Report: The current state of play with Celtic and Sheffield United's George Baldock

By David Walton

July 25, 2021

A report from Yorkshire Live has provided the latest on the transfer story regarding Celtic and Sheffield United right-back George Baldock.

It had been reported last week by the Daily Record that Baldock was the club’s preferred choice in their right-back pursuit.

However, Yorkshire Live has claimed that the Hoops have yet to make an approach for Baldock. Despite being linked with a £5million move, Celtic haven’t submitted an official offer.

In addition to that, the report states that this isn’t a figure the Blades will entertain. They believe the Hoops will need to firm up their offer for it to be considered.

In the past, it’s been reported that the right-back isn’t keen on leaving the Championship club this summer [The Star].

Celtic no closer to landing George Baldock than at any point this summer

What’s frustrating about the lack of negotiations so far is the lack of time we have. It’s not even debatable that Celtic need a right-back in before the next UCL qualifier, should we make it. It’s an absolute must.

Celtic face off against Midtjylland in Denmark on Wednesday night with Anthony Ralston likely taking the right-back spot. That’s despite the fact he’s performed poorly in pre-season an didn’t impress in the first-leg either.

Whilst many Celtic fans will see this tie as winnable even with Ralston in the team, the same can’t be said of the next round. Should Celtic progress, we’ll likely face off against PSV Eindhoven. A Mario Gotze and Eran Zahavi-inspired PSV Eindhoven.

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Celtic will have until 24 hours before that tie to register any new signings. However, the third qualifying round is scheduled to kick-off next week.

That the negotiations for Baldock haven’t even begun is a big concern. It doesn’t say much for us bringing in a new right-back before the next UCL qualifier, or even for the beginning of the new Premiership campaign.

We’ll see what the next week brings. For now? We’re hardly in the best place.

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