Celtic have confirmed the signing of Diego Laxalt on a season-long loan, as per the club’s official website.
There is no mention of an option to buy the AC Milan man.
Neil Lennon has been on the hunt for a left-sided defender since Boli Bolingoli’s secret jaunt to Spain and subsequent exit to Turkey.
The Bhoys have been linked with names such as Ryan Sessegnon, Alfie Doughty and Mitchel Bakker in recent weeks but it’s a player with much more top-level experience who arrives.
Laxalt has made 170 appearances in Serie A over the last seven years, playing for AC Milan, Bologna and Torino amongst others.
He’s also had regular spells as a start with the Uruguayan national team, playing a big part in their adventure to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2018.
In my view, he’s very much the missing puzzle piece of Lennon’s 3-5-2 tactical system, able to play up and down the wing in a hybrid defensive and attacking role.
His profile and the career he’s had to date are levels above Celtic’s current option, Greg Taylor.
Laxalt will now have the chance to make the position his own.
He’s yet to play for Milan so far this season but has been named on the bench for every single one of their matches so must have a good level of fitness in his legs.
The 27-year-old now has over a week of Lennoxtown training to show the manager if he’s ready to start the upcoming derby against Rangers or not.
I can’t wait to see him in action, whenever that debut comes.
Laxalt becomes the clubs sixth signing since the end of last season, following moves for Shane Duffy, David Turnbull, Vasilis Barkas, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Albian Ajeti.