Glasgow Celtic’s dominance in Scotland shows no signs of letting up any time soon, with the Hoops currently possessing an eight-point buffer over those nearest at the peak of the country’s top tier.
Despite surrendering their simply sensational 69-game domestic unbeaten run via a 4-0 humbling away to Hearts in December, the Bhoys have marched on, and the future continues to look bright for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) January 10, 2018
Still being involved within European football following the turn of the year is a welcome aspect of this term for the Parkhead faithful, however the January transfer window may not be for Celtic.
It has long been rumoured that Moussa Dembele’s performances since joining the Hoops in 2016 have drawn interest to the young Frenchman from the money-flush south of the border, and it is expected that the pressure of those enquires may tell this month.
It had been reported in late December that an £18 million fee had been agreed by Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion and Celtic for the 21-year-old, a claim which the Scottish giants have since rebuffed.
But the question must be what have those rumours done to the focus of former Paris Saint-Germain and Fulham academy star?
Since the story surfaced, Dembele has failed to find the back of the net during any of his four Celtic outings, with the frontman even pulled by Rodgers after just an hour during his side’s Old Firm stalemate with Glasgow Rangers on December 30.
So, even though it may not seem the most positive decision inside Parkhead, the player’s head has seemingly been turned, and January could be the time to cash in on him before potentially lowered motivation levels sour his currently health price-tag.
Another Celtic first-teamer who could benefit from spending some time away from the Hoops, albeit temporarily, is academy graduate Anthony Ralston.
Since what looked like a promising opening to the campaign from the teenager, things have since fallen by the wayside, with the defender not making an appearance since his 23-minute cameo showing during the Hoops’ 4-0 win over Dundee in September.
Ralston has been on the sidelines through injury and will hope that regular football when he returns to fitness will help him progress.
Celtic clearly rate the defender highly given his recent contract extension, but a loan move to a club where he is guaranteed to play each week could be an inspired choice.
Countless other of the country’s top-flight outfits, as well as English Championship sides could reap the reward of possessing such a talent, even for the short term, however, and it seems that some time away from Parkhead could benefit both parties.