Celtic must look to Rennes for captain Benjamin André

By Connor Gordon

May 9, 2019

Celtic should follow Rangers into watching Rennes but to catch captain Benjamin André.

The Gers are strongly linked with a move for his highly rated centre-back team mate Edson Mexer.

The out of contract stopper will definitely do a job for the Ibrox side, but he isn’t the best player.

Instead, the skipper who plays in centre-midfield is the silent assassin fans in Glasgow would love.

Benjamin André is suited to Celtic

Scott Brown may have signed a new two-year deal at the club but André is his potential replacement.

Benjamin André can partner or replace Scott Brown. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

They are very similar players and both have came through as seasoned veterans to become captain.

The 28-year-old is at the peak age of a footballer and is only growing in confidence and stature.

He has led his team to their first trophy in 48 after beating PSG on penalties two weeks ago.

Where André has the advantage over Brown is his aerial prowess.

He by no means scores lots of goals with his head, but in the middle of the park he is perfect for goal kicks and knock-ons to the striker.

Fans will love his Broony like tenacity and his close relationship with the fans.

Edson Mexer is close to Rangers move, but can he handle the pressure? (Photo by Vincent Michel/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Where Mexer is a bit of a question mark when it comes to making it in Glasgow, there’s no doubts André would slot into the atmosphere and pressure that comes with Celtic.

André also remarked after a pre-season match at Celtic Park that he loved playing in the historic arena.

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If Neil Lennon wants to bring another striker to The Bhoys, he should stick with the French top flight.

The 27-year-old should be high on the Irishman’s priority before he goes for big bucks.

He has scored 14 goals in 34 appearances this season with Montpellier including one against PSG.

Montpellier striker Andy Delort is on top of his game this season. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Frenchman has also assisted seven times – 21 goals or assists in 34 isn’t bad for the forward.

Delort is currently on-loan from Toulouse.

They paid 6 million Euros for him over two years ago.

With the big Francophone contigent at Parkhead, Delort should be able to fit in no problem.

However, with the returns of Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths next season, the Irishman’s thinking may change.