Diego Laxalt has had a baptism of fire at Celtic but the early signs are promising

By John McGinley

October 26, 2020

Diego Laxalt hasn’t had an easy start at Celtic since signing on deadline day.

He was thrown in at the deep end against Rangers on his debut and followed that up with starts against parent club AC Milan and Aberdeen.

With changing personnel, formations and tactics across all those matches, the Uruguayan will at least know it’s interesting in Glasgow when things aren’t going well.

Still, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve seen of the player so far. He isn’t destroying teams on that left flank but he’s given us a good presence.

Clearly a player capable of carrying the ball, dribbling and passing forward, he’s also stood up well to attacking opponents.

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There is one obvious weakness. Like Jeremie Frimpong on the right flank, his crossing leaves a lot to be desired and it’s something the new signing has to improve upon and quickly.

In fairness, we haven’t had much of an aerial threat in the box across the three matches, but our final ball from the wide positions needs to become much more dangerous if the use of attacking full-backs is going to be a viable strategy.

Laxalt will likely be Lennon’s first-choice heading into games against Lille, Aberdeen and Sparta Prague, giving the 27-year-old time to build communication and rapport with the rest of the defensive line before our next Scottish Premiership game away to Motherwell.

That will be crucial for his improvement and development at the club. While there have been promising signs, there is also room for improvement.

Hopefully, he’s just getting started.

These fans have taken to Twitter over the last 48 hours to share their thoughts on his performance against Aberdeen…