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Food for thought – Man City would go a long way in solving left-back woes by signing this 21-year-old Scottish prodigy

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Kieran Tierney would be the ideal option to solve Man City’s left-back woes

According to an earlier report from the Scottish Sun, Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney was the subject of a transfer tug of war between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. However, neither club managed to land the highly-rated Scottish prodigy and Tierney remained at Celtic for yet another season.

A product of Celtic’s youth system, Tierney made his senior debut for the club in 2015. The 21-year-old has never looked back since then, accumulating 8 goals and 37 assists from 161 appearances for Celtic across all competitions. He has established himself as one of the hottest properties in the Scottish Premiership and his style of play is quite similar to his international teammate and Liverpool star Andrew Robertson.

Standing at 6ft with a lean frame, Tierney has just the ideal height for a full-back and has a good all-around game. He has a very good technique which allows him to be comfortable in possession and keep good close control in tight areas. However, his most impressive attributes are his decision-making, tackling, passing, crossing and composure on the ball.

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Blessed with good situational awareness, Tierney knows exactly when to push higher up the pitch and when to stay close to the halfway line. While he is very good with his passing and link-up play down the flanks, he is also a good crosser of the ball and has a tendency of setting up goals with inch-perfect deliveries into the box.

Although he is an aggressive defender by nature, Tierney rarely gets caught out of position and has a good disciplinary record. He is an exceptional tackler and has the game reading ability to anticipate the movements of the attackers, a trait which allows him to make recovery runs and cut out counter attacks when he is higher up the pitch.

Another impressive thing about him is his versatility to play in multiple positions across the backline. He is primarily a left-back but has also been used as a right-back and centre-back.

Tierney has done exceptionally well in the UEFA Europa League for Celtic this term. He has averaged 61 passes per game at an accuracy percentage of 75.7, including 1 cross and 3.8 successful long balls per game in the group stages of the competition. Furthermore, he has averaged 1.7 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game.

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To put things into perspective, he would be an excellent buy for Manchester City. The Citizens have stumbled in the title race after a strong start to the season and Pep Guardiola’s men cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to have any chance of defending their title.

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City have looked like a formidable unit in all departments but they can certainly do with a bit of strengthening at the left-back position. Benjamin Mandy’s long-term injury has forced Guardiola to use Fabian Delph on the left and the Englishman has let the team down with his poor awareness and shambolic marking on numerous occasions.

They need another top quality left-back to provide cover and competition for Mendy and Kieran Tierney is certainly a wonderful choice.

That said, they should go all out to sign him in January.

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Celtic would strike gold by signing this 22-year-old Portuguese right-back to boost defensive depth

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Celtic FC Opinion: Why Fernando Fonseca will be a good fit for the Hoops?

According to January’s report from the Scottish Sun, Celtic were interested in signing FC Porto right-back Fernando Fonseca.

The 22-year-old defender, who had a loan spell at Estoril last season, has made just three appearances for the Porto B side this term. As per O Jogo, Fernando Fonseca was close to joining Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk but the move has collapsed, owing to a disagreement in negotiations.

As a result, the Portuguese right-back is set to stay put at Porto but could depart the club in the summer, with a move to Zorya Luhansk now apparently off.

That surely gives Celtic a second chance to swoop in for Fonseca and the Glasgow giants should do everything in their powers to sign him ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

The Hoops signed Jeremy Toljan on loan from Borussia Dortmund in January to compete with the ageing Mikael Lustig. Toljan had a fantastic start to his life at Parkhead but since the red card at Valencia in the Europa League, things have gone horribly wrong for the right-back.

Despite committing errors at the back, interim manager Neil Lennon has at least given Toljan a chance.

But the German has not really shown enough in recent weeks to cement his place in the starting XI Scottish champions. In fact, he looks a complete a misfit and shouldn’t be signed by Celtic permanently to replace Mikael Lustig.

Lustig is out of contract at the end of the season and will leave the Bhoys on a free. Celtic need to replace the Swede this summer, with the right-back position desperately requiring strengthening.

Toljan’s constant struggles mean the Scottish giants should move on from the on-loan star and make a concrete offer to Porto for signing Fernando Fonseca.

Fonseca fits the bill perfectly at Celtic—young, promising, dynamic and with a huge potential to develop as a player. He was close to joining Juventus last summer tells one the quality and potential he possesses. The 22-year-old hasn’t got a look in Porto’s first-team this season and will surely move on to kickstart his career elsewhere.

