Santos Laguna president wants more players from Celtic as part of club partnership

Could a club Celtic are in partnership with help develop some of the Bhoys current or future players?

Back in 2011, Celtic confirmed they had agreed a partnership with Mexican side Club Santos Laguna, with the BBC reporting that the working relationship could lead to the two sides swapping players in the future.

Four years on, the president of Santos Laguna, Alejandro Irarragorri, has been speaking to the club’s official website about the ongoing work between the two sides and the prospect of more players following in the footsteps of former Celtic man Marc Crosas.

“All this friendship, all this partnership, and we haven’t been able to play a game together in the USA,” Irarragorri said.

“That is an objective we need to put our hands on to work with. Do more things sports-wise, in terms of players’ development. We brought in Marc Crosas who played there and ended up a champion with us.

“We are underestimating the power that both teams have together, so we need to commit to doing more in that direction.”

Defensive midfielder Crosas played 48 matches for Celtic following a £415,000 move from Barcelona, but despite being voted the club’s Young Player of the Year in his first season he later fell out of favour and ultimately moved on.

Crosas’s journey to Santos Laguna came via a short stay in Russia, and what the Mexican club will surely be looking for is more direct business between the two clubs in the future.

They clearly have a good business relationship with Celtic but it remains to be seen if the Bhoys would benefit from bringing any of the Mexican side’s players to Scotland.

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