Celtic-linked Tomas Kalas holding talks with Bristol City

By David Walton

June 2, 2019

Celtic look likely to miss out on Czech Republic centre-back Tomas Kalas.

According to Bristol Live, the Robins are in talks with Kalas about staying at Ashton Gate. The defender spent last season with the Championship outfit, and featured in 46 matches for club and country. He’s been a stalwart for Bristol, who ended the campaign in eighth – just two places shy of the playoff places.

Celtic and Rangers had both been linked with a move for the Czech Republic star (The Sun). Rated at £5million by the Scottish Sun, Kalas has a further two years remaining on his deal at Chelsea.

Tomas Kalas has been a regular for club and country (Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Bristol Live (18:15) confirmed on Friday that they would’ve expected something to happen within 48 hours. Whilst that period is just about over, it appears Kalas is still locked in talks with several parties. Bristol, however, are apparently prepared to make him their highest paid player.

Bristol Live also believe that Kalas is interested in a move, and that agreeing a fee is affordable for them.

Will Lennon make a move?

Neil Lennon revealed to Celtic TV after the Scottish Cup final win over Hearts that work on new players was already underway. Considering Kalas is apparently in talks with several parties, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we’ve made a move here.

Neil Lennon says work is already underway regarding players arriving (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But there have been no further reports linking Celtic with a move for him since March. That’s despite the fact the Hoops have lost both Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic. Make no mistake, signing two further centre-backs this summer is essential, and Kalas would tick many boxes.

According to the Sun, Lennon had him watched several times since being appointed as interim boss in February. They also claimed that Celtic were in the driving seat to nab him. But, at this stage, that’s looking like being Bristol City.

Kalas is a fans’ favourite at Ashton Gate (Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Of course, there could be a twist or two in the tale here. Kalas, however, represents incredible potential. At 26, the best years of his career remain ahead of him, and he’s a regular for Czech Republic.

His time at Chelsea has seen him farmed out to six different clubs in loan deals. Celtic would be a good option for him to set up shop permanently, but it remains to be seen how much playing with Bristol will help them in their pursuit of him.

At face value, it doesn’t feel like we’re in the driving seat anymore in this one.