Report: Celtic in hunt for EFL full-back, rejects new deal

By Euan Davidson

May 13, 2021

According to a report in TEAMtalk, Celtic are in the hunt for MK Dons left-back Matthew Sorinola.

Sorinola, who has 43 appearances to his name this season [Transfermarkt], has rejected a new deal with MK Dons. The club, who have produced talents like Dele Alli over the last decade, had hoped to tie up Sorinola amidst interest from across the UK.

TEAMtalk claim that Celtic are battling Rangers, Chelsea, Leeds United, Bournemouth and Norwich City for the 20-year-old. Impressively, Sorinola has contributed at both ends of the pitch. At the time of writing, he’s scored twice, while setting up 6 goals in 20-21.

For comparison, Greg Taylor has scored once, and laid on 7. Last night’s encouraging display from Adam Montgomery may force Celtic to change tack, but reinforcements are certainly needed in defence. Boli Bolingoli’s future is under huge doubt, while Diego Laxalt will return to AC Milan after a mixed spell in Glasgow.

According to TEAMtalk:

“We understand [Sorinola] is set to leave English football rather than joining an Under-23 set-up. Indeed, the player wants regular first-team game time.”

Of course, that could mean a move further afield. However, if there’s legitimacy to these claims, it suggests Celtic and Rangers are Sorinola’s primary suitors.

Matthew Sorinola in action for MK Dons / (Photo by John Cripps/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic have been poorly stocked at full-back

We’re hardly blessed for options at full-back, although last night was a promising glimpse at the future. Academy talent and former striker Adam Montgomery impressed on his debut, making his introduction as club legend Scott Brown said farewell to Paradise.

That might suggest that any interest Celtic have is tentative. Rangers, for all it matters to us, have Borna Barisic at left-back, with Calvin Bassey on loan. Therefore, there are similar stakes for our rivals when it comes to that particular position.

Former Scotland man Russell Martin, Sorinola’s manager at MK Dons, said yesterday [MK Citizen]:

“He has got other options, and recognises the role MK Dons and his team-mates have played in his career. If that’s enough to keep him, then it won’t be a decision he has made lightly.

“Whatever decision he makes will be the right one for him. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully we can keep him.”

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