Sport Celtic must swerve Buta deal to sign "superb" 19 y/o who's "extremely dangerous" - opinion
‘Exciting’ Celtic ace linked with surprise Parkhead exit; decision on future shortly – report
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a shock loan move to Sky Bet League One side Sunderland, according to The Scottish Sun. The Lowdown: Departures expected as Celtic squad takes shape With competitive football once again on the horizon at Celtic Park, new manager Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to cultivate a squad […]With competitive football once again on the horizon at Celtic Park, new manager Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to cultivate a squad capable of reclaiming the Premiership title once more.
As Anthony Ralston received the ball from Odsonne Edouard on Saturday night before dashing past several players to score for Celtic, it looked as though one of their biggest issues had been resolved.
However, as the Hoops fell to a devastating late defeat in Edinburgh, it proved why there is still plenty of work for Ange Postecoglou to undertake.
He took a gamble with some of his team selections, particularly at centre-half where Nir Bitton was picked ahead of Stephen Welsh.
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An update has emerged on Celtic’s pursuit of Royal Antwerp defender Aurelio Buta… What’s the talk? According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Celtic have made their opening offer for Royal Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta. Konur has claimed that the Hoops have offered £2.1m (€2.5m) for the defender, although Antwerp are hoping for a fee closer […]According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Celtic have made their opening offer for Royal Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta.
However, at right-back he has no such dilemmas. It has been one of the biggest burdens for the Australian coach since he took charge at Paradise, with Jeremie Frimpong yet to be replaced.
Jonjoe Kenny arrived for a loan spell during the second half of last season but he has headed back to Everton, and Celtic are now in a position where they desperately need a new player in that third of the pitch.
Ralston wasin Champions League qualifying but was promising in forward areas during their defeat to Hearts. His goal was of the highest quality, dancing around a couple of defenders before finding the back of the net.
Despite that, the Bhoys can’t afford to give up on their pursuit of a new full-back. Royal Antwerp’s Aurelio Buta isclose to a move but they should focus their efforts on signing Manchester City’s Yan Couto instead.
Alan Hutton Backs Leigh Griffiths' Absence to be Celtic UCL Blow
Pundit Alan Hutton has confessed his admiration for Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths and insists he should feature in Celtic’s clash with FC Midtjylland in the Champions League tonight. Reports from the Scottish Sun yesterday claimed that the Hoops hitman was unavailable due to injury, with Ange Postecoglou confirming his lack of squad availability. Griffiths, who was booed by fans during a cameo in Celtic’s 6-2 home thrashing in a friendly with West Ham, has failed to travel with the squad to Denmark as a result. He reportedly picked up a recurring calf injury in training that has enforced his absence.
The Brazilian is rated very highly, beingto former Barcelona star Dani Alves during his short career so far. He has been with a move to Glasgow, and if the Hoops can secure a deal, it would be a wonderful acquisition.
After all, he possesses all the necessary attributes to thrive at right-back in Celtic’s system.
as a “superb talent” by scout Jacek Kulig, the 19-year-old was named as the Spanish second tier’s best right-back last season while on loan at Girona.
He completedkey pass per 90 minutes, as well as tackles and dribbles over the same metric. For context, completed more of the final statistic last season.
Coincidentally, it’s also better than Buta. He managedkey passes and just 0.5 successful dribbles per match by comparison.
With that in mind, if Celtic really want to sign a forward-thinking attacking full-back, Couto is their man.“extremely dangerous” by Kulig, he’d be a phenomenal signing for Postecoglou and Dominic McKay.
AND in other news,
Yan Couto pleads for Celtic transfer as Parkhead atmosphere sees Manchester City rising star fall in love .
The right-back was given the VIP treatment as he took in a Europa League game against Jablonec. Mailsport understands the Brazilian has his heart set on the Hoops after sampling the Parkhead atmosphere at Thursday night’s Europa League win over Jablonec.