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Celtic: Right-back woes can be swiftly sorted with O’Donnell swoop

Celtic: Right-back woes can be swiftly sorted with O’Donnell swoop - Opinion

Treble-treble winners then? What an achievement, but it’s no excuse for the Bhoys to let up this summer ahead of what promises to be another impressive season in 2019/20. Spending needs to be done and with right-back a problem area, Lennon should sign Kilmarnock’s Stephen O’Donnell, as The Scottish Sun claim he’s a target for the Hoops.

It makes perfect sense. At the age of 27-years-old, the full-back has all the experience of playing Scotland and wouldn’t need the period of adjustment that a foreign defender would need coming in at Parkhead. In addition to that, O’Donnell is a familiar face in Glasgow having turned out for the Bhoys’ at youth level for two years in between spells with Aberdeen as a youngster and then Patrick Thistle.

O’Donnell may not the be sort of name that the Bhoys are usually linked with and the fans would probably rather go for a more well-known option, but when they did in that in the loan of Jeremy Toljan it didn’t work. Neil Lennon looks likely to get the managerial role at the club, and if he takes it then he’ll have to get his business spot on, starting with a right-back.

He simply cannot afford to trust the old guard for much longer, and it looks very much like Mikael Lustig’s race is run at the club. The Swede has given seven years of service to the famous club but there is no room for sentiment when in charge of a club as successful as Celtic. It may not be what the fans all want, but O’Donnell simply has to come in and replace Lustig.

It makes full sense with O’Donnell too. Steve Clarke has left Kilmarnock, giving the defender the chance to leave this summer, and with a Transfermarkt valuation of just £450,000 and seven Scotland caps to his name, he looks like a real Celtic signing. It’s a sweetener that he’s starred against Rangers recently too, winning a last-gasp penalty against the Gers that saw them fall 2-1 at Rugby Park.

Celtic fans, do you want to sign Stephen O’Donnell? Let us know!


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