Celtic’s links to right-back Omar Elabdellaoui are going quiet despite reported interest.
The Bhoys were in for the £4.5million-rated Norwegian international in January according to the Scottish Sun due to uncertainties at full-back.
The club opted for Jeremy Toljan on-loan and his Celtic career was less than stellar.
With Mikael Lustig’s contract over, signing Elabdellaoui now should be the number one priority.
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With Lustig leaving, the club should aim to match the calibre of player they are losing.
Despite his age, Lustig is a seasoned international right-back. Elabdellaoui is also an international right-back just one country over with Norway. He’ll have already formed an international partnership with Kristoffer Ajer that can continue.
Surely the Olympiakos man is the perfect replacement and the rumoured fee doesn’t push the boat out.
The Greek side are a top European team too, so everything is falling into place for him to be the Hoops’ next right-back.
There was competition from the likes of Southampton too but both clubs failed to get him.
Buying Elabdellaoui from a top side would certainly lay down the marker Neil Lennon will want.
It shows he has the backing of the board and the boldness to take another top European side’s first choice defender.
Others on the radar as good as Omar Elabdellaoui?
Celtic are linked with Stephen O’Donnell of Kilmarnock in this window.
The Scotland international is coming into his own and performing at a high level. He will also command a smaller fee that Elabdellaoui, but is the same quality there?
O’Donnell isn’t the gamble that the Norwegian would be, however he has the status and record to back himself up.
Lennon has a big decision to make as whoever he buys will be first choice.
The jury is still out on Anthony Ralston and Manny Perez is still on-loan in the USA.
Whoever the Irishman signs must slot in and have an immediate impact. Does he want to go with the proven Premiership star or the seasoned international playing at the top level?