Celtic-linked George Baldock’s future now officially lies at Sheffield United after he signed a new contract with the Blades.
Baldock had been linked with a move to Parkhead earlier this summer (Daily Mail). Nothing seemed to come of it, but given the fact he was in the final year of his deal, an agreement still looked possible.
But yesterday he reaffirmed his commitment to Sheffield with a new three-year contract. The newly-promoted Premier League outfit confirmed the news on social media.
"The club is going places and I want to be part of it, it was as simple as that really when it came to the new deal”
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— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) August 19, 2019
In the end, Celtic of course went for Hatem Abd Elhamed as their first right-back signing. But despite that, it’s generally accepted within the support that we need another one for competition.
As it stands, Celtic only have Anthony Ralston available as back-up to Elhamed. Considering the youngster has been nowhere near first-team duties in recent times, it’s fair to say another right-back is essential before the window closes.
Baldock’s future will be in England
Baldock, meanwhile, has started both of Sheffield’s Premier League games this season. He’s also acquitted himself extremely well in the division too. Baldock looks to be full of energy, and a player who wouldn’t have looked out of place at Parkhead,
But his new contract effectively crosses him out of our transfer target list.
In fairness to the supporters, many may have given up on a deal for Baldock being done anyway. After all, there had been no official offer from Celtic since the reported interest at the start of the summer. Even though we’ll be hoping to sign some quality competition for Elhamed, Baldock has seemed increasingly unlikely in any case.
Meanwhile, things have generally gone quiet in our pursuit of a right-back. No names have been mentioned recently, with Celtic continuing to hunt for a left-back instead.
But there’s no denying right-back is back to being a problem position if anything happens to Elhamed. It’s not an area of the team that Celtic can take lightly or dismiss this summer.
With the transfer window closing on September 2nd, time is running out to get another one in. But yesterday’s news at least confirms we know who it won’t be.