A hectic summer is surely on the cards for Celtic.
While Neil Lennon’s immediate job is clearly to try and win another treble, the Hoops’ management has big decisions to make come May.
Indeed, not only are they under pressure to find a permanent manager, but they’ll also need to indulge in heavy transfer business. Their lack of spending last summer cost them and the Bhoys need to avoid the kind of stagnation that set in under Ronny Deila from creeping back in.
Indeed, Celtic will surely see some key players leaving in the summer. Be it loanees going back to their parent clubs or some leaving for further success, the Hoops need to be ready for a busy window. In fact, influential defender Dedryck Boyata’s departure is almost certain with his contract is ending after this season, meaning he can join any club as a free agent as Leicester and Brendan Rodgers reportedly watch on.
Obviously, the Belgian had made himself a hero at Parkhead before last some of last season’s antics, developing into a solid defender and also breaking into the national team. Replacing him would be difficult, but Celtic are already weighing their options and Tomas Kalas, who is valued at £3.6 million (by Transfermarkt), was once again touted as a target by the Scottish Sun over the course of the weekend.
The Czech Republic star has spent his recent years in the EFL Championship but has improved considerably at Bristol City this season. He’s turned into a much composed, assertive figure to help the Robins earn nine clean-sheets, while himself boasting impressive stats averaging 1.9 interceptions and 5.5 clearances per game (stats via WhoScored).
A physical yet talented option, the perennial Chelsea loanee is exactly the kind of statement signing Peter Lawwell must pull out of the bag after last summer.
Now an experienced candidate in Britain, Kalas can be the commanding defender Celtic are craving for.
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