Report: Celtic and Rangers to battle for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas

By David Walton

March 10, 2019

Celtic are set to battle with Rangers for Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, according to the Scottish Sun.

Kalas is currently on loan at Bristol City, where he’s made an impressive 34 appearances in all competitions this season.

According to the Sun, both Celtic and Rangers have had him watched . He’s apparently high on the list of priority targets for Neil Lennon, should he get the job.

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has had seven loan spells whilst in London (Simon West/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Kalas’ contract runs out in the summer of 2021. Therefore, come the end of the season, Chelsea would have him under contract for a further two years. It remains to be seen whether any move in the summer would be a loan or permanent move from Celtic.

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Kalas has also been out on loan an incredible seven times during his spell at Chelsea. He’s played for the likes of Fulham, Middlesbrough, and Cologne. Despite all of the loan stints, however, he’s only played four times for Chelsea since signing back in 2010.

Does any potential deal hinge on Lennon’s appointment?

Considering the source states that he’s high on LENNON’s priority list, you have to wonder how much any potential deal hinges on his appointment permanently.

It’s not looking likely that Celtic will sanction a permanent deal for a manager until the summer. It’s widely accepted that Lennon could need the treble in order to seal the job. Nobody from the club has confirmed this is the case of course.

Kalas has made just four appearances for Chelsea (Will Russell/Getty Images)

But it seems reasonable to think that any deal for Kalas would have to wait until the summer. Hopefully that wouldn’t allow the likes of Rangers or any other potential suitors to gain a march on the Hoops.

With both Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic likely to depart at the end of the season, deals will have to be done to cover that. The duo are arguably the club’s best centre-back pairing, so important work needs done in that area.

Kalas certainly has the CV to take a chance on, but not many of us will have seen a lot of him. We’re bound to be linked with plenty of players between now and the summer, but centre-back has to be the main priority.