Report: Celtic switch focus to Josip Juranovic as Braga in pole position to land Yan Couto

By David Walton

August 16, 2021

Celtic are to shift their transfer focus over to securing Legia Warsaw’s Josip Juranovic due to a disappointing update on Yan Couto, the Scottish Sun reports.

Couto was at Celtic’s Europa League qualifier against Jablonec on Thursday night. It was said back then that he left itching to join the Hoops [Daily Record].

However, the Sun has today said that Braga are in the driving seat to land the Manchester City right-back instead. This comes with the Portuguese club having already qualified for the Europa League group stages. Celtic still have to battle past AZ Alkmaar to join them.

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The Sun reports that Couto is attracted by a potential move to Braga. They also have eight fellow Brazilians in their squad too, perhaps making integration into their first-team squad easier for the youngster.

The newspaper, therefore, claims that Celtic will now push forward in their attempts to land Legia’s Juranovic instead. The player is said to be keen on a move to Celtic and could only cost around £2.5m after Legia’s exit from the UCL qualifiers [Sky Sports].

Celtic are allowing Juranovic/Couto story to turn into a saga

Like it or not, this is all starting to get a little ridiculous. Whether it be Juranovic or Couto that arrives in the door, Celtic supporters just want to see some competition at right-back at this rate.

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The Legia man would likely be many supporters’ preferred choice. Not only would he be arriving on a permanent deal, but he would bring both title-winning and international experience with Croatia.

Couto can’t boast such a CV. The 19-year-old only has one season of regular first-team action under his belt with Girona in La Liga last term. In terms of international caps, he’s been given 13 outings for Brazil under-17s [Transfermarkt].

Celtic need to make a decision on what player would suit Postecoglou’s system better. If the manager wants Couto, he needs to be pressed on a decision. The same goes for Juranovic. There’s no reason for either of these transfer moves to be dragging out.

The Celtic supporters have waited long enough for an upgrade at right-back. UEFA Champions League football was sacrificed because of our failure to strengthen in that area. The same goes for the centre-back and left-back positions. With only two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, nobody can be bothered with a prolonged saga.

Whether it be Juranovic or Couto, we can all agree on one thing – this is getting tiresome.

In other news, Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell confirmed as Newcastle Under-23s’ interim manager