Celtic transfer target watches thumping win over Jablonec from the stands

By John McGinley

August 12, 2021

Celtic transfer target Yan Couto was in attendance to see Ange Postecoglou’s side thump Jablonec 3-0 in Europa League qualifying, The Herald reports.

Couto was invited by the club and accepted the offer. He took in the match alongside Celtic officials, the paper say.

Hopefully, he was impressed with what he witnessed on and off the pitch. Postecoglou’s side were excellent throughout the encounter, stretching the aggregate win to 7-2.

In the stands, supporters were also fantastic. The noise and atmosphere was phenomenal. Just a taste of what can be possible in the Postecoglou era.

Couto is a right-back who plays for Manchester City if you’re unaware. He’s been linked with a loan move to Celtic throughout the summer.

In recent weeks, that had all gone quiet, but it seems the Bhoys are still keen on convincing him to come to Glasgow.

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The 19-year-old is a Brazil youth international and spent a successful period on loan at Spanish side Girona last season.

Now, he could be making the switch to Glasgow to compete for a right-back place alongside Anthony Ralston.

Celtic badly need quality options in the position, even though Ralston has notably improved in recent weeks and looks full of confidence.

Celtic transfer target Yan Couto could be excellent fit

Like Kyogo Furuhashi, Couto is actually someone 67 Hail Hail has already had a look at this summer as a potential Celtic signing.

My colleague Euan Davidson wrote a few weeks ago: “The Brazilian youngster, signed from Coritiba in the summer of 2020 [SI], was immediately loaned out to City Group affiliate Girona FC. It’s easy to see why the Citizens signed the right-back. At the U17s World Cup, he created more opportunities than any other defender as Brazil won the whole thing [Man City].

“That productivity was seen at a very decent standard. With Girona in La Liga 2, Couto was a stand-out. From the right-back position, he created 5 goals and scored 2 across all competitions [Transfermarkt]. Couto’s performances even landed him honours, named the best right-back in the division [Manchester Evening News].

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“He’s still unlikely to be competing for a place in Guardiola’s first-team. With the numbers we need in, a loan move might work well for all concerned here. He’s not a long-term fix, but his attacking prowess from full-back would make him an excellent temporary addition.”

Fingers crossed he can be the latest Postecoglou import.

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