Former Scotland defender Alan Hutton has been reacting to Celtic’s interest in Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan, as per Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Buchanan profiled; Taylor injury
Celtic have had their own left-back issues following Greg Taylor’s shoulder surgery in September. Since then, Ange Postecoglou has used Boli Bolingoli, Adam Montgomery and Josip Juranovic to fill the void left by Taylor, and it now seems as if Buchanan could be a possible signing.
Would Buchanan be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Celtic visit; Hutton reacts
According to reliable reporter Alan Nixon of The Sun, the Hoops could turn to Buchanan to solve their left-back issues. He claimed that Celtic have sent top scout Mick Doherty to watch the youngster in action – the first move in a possible winter window swoop.
Hutton, who regularly features as a pundit for the BBC, was talking to Football Insider about the links to the Derby youngster. This is what he had to say, admitting that both Celtic and Glasgow rivals Rangers should be looking to take advantage of Derby’s financial struggles:
“There’s never a problem with looking for a bargain.
“If there’s an opportunity to take advantage of a club who are in a difficult situation, you look at the likes of Barcelona selling off their best players – Rangers and Celtic have to take it.
“They’ll be looking to pinch the best talent they can down south because it’s a small fee they will have to pay.”
The Verdict: Worth a low-risk gamble?
Celtic may hold an advantage over any English clubs who are interested in the full-back due to cross-border rules. The Hoops will be allowed to approach Buchanan in the New Year ahead of a possible pre-contract agreement, should his situation remain the same as now.
Another option is for Celtic to make an offer to the English Championship club with a view to an immediate deal, with Nixon reporting that Derby may sell in the next window.
You’d expect that the figure would be a cut-price one as well due to the 20-year-old’s contract situation, so signing a left-back who Rooney hailed as ‘incredible’ and who has been tipped for England could be a low-risk gamble worth taking from the Hoops’ hierarchy, especially given Celtic’s recent instability in that position.
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