Celtic have been dealt a massive blow in their search for a new centre-back.
The Hoops were knocked out of the Champions League in the qualifiers by AEK Athens marking the first time in four years they won’t feature in the group stages. They will instead enter the Europa League play-off round alongside Rangers. Brendan Rodgers bemoaned the lack of transfer activity following the defeat meaning their business should intensify as deadline day approaches.
The Northern Irishman wants to bolster his defence before the end of the month. The Hoops had targeted Manchester City defender, Jason Denayer, who previously spent a year on loan at Celtic Park. However, reports suggest that Lyon have won the race for his signature and the defender will travel to France for a medical.
Instead, Celtic should make an audacious loan attempt for Tottenham defender – Juan Foyth. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old graduated the youth academy at Estudiantes in his native Argentina before joining Spurs last summer for a reported £8m. He made seven appearances for the Lilywhites under Mauricio Pochettino.
Way down the pecking order, a loan move would be excellent for his development. Rodgers has a reputation for bringing the best out of young players, and Foyth could be the next star to flourish under his tutelage. A tall, powerful defender who loves carrying the ball out of defence, he would fit perfectly into the ex-Liverpool manager’s system at Celtic Park.
Moving to the SPFL would be a wise move to make.
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