Report: Celtic eyeing up move for Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan

By David Walton

July 26, 2021

Celtic are considering making a move for highly-rated Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan, according to the Daily Record.

The Record states that the Rams full-back is on a list of potential targets that Ange Postecoglou is considering this summer.

The England under-21 international is into the final 12 months of his contract. However, Derby have the option to extend that by a further 12 months should they wish.

Derby manager Wayne Rooney is insistent that he doesn’t want to sell players [Nottingham Post]. However, the Record claims that Celtic are aware of the situation should the Championship club alter their stance.

Nottingham Forest have also been linked with a £1.2million move for the left-back [Daily Record].

Celtic could still do with one more left-back; is Lee Buchanan the answer?

It’s not overly surprising to see Celtic linked with left-back targets. After all, we could certainly do with some additions in that area.

Boli Bolingoli and Greg Taylor make up our contingent in the position. Fans haven’t been impressed with the latter in pre-season, whilst Boli still hasn’t proven himself to be good enough to be considered first-choice here.

Buchanan, meanwhile, would certainly come with a reputation. He’s come through the youth ranks at Derby to make 44 senior appearances for the club [Transfermarkt]. After a breakthrough campaign last season, he would go on to make two appearances at England under-21 level.

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He also earned extremely high praise from Man Utd legend and Derby boss Rooney. He claimed that Buchanan was one of the best young left-backs in English football [Ryan Conway].

Whilst that may be premature, there’s no denying he looks destined for big things.

Left-back shouldn’t be the club’s biggest priority at the moment. But you can understand why it’s a position we’re looking at. Let’s see if Celtic make their move.

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