If Celtic want Lukas Nmecha to become the latest sky-blue youngster to swap Manchester City for Glasgow, a change of tack is required.
The Daily Mail recently reported the Scottish Premiership giants hoped to sign the 22-year-old on loan.
But Nmecha has no plans to embark on the route taken by Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer, John Guidetti and Daniel Arzani.
The Germany U21 international has played for four different clubs on loan since 2018 and has little interest in making it a fifth.
“Next season, I don’t want to be loaned any more,” Nmecha, who has scored ten goals in 17 games at Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht after less prolific spells at Preston, Middlesbrough and Wolfsburg, tells SoFoot.
“I want to play one, two, three, even four years at the same club. I do not rule out an extended stay in Anderlecht either.
“Moving all the time and constantly having to adapt to a new environment, it weighs on me. Even the best players in the world need time to adapt.
“I remember Bernardo Silva’s first season at City. He was not yet the player he is now. At Anderlecht, I started my first season at a club for the fifth time. It’s time for me to settle down.”
Man City, of course, may be in need of a new number nine by the time Nmecha’s spell in Belgium comes to an end. Injuries have taken their toll on Sergio Aguero’s 32-year-old limbs, while Gabriel Jesus has yet to build on that dazzling early promise.
The most likely scenario, however, is City will look to cash in on Nmecha with little more than a year left on his contract.
And, although this is the last thing Celtic fans want to hear after the fortnight from hell, it’s hard to see Odsonne Edouard wanting to stay for another season at Parkhead.
A bid for Nmecha – and we don’t mean a loan bid either – would make plenty of sense.
Nmecha wants to put down his roots at a club willing to invest time and effort into his development.
And while Celtic have myriad problems to deal with right now, Edouard, Moussa Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and co will espouse the benefits of a spell in Glasgow.