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Deadline Day - The Ones That Got Away
Celtic enjoyed a terrific transfer deadline day on Monday, bringing in no less than three new signings.

Celtic enjoyed a terrific transfer deadline day on Monday, bringing in no less than three new signings.

After much debate, Greg Taylor joined on a four-year deal from Kilmarnock, while defenders Jeremie Frimpong and Lee O'Connor arrived from Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.

But there were also a number of deals the Bhoys couldn’t quite pull off.Here are the three big players that won’t be playing at Parkhead this season.

Moussa Konate

Celtic and the Zombies were chasing a last-gasp swoop for Amiens striker Moussa Konate, according to reports in France.

The latter had already begun discussions with the Senegalese international, while the Hoops entered the fray late on.

A move failed to transpire for either team though.

Victor Wanyama

It would have taken a club record fee to lure ex-Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama back north of the border permanently.

Celtic were keen on a loan deal for the Kenyan powerhouse, but that was not to Tottenham’s taste.

And he will spend at least the next few months competing for a place on the bench in north London.

Jordon Ibe

Another deadline day loan bid, Celtic failed to reach an agreement with Bournemouth for a temporary switch for Jordan Ibe.

That’s according to Football Insider, who claim there were complications surrounding his £40,000-a-week contract.

Speed demon Ibe has seen his chances limited at the Cherries, and was thought to be keen to pick up his career again in Glasgow.

Things are better today than they were this time last week, most certainly. However, it took us until the last weeks in August to really kick things into overdrive in terms of squad building, and it cost us a place in the play-offs of the CL. That's a big issue, and it's happened two years in a row now. It's actually happened, in terms of being unprepared for the summer, more years than it hasn't ever since the turn of the millennium. That's a trend that has to change - and a trend that many fans, after many a year of putting the money in that they increasingly don't have, are sick of putting up with.

Fair enough if the club was as skint as the rest of the country - but Celtic is a comparative Midas to most football clubs in terms of revenue and actual cash in the bank.

Summer Transfer Window 2019/20

GK - Forster, Bain, Gordon, Hazard
RB - Elhamed, Bauer
LB - Bolingoli, Taylor, Miller
CB - Ajer, Jullien, Jozo, Bitton, Hendry
DM - Brown, Kouassi
CM - McGregor, Christie, Ntcham, Rogic
RW - Forrest, Shved, Morgan, Arzani
LW - Elyounoussi, Johnston, Hayes, Sinclair
CF - Edouard, Griffiths, Bayo

INS (First Team)
GK - Fraser Forster - Southampton
RB - Moritz Bauer - Stoke
RB - Hatem Elhamed - Beer Sheva
LB - Boli Bolingoli - Rapid Wien
LB - Greg Taylor - Kilmarnock
CB - Christopher Jullien - Toulouse
LW - Mohamed Elyounoussi - Sourhampton

INS (Development)
GK - Tobi Oluwayemi - Spurs
RB - Jeremie Frimpong - Man City
CB - Lee O'Connor - Man Utd
CB - Leo Hjelde - Rosenborg
CM - Luca Connell - Bolton
CM - Liam Burt - Free
ST - Jonathan Afolabi - Free

OUTS (Permanently)

OUTS (Loaned)
Doohan, Ralston, Perez, Gutman, Church, Welsh, Deas, Hill, Henderson, Benyu, Aitchison

OUTS (Contract Expired or Released)
De Vries, Lustig, Gamboa, Izaguirre, Boyata, Compper, Mulumbu, Allan

OUTS (Loan Finished)
Toljan, Benkovic, Burke, Weah

The Hoops were extremely busy on the final day of the window, bringing in three and losing the same number on loan.

Greg Taylor joined the Champions from Kilmarnock on a four-year deal despite a slight hitch in negotiations earlier in the afternoon.

Jack Hendry and Calvin Miller were both wanted by Killie going the other way but neither fancied the switch.

Meanwhile both Manchester clubs United and City allowed youngsters to join Parkhead on four-year deal - Lee O'Connor and Jeremie Frimpong respectively.

Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 03 September 2019 - 08:17:08 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
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