Report: Celtic keeping tabs on Spain U-20 international; thriving with Barcelona "B"

By David Walton

May 26, 2021

Celtic are interested in Barcelona “B” left-back Mika Marmol, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims that the Hoops are one of three clubs interested in doing a deal with Barca. The others being Getafe and Mallorca respectively.

Mundo Deportivo states that Barcelona don’t feel he’s ready for first-team action at the Nou Camp just yet. However, they believe he could be an option for them in the future with plenty of development to go with the 19-year-old.

Marmol has made his breakthrough with the Barca “B” side this season in the Spanish second-tier. He’s racked up an impressive 25 appearances, and been part of a back-line that’s secured eight clean sheets too [Transfermarkt].

The left-back, who can also play as a centre-back, has been the second most used player by Barcelona “B” this season. However, there is no confirmation regarding whether any move would have to be a loan.

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La Masia has certainly been a proving ground for so many young talents that have come through and achieved success with Barca. The thought of plucking it for one of it’s more impressive young stars would normally have you excited.

However, if any move for Marmol is to be a temporary one, can we please just forget it? Yes he may have a good future ahead of him. Yes he may be currently being considered for a major role down the line with Barca. But if there’s no scope for long-term development then what’s the point?

Marmol’s versatility is certainly impressive and could easily catch Celtic’s eye. We need a new left-back and around three new centre-backs this summer. Having one that could potentially occupy both positions would certainly be appealing.

Mika Marmol wins a header for Barcelona “B” (Photo by FelipeMondino/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

But this isn’t the right investment for us if it isn’t on a permanent deal. And if Barcelona still believe he can make it at the Nou Camp, they’re hardly going to let him go on the cheap either.

It’s not as if there are any guarantees that Marmol is good enough to play week-in, week-out at Celtic. He won’t have experienced intensity anywhere near the level of what Celtic would challenge him to produce.

For now, this looks like one we can file under “highly unlikely”.

In other news, Partick Thistle could look to Celtic to tie down some more loans this summer.