Celtic will continue to assess defensive options in South America in their efforts to bounce back from missing out on defensive target Fabricio Bruno, The Daily Mail report.

As we discussed on Monday, Bruno looks almost certain to be staying in his homeland of Brazil despite leaving Cruzeiro, with Red Bull Bragantino set to snap him up.

Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan, who is in Dubai following the team on their training camp, reports that Celtic will now continue to monitor South American targets in an effort to recruit in the defensive positions.

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It’s an interesting strategy considering we haven’t exactly had a flood of players from the continent come through the Celtic Park gates over the decades.

There have been a few notable exceptions but by and large, we have tended to stick to recruitment from European clubs.

Sign of a new strategy

McGowan previously reported back in August, when discussing Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond, that Celtic had recently appointed a South American scout, so this interest in Bruno and other unnamed targets appears to be the fruit of those labours.

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It’s a continent that could hold great value for the Hoops, with clubs across Europe benefiting greatly from using that market as a recruitment ground.

Celtic Park

Celtic Park / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If stars from Brazil, Argentina or other countries can start to see Celtic as a stepping stone towards playing for more cash-rich clubs and in bigger leagues across Europe then it could begin to transform our recruitment.

Hopefully we hear a lot more about this in the future.

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