Celtic could be interested in bringing back former youth defender Stephen O’Donnell, according to the Scottish Sun.

The right-back left the club in 2011 but has played for Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock since.

With 12 months left on his contract, The Sun says Killie are looking for potential suitors.


With Mikael Lustig at the end of his deal and Cristian Gamboa almost gone, the O’Donnell move would be sensible.

Celtic should bring back Stephen O’Donnell

Since the Bellshill born full-back joined the Ayrshire side, he has always stuck out.

Stephen O’Donnell in Kilmarnock colours this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Against both sides of the Glasgow divide, the 27-year old has been amicable.

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O’Donnell has impressed so much to make it into the recent Scotland set-ups and will continue to be.

His old gaffer Steve Clarke seemed to fancy him a lot and now at the helm at Scotland, this won’t stop.

O’Donnell is approaching his peak age as a footballer, so now would be the right time for the Hoops to pluck up the cash.

The Sun report that Neil Lennon would be interested in O’Donnell should he get the manager post.

However, should a foreign unfamiliar boss take the reins, the possibility weakens.

Neil Lennon is reportedly interested in Stephen O’Donnell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This still leaves the club with a major problem at right-back next season which must be addressed.

Stephen O’Donnell helps solve right-back issue

At present, only Anthony Ralston will be a recognised right-back at the club.

Gamboa is for the off, Lustig is out of contract and Jeremy Toljan’s loan ends this week.

Manny Perez is still on-loan in America with no return date in sight.

Anthony Ralston will be last man standing come next season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Even if O’Donnell isn’t a starter, he will be a decent squad player.

However, he can take hope in Charlie Mulgrew’s career as he left and came back to be a starter at the club in similar circumstances.

There’s a good player in there and it would be silly for Celtic to pass him up.

Failure to sign him will only create further head scratches for the new manager down the line.

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