This time last year, Celtic let John McGinn slip through their fingers as Aston Villa signed a boyhood Hoops fan for just £2.7 million, as reported by the Guardian. 12 months on, the former Hibernian talisman is starring in the Premier League and his value has gone through the roof.
It is impossible not to be reminded of McGinn with the Jose Cifuentes saga coming to a very similar conclusion.
The star of Ecuador’s U20 World Cup campaign earlier in the summer, Cifuentes looks the real deal. He has got bags of energy, a wonderful passing range and a fierce shot that will strike fear into the hearts of goalkeepers everywhere.
Speaking to Football Scotland, a player with the potential and the skill-set to provide some much needed competition for ageing skipper Scott Brown suggested that he was flattered to be on Celtic’s radar.
The champions of Scotland are in no position to let a brilliant young midfielder like Cifuentes slip through their grasp, especially as age starts to catch up with the increasingly error-prone Brown.
But, with the links growing cold and FutbolEcuador reporting that Cifuentes is heading to Porto for just £1.6 million, frustrated Celtic fans are once again left questioning the board's inability to get a deal over the line.
1.6 mill is a steal even if he is unproven, ridiculous that Celtic can’t match that. Boy would be better than a lot of what he have in midfield, bit of a no brainer for a team that looks to develop young players, not as if Celtic pride themselves on that.— CelticBall (@BallCeltic) August 27, 2019
Will move on in a year or 2 for tens of millions..— thomas kelly (@tamkelly1980) August 27, 2019
No one will be in situ for the game on Sunday, that’s for sure. A disgraceful performance to miss out on young talent like Cifuentes, Aaron Hickey, Gumny and Taylor...Same Ol’ Celtic, same Ol’ pic.twitter.com/c3ICeEncnw— Robert Emmet (@Multimodalitie1) August 27, 2019
Crazy if that's the money on offer for a young player with bags of potential!!.. Thought this was the Celtic model?— @CiaránShev (@CiaranShevlin) August 23, 2019
Prob another world beater we will let through our fingers— Paul (@Paulmctumshie) August 23, 2019
Nothing curious about it. Celtic are not spending anymore money.— cheapey1314 (@davidcheape) August 27, 2019
Absolutely flabbergasted to hear that. pic.twitter.com/ZGSL5Xd4KV— Fergus 1916 (@fergus1916) August 27, 2019
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