Reported Celtic target Mitchel Bakker made his first start of the season for PSG last night, playing 63 minutes against Metz.
Regular left-back Juan Bernat started on the bench, with Thomas Tuchel putting his faith in Dutchman Bakker after the Ligue 1 champions had started their campaign with two defeats.
A 93rd-minutes Julian Draxler goal sealed the win for the French giants, but Bakker had already been hooked by that point for Bernat.
Sky Sports reported earlier this month that Celtic had seen a loan bid for Bakker rejected by PSG, but that his club was willing to discuss the matter further. Since then, Bakker has reportedly told PSG that he wants to stay and fight for his place (Sky Sports).
Stat-tracking website WhoScored gave Bakker an overall score of 6.42 and with a passing accuracy percentage of 87.3%. Meaning that, despite his appearance, he didn’t overly stand out.
Bakker will feel he’s making the right decision
After reportedly telling PSG that he wants to stay, Bakker may feel that his decision is being vindicated in the first three Ligue 1 matches of the season.
Not only has he finally started one and played the majority of it, but he’s also been part of all three matchday squads. It’s one fine start to his campaign, and it looks as though Tuchel is willing to provide him with opportunities.
It’s not great from a Celtic perspective of course. If we were to have any hope of taking Bakker to Parkhead, you have to imagine we would’ve needed him to have been frozen out. The last week or so will only have improved his enthusiasm about staying in Paris.
There have been no reported developments in terms of offers from Parkhead since Sky reported our initial loan bid at the start of the month. That perhaps tells its own story about where the Hoops feel this deal is currently at.
But there continues to be huge pressure on Celtic to bring a left-back in after the departure of Boli Bolingoli over the weekend to Istanbul.
The more time goes by, however, the more it looks like Bakker is going to have to be removed from the shortlist.