Celtic target Omar Colley is a COVID-19 survivor

By Hamish Carton

September 3, 2020

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley is certainly a fighter, as was shown earlier this year.

Neil Lennon is seemingly keen on bringing the Gambia international to Glasgow this summer, after the club made an inquiry for the player. (Sky Sports)

Not a great deal is known about the Sampdoria centre-back, but a look at his recent history tells you that he’s had a fair deal to contend with in 2020.

Colley is a survivor of COVID-19, after testing positive for the virus in early March.

Colley is good in the air / (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

At the time, Bleacher Report reported that the 27-year-old was one of four La Samp players to get the virus, just days after team-mate Manolo Gabbiadini had also tested positive.

Italy had only just entered full lockdown at that stage, and football was put on hold for months before returning in late June.

Colley played ten of his side’s last 13 league matches after making a full recovery.

Reported Celtic target Omar Colley / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Will Ajer have to go first?

It is not yet clear how genuine our interest in the big defender is.

Having just signed Shane Duffy, and already spent considerable money this summer, many may call into question the validity of reports linking us to the £10million rated man. (Sky Sports)

But with Kristoffer Ajer possibly on the way out, the club may look to add even more experience to the backline.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Colley shares a lot of traits with both Duffy and Christopher Jullien – being a similar age and having bags of experience in one of the best leagues in Europe.

On the face of it, he would look like a really strong bit of business.

It just remains to be seen whether we’d spend such a large fee on Colley without losing a player first.