Is Celtic’s link with Borja Iglesias ominous based on how he failed to shift John Guidetti at Celta Vigo?
Spanish newspaper El Periodico de Aragon reported on Tuesday that Celtic have scouted Celta Vigo-owned striker Borja Iglesias and are weighing up a summer move.
Moussa Dembele’s long-term future at Parkhead is in doubt and there is every chance that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will need to sign at least one goalscorer this summer, with Odsonne Edouard only on loan.
And if the report from Spain is accurate then Rodgers might have his eye on the 25-year-old – but there might be a slight reason to worry if you’re a fan of the Hoops.
Iglesias, who is on loan at Real Zaragoza in the Segunda Division, has only made Celta’s matchday squad on a number of occasions, mostly featuring for the B side. He only played once in the 2015-16 campaign – a 39-minute cameo in the Spanish Cup against Cadiz – and was an unused substitution in two Primera Liga outings.
But the worrying aspect does not strictly involve his lack of playing time at Celta – it’s linked with a player who started ahead of him in all three of Iglesias’s inclusions that season: John Guidetti.
Celtic fans are familiar with the Swedish striker after he spent the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Ronny Deila’s side from Manchester City, but wound up being something of a flop despite a brilliant start.
The 25-year-old scored a decent 15 goals in 35 games across all competitions for Celtic, but only four of those came in the second half of the season and the fact that Iglesias – who is the same age as him – could get nowhere near a player who divided opinion in Glasgow does not bode well for the Spaniard’s chances of success.
It’s worth remembering that Rodgers happens to be quite a decent man-manager, but if Guidetti wasn’t a huge hit with the Bhoys then it is difficult to imagine Iglesias being much better based on their contrasting fortunes at Celta.