Report: Celtic targeting Brazilian youth international for right-back role

By John McGinley

July 23, 2021

Celtic are targeting Manchester City youngster Yan Couto for a loan this summer, as reported by Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph this evening.

Joseph believes there is also interest from Portuguese clubs in the Brazilian teenager.

Like Kyogo Furuhashi, Couto is actually someone 67 Hail Hail has already had a look at this summer as a potential Celtic signing.

My colleague Euan Davidson wrote a few weeks ago: “The Brazilian youngster, signed from Coritiba in the summer of 2020 [SI], was immediately loaned out to City Group affiliate Girona FC. It’s easy to see why the Citizens signed the right-back. At the U17s World Cup, he created more opportunities than any other defender as Brazil won the whole thing [Man City].

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“That productivity was seen at a very decent standard. With Girona in La Liga 2, Couto was a stand-out. From the right-back position, he created 5 goals and scored 2 across all competitions [Transfermarkt]. Couto’s performances even landed him honours, named the best right-back in the division [Manchester Evening News].

“He’s still unlikely to be competing for a place in Guardiola’s first-team. With the numbers we need in, a loan move might work well for all concerned here. He’s not a long-term fix, but his attacking prowess from full-back would make him an excellent temporary addition.”

That first team experience in Spain is a definite bonus when considering a move to Celtic. We need a player in the door who has a bit of that, at least.

The idea of a young Brazilian landing at the Bhoys is exciting. However, some supporters may groan at another connection to the City Group.

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However, a deal of this nature also doesn’t need to be the only business we do in the position. Couto could well compete for places alongside a more established right-back.

I’m not against the move in theory.

In other news, Dane Murray’s Celtic debut gave Darren O’Dea a rush like no other.