It’s quite clear, when it comes to transfer business, be it a player leaving or a newcomer ready to start his career at Celtic Park, the club just go about their business without too much fuss.
And this week is a great example of how it’s done.
At the weekend, French under 21 international Olivier Ntcham came up to Glasgow for a look around and go over the terms that would lead to him wearing the Hoops for the next four years.
Of course he had to pass a medical, and after a few days was announced by the champions as Brendan Rodgers third signing this transfer window, in a deal reputed to start at £4.5m.
On the same day, Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven made the trip up north to sign for our closest rivals Aberdeen on a two year deal. Gary, thanked the club and the fans for making his stay at Celtic Park memorable, and in return, the young boy from Wick leaves us with the best wishes of the Celtic support.
Two transfers, no fuss, no hassle, all done professionally as it should be.
There was no need to involve the SMSM to unsettle any player before making a derisory offer on the basis the signing target was looking to leave anyway.
Those kind of tactics are best left to clubs who have problems with rules, integrity and. their very existence….