Have Celtic hit the panic button with move for Danny Simpson?

By Hamish Carton

July 18, 2019

Celtic will give former Leicester and Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson the chance to earn a contract at the club, according to reports.

The Scottish Sun say that the out of contract man will join up with Neil Lennon’s squad next week for some training. The 32-year-old left Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City at the end of the season but may now be seen as the solution to Celtic’s right-back issue.

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Celtic have been forced to play Kristoffer Ajer in the position in recent weeks after the summer departures of Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and Jeremy Toljan.

Simpson enjoyed the best spell of his career at Leicester where he was part of their remarkable title winning team in 2016.

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Does signing Simpson make sense for Celtic?

Celtic are looking for a replacement for long-term servant Mikael Lustig who’s best days had past him by. At the age of 32, the Swede was considered unworthy of a new lengthy contract. It was a felt that a younger pair of legs were needed to get up and down the right flank.

Simpson is the same age as Lustig, so surely signing him doesn’t make too much sense. Granted, the Englishman has played at a higher level than the Swede throughout his career but he is still past his best days and many would question a Celtic move for him.

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Simpson could probably add something to the Celtic backline if he was brought in with the intention of being a back-up right-back. We are badly in need of two players in the position this summer with Anthony Ralston’s future clearly not looking too bright.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that we will sign Israeli international Hatem Abd Elhamed in the coming days. He’s primarily a centre-back who can slot in at right-back. So a deal for Simpson is still likely to be on the table.

The Englishman shouldn’t, however, be considered as a first-choice Lustig replacement. That would signal a bit of a panic buy for Celtic. Something we really need to avoid this summer.