Celtic’s Champions League disappointment has forced plenty of fans and pundits alike to encourage the club to delve into the transfer market to add further depth to their options before the window slams shut, especially at centre-back where their options are looking rather sparse.
Indeed, Brendan Rodgers is lacking strength at centre-back at this moment in time and he will need to add at least one more player to his options to ensure his squad is well stocked for the season ahead. Recent reports have suggested that Celtic are hoping to re-sign Jason Denayer this summer from Manchester City, but there is reason to suggest that they have missed an ideal opportunity to sign a centre-back who could have made all the difference at Celtic Park.
The player in question is Ragnar Klavan who is on the verge of joining Cagliari in a £2 million deal according to the BBC, with a medical expected to be completed on Friday before the finer details of the transfer are finalised.
Although it must be considered that Klavan is 32-years-old, the £2 million fee Cagliari are set to pay represents peanuts in the current market for a player with 124 appearances at international level and bags of experience in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Eredivisie.
Sure, Klavan was not a huge fan-favourite at Liverpool and he certainly struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League at times, but there is no doubt he would have been a wonderful addition to the Celtic squad.
The Estonia international is a solid defender who is more than capable of playing out from the back or sending the ball long when necessary, and his ability to slot in at left-back also would have provided Rodgers with some well needed versatility.
The signing of Denayer will be a welcome addition to the Celtic squad if they eventually manage to secure his signature, but if they fail in their pursuit there is no doubt that Klavan will feel like even more of a missed opportunity.
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