There have been two phases to the rumours surrounding Celtic this season. Heading into January, it was believed that the Hoops had a well-balanced squad and minimal additions in the winter transfer window would be enough to see them secure a record-equaling ninth straight league title.
At least that was the perception until the reigning Scottish champions lost in their own backyard to their fiercest rivals, the Rangers. Since then, every player under the sun has been linked with the Hoops in order to save a squad headed for ‘doom’. It’s funny how things can change with a single result!
Naturally, some of the names being thrown around are confusing to say the least. One of them is Motherwell midfielder Liam Donnelly. The Northern Irish international has had an impressive season, scoring 9 goals in 19 appearances. And according to Belfast Live, Celtic are interested.
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson is as confused with these rumours as most of the fans of both clubs. According to reports, he said:
“It’s news to me. Maybe agents justify their existence putting stuff in papers, I don’t know. I’ve not heard anything and there have been no enquiries for any of my players.
“I try to not take any phone calls, I don’t speak to my chief scout about anything and I stay away from Alan Burrows, that’s how I deal with it! It’s tough because you have a really good squad but it happens every year.”
While Donnelly has been great this season, Celtic currently have a lot of options in midfield. And with the impending arrival of Ismaila Soro, it will be a surprise if the club decide to sign another midfielder in this transfer window.