Celtic FC opinion: The Hoops must re-ignite interest in Timothy Castagne
Celtic are close to winning the domestic treble this season, having taken a 10-point lead in the league with less than a handful of games to go. They have already won the Scottish League Cup and have reached the last-four of the Scottish Cup.
Hence, in terms of success, the Hoops are having a very good campaign, where they can make history.
However, there are various things in the squad that needs to be done before they get ready to continue their challenge in the upcoming years. Brendan Rodgers leaving midway through the season hasn’t helped the cause and Neil Lennon has taken charge until May.
Now, while the hiring of a permanent manager is still a thing that requires finalisation, changes in key areas of the squad should also be in the forefront:
Celtic was linked (h/t ESPN) with a move for Belgian right-back Timothy Castagne during the January transfer window, but couldn’t get the deal through. Here’s why the Hoops must re-ignite the interest in the player and sign him in the summer:
Celtic require more quality at right-back
As of now, the Scottish champions have Mikael Lustig and Jeremy Toljan as the options for the right-back position.
However, the former’s contract runs down at the end of this season and the latter is on loan from Borussia Dortmund. Toljan hasn’t done enough to really convince the Celtic hierarchy to offer him a permanent deal.
Hence, it would make sense from the club’s viewpoint that they sign a right-back of top quality, who can take that position and make it his own on a regular basis.
That being said, Timothy Castagne could be a great addition to the Celtic squad. The Belgian international, who is currently plying his trade at Italian club Atalanta, was scouted by the Hoops in the January transfer window.
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He has enough quality to take that right-back slot and make it his own for the upcoming seasons. At 23, the player has time to learn and further improve his game and become a mainstay at the Parkhead.