A potential defensive problem might be looming large for Celtic.
Indeed, despite another successful season, players must start being offloaded like fleas. So, a new look to the Hoops should almost be guaranteed next season, but they need to careful in not biting off more than they could chew.
Still, Celtic are taking a big risk with keeping some players’ contract extension up in the air. Specifically, their right-back situation is uncertain for next season. Obviously, Jeremy Toljan is set to return to Borussia Dortmund while Cristian Gamboa is not good enough to earn a contract. Heck, even vice-captain Mikael Lustig’s ending his Scottish journey on a high.
Thankfully, they have options beyond if a mass clearout really is happening next summer. According to reports the Sun, former youth academy star Stephen O’Donnell’s willing to come back to his former club. Indeed, the 27-year-old’s been a key prospect for Kilmarnock, putting in strong defensive performances and helping them keep 13 clean-sheets last season.
O’Donnell’s especially keen on playing under Neil Lennon, who was Celtic’ youth academy coach at his time. The Scotland international’s made strides in recent seasons, being an unbreakable pillar for club and nation both. He doesn’t offer that much going forward but is extremely concentrated and tough-tackling when it comes to stopping the opposition from threatening.
With the right side of their defence being Celtic’s Achilles heel, O’Donnell can act as the antidote. A natural fit and a player capable of grinding through the season, he’d bring some much-needed steel to the right wing and help the Hoops’ fellow defenders breathe a sigh of relief.
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