Celtic won the Scottish Premier League last season and automatically won the ticket to the UEFA Champions League. This will significantly improve the team’s financial status, but apart from that, several players might bring a substantial amount of money to the Hoops in the future.
Ange Postecoglu’s unit won the EPL by a four-point margin, returning to the throne after a year of absence. Keeping an eye on younger players could help the team to conserve the prized throne, same as American football teams do following NCAAF and even college football point spreads to look out for prospects.
Undoubtedly the UEFA Champions League will land at least £20 to £30 million over the next 12 months, which will be a significant boost for Celtic’s organization. The team will have not only the money to invest in better players, which would make them more competitive in their quest for success, especially the one on the international stage, but also in developing youngsters.
The Hoops have had several big-time sales in the past, and after that, used the money to bring youngsters who would begin another process which would end in the same way.
Now we come to the question, which players are golden geese of this Celtic? Several of them are crossing our minds at the moment. The first is Jospi Juranovic, whose transfer will likely happen this summer because several top teams have already expressed interest in the Croatian right-back. With his transfer, Celtic would have enough money to close the construction of the team and have a complete team until the end of the season.
The No.1 on our list is Jota, who officially became Celtic’s player recently after the Hoops bought off his contract from Benfica for £6.5 million. This 23-year-old left winger was one of the most talented players in his generation, but along the way, he lost the pace and didn’t explode as everyone expected.
He spent the previous year on loan at Celtic Park, playing 40 games and scoring 13 goals while assisting on 14 occasions. His stay in Scotland completely revived his career, and Benfica, who didn’t have any need for him, decided to sell him to the Scottish champions.
If Jota continues to play like this, it won’t pass too long before some big fishes come knocking on Celtic’s doors inquiring about his services. He has a contract until 2027.
Liel Abada is on the opposite right wing, and this 20-year-old Israeli has been fabulous over the recent 12 months. He arrived from Maccabi Petah Tikva and immediately began contributing, establishing himself as one of the vital players in Celtic’s puzzle.
In 54 appearances, Abada had scored 15 times and posted 11 assists. He is younger than Jota, and for the moment, a bit less expensive, but no doubt, in a year or two, this fella might be worth tens of millions of pounds. Various analysts have suggested that his ceiling is incredibly high and that Abada might end up in some of the biggest European teams.
23-year-old Davis Turnbull is the name that closes our list for the moment. The central midfielder with offensive characteristics is one very underrated player who established himself as not only Celtic’s force in the midfield, but also a member of the Scottish national team.
He arrived at Celtic Park two years ago and played 77 matches. He has 19 goals and 16 assists on his tally, which only shows how big of an influence on Hoop’s results this guy has.
These are only three players, the ones already on the radar of various teams and the first in the line for potential big transfers. It wouldn’t be odd to see the Hoops “inventing” more talents along the way, particularly if they close a few signings this summer. There could be more deals like Jota’s, with talented youngsters coming to Glasgow, and we saw in the past that Celtic’s management knows how to close such jobs.