Report: Derby County star Nathan Byrne emerges as Celtic target for problem position

By John McGinley

July 16, 2021

Experienced Derby County defender Nathan Byrne has emerged as a potential solution for the right-back problem at Celtic, The Scottish Sun has reported.

Journalist David Friel has named the player alongside recognised targets Brandon Soppy and Sacha Boey as a potential signing.

Byrne, 29, is a veteran of the English league system. He’s made over 320 appearances in the Championship and League One across a career at clubs such as Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic and Wolves. [Transfermarkt]

Most recently he’s been a key part of Wayne Rooney’s team at the Rams, playing predominately at right-back, but also as a right midfielder. That suggests he’d be a good fit for a right wing-back role at the Bhoys.

His contract expires in 2022, so there is room to do business if Celtic truly are keen. [Transfermarkt]

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There’s not been much transfer speculation surrounding the player so far this summer, so this has come from left-field somewhat.

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Celtic badly need a player in the door for the position. Currently, Anthony Ralston is first-choice and that’s not a situation anyone would have expected this time last summer.

No harm to Ralston, but there is no evidence he is ready to play match-to-match in a Celtic shirt against tough opposition.

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It’s Soppy and Boey who have caught the eye of supporters in recent days. Byrne is less fashionable than those youngsters but could do a decent job on the right flank.

The Celtic squad already has a number of young players installed. It’d be useful for Ange Postecoglou to balance that out with a bit of experience.

The Bhoys are finally motoring in the transfer market after the acquisitions of attackers Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada. Now it’s time to fix a shaky defence.

In other news, supporters show delight as Celtic announce Bosun Lawal signing.