The problems are just never-ending for Celtic at the moment.
Brendan Rodgers’ departure seems to have set in motion one issue after another and, even though they look set to finish this season on top, the Hoops need some serious rebuilding in the summer.
Among the various places of reinforcements lies their defence. Particularly, it’s the central defence they’ll simply have to look to improve upon. With Dedryck Boyata presumably leaving on a free transfer after running down his contract and Filip Benkovic returning to parent club Leicester City, Celtic’s defensive core will be gone.
The Hoops are looking for replacements and have allegedly found one. According to reports from CNN Turkey, Celtic are looking to sign the Serbian defender Srdjan Babic. A revelation for Red Star Belgrade this season, the towering Serb’s attracted a lot of attention from clubs around Europe.
While he only made three appearances in the Champions League, Babic’s stellar work in the league has quite clearly made him a hot property. The 22-year-old’s not only just a natural in aerial challenges, but he’s also assertive and agile enough to tackle mobile forwards pretty well. Indeed, his ability to track back, mark forwards out the game and physically outclass opponents makes him a perfect fit for the Scottish Premiership.
Clearly, he’d be a statement signing. With Celtic so badly needing to bridge the gap between domestic dominance and European success, Peter Lawwell must afford whoever gets the job over the course of the summer the cash to sign a player of this calibre to truly improve.
The physicality of the league’s well known and an intimidating figure like Babic could make opponents keep fearing Celtic. A young defender on the rise to stardom, the Serbian could draft in perfectly to make sure Boyata or Benkovic’s reliable presences aren’t missed.
Celtic fans, do you feel Babic can be an able replacement to Boyata or Benkovic? Join the discussion by commenting below.