Celtic have reportedly dismissed the idea of signing Sunderland left-back Bryan Oviedo today.
Brendan Rodgers has already confirmed that he just wants one more player in before the end of Deadline Day tonight. But, considering Celtic’s need for a right-back in particular, it would’ve been surprising if they plunged for a full-back down the left.
A move for Oviedo would’ve likely split the Celtic supporters. The Costa Rica international has been capped 46 times, and has made 21 appearances for Sunderland this season.
At 28-years of age, the left-back would’ve been coming into his prime. He also has strong experience in his corner too, given his spells at Copenhagen and Everton.
Best known for his time at Everton
He spent four-and-a-half years at the latter. Yet, despite that, he only made under 50 starts for the Toffees. It wasn’t the most productive spell for him, even if it was the highest-profile one.
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But it looks like Hoops fans can forget it anyway, and attention will now turn to who Rodgers does bring in.
A report yesterday from Fussball Transfers suggested they were closing in on Borussia Dortmund right-back Jeremy Toljan. It also stated that there would be no option to buy in any deal for the right-back, but that could suit Celtic anyway.
The Hoops could be set to go down the route of a temporary fix before better options arrive in the summer. Toljan would help fit this bill, and it would be a sensible if uninspiring option.
But it certainly looks like a big red cross can be put through Oviedo. It would’ve been interesting to see how he would’ve coped in Scotland given his up-and-down career. For now, however, we can apparently forget about that one.