Celtic FC opinion: Hoops in for Amir Rrahmani – Good move?
According to a report in Scottish Sun, Scottish treble winners Celtic are keen on signing Dinamo Zagreb star Amir Rrahmani during this summer transfer window. Belgian side Standard Liege and French side Amiens are in the race for this signature.
New permanent Hoops boss, Neil Lennon, is aiming to improve his squad in order to perform next season (h/t Scottish Sun). While they won the domestic treble, an improved showing in Europe is still a thing that needs fulfilment.
As they look for reinforcements, their attention turned towards Croatia in a bid to potentially make a move for Zagreb’s Rrahmani (h/t Scottish Sun). While Standard Liege seem to be the favourites (h/t Scottish Sun), there is no concrete conclusion regarding it. Hence, Celtic remain in the race.
The 25-year-old, who now has 22 caps for the Kosovo national team after making his international debut for Albania, has a contract with Zagreb until the summer of 2021.
Here’s why Celtic should look to sign him:
Rrahmani’s defensive versatility could be fruitful
Predominantly a centre-back who can play on either side, Amir Rrahmani can play as a full-back on either side as well. He is one of those unique talents who can operate in all of the defensive positions and play as a defensive midfielder if required.
Hence, in a way, the 25-year-old comes into the category of a “manager’s delight”, where the gaffer can either use him in his strong position or rotate the other players using him in other areas.
In terms of attributes, Rrahmani is a physically strong defender, who doesn’t get shrugged easily. His physical dominance allows him to battle with centre-forwards aerially and be a presence during set-pieces in both boxes.
On the other hand, with the departure of Dedryck Boyata, Celtic are short on proper, experienced centre-back options. Hence, they are right to be in the race for the Zagreb defender.
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If the Hoops to complete a swoop for him, not only would their central defence get a boost but the full-backs could have adequate backup on both sides as well.