As Celtic revels in the success of securing a Premiership and Scottish Cup double, attention quickly shifts to the upcoming summer transfer window.

25th May 2024; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish Cup Football Final, Celtic versus Rangers; Paulo Bernardo of Celtic on the ball

The Hoops are already planning to not only widen the gap over rivals Rangers but also to make a stronger impact in European competitions.

Key to Celtic’s plans is the decision on whether to retain players who have made significant contributions on loan. Among these, Adam Idah and Paulo Bernardo have both made compelling cases for extended stays at Celtic Park.

Paulo Bernardo, in particular, has caught the eye with his performances, especially in critical moments. Notably, his role in the Cup final was pivotal; it was his powerful, swerving shot that led to the decisive goal, parried by Jack Butland and turned in by Adam Idah.

Bernardo’s consistent inclusion in the Champions League lineups, where he started two games, also underscores his importance and the trust placed in him by manager Brendan Rodgers.

The calls from fans to make Idah’s move permanent are loud, given his impactful displays in the latter half of the season. However, Bernardo’s contributions, especially in key matches, have not gone unnoticed either.

Club captain Callum McGregor has publicly voiced his support for Bernardo’s return, highlighting the midfielder’s technical skills and work ethic, which align well with the team’s ethos.

Speaking to The Herald, McGregor expressed his hopes for Bernardo’s future at Celtic: “Listen, he has been an important player for us – he has big technical quality, he is a young kid who wants to do well.

“So, that is the type of profile we want at the club. Hopefully we can bring him back.

“He is a great lad as well. He works ever so hard, and he is a part of the group we have got.

“Obviously the club will decide in terms of what happens there, but that is certainly the profile that we want.

“You want hungry players who are technically good and can come and make an impact as well.”


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