PSG boss Thomas Tuchel namechecks reported Celtic target Mitchel Bakker; plays him vs Nice

By David Walton

September 20, 2020

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel namechecked reported Celtic target Mitchel Bakker before giving him a 90-minute outing against Nice today.

Les Parisiens took the spoils in a 3-0 success this afternoon. Bakker played the full game too after a recent long-term injury for Juan Bernat and a six-game suspension currently being served by back-up Layvin Kurzawa.

Sky Sports reported just over two weeks ago that the Ligue 1 champions had knocked back a loan offer from the Hoops for the Dutch youngster. They then stated that the player himself had told PSG chiefs that he wanted to stay and France and fight for his place.

Holland under-21 international Mitchel Bakker (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Speaking in comments published by Eurosport, Tuchel went on to mention Bakker as a possible replacement for the injured Bernat too. He also insisted he wasn’t looking to strengthen further in the position.

“We have Laywin Kurzawa, Mitchel Bakker, and Abdou Diallo, it is not the priority now to buy a player just for this position in my opinion.”

Bakker to Celtic gets more unrealistic by the week

Regarding any slight hope for this deal, we can probably now definitely rule it out. The only thing that would make it more certain is Tuchel himself actually saying it outright.

PSG simply do not have many options available if Bakker was to leave. Kurzawa is suspended for the next five matches, whilst Diallo is naturally a centre-back. The latter is also suspended too as things stand.

Bakker now has a free reign to try and make that left-back spot his own and try to cement his long-term future in Paris. It’s an opportunity the player himself would be kicking himself over if he decided not to take it.

Reported Celtic target Mitchel Bakker / (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

WhoScored ranked Bakker’s performance today with a 7.30 out of 10 – the fourth highest of all 14 of the PSG players involved this afternoon. It’s the player’s second consecutive start after feauturing against Metz last week.

Even if he wasn’t to take the PSG left-back spot in the long-term, he’ll simply have to try and take the opportunity. He may also look at it as a chance to increase the levels of interest in him if need be.

It’s no surprise things have gone quiet on Celtic’s end. This looks all but dead. Don’t be surprised to see Bakker stay in France this season, regardless of how much game-time he does or doesn’t get.

In other news, one of Brendan Rodgers’ old Celtic targets could be heading south.