Transfer Update – No reported Celtic contact for Spertsyan as things stand

Despite a report yesterday stating that Celtic could be looking to move for Armenian playmaker Eduard Spertsyan this summer transfer window, it seems that there has been ZERO contact made from the Scottish Champions to his club Krasnodar in the Russian top flight.

 FC Krasnodar s Eduard Spertsyan in action . Photo Stepan Nozdrev/TASS

Rumours are rife at the minute about how there will be a rethink at Celtic Park when it comes to recruitment this close-season, with some claiming that the club are set to ditch the stringent policies which saw a raft of young players with potential foisted upon Brendan Rodgers, after denuding the Treble-winners of real quality.

Heart Of Midlothian v Celtic – Scottish Cup Quarter Final Tynecastle Park – Aaron Mooy celebrates his goal at Tynecastle on Saturday March 11, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Aaron Mooy retired, whilst Jota and Carl Starfelt were sold, with Giorgos Giakoumakis and Josip Juranovic also sold before them.

Celtic v Aberdeen – Tomoki Iwata and Jota celebrate after the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday May 27, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

It has led to more discontent amognst the Celtic supporters that our managers are increasingly being asked to do more with less, barring the squad requires a significant rebuild. Ange Postecoglou came in and changed the dynamic by bringing in first-team ready starters and supplementing it with those players that have potential to really kick on and earn the club a fortune at a later point.

With it being touted that Matt O’Riley will most likely be leaving the club this summertime – and with Atletico Madrid already having a bid turned down for him in the January transfer window just passed – it would seem that we will need a quality reinforcement to replace the Danish international’s technical ability and general guile in the midfield area alongside Reo Hatate and Callum McGregor.

Celtic v St Mirren – S Reo Hatate right celebrates scoring the third goal of the game with team-mate Liel Abada during the Scottish Cup fifth round match at Celtic Park, Saturday February 11, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

As it stands though, Eduard Spertsyan and his club have not been approached by the Scottish Premiership Champions. That’s according to Mark Hendry of Football Scotland, who as we’ve reported on yesterday with Adam Idah, seems to be quite close to the action when it comes to the recruitment side of things at Celtic Park.

He updated us all today when he posted on social media site X (formerly Twitter), that no contact had been made from anyone at Celtic to Spertsyan’s current club Krasnodar. He said: “Krasnodar have not heard from Celtic about Eduard Spertsyan. One unnamed Belgian club have enquired about attacker so far.”

Paul Gillespie

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