe it could be done if he’s given a pay rise, perhaps a release clause is included in there and he will also need some help on the pitch.
A report from Football Fancast has indicated that Celtic still hold an interest in Croatian star Kristijan Lovric, and it’s believed that he could form the perfect combination with Eddy in the team next season.
He’s a left winger who likes to cut inside so he would presumably come in as the replacement for Elyounoussi, but he’s also scored 15 goals in 22 games this season so he brings an obvious goal threat from the wider area.
That would be huge for Celtic just now because Eddy is the only player who has been reliable up front this season, so if opposing teams can find a way to stop him then Celtic have looked very blunt.
Lovric’s threat and ability to make the run between full back and centre back will give Eddy an obvious target to flick the ball through to if he gets it to feet, while it’s also going to occupy the right hand side of a defence so it opens up space for others as well.
In Celtic’s current situation you can’t really blame Eddy if he wants to go, but it’s not ridiculous to think that he would stick around if he’s given an exciting team to play in.
It would also benefit Celtic as he should go for a higher transfer fee next summer once the market and finances start to recover, so it would be great to see.