The debate on whether former Hibs attacker Martin Boyle is good enough to play for Celtic in years old, but the debate has come around again recently, with the news that Boyle is set to leave his club in Saudi Arabia after they were relegated to the 2nd division.
It looks like his club Al Faisaly are trying to reduce his wages after their relegation, with Boyle not willing to accept this, and reports have surfaced that he would be keen on a move back to Hibs.
You would think that unless his wages in Saudi are going to be cut enormously, that he should still be getting more over there than he would at Hibs, so it’s a strange one to hear that he’d be keen on a move back, unless he just simply isn’t enjoying life over there, which course is a possibility, given the vastly different culture compared to Scotland.
From what I have seen on Twitter today, Celtic fans are torn on whether Ange Postecoglou should make a move for Boyle or not this window.
Many believe he is a good option to have as he can play right across the front line, we know he can play in this league, we know he can play well against our rivals (see his hat-trick in the League Cup semi Final) and there is also a feeling that he is a better footballer than the likes of James Forrest and Daizen Maeda at this moment in time.
However, the other half of our support believe that Boyle isn’t good enough for Celtic, especially now that we are back in the Champions League and that he is a Hibs level player at best.
Another argument is that if he was good enough to play for Celtic then more clubs would have came in for him when he left Hibs back in January.
My personal opinion is as long as we can get him fairly cheap, what do we have to lose by signing Boyle?
People feel we need a back up winger or a third choice striker, Boyle can play both positions well, especially in domestic competitions.
As things stand, I would trust Boyle to come on and positively influence a game for us than I would Forrest coming on or Mikey Johnston.
He scored 11 goals in 24 appearances in a very poor Hibs team last season. If he comes to Celtic, he is only going to bet better and perform better as he will be player with better players in a possession dominant team.
There is a snobbery from Celtic fans that deem every player who plays for another team in the Scottish Premiership as “not good enough” for Celtic. It has always been there and probably always will be. Of course, this isn’t the reason for every fan thinking he isn’t good enough, but there will be a large portion I suspect.
I don’t believe we are in a position to go out and spend big money on a proven winger or striker that we can guarantee can perform at Champions League level, and regardless of whether we are in the competition this year or not, that shouldn’t be our measuring stick for signing players anyway. We simply don’t have the budget to operate that way. Not at this moment in time in our very first season back in the competition in many years.
There are some simple questions we can ask ourselves in this potential signing, and I will answer them with my own thoughts:
If we sign Martin Boyle, is he going to score goals and create goals for us? Yes
Is he going to improve as a footballer playing under Ange Postecoglou and with a higher standard of player around him? Yes
Is he a good back up striker and winger if our main men get injured? Yes
Has he already proven he can do the business against our league rivals? Yes
Signing Martin Boyle, as long as the price is right, is a no brainer.