Celtic suffer six-figure financial setback

Neil Lennon

Celtic's summer hasn't exactly gone to plan so far.

After winning their ninth successive SPFL title, the Hoops were dealt the bitter news that Fraser Forster was unlikely to return. 

Neil Lennon has been keen on adding him to their squad for another season-long loan deal but it's thought Southampton want the stopper to stay at St Mary's.

That clearly wasn't ideal for a team who have lost Craig Gordon in recent weeks, after he fled Parkhead on a free transfer.

At the moment, the Bhoys don't have an established number one in their squad - hence links to the likes of Joe Hart, David Marshall and Marcus Bettinelli.

Despite the arrival of Moi Elyounoussi, Celtic suffered another setback late this week.

As if Lennon and Nick Hammond needed further bad news.

Forster & Hart

This time it was another player that Celtic were supposedly missing out on.

This week pundit Noel Whelan told Football Insider that the Hoops would have to battle Spurs to sign promising Wigan duo Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir.

Although the former is yet to earn his move, the latter has secured a transfer elsewhere.

That's if the Daily Mail are to be believed.

They suggest that Wigan are set to sell the young midfielder to Brighton for a fee of £500,000 in order for the Latics to pay their players for the remainder of the season.

They're currently in administration and are having to make huge cuts. Unfortunately for Celtic, they don't look likely to profit. 

Lennon

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For Celtic, it should be a massive blow that they're losing out to the Premier League again.

If it was a club in the top half of the division you could potentially understand Weir's decision but at the moment, the Hoops can offer the youngster plenty more than Brighton can.

The Seagulls have a plethora of midfielders to choose from while they also don't possess European football, let alone the opportunity of winning league titles on an annual basis. 

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Whether Celtic had a formal interest in the player is unclear but had they swooped for Weir, it surely would have been an attractive proposition. 

Though, in these circumstances with Wigan having to sell quickly for the good of the club, you can forgive the player and his former employers for making a quick decision.

If the Hoops did want Weir, they needed to have been far more urgent in their pursuit. 

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