A slightly worrisome defensive crisis looms large for Celtic this summer.
While they might be primed to win the treble this season, they’ll have to work hard onto reshaping their squad next season because of all the outgoing stars after May.
Indeed, more than three defenders can end up leaving Parkhead after the season. Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig and Filip Benkovic (at the end of his loan) are almost certain to leave, meaning the Hoops will lose three experienced defenders. For those behind the scenes in Glasgow, replacing all three is bound to be an expensive affair.
With that in mind, Celtic have an opportunity to play it smart and they’re aiming that by tracking Middlesbrough’s Dael Fry, according to TEAMtalk.
Indeed, the defender is valued at £4.5 million (by Transfermarkt), so Peter Lawwell will need to get his wallet out.
The Scottish Champions want to sign the versatile 21-year-old from the Championship side after watching his excellent work in multiple positions. He’s been a key cog for Tony Pulis’ side this season, helping them keep 13 clean-sheets this season. Fry’s also averaged 4.8 clearances per game and 1 tackle per game(stats via WhoScored), but his four assists prove his effectiveness going forward.
While naturally a centre-half, he’s also capable of playing right-back or left-back if necessary. Not only can Celtic gain a long-term successor to Lustig at right-back, but his commanding work through the centre means he can also operate as Boyata’s replacement.
The Hoops need some versatility to add more options to their depleting squad. For them, the multi-talented 21-year-old’s the perfect man for their future. Fry’s got many tricks under his sleeve, something Celtic can benefit from to keep their commendable defensive record intact next season.
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