The Ryan Porteous option and why Celtic should be interested
Needing reinforcement, Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous would be an excellent acquisition for Celtic that would solve their defensive woes.
Kristoffer Ajer is widely expected to leave the club, whilst Christopher Jullien is sidelined with a long-term knee injury [Daily Record].
Loanee Jack Hendry could also depart this summer, with reports suggesting he could make his move to KV Oostende permanent [Football Insider].
Positionally, this would leave just Stephen Welsh and Nir Bitton available to play in July’s Champions League qualifiers. Requiring surgery, Celtic could do a lot worse than to target the Scot to improve their fortunes at the back.
Why would Ryan Porteous be a ready-made addition to the Celtic backline?
Maturing at a swift pace, the 21-year-old has come of age for Hibernian this season. In 30 Scottish Premiership appearances, he has helped his club gain ten clean sheets in their quest for continental qualification [FootyStats]. He’s regarded as one of the finest defenders in Scotland outside Glasgow and would bring commanding qualities to the Hoops rear-guard despite his age.
Adept at attacking the ball vigorously, he could be a solution to the Celts frail nature defending set-pieces. Lacking organisation, Celtic have routinely lost cheap goals from deal ball scenarios recently. Needing to break this unwanted habit, Porteous could help to restore some calmness at the back next campaign.
Furthermore, his profile indicates that he would provide value for money in the long-term. Likely to keep improving significantly, he could be a real star at Parkhead for years to come.
Perceived by some to have a reckless streak, the Edinburgh-born man has shown impeccable discipline in recent months. Being controlled in your actions is imperative at a club like Celtic, in order to flourish in the spotlight.
He does have the admirable knack of winding up Rangers though. Who can forget them refusing to shake his hand after a combative match at Easter Road? [Daily Record] Porteous conducted himself well on that occasion, leaving Steven Gerrard looking pretty foolish in the media.
Strong in the tackle and capable playing from the back, he personifies the intense football the Hoops look to execute. He would conceivably be in Celtic’s price-range, whilst his homegrown status will appeal to the Celts considerably.