By Kieran Maguire

18th Jul, 2021 | 7:00pm

'Gobsmacked' Kieran Maguire makes Celtic transfer prediction after two more deals completed

Celtic will still be able to complete “80 to 90 per cent” of the transfers they would have done when the UK was in the European Union.

That is according to finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Celtic’s transfer prospects in the post-EU paradigm.

Celtic have confirmed their first overseas signings since the UK’s transition period for leaving the single market was completed on 31st December 2020.

Israeli midfielder Liel Abada and Japanese international striker Kyogo Furuhashi joined on the 12th and 14th July respectively, following the completion of four young-player captures.

Asked if the capture of two non-EU players could indicate a change of transfer strategy from Celtic, Maguire explained the nuances of the system.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It doesn’t impact on non-EU players because the system for them is the same as before.

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I was amazed at the number of EU players who were coming from the Czech Republic and Scandinavia and so on who ended up playing in Scotland. I was absolutely gobsmacked.

“Those players will now need to get a permit. I think Scottish football is going to struggle a bit in terms of getting those approvals.

“They will have to become more reliant on the domestic market, which of course could be an overall positive for Scottish football.

“But for a team such as Celtic who are competing to play in the Champions League, I think they’ll be fishing in a slightly different pond than Hamilton and Kilmarnock and so on.

“I still think that Rangers and Celtic will still be able to sign 80 to 90 per cent of the players they would have been targeting when we were still in the European Union.

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