Timothy Castagne reportedly interesting Celtic once more

By David Walton

April 29, 2019

Celtic are reportedly set to renew their interest in Atalanta right-back Timothy Castagne.

According to The Times (April 28th, Page 50), the Hoops are readying a fresh approach in the summer transfer window. This comes after a tremendous second half of the season for the right-back.

Celtic, as we all know, look set to be without a viable first-choice right-back this summer. Jeremy Toljan is only on-loan until the end of the season. Meanwhile, both Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa are out of contract. That’s three right-backs potentially departing Parkhead, and Celtic could do with at least two in the door this summer.

Jeremy Toljan is set to leave the club in the summer (MB Media/Getty Images)

One of them should be a marquee signing too. A player fans can get genuinely excited about and can finally inject some life into a position we’ve been struggling in for years.

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Castagne would provide that excitement. He’s managed to make 31 appearances for Serie A side Atalanta this term, notching three goals and assisting five. His fantastic form has reportedly attracted the interest of the likes of AC Milan this season.

Already been turned away once apparently

If the name rings a strong bell, it’s because we were apparently close to signing him back in January. According to Italian source Gianluca di Marzio, Celtic had a bid of around £8.8million rejected for him.

Now, the Times believe that Atalanta would be willing to listen to offers. He has just one year remaining on his contract. Therefore, the time would be right for Celtic to make an offer in the summer.

Castagne, has, however, in the past claimed that he would like to move to England. Celtic could be seen as a good passage to the Premier League. But he may also believe that his next club should be in England’s top division too.

Castagne has three goals for Atalanta this season (Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

We won’t hold our breath, but it would be terrific if Celtic could shift a few pounds on this position. Castagne may have around a year left on his deal, but showing some initiative is exactly what we need to push away in our bid for 10-in-a-row.

Toljan has been woefully disappointing. Lustig, meanwhile, may have returned to the side, but doesn’t look capable of a player we should put trust in for next season.

Castagne represents a hefty outlay. But he would also represent a strong statement from the club about our ambitions over the next couple of years.

It’s all set up for us to at least ask the question. Will we? Don’t count on it.