On loan star striker George Boyd could well leave Hull City, regardless of their impending Premier League promotion.
George Boyd has had a solid impact at Hull since he joined them on loan from Peterborough United to aid their push for Premier League promotion.
He’s bagged four goals in eleven appearances for the club, which is reason enough for Hull to try and sign him on a permanent deal at the end of the season as he could do a job in the top flight.
The only problem to that and the threat which may make it impossible comes from across the border in Scotland.
Celtic have been linked with a move for Boyd, which he could find very difficult to turn down regardless of the location and the general idea that Scottish football is of a lower quality than in England.
Hull can’t get close to what Celtic can offer Boyd in terms of becoming an idol at a big club, but more significantly the prospect of mixing it with and alongside some of the best players in Europe.
Boyd could easily get drawn into a Celtic move because of the chance to play in the Champions League, with Celtic Park notorious as one of the most atmospheric grounds across the continent on a Champions League night.
Every indication coming from across the border is that Celtic are about to offload Gary Hooper in the summer, which means Neil Lennon will be forced into going out and getting a replacement.
Boyd fits the bill well in terms of his age, his experience and the fact he’s Scottish is something else that makes the move appealing.
Boyd may see a possible move to Celtic as a chance to keep himself in the frame for regular international football with Scotland, in a squad that doesn’t seem to know its best attacking combinations.
If Hull want to have any chance of hanging onto Boyd then they need to make him a very competitive offer in a financial sense.
Of course it’s not all about money but it could be a big factor in getting Boyd to overlook all of the advantages, which will come with a move to Celtic.
They then need to assure him of his place in the side, which will again be very difficult because Hull are going to have to make squad improvements this summer, just as any newly promoted side would have to.
They then need to convince him that Hull can become an established Premier League side at the second time of trying because if Boyd feels they may go straight back down, there is no chance he’ll want to miss out on a Celtic move, which may not present itself later in his career.
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