Why Guidetti’s Celtic delay can only be bad news for the Bhoys

Celtic Parkhead

The on-loan Manchester City striker has revealed he will wait until the end of the season before deciding on his future, and that’s not good for Celtic.

With Kris Commons edging closer to a Parkhead exit, according to the Daily Mail, and the likes of Virgil van Dijk consistently linked with a move to the Premier League, Celtic manager Ronny Deila must be hoping to hear some good news on the transfer front soon – but he may not get any.

The Norwegian manager endured a tough start to life in Glasgow, with the Hoops dumped out of the Champions League at the qualification stage and slow out of the blocks in the Scottish Premiership.

But recent times have seen Celtic get back on course, with the club closing in on another likely title win and in the knockout phase of the Europa League following a series of fine showings in the group stage.

That has not stopped their 39-year-old boss from facing a barrage of reports linking his star players with moves away from the club, though, with rumours circling around everyone from Efe Ambrose through to captain Scott Brown.

And one man the Hoops are definitely in danger of losing out on is John Guidetti, with the striker, who arrived from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal last summer, yet to commit his long term future to any club.

According to a report in Voetbal Primeur, the Sweden international may now wait until the summer to decide upon where he will be playing next season - and that can only be bad news for the Bhoys.

What does Guidetti’s stance mean for Celtic?

The 22-year-old may be going through a lean spell at present for Celtic, but that does not detract from the positive boost the striker has provided since linking up with the club.

A return of 11 goals in 19 games is a solid effort, with Guidetti hitting the ground running with such force that he was soon having a positive effect on all of those around him.

With Celtic seemingly low on confidence and facing a tricky Scottish League Cup tie against a Hearts team leading the way in the Scottish Championship, the Swede opened the scoring as the Hoops progressed to the last-16 with a 3-0 win.

Mere days later he was the hero once again, scoring either side of a Kenny Mclean equaliser in a 2-1 away win over St Mirren to keep spirits high at Celtic.

October was a particularly memorable month for the striker, who scored six goals in just four games to land the Premiership Player of the Month award, adding a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Partick Thistle that put Celtic into the semi-finals of the League Cup and within touching distance of silverware.

Even then he spoke like a true Celtic man, admitting in an interview with the Daily Record that he would relish any encounter with Rangers and going as far as issuing a warning to the Hoops’ arch-rivals.

“The Old Firm would be a fantastic game to be part of but come Hampden in the semi-final the 11 people standing opposite us are going DOWN. This is how we feel every time we play,” he said.

Deila made no secret of his desire to keep the striker on beyond the end of the campaign, with Guidetti set to be available on a free following the expiration of his deal at the Etihad.

“We want players who want to be here. Right now he’s happy, we’re happy and we will work hard to make it permanent,” he told the Daily Record back in October, seemingly confident of completing a deal for the youngster.

Where has it gone wrong for Celtic?

But as time has worn on and Guidetti has failed to sign, seeds of discontent have begun to be sewn with the likes of Southampton, who are managed by Ronald Koeman - the manager Guidetti enjoyed great success under during a season-long loan at Feyenoord - linked with a bid for the player.

Another Eredivisie side, Ajax, also emerged as a potential destination for the 22-year-old and, all of a sudden, Guidetti was not talking about a future with Celtic.

“My agent will do what he does best,” he told one interviewer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

“He doesn’t tell me to take the ball with the inside of my foot on the pitch, so I don’t tell him how to do his job. You don’t bring an electrician into your house and tell him how to fit the plugs. It’s his job and I trust him to do it.”

Petulant and coy at the same time, the comments have done little to alleviate some supporters’ fears that the Swede will depart having used Celtic as a stepping stone.

And if that happens, then it could send a very negative message, not only to those currently on the books at Parkhead, but any future prospective targets.

Deila, meanwhile, will be left to search for another young striker with a point to prove, and he may not be so lucky next time.

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