Celtic are interested in a swoop for Sheffield United right-back George Baldock as they step up their summer recruitment drive [Daily Record].
The Lowdown: Celtic get busy ahead of the 2021/22 season
Moving into 2021/22, fans up and down the country will be fascinated to see how the Hoops assemble a side capable of regaining the Premiership title at the first attempt.
Looking ahead, could the Celts be set to raid the English Football League again for their third acquisition in a short space of time?
Would George Baldock be a good signing for Celtic?
The Latest: Hoops eye Baldock as part of Parkhead summer overhaul
Celtic are said to be pursuing 28-year-old defender Baldock as they eye reinforcements for a problem position at Parkhead [Daily Record].
Ange Postecoglou is rumoured to have cultivated a list of right-sided defensive targets, with the Sheffield United man high up on the list due to his suitability as a player within a high-octane style of football [Daily Record].
Of course, this is not the first time Baldock has been linked with a move to Glasgow. Known well by Hoops scouts, he was heavily touted with a potential move north of the border two years ago after the departure of Swedish icon Mikael Lustig at the end of 2018/19 [Daily Record].
The Verdict: Baldock would be a good addition to the Celtic fold
Upon reflection, the 5 foot 10 ace would be an astute capture for Postecoglou’s men as they build for the forthcoming campaign.
In desperate need of depth on the right-hand side of defence, Anthony Ralston is currently the only right-back with first team experience on board at Celtic Park [The Scottish Sun].
In 2020/21, Baldock was a near ever-present for the Blades and made 32 league appearances, registering two assists [Transfermarkt]. Showing his prowess at the back, he averaged 1.9 clearances per match across the campaign [WhoScored].
Most interestingly, his contract at Bramall Lane is set to expire in just 12 months’ time [Transfermarkt], which could provide scope for a deal to be done. Once labelled as ‘great’ by his former boss Michael Appleton [Eurosport], Celtic should be doing everything they can to eventually finalise a deal for the Sheffield United man.
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