Rennes defender Sacha Boey has bizarrely walked away from negotiations with Celtic after previously being in advanced talks with the club [L’Equipe via The Scottish Sun].
The Lowdown: Celtic hunt for quality ahead of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season
Progressing towards the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season, newly appointed Bhoys manager Ange Postecoglou will be zoning in on recruiting in a number of key positions in order to strengthen squad depth.
In particular, right-back will be an area of interest to the Aussie. Facing a dearth of quality in what has been a problem position at Parkhead in recent years, Anthony Ralston is the only right-sided defender currently on the books with senior experience.
In spite of this, one man who will now not be joining the Scottish giants this summer is 20-year-old Boey, according to recent developments.
Will losing out on Boey be a big miss for Celtic?
The Latest: Celtic move for Boey off due to bizarre reason
The 5ft 10in ace is said to have walked away from discussions with Celtic, with issues due to undesirable ‘foreign intermediaries’ causing the deal to completely ‘collapse’ [The Scottish Sun].
Previously, L’Equipe had claimed that Postecoglou’s men were in the advanced stages of negotiations with Boey.
However, any deal now looks to be off the table for Boey, whilst a number of French sides are said to be monitoring his situation closely.
The Verdict: Losing out on Boey will be a bitter blow for Celtic
Facing a race against time with competitive football already back underway for the Hoops, losing out on the full-back will come as a bitter blow to the Parkhead hierarchy.
In 2020/21, Boey gained regular first-team experience on loan at Dijon, recording a solitary assist in 24 appearances [Transfermarkt].
More importantly, his defensive attributes stood out despite his former club suffering relegation. Across the campaign, the youngster was able to record an impressive 2.3 tackles per game [WhoScored], which put him first in his squad (min. 2 games) and would also rank him first at Parkhead.
In other news, Celtic face another crushing transfer blow.
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