Celtic have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Royal Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta, according to The Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Buta links
Celtic are on the hunt for a new right-back this summer and have been linked with a move for Buta for a number of weeks.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano was the man who initially shared the Hoops’ interest in the 24-year-old more than three weeks ago.
Is Buta the right man for Celtic at right-back?
The Latest: Antwerp inclusion
The Daily Record shared an update on Buta to Celtic on their live transfer blog on Saturday (16:16).
They shared the news that the Portuguese defender has been included in Antwerp’s official squad list, titling the news as another blow for the Hoops.
Claims of a deal being agreed between the two clubs were mentioned once again, with personal terms still yet to be agreed.
The Verdict: Time is ticking
Celtic don’t want to be left in a position where a deal for Buta falls through and leaves them with no time to add to their right-back ranks.
Anthony Ralston has been an ever-present figure in Ange Postecoglou’s side recently, so if the Royal Antwerp defender doesn’t want to accept the Hoops’ best offer, then they should move on.
Other right-backs such as Josip Juranovic, George Baldock and Fabricio Bustos have also been linked with a move to Celtic Park, so the Hoops may need to set a deadline for Buta before looking elsewhere.
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