Report: Celtic in for German defender Moritz Jenz

By John McGinley

July 18, 2022

Lorient defender Moritz Jenz is likely to sign for Celtic this summer, French outlet L’Equipe has reported this evening.

Jenz is a long-term target of the Bhoys and was heavily linked with a move from Swiss side Lausanne-Sport last year before joining up with the Ligue 1 outfit.

It’s understood Celtic have been tracking Jenz’s progress for more than 12 months, identified as a potential signing before Ange Postecoglou even arrived at the club.

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For me, that level of interest is a good thing. There’s clearly confidence on the club’s side that the defender could be a good fit within the set-up. A lot of homework must have been done at this stage.

Postecoglou needs another defender to provide more capable backup and competition for Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt.

Jenz ticks the box of being to play first-team football while still developing and improving at 23-years-old.

The centre-back was part of Fulham’s youth sides with Matt O’Riley before moving to Lausanne, where he made 30 appearances in the Swiss top-flight.

He signed a five-year contract with Lorient last summer and managed to make 17 Ligue 1 appearances.

L’Equipe report he is not in the plans of new manager Régis Le Bris but that the nature of any deal with Celtic at this stage is unknown in terms of it being a loan or a permanent transfer.

Celtic are also said to be close to the signing of Aaron Mooy after Postecoglou stated at the weekend the Bhoys were closing in on a couple of transfer targets.

In other news, Celtic’s global outlook now paying off for the rest of Scottish football.