Report: Celtic interested in signing sought after Northern Ireland defender
Celtic are one of the teams interested in signing Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown, website TEAMtalk has reported this week.
Brown may be known to Celtic supporters as a Livingston player, having spent multiple spells in West Lothian on loan from the Bluebirds.
He scored at Celtic Park in January, setting up another, during a 2-2 draw.
Still just 23, Brown has since returned to Cardiff and made 12 appearances for them in the English Championship since March, helping them to an 8th-placed finish.
He’s also been included in multiple Northern Ireland squads and has two caps with the country.
It’s said by TEAMtalk that multiple teams are after his signature this summer, including Belgian top-flight side KV Oostende. They apparently see him as a potential replacement for Jack Hendry, should he end up leaving Belgium.
Cardiff hold a one-year extension clause on his contract but even if they trigger that he could sign a pre-contract with another club in January. The situation could give Celtic the upper hand in negotiations for the player.
Celtic are in need of multiple defenders this summer and Brown has the versatility to both play at centre-half and left-back.
We need first-team stalwarts and squad options, so bringing in the Northern Ireland international for a bargain fee might not be the worst idea.
Eddie Howe, said to be the incoming Celtic manager, likely knows players in the English leagues very well, so if Brown does end up signing we can assume there’s something work with there.