Report: Celtic hunting for centre-half and left-back; Hickey mentioned, Turnbull still on cards

By John McGinley

July 31, 2020

Celtic remain in the market for an experienced centre-half and a left-back this summer, as well as a striker, journalist Stephen McGowan reports in The Scottish Daily Mail this week (29/07 print edition, page 82).

Chief Football Writer McGowan is known by the support as someone who has good Celtic Park connections and he believes Neil Lennon is planning on bringing a number of players into a wide range of positions before the window shuts in October.

We know that the Bhoys have been on the hunt for a striker with strong links to Albian Ajeti and Ivan Toney over the last week.

Less reported though has been our plans for defensive positions.

McGowan writes that a new left-back is on the cards, mentioning Hearts defender Aaron Hickey as the club’s long-term target.

That signing would complement a new experienced central defender and possibly even a midfielder.

It’s stated in the report that David Turnbull could still end up in green and white too, with Celtic set to monitor his form and fitness between now and October after coming so close to signing him last summer.

Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond has scouted the Scotland U21 international during pre-season.

Having already confirmed the signings of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Vasilis Barkas prior to the Scottish Premiership kick-off, it’s clear that the club are looking to strengthen the squad with real quality.

Will Aaron Hickey be one of Celtic’s incoming transfers this season? / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If we can bring in a proper centre-half, like the acquisition of Christopher Jullien in 2019, then we’ll be in great shape.

Hickey and Turnbull are both emerging prospects who can add a lot to the team over the next few years also.

It’s an exciting time to be a Celtic supporter and with months left until the transfer window shuts, we can look forward to more new arrivals.

In other news, Celtic captain Scott Brown has brilliantly laughed off a journalist’s daft question.