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Pat Nevin’s far fetched Celtic heart-breaker

Pat Nevin has been consulting his crystal ball to put together a couple of transfer jigsaws.

The former Clyde and Chelsea winger concentrates his media time on English football but if the fee is right he’ll share his insight into the Scottish game.

During his early playing days Nevin was keen to play up his Celtic supporting credentials but as a career in the media opened up he reeled that angle in and now claims to be a Hibby hipster.

Chelsea has been his main interest for more than a decade, happily scooping up the fees from Roman Abramavitch on Chelsea TV while kicking his former socialist principles into the long grass.

Today The Sporting Post published a far ranging interview with Nevin which included some token Scottish content, focussed on Celtic and last season’s top scorer.

Q: Could you see Kyogo making a move to the Premier League? If so, to who?

PN: If Kyogo left, it would break Celtic hearts. He just signed a new deal which is good, however if the Premier League comes calling, it will be hard to turn down.

The obvious place for him to go there would be Spurs. If Harry Kane goes, they will need someone who can link up play and is a natural goalscorer. Ange would have worked with him before, so he will know all about him.

Kyogo is not the same level as Kane, and he is slighter than him. Kane is world class, while Kyogo would still have to show that in a top league. If you give Kyogo the chance to score goals though, he will score and Ange will know that. I would like to keep seeing him in Scotland but I would not be shocked if he went to Spurs.

You can never say never in football but while there was Saudi interest in Jota, Kyogo opted to sign a four year Celtic deal.

Reo Hatate hasn’t signed a contract extension which leaves the midfielder open to speculation that he could be looking to move just now or in the future.

Ange Postecoglou has been well aware of Harry Kane’s possible move to Bayern Munich, if there was a serious prospect of Kyogo following his former boss to London signing an extension at Celtic wouldn’t have been considered until after the transfer window had closed.

With each passing year since he retired from playing Nevin finds himself up against a new batch of players looking for a place on the media gravy train.

Recently he published his second autobiography which included a bizarre chapter on how he was offered the job of becoming Celtic CEO while he was in his late twenties and playing for Everton.

Strangely John Boyle has no recollection of that being an issue, telling The Sun:

Pat Nevin’s book is called ‘The Accidental Footballer’, but he’s suffering from some kind of accidental memory loss.

When I came back home the other night one of my kids mentioned the story to me, and I thought it was a wind-up. When I checked it out I was laughing my football socks off at the very idea.

I do remember us being together with our families on a yacht off Rhodes because we had mutual friends.

It’s entirely possible there was a vague conversation along the lines of him being a footballer and me being a businessman, and Celtic being in real financial difficulties at that time.

But it would have been something like, ‘Someone should buy Celtic’, no more than that. The idea it would have been me is just farcical.

Apart from anything else, if that was in 1990 as he states, I simply wouldn’t have had the money to buy Celtic even if I’d been of a mind to.

In 1990 I couldn’t have afforded East Fife, never mind Celtic! I had a nodding acquaintance with Michael Kelly at that time, but I didn’t sell my business until much later.

Boyle later appointed Nevin as player/CEO at Motherwell, three years later the club went into liquidation with 14 players made redundant including future Everton and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

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