Noel Whelan has backed Celtic to solve their centre-back issues by completing the purchase of heavily linked Hadjuk Split defender Mario Vušković.
The Lowdown: Celtic gear up for the 2021/22 campaign
As the Celts get their ducks in a row ahead of 2021/22, many onlookers will be keen to see what Ange Postecoglou has up his sleeve, with the new manager seeking to build a side capable of reclaiming the Premiership title at the first attempt.
Already busy in the transfer market, the Hoops have completed deals for English duo Joey Dawson and Liam Shaw from Scunthorpe United and Sheffield Wednesday respectively [67 Hail Hail].
Would Vušković be an ideal addition for Celtic?
The Latest: Whelan issues glowing Vušković verdict
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker stated:
“Celtic’s scouting network has always been excellent.
“Last season they changed it up a bit and went for experienced loan signings but it didn’t work out.
“They lacked something at the back last season so hopefully Vušković can solve that problem if he comes in. It was their biggest problem.
“Whether it was formation or personnel they could never find that happy medium at the back.
“They have made big profits off young players in the past and perhaps Vušković could be the next one.
“It could be a transfer that benefits the club both on and off the pitch if he comes in and does well. They need to get that wheel turning again.”
The Verdict: Vušković would be an excellent addition for Celtic
Whelan rightly alludes to the problems that Celtic suffered within their defence last season. They shipped a whopping 19 goals in six Europa League group matches and conceded more than twice as many as Rangers in the Premiership.
Primed to hopefully resolve the issue, Vušković made 33 appearances for Hajduk Split in 2020/21, managing four goal contributions in the form of two goals and two assists [Transfermarkt].
Possessing pace in abundance and comfortable on the ball (Daily Record), the 6 foot 1 colossus looks to be well-stocked with the capability to function within the high-octane style of football that Postecoglou prefers to execute.
With their season kicking off in just three weeks’ time in the Champions League qualifiers, Celtic should look to finalise a deal for the talented central defender without delay.
In other news, Celtic are plotting an ambitious swoop for a Serie A midfielder.
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