Celtic not interested in signing Aston Villa's Micah Richards - Report
Celtic aren’t interested in sealing a deal for Aston Villa right-back Micah Richards, according to the Daily Record.
Rumours seem to have recently came out of nowhere that the Hoops were planning a raid on the England international.
Despite the fact Richards hasn’t played for over two years, it still hasn’t stopped the rumours from circulating.
But according to senior Daily Record journalist Michael Gannon, the idea of an offer being made is “nonsense”. Celtic have apparently never been interested in the right-back, and the speculation has just been made up.
This certainly wouldn’t be surprising if true. Richards, in truth, shouldn’t be anywhere near Celtic’s list of potential transfer targets. He doesn’t have the pace he once had, and at the wrong side of 30, will be lacking match-fitness.
Celtic are still in desperate need of a replacement for Mikael Lustig. Richards, however, hasn’t been seen since August 2016. And if he isn’t getting a game for a struggling Championship side down in England, he can forget making it at Parkhead.
Omar Elabdellaoui is more like it
In terms of proper right-back targets, Celtic remain keen on Omar Elabdellaoui. The Olympiakos defender will be difficult to nab, however, and Celtic will have to splash the cash here.
Regardless, that’s the kind of right-back Celtic should be targeting. Someone who’s been extremely impressive for their club and is in fine form. Richards, on the other hand, hasn’t had a period like that in his career for at least five years.
The right-back was punted by City back in 2015. Since then, he’s failed to cut it at both Fiorentina and Aston Villa.
Any move for him would’ve reeked of a strong lack of ambition. That’s not something Celtic can afford in this window, as they have a lot of making up to do to the fans.
It remains to be seen who Celtic do go for in the second-half of the month. Thankfully, however, it looks like it won’t be Richards.