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Jeffrey Bruma is exactly the type of player Celtic need to ensure title success

Jeffrey Bruma is exactly the type of player Celtic need to ensure title success

Celtic progressed to next round of the Scottish League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Patrick Thistle.

Goals from Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele handed Brendan Rodgers a much-needed victory after the Hoops crashed out of the Champions League. Defeat against AEK Athens means Celtic won’t feature in the group stages of the competition for the first time in five years. They will instead enter the Europa League play-off round against Rangers where they will face FK Suduva for the chance to qualify for the groups.

While being knocked out of the Champions League was bitterly disappointing, Celtic fans will hope it will be the catalyst for some summer signings. The Hoops are yet to splash the cash on new recruits with their only major signing being a permanent deal for Odsonne Eduoard. Rodgers must be desperate to bolster his defence but saw former star Jason Denayer join Lyon earlier this week.

According to reports, Celtic will turn their attention to Wolfsburg defender, Jeffrey Bruma, who would be an excellent addition to the squad. Valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the Dutch international caught the eye as a youngster at Feyenoord and Chelsea paid a whopping £100,000 to bring him to Stamford Bridge as a 15-year-old. He eventually left the Blues for PSV Eindhoven before signing for Wolfsburg in the summer of 2016.

Bruma made 20 appearances in his debut season at the club but struggled for game time last year. He made only 11 showings in the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old would still be a welcome addition to the Celtic back four.

The Dutchman is a no-nonsense defender, averaging 3.7 clearances per game last season. Bruma is also a serious threat in the air from set-pieces, winning 3.1 aerial duels last season, and would give Rodgers a much-needed presence at the back. Bruma is equally adept with the ball at his feet, completing 86% of his passes, meaning he will slot seamlessly into Rodgers’ system at Celtic Park (WhoScored).

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