Celtic should reignite interest in Strahinja Pavlovic; Lennon scouted him last summer

By Hamish Carton

September 3, 2020

It’s not often that Celtic boss Neil Lennon scouts a player himself.

But that was the case with giant defender Strahinja Pavlovic last summer.

As per the Scottish Sun (July 2019), newly appointed Hoops boss Lennon went to watch the centre-back in action for Partizan Belgade in their clash away to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Pavlovic playing against the Welsh outfit / (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Make no mistake, the interest was very real at that stage with Pavlovic even commenting on Lennon’s visit.

He said: “I was flattered when I heard about Celtic watching me in Wales.

“But for me I have to only concentrate on my immediate future and that’s at Partizan.”

Celtic should move for Pavlovic again

Celtic’s interest never materialised. However, the giant Serbian did soon get his giant move.

It came with French side AS Monaco, for a fee of €10million – according to Get Football News France.

The deal also saw Pavlovic return to Partizan for the final six months of last season, before eventually making his move to France.

However, the defender hasn’t featured in either of Monaco’s first two league games – and it may look to some like he’s not in new boss Niko Kovac’s plans.

Monaco boss Niko Kovac / (Photo by Federico Guerra Moran/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The season may be relatively new, but Pavlovic is already staring at a campaign in the wilderness.

So, given that Lennon fancied him enough to travel to Wales last season, could we reignite our interest this summer?

We could certainly do with another centre-back, especially if Lennon is going to play a 3-5-2 formation this season.

Pavlovic may be available on a loan deal, and keen to get some first-team opportunities.

Given that he was “flattered” by our interest 12 months ago, surely he would still fancy a move to Scotland.

It’s perhaps one to keep your eye on this summer.

In other news, Aaron Hickey’s future could finally be decided today