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Celtic: Hutton reacts to Baldock interest

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Football Insider pundit Alan Hutton has been reacting to Celtic’s interest in Sheffield United full-back George Baldock.

The Lowdown: Baldock links

Celtic were linked with a move for the Blades defender back in 2019 following Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League.

As we know, a deal never materialised, even though Baldock was thought to be keen on a Parkhead switch.

The 28-year-old has since gone on to make 70 Premier League appearances and has once again been linked with the Hoops.

According to The Daily Record, the right-back is again on Celtic’s radar and is high on the club’s wishlist when it comes to full-back additions.

The Latest: Agbonlahor reacts

Hutton was talking to Football Insider regarding Celtic’s interest in Baldock.

He described the defender as ‘very tough’ and believed both Celtic fans and Ange Postecoglou would like him.

“Technically, he’s very good. Great engine, gets up and down and great delivery.

“He’s got Premier League experience, Championship experience, he’s kind of got it all. I have played against him, I know him well and he is a very tough customer.

“I think someone like that coming in would be absolutely ideal. It’s a position where they need to strengthen. Obviously, Jonjoe Kenny came in and did okay.

“I don’t think it was ever going to be a permanent deal to begin with, he didn’t really set the heather alight. To bring in the likes of Baldock, he’s got that hard work mentality.

“I think that’s what Postecoglou likes within his team listening to his interviews.

“He is one I think the Celtic fans would like there. I think the manager would like him. It could be a top signing if they can get it done.”

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The Verdict: A smart target

Celtic will need to add to their right-back ranks after losing both Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Elhamed this year.

Jonjoe Kenny has returned to Everton following his temporary stay, so Anthony Ralston is the club’s only senior right-back on the books at this moment in time.

Baldock is valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt but has just 12 months left on his Bramall Lane deal, and following Sheffield United’s relegation, could perhaps be open to a Glasgow switch once again.

He’ll certainly bring plenty of experience, should he move north, and you’d think he still has a lot to give at the age of 28.

Hutton is a fan, so it’ll be interesting to see who Celtic bring in at right-back over the coming months.

In other news: Report claims Brendan Rodgers recruit has now departed Celtic; Hoops didn’t even share news with fans, find out more here


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