Turkish Report: Why Celtic have ended their interest in Valentin Rosier

By David Walton

June 30, 2021

Any Celtic interest in Valentin Rosier is now over, according to popular Turkish outlet Sabah Sport.

Journalist Ekrem Konur first claimed that Celtic had made an offer for the player to Sporting Lisbon. It wasn’t stated how large a bid we were said to have made.

However, after a successful loan spell with Besiktas, the player is reportedly ready to return. It was stated by Aksam that he wanted to leave Portugal for Turkey permanently in order to play Champions League football with his former loan club.

And Sabah now reports that his preferred choice has led to Celtic ending any interest we may have had. Besiktas now want the player in their ranks for pre-season training on July 5th as they continue negotiations with Sporting Lisbon.

The right-back made 37 appearances in Turkey last season, bagging seven assists from a defensive position [Transfermarkt].

Celtic need a right-back in urgently; important to move onto new targets if necessary

If Rosier isn’t interested then Celtic are quite right to move on immediately. We just don’t have the time as a football club to be dallying this summer and waiting for other transfers to break down.

Sure, this is a disappointing one. Rosier looked to be a fine deliverer of the ball and that’s something we’ve lacked from the right side all season. But with his sights set on a move to Besiktas, we can’t stick around to be his second choice.

Valentin Rosier in action for Besiktas (Photo by BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The Hoops have hardly been linked with a host of right-backs since the transfer window opened either. All we can do is hope that the club has a ready-made list of possible options for Postecoglou to take a look at.

Right-back remains one of the non-negotiables over the next 15 days. If Celtic don’t sign one before July 15th, then they’ll be stuck with Anthony Ralston and the unproven Lee O’Connor. That would be a massive red flag for the Celtic supporters and would be an unwanted black mark against CEO Dom McKay.

It could even potentially mean the return of Kris Ajer as a right-back as we saw under Neil Lennon in the summer of 2019. Given the situation surrounding his long-term future, that should be another no-no.

But it’s time to put a cross through Rosier. This one looks like a non-starter.

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