The Lowdown: Celtic get to work in 2021/22
Finally getting his long-anticipated bow at Celtic well underway, Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to acquire fresh blood before the conclusion of the window, following a mixed start to life in Glasgow.
He has managed to acquire five signings in the shape of Liel Abada, Kyogo Furuhashi, Osaze Urhoghide, Liam Shaw and Carl Starfelt [Transfermarkt], but things on the pitch haven’t gone quite so well.
Now, they could be faced with heightened pressure in relation to a new transfer target after recent reports.
Would Aurelio Buta be a good addition for Celtic?
The Latest: Turkish giants both interested in Aurelio Buta
Galatasaray are believed to be eyeing up a move for Buta, owing to the poor performances of DeAndre Yedlin and Omar Elabdellaoui’s injury woes, with Fenerbache also keen [Aspor via Video Celts].
24-year-old Buta is in the final 12 months of his contract at Royal Antwerp, whilst speculation surrounding his prospective arrival at Parkhead has gone quiet in recent days.
Any notion of an agreed deal seems to be wide of the mark, with the Angola-born defender starting for his current employers against KV Kortrijk on Sunday night [The Celtic Bhoys].
The Verdict: Celtic can’t afford to lose out on yet another transfer target
Losing out on the former Portugal Under-20 international would be another frustrating blow for the Celtic hierarchy.
Only having one right-back in the squad with senior experience in the form of Anthony Ralston, the Hoops desperately need to add quality to compete with arch-rivals Rangers this campaign.
In 2020/21, Buta enjoyed a commendable season, registering five assists in 34 appearances in all competitions [Transfermarkt].
He also impressed with his ability to link the play during the year, recording a pass accuracy of 80.9% in the Belgian Pro League [WhoScored].
Once labelled as ‘very gifted’ by journalist Aster Nzeyimana, Celtic should look to sign Buta up as soon as possible [Football Fancast], but it’s just become that bit harder with two Turkish giants entering the fray.
In other news, an eight time trophy winner has departed Parkhead.
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