Celtic proved right on Atalanta's Timothy Castagne

By Connor Gordon

December 12, 2019

Celtic target Timothy Castagne is a happy bunny today after putting his Atalanta side through. The Italians go through as a shock second place in their Champions League group.

Belgian international Castagne scored the opening goal which pushed them into the next round. It appears Celtic’s scouting team called this one right, but there’s no chance he will be jetting to Glasgow now.

Celtic failure is a gain for Timothy Castagne

Through last January the Hoops were reportedly in for the highly rated right-back.

Timothy Castagne was in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic radar. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

A bid of £8 million was made by Brendan Rodgers in pursuit of his man.

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Mikael Lustig was all but away in the coming summer and Jeremy Toljan ended up signing instead. Both are away from the club, yet the links to Castagne in July and August were non-existent. However, the Belgian did shed some light on the Celtic saga.

He told the Daily Record: “It’s incredible how quickly things in football can change.

“In December I wasn’t starting any games and there was a £8million move to Celtic on the table.

Atalanta right-back in action for his country. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“It looked like I was leaving, but the club wanted £12m and the deal collapsed.”

Castagne went on to play for the remainder of the season despite having not played in the last 13 before the collapse.

Hoops are bang on the money again with targets

Castagne is part of a growing list of former targets that are going on to good things. The Atalanta man is in the last 16 thanks to him, but he isn’t the only one.

The Hoops were linked to Lys Mousset who also is having a cracker down south with Sheffield United.

Lys Mousset playing with new club Sheffield United. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Former Sunderland man Josh Maja is also finding form after failing in a Celtic move.

It appears the Hoops scouting system is getting something right after many duds.

However, on the flip-side the Hoops wouldn’t have went after Jeremie Frimpong or Mohamed Elhamed if the Castagne move went ahead.

Nevertheless, it will be pleasing for the Hoops faithful that the scouts are finally spotting players again.