Our View: Celtic should hold fire before moving for Fabricio Bruno

By John Reid

January 11, 2020

The transfer saga of reported Celtic target Fabricio Bruno has certainly been an interesting one. Firstly, it was reported that the player was taking his team Cruzeiro to court in an attempt to get his contract cancelled, and for unpaid wages.

That would of course have allowed the Hoops or any other interested side to sign the player on a free transfer. However, it was then reported that the Hoops had missed out on signing the player, and he had agreed to join Red Bull Bragantino.

Deal to sign player fell through

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It then emerged on Friday that move had fallen through, as the Daily Record reported that Red Bull bosses had scrapped the deal as the player is still in a legal case against Cruzerio.

That means the player could once more be available to sign. Interestingly, the Daily Record report claims that the Hoops have been tracking the player for months. Therefore, it would not be a shock to see Celtic go for the player.

However, it would perhaps be best for Celtic to wait until Bruno’s court case with Cruzerio has been concluded. For a start if the player wins the case, it could allow the Hoops to sign the player on a free transfer. But the case could drag on for a while, and Red Bull Bragantino arguably did the right thing in pulling out of the deal.

Hoops aren’t lacking in centre-backs

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It is not like Celtic are currently lacking in centre-backs either. Both Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien are around, Nir Bitton can play in that position and Jozo Simunovic is back in training, and will hopefully be fit and ready for the first-team sooner rather than later.

Hopefully Bruno’s situation clears up sooner rather than later, and he is available to join the Hoops or another side. Until then though, Celtic should hold fire, and make do with the centre-backs currently at the club.