Exclusive: McNamara claims Celtic hold transfer advantage over 'big clubs' as talks underway


Jackie McNamara claims that Celtic have a notable advantage over English sides in trying to secure the capture of Birmingham City’s Mitchell Roberts.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Bhoys and Scotland ace says that the fact the Scottish transfer window is still open gives his old side the edge over those in England’s top flight and Championship, with the market south of the border closing at the start of August.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Hoops have opened talks with Birmingham over a move for the promising defender, although Premier League sides are also keen on his capture.

With Celtic having until September 2nd to bring in any new faces, the top two divisions in England having their window shut nearly a month earlier, McNamara insists the Hoops are in the driving seat for Roberts’ capture.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I suppose if they’re in, they’ve got time whereas for the big clubs their window’s shut, apart from the lower leagues.

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“Celtic have got the advantage if they want to move for anybody right now over the English clubs.” 

Roberts has never played for the Blues’ first-team but is highly thought of in the club’s under-23s setup, having joined back in 2011 after playing Sunday league football.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are confident of three more new signings this week after making progress over two landmark deals.