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Celtic: Frank McAvennie wants defensive ‘leader’

Celtic: Frank McAvennie wants defensive ‘leader’ -Celtic Transfer Rumours

Celtic need to recruit some ‘big, confident players’ to address their defensive frailties. 

That’s according to ex-Hoops star Frank McAvennie, who was speaking to Football Insider.

The lowdown

Celtic added Carl Starfelt, Josip Juranovic, Liam Scales, Osaze Urhoghide and Cameron Carter-Vickers to their defensive ranks during the summer transfer window.

Combined, the five deals wound up costing the club just under £8million.

But despite investing in reinforcements, Celtic have struggled defensively of late.

They’ve kept only two clean sheets since August, the first against Ross County in the Premiership and the second against second-tier Raith Rovers.

What’s more, they’ve shipped four goals in their both of their Europa League matches so far.

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McAvennie slammed Celtic’s ‘awful’ record and called for the addition of more ‘experience’ across the backline.

“I want to see a leader, Celtic need some more leaders on that pitch,” he told the outlet. “The defensive record is awful.

“No disrespect to the players who are already there but we fall apart without the likes of Kyogo [Furuhashi] and [Callum] McGregor.

“We need more experience at left and right-back and probably another centre half.”

McAvennie added that the defence is what’s currently holding back Ange Postecoglou’s team.

“A good defence is the key,” he said. “There must be some big, confident players out there who we can sign.

“He’s out there and I want him signed. That’s what I want to see.

“Middle to front I have no problem. The defence still needs a lot of work.”

The verdict

There’s no doubt that Celtic look vulnerable, but club officials will surely be hoping the upcoming return of Christopher Jullien more or less solves the problem.

They cannot afford to just keep throwing money at the issue, especially without the structure of a permanent CEO or Director of Football in place to properly plot their moves.

Jullien brings that certain composure that will settle the whole defensive unit, and he could perhaps form a solid partnership with Carter-Vickers. Patience will be required at first, though, because he’s been out an awfully long time.

In other news, read Alex McLeish’s verdict on this Celtic signing.

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