Celtic’s need for an additional quality centre-back has long been debated and, while Bhoys fans will be keen to see a permanent signing made in January, there could be an enticing alternative if they are willing to delve back into the loan market.

That is something Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has done to great effect since he arrived in Scotland and, if he made an approach for Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe, it could be another success in that regard.

The 20-year-old defender is one of United’s brightest young talents and in time he is expected to be a regular in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up, having made seven senior appearances to date.

Predominantly a centre-back but also able to play as a right-back if required, Tuanzebe is tall, athletic and destined for great things, and he would follow in the footsteps of some other impressive loanees if Celtic were successful in any approach.

With his chances likely to be limited in the new year, United may opt to send Tuanzebe out on loan for the first time in his fledgling career, and a temporary stint at Celtic Park could be ideal for all concerned.

It would also give Celtic more time to find a long-term solution, rather than potentially rushing into a deal midway through the campaign when top targets may not be available.

Rodgers would have to want him, of course, but considering Tuanzebe’s potential he would be foolish not to.