The Summer transfer window really can be quite draining sometimes. Kilmarnock right-back Stephen O’Donnell’s recent comments on reported interest from Celtic just about proves that.
Last month The Scottish Sun reported that Killie were looking to sell the Scotland international this Summer as he only has 12 months left on his deal. The report then claimed that Celtic would be interested if Neil Lennon became Hoops boss.
Speaking to the Herald, O’Donnell shut down these rumours: “Motherwell is quite handy to get to I guess! It’s flattering to be linked with these clubs but I’d love to know the sources sometimes.”
It’s great to see he is able to laugh these rumours off. This won’t be the first this type of thing happens. This just shows that the transfer window is here and all the laughable stories and rumours have come along with it.
Expect to see plenty more transfer window stories like this
It’s a frustrating time for clubs. When you see stories in the paper or online linking players at your club with a move away, and you know it isn’t true, it brings unwanted attention.
That’s not to say every rumour isn’t true, there are some reports with truth in them. However, many of them aren’t. A recent example is the Football Insider report that David Turnbull had apparently told his friends he wanted to join Celtic.
This was immediately shut down on Twitter by Motherwell communications manager Grant Russell. How would they even find a source for this? It’s quite embarrassing that someone has to stoop so low just to try and generate some traction on a report.
Some media outlets are currently fighting for relevance through the medium of clickbait transfer stories. There’s obviously no way to prove it, but the fact that players and senior club officials are now coming out to shutdown these rumours tells you all you need to know.
It’s an exciting time for fans, but it is ruined to some extent by these publications. Some transfer stories are getting driven more than others and some are just creating their own as they please.
O’Donnell’s comments show there are some willing to take poetic licence with transfer rumours. It ruins it for those who have actually sourced a story and can back it up with credibility.
Who knows, maybe we’ll see Kylian Mbappe linked with Hamilton next week.