Celtic’s transfer policy of signing cheap talent from abroad with a view to moving it on for a huge profit further down the line has seen the Bhoys spin plenty of money in recent seasons.
Southampton-bound Virgil van Dijk is set to become the latest player purchased from the Parkhead production line, with the Saints agreeing a deal believed to be worth £11.5m for the totemic Dutchman.
Ronny Deila has targeted Croatian centre-back Jozo Simunovic to replace Van Dijk, with the player reportedly completing a medical in Belgium ahead of the move going through.
Judging by the rate at which successful Celtic signings are being shipped south of the border, a few good performances from the Dinamo Zagreb man will doubtless spark rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League.
After all, Van Dijk had only been on the Glasgow club’s books a few months before talk of a move to England surfaced.
The typical stay of those to light up Celtic Park is a short-term one, with just a few prized assets lasting beyond two full campaigns in the Scottish Premiership before being auctioned off.
This being the case, punters can expect to see Simunovic grace the Premier League at some point in the 2017/18 edition.
It means a punt on the 11/10 about the Croat NOT making an English top-tier appearance in 2016/17 is well worth a wager when compared to the 67/100 saying the opposite.
Assuming Simunovic shines at the heart of the Celtic defence, it won’t be long after the cut off point in question before he does don a Premier League strip.
Van Dijk has shown his face nine times across all competitions for the Glaswegian outfit this term, following a brace of completed campaigns prior to it.
It’s a pattern followed by Victor Wanyama, who signed for Celtic ahead of the 2011/12 season before moving to Southampton in the summer of 2013/14.
This popular path between SP and south coast has also been trodden by Fraser Forster too, who had two full seasons as a permanent member of the Parkhead playing staff before leaving in a £10m deal.
Another notable member of the Celtic two-term club is Ki Sung-yueng, whose only completed campaigns on the Bhoys’ books were 2010/11 and 2011/12; a move to Swansea followed.