The movement always tends to be slow at this time of the season, all the more so when there is a major tournament on.

But we have seen a couple move on from Celtic with Erik Sviatchenko now joined by Nadir Ciftci in formally leaving the club.

To be honest, I think it is probably the best thing for both parties. Sviatchenko was a lad who gave his all for the club and there is a level of affection there for him because I think he got the culture of Celtic and had a good feel for the place.

When he got injured in the qualifiers last summer there just seemed no way back for him and that was confirmed at Christmas time as Kristoffer Ajer came to the fore. Sviatchenko has more experience than Ajer but what the young Norwegian has is pace which is the one thing that Sviatchenko lacked.

Ciftci’s case is a bit different because it was one of those where it just didn’t work out for him. There is an element of risk in every transfer but it does underline just how big the jump is when you go to Celtic.

The pressures and demands are night and day from any other club. I don’t think there is animosity on the part of either player or the club and it remains to be seen now whether there are any others who might make way over the next couple of weeks.