Reporter explains why Yan Couto snubbed Celtic move

By David Walton

September 9, 2021

Sky Sports news reporter Anthony Joseph has claimed Yan Couto decided to snub a move to Celtic due to family reasons.

Couto was one of several names linked with a potential move to Glasgow to be Ange Postecoglou’s first-choice right-back. Celtic even invited him up to take in a Europa League clash against Jablonec.

However, in the end, the Man City starlet would move to Braga on loan. Celtic, meanwhile, secured Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic in a bargain £2.5m deal [Scottish Sun].

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And Joseph believes one of the reasons Couto didn’t complete a move to Scotland was due to his partner seeking to move to a Spanish-seeking country.

Speaking on the Celtic Exchange Podcast, Joseph said: “He came up to watch the game, he must have enjoyed his day out and the atmosphere but maybe didn’t fancy coming back, but I think that was more for more personal reasons.

“I was told that his partner was looking to be somewhere where she could work and speak Portuguese, obviously a Brazilian family, and there were a lot of Portuguese clubs in for him and Braga were very keen.

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“And that was always looking more likely.”

Yan Couto snubbing Celtic led to superb Juranovic deal

Couto to Celtic would’ve been an exciting signing. You can’t deny the Brazilian youngster would’ve been given plenty of game-time here and could’ve been the answer to our right-back issues.

However, if you’re to ask Celtic fans whether they would’ve wanted a temporary or permanent solution, they would’ve always went for the latter. And that’s what Celtic managed when they brought Juranovic to the club.

It’s not as if we’ve downgraded in bringing Juranovic to Parkhead either. We’re talking about a Croatia regular. A man who’s cemented himself as the first-choice right-back for his country. A player who fell on Celtic’s lap just at the right time.

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Nothing against Couto of course. He clearly showed an initial appetite to see what Celtic had on offer. And if it was due to his partner that he had to turn his back on the opportunity, who can honestly blame him?

It’s not something to spite him for. But this may have been a blessing in disguise for Celtic considering the player we managed to bring in instead.

Fingers crossed Juranovic proves himself to be the long-term answer to the right-back question at Parkhead. The early signs, however, are certainly promising.

In other news, Jack Hendry credits Celtic schooling for meteoric rise

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