Bristol City reportedly interested in rivalling Celtic for Tomas Kalas
The Scottish Sun have reported that the fight for Tomas Kalas is about to heat up, with Bristol City vowing to keep him.
The on-loan Chelsea defender has spent the season at Aston Gate. Throughout the campaign, Kalas has had 34 appearances for both club and country. He’s featured four times this season for the Czech Republic, and has made a real impression at Bristol.
According to the Sun, Kalas has been drawn up on a shortlist of targets by Neil Lennon. It’s interesting to see that Lennon is potentially preparing for next season. There’s been no word from Celtic about who the manager will be next year, but Lennon would be doing the right thing in prepping just in case.
A Glasgow chase
The Sun also reported that Rangers were watching the defender too. But the main competition looks like coming from Bristol, who are apparently determined to keep their man.
It will be interesting to see how any potential promotion would help Bristol in their attempts to land Kalas. He’s reportedly valued at £5m according to the Sun. City also sit seventh in the English Championship, so promotion isn’t exactly out of the question as they chase a playoff place.
For us, it’s great to see that Lennon and Celtic are potentially looking to sort out their biggest issue of the summer. Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic look set to depart the club. Boyata is out of contract whilst Benkovic will likely return to parent-club Leicester City.
Therefore, Celtic have a big defensive crisis to sort out in the off-season. Its right they start targeting potential replacements now, and Kalas certainly has the experience for it.
The Czech defender has featured for seven different teams on loan across four different countries. He’s made just two starts for Chelsea, but given the quality they possess that’s hardly anything to groan about.
The lure of potential Champions League football you have to hope would sway Kalas. But it seems to depend on a number of factors. Bristol’s promotion and Lennon’s appointment as permanent manager being the main two.
Let’s see how this plays out, but it looks like the Hoops have a battle on their hands to get their man.