Celtic face the prospect of losing multiple key players moving into the 2021/22 summer rebuild.
One area which could be amongst the worst-hit in terms of personnel could be central defence. Kristoffer Ajer is widely anticipated to leave the club [Glasgow Live], whilst Jack Hendry is rumoured to have opened talks surrounding making his stay in Belgium a permanent one [Daily Record].
In need of defensive reinforcement, the Hoops could do a lot worse than considering a swoop for Hull City centre-back Reece Burke. Currently plying his trade in Sky Bet League One, he has been pivotal in the Tigers’ promotion push as they currently sit top of the table [BBC Sport].
Could add some defensive solidity to the Hoops back-line
Burke has an expiring contract, though his club does hold a year’s option [Transfermarkt]. Statistically, he has been almost ever-present for his side this campaign making 33 English third-tier appearances [Transfermarkt]. Illustrating his dominance, the 24-year-old has obtained an impressive 15 clean sheets in 2020/21 within this time period.
Although currently in League One; Burke has the potential to play at much higher level
Burke is likely at least a good English Championship calibre of defender right now. The former West Ham stopper has an average of 4.4 clearances per 90 minutes this season [WhoScored]. His competence in rectifying dangerous situations would be a big benefit at the Bhoys next term.
Furthermore, his age would allow for sell-on value assurances later down the line which fits the Celtic recruitment model.
His ability to attack the ball would make him a considerable threat from set pieces
Standing at six foot two inches, the Londoner has been able to use his stature to great effect. Scoring five goals so far this season, he retains natural aptitude within the opposition penalty area [Soccerbase]. Burke would theoretically deliver a valuable additional goal-threat that the Celts could use when necessary.
Should the opportunity arise, Burke would be a no-brainer signing as Celtic look to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title.