Maguire delivers verdict on Celtic signing next Van Dijk amid £13m transfer reveal
Celtic fans can expect to see the club recruit more players domestically and place more emphasis on their academy in the post-Brexit world.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about Celtic’s summer transfer plans and their negative £13million net spend since 2010.
Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk signed for Celtic from FC Groningen in 2013 in a £2.6m deal.
The Dutchman has gone on to be considered arguably the best defender in world football.
As of 2021, overseas workers seeking employment in the United Kingdom must meet certain criteria under the Home Office’s points-based system.
And Maguire warns that this will make deals like the one that brought Van Dijk to Glasgow far less common.
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“Since 2010, their net spend on transfers has been minus £13m,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“People think Celtic are a recruitment club because they pick up players from other clubs in Scotland. But the negative net spend is evidence of investment in young players.
“Also, in the post-Brexit environment, it’s going to be very challenging for Celtic to recruit players from the continent.
“They used to have freedom of movement. They have got a good track record of spotting players such as Virgil Van Dijk from Europe.
“Would he have been able to go to Celtic post-Brexit? I’m not so certain because he wasn’t a Dutch international at the time, which is critical to the points system.
“Therefore, they have to either develop players themselves or recruit domestically because the market on the continent is going to be more challenging.”