Celtic are preparing to table a bid of £6m for Lech Poznan defender Robert Gumny as Neil Lennon attempts to bolster his right-back options.
According to celtsarehere.com, Celtic have been keeping tabs on Gumny for several months, while the Daily Record reported that he had been earmarked by Brendan Rodgers as a potential signing during the Irishman’s time in charge at the club.
Earlier this year, Polish publication Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Celtic had been lining up a transfer offer for the defender.
Gumny has made 75 appearances for Lech Poznan’s first team, scoring once and registering five assists, and he has featured regularly for them after returning from a loan spell at Podbeskidzie in 2016/17.
He has played mainly as a right-back but has occasionally been deployed at left-back and could also be pushed into a wide midfield role on either side of the pitch if the situation requires (via Transfermarkt).
With Mikael Lustig leaving Celtic at the end of last season and Jeremy Toljan’s loan expiring, Anthony Ralston was left as the only right-back in Lennon’s squad when the Champions League qualifying campaign got underway in July.
The signing of Hatem Abd Elhamed at least ensured that there was another option for that position, although the Israel defender had more frequently been used as a centre-back prior to joining Celtic and has had a stop-start beginning to his Hoops career after missing the weekend win over Motherwell through injury.
Kristoffer Ajer has also deputised at right-back on a few occasions this season, although the Norway defender is mainly a centre-back.
Gumny’s willingness to get forward seems like a good fit for Celtic, with Boli Bolingoli regularly rampaging up the left flank in his early days at the club and Kieran Tierney providing 37 assists for the Hoops prior to his move to Arsenal.
Also, with Ralston barely getting a look-in, Abd Elhamed still an unknown quantity and Ajer being shoehorned into the role to fill the gap, Celtic could do with adding another genuine right-back to their books, so Gumny certainly seems like he is worth pursuing.
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