Rangers man can't help but be impressed by Celtic's Diego Laxalt signing

By John McGinley

October 9, 2020

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish can’t help but admire Celtic’s acquisition of Diego Laxalt from AC Milan on loan, Football Insider reports.

Laxalt arrived on deadline day for the season in something of a transfer coup for the Scottish champions.

It’s not long ago the Uruguayan was shining on the international stage at the World Cup and moving for eight-figure fees.

In his peak playing years, it’s not often we see a star with that profile arrives in Scottish football.

Celtic man Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Despite his Ibrox leanings, McLeish told Football Insider: “I’ve only seen Laxalt in small doses. He seems quite a robust kind of player and I don’t know if he’s at the level of his illustrious international teammates for their technical game.

“But you would imagine coming from Uruguay he would have special technical skills. I saw him come in at the World Cup in one of the games.

“Laxalt is not a massive household name but he can be one of these players who are so versatile and so easy to slip into any team and fit into a position. You have to think Celtic have done tremendous homework on him and they’re not going to bring in a player who is not up to the mark.”

As we discussed yesterday, Laxalt is already settling in well to Celtic training and is in line to start the upcoming derby at Celtic Park.

It’d be bold of Neil Lennon to throw him into that fixture for his Bhoys debut.

However, you don’t sign players of this quality and don’t play them in the big matches.

Laxalt has been training at a high level at Milan and made the bench on every single Italian matchday before moving to Celtic.

New Celtic man Diego Laxalt / (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

From afar, he looks ready.

Hopefully, that is the case, and we see him on the left flank against Rangers.

If he plays well, McLeish might not be so upbeat about the signing.

In other news, Celtic fans have been left annoyed by the Scottish FA.