Report: Derby could trigger contract clause to keep hold of Celtic target Lee Buchanan

By David Walton

January 12, 2022

Derby County could look to trigger an extension in Celtic-linked Lee Buchanan’s contract that will tie him to the club for a further 12 months, the Derby Telegraph has reported.

The Derby-based newspaper linked the England U21 international with the Hoops and 4 other clubs along with extended interest in Germany and the English Championship.

However, the local outlet has added that Derby want to take up the option of a 12-month extension in his contract. Buchanan is due to leave the club this summer as things stand.

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That would mean that the player could no longer to talk to clubs now about a pre-contract move in the summer. Instead, they would have to force Derby into accepting a substantial bid.

County boss Wayne Rooney has slammed “ridiculous” bids that have already come in for his players [Derby Telegraph]. It’s unclear if any of these have been for Buchanan.

The left-back has featured in 16 times this season for the Rams but hasn’t played since November due to injury [Transfermarkt].

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Lee Buchanan move still wouldn’t be impossible for Celtic if clause is triggered

Buchanan to Celtic certainly wouldn’t be all but over if this contract clause is triggered. Far from it in fact. If the Hoops have a genuine interest in the player, he likely wouldn’t cost an overly-excessive amount.

Derby, for example, are currently in administration and looking to sell the club this year. Chances are they’ll be looking for cash wherever they can get it as opposed to investing further in their squad.

Rooney can give it all the fighting talk he wants, but he can’t escape the financial reality of the football club. Derby are in trouble, and players like Buchanan will be seen as assets off the pitch more than on it by the administrators.

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Celtic, meanwhile, are still in need of another left-back. Yes we have quantity in the position, but do we honestly have the required level of quality? With Liam Scales, Greg Taylor, Adam Montgomery, and Boli Bolingoli all struggling to nail the spot for themselves, we still need a top-class option.

Whether Buchanan would be that is up for debate. He has plenty of Championship experience to his name, but we don’t need another squad player in the position. That will be a decision for Ange and Ange only as he trickle along in the January window.

Hopefully, it’s a position we manage to strengthen in before the window is closed. Failure to do so would be a major risk heading into the second half of the campaign.

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