Celtic should sign Ramy Bensebaini of Rennes

By Connor Gordon

May 15, 2019

Celtic must look to Rennes to sign defender Ramy Bensebaini before he goes elsewhere.

France Football claims the Algerian international is being courted by top European clubs.

The utility man can play anywhere in defence and has been tried in midfield.

He is very similar to former Hoops Player of the Season, Charlie Mulgrew.

Celtic should bid for Ramy Bensebaini

The defender is wanted by Real Betis and Sevilla as they push for the upper reaches of La Liga.

Sevilla are chasing Joris Gnagnon’s former Rennes team mate. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sevilla already signed another Rennes man in Joris Gnagnon last year and are looking to build on that.

However, the Hoops are crying out for new full-backs with Mikael Lustig out of contract and a back-up for Kieran Tierney.

Rennes President Olivier Létang says that he will let Bensebaini go for the right offer.

He said: “Since I arrived, I told him if there is an interesting offer for him and us, he would be able to leave.”

The club are reportedly wanting between five million and eight million euros.

Bensebaini is a starter for Rennes and has been for a long time.

The 24-year-old helped the club reach the last 16 of the Europa League and scored along the way.

He also played in the Coupe de France final which Rennes won for the first time in 48 years.

Ramy Bensebaini with the Coupe de France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

The defender will have higher sights and Celtic can offer them.

Ramy Bensebaini similar to Charlie Mulgrew

People unfamiliar with Bensebaini must note similarities between him and the ex-Hoops man.

Although Mulgrew stands a little taller, both men are aerial threats for balls into the box.

They’re both on the slight side too but very agile players that get into good positions.

Charlie Mulgrew and Ramy Bensebaini are similar players. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Mulgrew and Bensebaini are both utility men who can play almost everywhere on the pitch.

However, Mulgrew was primarily a left-back who transformed into a centre-back while Bensebaini is the opposite.

The only downside is, Bensebaini isn’t the free kick specialist Mulgrew is.

This said, both men are classy players and give everything to the cause to make their teams win.