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Celtic and Rangers transfer risk as Euro 2024 throws up recruitment forward-planning questions

Celtic and Rangers are both in the transfer market for big moves this summer with a host of positions on their respective wanted lists.

We at Football Scotland have already revealed both Brendan Rodgers and Philippe Clement's desires from this coming window with both clubs on the lookout for players in the same areas of the pitch. There's some business already been done with Gers nailing down Oscar Cortes and discussing others while Paulo Bernardo is in talks over a permanent Hoops switch from Benfica.

But this summer in particular there is the expectation that fees could skyrocket for certain targets considering Euro 2024 is just around the corner. Both clubs know just how important due diligence is on any new acquisition but for clubs the size of Glasgow's big two, their recruitment teams should already have done the bulk of that work. Especially considering the winter window will have been a gauge of where to look closer at the end of the season.

Football Scotland understands both sides have identified legitimate targets this summer and further conversations are already underway about availability. The potential issue, however, is a number of these young talents will be headed to Germany for their countries' efforts at the Euros where the audience will be in the hundreds of millions and the platform to showcase their talents will be on the largest possible stage.

That's where finances come in. A £3million player in both Celtic and Rangers' wheelhouse currently could become a £12million star in an instant. One strong performance could take, for example, a player from Poland's Ekstraklasa out of our clubs' reach and place them in another bracket entirely.

Deals are not rushed, they cannot be. But certain questions must be raised about recruitment and forward planning done by the staff inside Parkhead and Ibrox. And by the way, that's not to say Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs won't be keeping a close eye on international players given the Jambos have European football to offer while their rivals have Bill Foley cash to spend and the Dons have a strong reputation in the market.

Celts were criticised by their own supporters back in January for failing to deliver a left-back to challenge Greg Taylor while Gers also struggled to add a new striker to the mix at that time. Losing out on possible signings due to a lack of foresight on impressive Euro campaigns would be unacceptable.

The season is officially over and so fan expectations will increase again where incomings are concerned. Both clubs have names on their lists and have been offered numerous options by eager representatives - with some definitely passed up the chain already. It's fair to suggest the scouting should already have been done on a lot of these players with the wheat separated from the chaff before the Euros kick off.

Otherwise it'll be another gamble on players still being realistically available after the tournament where they could have been snapped up at a more affordable cost early doors.