Celtic face a difficult test if they are to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stages.
The Hoops were knocked out of the Champions League by AEK Athens meaning they would not feature in the groups for the first time in five years. Instead, they entered the Europa League play-off stage alongside rivals Rangers. They drew the first-leg against FK Sudava thanks to a third-minute goal Olivier Ntcham.
Their defensive woes continued against the Lithuanian champions and gave the Hoops all the work to do in the second leg at Celtic Park. They’ve lost two of their last seven games and conceding in six. Defensive reinforcements are a must if Celtic are to retain their Scottish Premiership title.
One man Brendan Rodgers should look to sign is former Nacional defender – Diego Polenta. Valued at £2.48m by Transfermarkt, the Uruguayan is searching for a new club after he was released his club. Reports suggested that Leeds United were interested in the defender back in July. However, he rejected the move. The offer of European football at Celtic Park could convince him to move to Scotland.
Polenta can play at left-back as well as a centre-back, and his versatility will no doubt interest, Rodgers. The 26-year-old is comfortable with the ball at his feet as well as passing out from the back meaning he would fit perfectly into Rodgers’ system. His best years are ahead of him, and Celtic have nothing to lose by signing him for free.
Even if Polenta doesn’t turn out to be successful, Celtic would be able to move him on for a bit of money.
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