Report: Celtic will sign a new left-back this summer

By Hamish Carton

August 28, 2020

Celtic will sign a left-back to replace Boli Bolingoli this summer – according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper had some worrying news for the club in their release on Thursday night, as news of outgoings dominated proceedings.

But while they reported on the future of the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer, they also had some positive signing news.

Ajer could leave Celtic this summer / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As my colleague John told you earlier, Neil Lennon wants to bring in a minimum of three more signings before the deadline on October 5th.

Among those three will be a left-back, according to the Sun’s definitive statement.

They report: “Boli Bolingoli’s Hoops career looks to be over following his Covid-19 breach and Lennon will bring in a new left-back.”

Who will our left-back signing be?

While this news may not be totally surprising, it is still reassuring that we are looking to recruit in the key, problem area.

In the past we’ve played Callum McGregor and Jonny Hayes in the position, while Greg Taylor is yet to convince the Celtic support that he is an adequate replacement for Kieran Tierney.

It will now be interesting to see who, and indeed how, Celtic approach bringing in a new full-back.

Aaron Hickey has been linked with Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given that Lennon spent a combined £5.2million (£3m on Bolingoli and £2.2m on Taylor) last summer, the board may feel that a loan move is the best option to minimise risk.

We have been heavily linked with a move for Aaron Hickey this summer, but it seems like that transfer may pass us by.

Another name that has been linked, almost entirely by supporters, is PSG’s Mitchel Bakker.

I took a look at the likelihood of this move happening on the 67 Hail Hail channel on YouTube. And you can watch the video below.

Beyond Hickey and Bakker, there haven’t been too many other names mentioned.

Sky Sports’ Anthony Joseph did mention Barry Douglas not so long ago, but the trail seems to have gone cold on that one.

And with absolutely no back-up for Taylor at present, it’s pretty important the club get in a new recruit as soon as possible.

In other news, Celtic will not offer UK based non-season ticket holders the chance to watch this weekend’s clash against Motherwell