When you’ve been approved by Celtic hero Lubomir Moravcik, you can’t be too bad.
On yesterday’s Celtic Huddle Podcast, Moravcik gushed about Lukas Provod, the Czech international who’ll be familiar to Rangers and Arsenal supporters. Playing for Slavia Prague, Provod’s value has skyrocketed since joining the controversial club, with 14 goal involvements in all competitions this season [Transfermarkt].
Lubo said [Celtic Huddle Podcast]:
“You saw Slavia Prague this season in the Europa League, their players aren’t too expensive, but they are very good.
“For example, a player like Lukas Provod. He played for a small club last season, moved to Slavia and made big, big progress.
“He’s a very talented player, still young, good physically, has a good left foot. It would be very interesting to see a player like that. That is maybe the way to go.
“The Czech Republic, Slovakia, places like Austria or Hungary, there are a lot of players over there to watch.”
A pacy winger with excellent end-product, Provod was linked to Serie A champions Inter Milan in April [FC Inter News]. Capped 7 times by the Czech national team, the 24-year-old will surely be the subject of bids after his travails in the Europa League. But will Celtic be among them?
He has the approval of Lubo Moravcik, but should Celtic act on it?
Reaching his peak years, Provod’s next contract will be an important one. Whether he sees himself staying at Slavia Prague in the long-term, with interest from across Europe, will be a tough choice for him to make. After all, Provod’s ascent has been pretty rapid; he was playing for Banik Sokolov in the Czech Republic’s third tier as recently as 17-18.
Provod’s agent, Martin Hrdlička divulged in April [FC Inter News]:
“Provod has built up the right experience and and is at the right age for a new challenge.
“Everything depends on Slavia Prague though, and whether they will be willing to sell a key player in their team.
“Provod is a hard worker and a very intelligent player who believes in his ability.
“He’s capable of playing on both wings, but he can play well as a midfielder too.
“He’s naturally left-footed but strong with both feet.”
His versatility is certainly interesting. Primarily a left-winger, the Czech international can cover both wings, as well as playing through central midfield. That makes him a possible replacement for either Mohamed Elyounoussi or Ryan Christie, both of whom are likely to leave this summer.
However, at a £5.4m evaluation [Transfermarkt], it’s likely that Slavia Prague would want to do business for less than three times that price. That makes the winger prohibitively expensive, considering the overall spend Celtic need to make this summer.
Certainly, Provod is an interesting name. However, it seems incredibly unlikely that the winger would be keen on a move to Scotland if giants like Inter are interested.