Reported Celtic target Ben Davies is expected to reject a new contract at Preston, but is instead eyeing up a switch to the Bundesliga according to the Sun on Sunday (25/10, page 61).
The Sun’s report states that the defender is unlikely to extend his contract at Deepdale beyond the end of the season, something that will be a massive blow to manager Alex Neil.
The newspaper also says that Celtic were one of the suitors who were priced out of a summer move for the English centre-back over the summer. And it may be that we’re set for more frustration in the summer with both Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen noted as interested parties.
Davies is said to be keen on a move to the Bundesliga, the Sun reports. That’s despite the fact the same source said back in September that Celtic were likely to nab the player on a pre-contract in January.
The need for defensive reinforcements looks to be a big one at face value for the Hoops, as summer-signing Shane Duffy continues to struggle adapting to life in a Celtic jersey.
Celtic actually have a host of defensive options
It’s almost incredible to think that centre-back may again be a priority for the club once the transfer window opens in January. It looked the case after the summer window that we had recruited well in the position.
Yet it’s even more bewildering when you consider the fact that Celtic have SIX available options to choose from when everyone is fit. Duffy, Kris Ajer, Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton, Hatem Elhamed, and Stephen Welsh make up the defensive armoury.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the money already spent on the defence this season will ensure that Celtic spend any January funds elsewhere. Remember, we’re still short down the right side with Jeremie Frimpong the only available right-winger.
The issue at Celtic doesn’t seem to be a personnel one – it seems to be a confidence one. You can’t look through this Celtic squad at the moment and think we have a poor list of players on our books. We have, player for player, the most talented squad in Scotland. It’s down to the manager to get a tune out of them.
Davies is always an option for the summer if the likes of Ajer is to depart. However, the Davies situation doesn’t look like a deal the Hoops will just throw money at because clubs from another top European league are after him.
It’s important we keep the head this January and recruit where we need to. Given all of the options we have available to us at the back for now, it’s difficult to justify bringing another one in.