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A move to Celtic could give the young Portuguese a chance to get first-team football on a regular basis. The Hoops in return would get a long-term replacement for Lustig at right-back.

Verdict

It’s important for Celtic to address the right-back position this summer as Lustig’s career at Parkhead will come to an end. Signing Fonseca, therefore, is a no-brainer for the Glasgow heavyweights.

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Celtic would bag a massive coup by targeting any of these two defenders – including this talented 21-year-old Frenchman

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Celtic FC Opinion: Two defenders the Hoops should target this summer?

Celtic are inching closer towards their eight successive Scottish Premiership title despite Brendan Rodgers leaving the fans stunned by joining Leicester City last month.

Neil Lennon has taken the reins of the club on an interim basis until the end of the campaign. The Hoops are enjoying a ten-point lead at the top of the table and if Lennon successfully manages to guide the club to the inevitable, he could certainly get the permanent keys of the club, once again.

Should Lennon get the job, he must look to build the team for the future and address some key areas of the squad in the summer transfer window. One of the important areas is the defence, which has failed to inspire this season.

Dedryck Boyata, arguably Celtic’s best defender, will certainly leave the club once his contract expires in the summer, while Filip Benkovic will return back to Leicester City at the end of the campaign.

That’ll leave the Hoops with Jozo Simunovic, Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer—none of have been consistent and reliable at the back.

Hence, it’s crucial Celtic makes defensive reinforcements to compete for the title as well as make a mark in the Champions League. That said, here we look at the two central defenders the Glasgow giants should target in the summer.

1. Samir Memisevic (Groningen)

Samir Memisevic is enjoying an excellent season with Groningen, having been a regular fixture at the Dutch club’s backline. He has made 25 appearances in the Eredivisie, scoring three goals.

Strong in the air and powerful in the tackle, the Bosnian is a no-nonsense defender who’ll bring some much-needed feistiness and leadership qualities to the Celtic backline.

Memisevic likes to play it out from the back and is extremely comfortable on the ball, making him a perfect fit for Lennon’s Hoops.

2. Jean-Kevin Duverne (Lens)

Jean-Kevin Duverne earned rave reviews for his performances with Ligue 2 side RC Lens last season. But he ruptured ligament in his left knee in May last year and was out of action for close to nine months.

The Frenchman, 21, made his return on February and has played seven Ligue 2 games thus far. Duverne will take some time before he gets to his best and starts attracting attention from Europe’s elites.

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But before that happens, Celtic should quickly snap him up this summer. He fits the profile at the Parkhead; young, matured and talented with a sky-high potential.

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Celtic beating Scottish rivals to sign this 32-year-old powerhouse would be ideal at shoring up the club’s midfield

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Celtic FC Opinion: Why the Rams should snap up Craig Bryson from Derby?

According to a report from the Scottish Sun, Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson has emerged as a target for Scottish Premiership side Hearts when his contract expires in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who has admitted there have been no talks with the club to extend his spell at Pride Park, is also a target for his old club Kilmarnock.

Craig Bryson has been one of the most consistent performers for Derby County since joining from Kilmarnock in 2011. With no offer for contract extension as of yet, the veteran midfielder will be keen to head back to Scotland and finish his career when his contract does expire at Pride Park.

That said, Celtic should beat the likes of Hearts and Kilmarnock for Bryson’s signature this summer.

Celtic are inching closer towards their eighth successive Scottish Premiership title despite Brendan Rodgers leaving Parkhead last month for Leicester City.

Neil Lennon has been appointed as an interim manager until the end of the season and if does well in the auditioning period, the job could be his on a permanent basis.

Whatever is the case, with or without Lennon, the Hoops will need reinforcements in the summer, considering that Rangers will spend once again after potentially missing out on the title.

To keep up with the high standards and also to compete in the Champions League, a couple of quality additions would do well for Celtic.

Craig Bryson could be an inspired signing for Celtic. The 32-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder but is known for his ability to score goals from midfield.

An energetic, tenacious and lively customer, he can pick a pass and at the same time keep things simple in midfield as per the game’s requirement. His energy remains unmatched and the Scotsman’s work-rate coupled with his ability to get into goal-scoring positions make him an asset for any team he plays.

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The former Scotland international has been superb for the Rams ever since moving to the Championship club and will be a solid signing for Celtic if they can snap him up in the summer.

Verdict

A move to Celtic could also tempt Bryson as he’ll be able to play for the best team in Scotland as well as a chance in the Champions League. On a free transfer, the experienced midfielder’s signing is a no-brainer for the Glasgow giants.

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