Antonio Barragan reportedly not interested in Celtic move
Reports from Spain have this evening denied the prospect of Antonio Barragan to Celtic.
Estadio Deportivo, a Seville-based newspaper, has claimed that the Hoops haven’t made contact with Betis for the right-back. They also state that the player has absolutely no intention of joining the Scottish champions either.
Estadio Deportivo believes that Barragan is happy with Betis, who he joined permanently last summer. He is also apparently open to extending his contract, which expires next summer.
Celtic were linked with Barragan by the Scottish Daily Mail (24th July, Page 82). They claimed that he was simply on a list of contenders that the Hoops were considering.
Celtic are still looking for further cover at right-back after the signing of Hatem Abd Elhamed. They have Anthony Ralston in reserve, but Neil Lennon has failed to put any trust in him during pre-season and in the initial Champions League qualifiers.
Reported Barragan stance tells us all we need to know
If Barragan is so dismissive about the prospect of a move to Parkhead, then Celtic shouldn’t pursue the idea any further. We may not have done in any case, but there appears to be no desire from the player to enter talks.
Barragan, at 32, would’ve brought plenty of La Liga experience having played just under 200 games in Spain’s top flight. His previous clubs include the likes of Real Valladolid, Valencia, and Deportivo La Coruna to name a few.
He seems to be settled in Spain after a short, failed stint in England with Middlesbrough. You can hardly blame him for being a tad pessimistic about trying his luck in British football once again.
The Daily Record has also linked Celtic to FC Basel right-back Silvan Widmer today also. His agent was at Parkhead to watch the Hoops dismantle Nomme Kalju 5-0 last night. It remains to be seen if anything happens there, but it looks as though Celtic are certainly searching for their right-back cover in any case.
There remains around six weeks until the transfer window closes (September 2nd). But with Celtic’s domestic action kicking off next Saturday, it won’t be long until our annual three-games-per-week schedule kicks off.
We could really use another right-back in by then. But it certainly doesn’t look as though it’s going to be Barragan.