A few weeks ago I wrote in this column that Celtic’s sale of Victor Wanyama to Southampton was not only good business and very profitable, but I also believed that the midfielder wouldn’t be too sorely missed at Celtic Park.
But the most recent sale of striker, Gary Hooper, to Premiership club Norwich for twice the price he was bought for, is also good business but his goalscoring ability will clearly be missed.
Although the Scottish Premier League isn’t the same standard as the Premiership, Hooper has an eye for goal and to net 82 during his three years at Parkhead is a very decent return.
Celtic may well be assured of Champions League football for the foreseeable future, but they can’t match the Premiership (or, indeed, some English Championship clubs) when it comes to personal terms.
It will be interesting to see how much of the £18 million generated by these two transfers goes to the manager to buy replacements.