Stuart Armstrong’s reported impending departure from Celtic to Southampton for £7million could be the first example of a much-needed change in the Hoops’ transfer policy.
The Bhoys seemed to have learned their lesson from being burnt by last season’s contract negotiations with the player, whose ‘two year’ extension was really only a one-year deal.
Faced with the prospect of the 26-year-old leaving for nothing at the end of a second season in a row, Peter Lawwell and Brendan Rodgers have done the right thing in taking the money for the player.
If this is the start of a policy of selling players when they reach the last year of their contract it has come not a moment too soon.
if player aren’t interested in pledging their future to the Bhoys, they should be sold before the end of the transfer window.
The policy could be put to the test though, in the case of Dedryck Boyata.
The 27-year-old Belgian has put his contract talks on the backburner until after the World Cup – but he only has one year remaining on his deal.
Rodgers is a big fan of Boyata, but if he is still stalling over a new deal when he returns to the Hoops, all bets are off and he should be sold whilst the Hoops can still get money for him.
The Armstrong transfer could be the start of a new transfer era for the Hoops, but the case of Boyata will let us know if that is just a one-off.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops must use their Stuart Armstrong money to sign some defenders