EXCLUSIVE

Celtic will be looking at all the free agents available in the transfer market due to their inability to compete financially for proven players, according to Jackie McNamara.

The former Bhoys and Scotland star told Football Insider that the Hoops do not have the financial firepower to bring in experienced talents and backed their policy of snapping up promising footballers on the cheap to make a profit.

The Parkhead outfit have proven the success of buying cheap and young, the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele leaving the club for a significantly higher fee than they signed for, and McNamara insists his former side will be scouring the transfer market for free agents to replicate the joy they got out of the French forward.

“I think what they’ve done is the right way to do it because experienced ones, we wouldn’t be able to afford them between the transfer money and the salaries,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“They wouldn’t be able to compete. I think they’ll look at every one (free agent) they can. Moussa Dembele, they obviously got him from Fulham for a bargain and sold him for a lot of money but he did well, he was ready. 

“It’s just about getting good bargains which they’ve done well over the years.”

Dembele, now 22, scored 51 goals in 94 appearances over a two year spell in Glasgow before heading to Olympique Lyon in the summer of 2018.

Other free signings in recent years include Scott Bain and Kundai Benyu.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are convinced they’ve signed a “diamond” whose value will skyrocket next season.