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Paulo Bernardo Celtic permanent transfer could still happen despite 'farewell' message

Celtic could yet sign Paulo Bernardo permanently, despite the player appearing to bid farewell.

The Portuguese midfielder's message on social media yesterday appeared to be a goodbye as his season-long loan from Benfica comes to and end. He wrote: "Grateful for this season. Thank you very very much for all the support." Fans certainly read it that way and were keen to express their wish for him to return.

The Hoops to hold an option to make the transfer permanent for £6million but it remains to be seen if Brendan Rodgers will trigger it. The Portugal Under-21 starlet hasn't been a regular started but he has shown his quality at times and had a huge hand in Adam Idah's Scottish Cup winning goal at the weekend.

Despite yesterday's message from the player, Portuguese outlet O Jogo is now reporting that Celts are still considering weighing up whether to swoop for a permanent deal. The report adds that Benfica are not planning to bring him back into their first team fold, so a return to Parkhead could work best for all parties.

Bernardo played 33 times in the Hoops, with many of those coming from the bench. With a midfield containing Callum McGregor, Reo Hatate and Matt O'Riley, it's arguably the toughest position in the team to break into.

And he certainly made a contribution to the season with four goals, one against Rangers in a league game, and three assists.