By Paddy Kenny

14th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Kenny backs Celtic swoop for Soppy as big-money price tag revealed

Brandon Soppy could help solve the problem Celtic had with crossing last season.

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the reported Celtic transfer target.

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Celtic are keen on the 19-year-old right-back and his club have slapped a £4.3million price tag on him.

He has a year remaining on his Rennes contract and featured 11 times for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.

Ex-Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie told this site on 1st July that he was frustrated with Hoops full-backs’ reluctance to cross the ball in 2020-21.

And Kenny claimed that Soppy can be a real asset to Ange Postecoglou’s side if he gets the ball in the box more often.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It sounds like an area they struggled on last season and definitely needs addressing.

“It’s a smart move if he’s a got a good delivery like a lot of these young full-backs do these days. It would be stupid not to address it so it sounds like a good move.

“Sometimes you don’t see it a lot these days, the ball flying into the box. It makes sense to get someone who can do that and create chances and then the goals will come.

“There’s nothing worse than a full-back checking back or trying to beat someone two or three times and not crossing.

“The [absence of] fans might have had some impact on that. Sometimes you get it wide and you decide to beat a man but it doesn’t come off and the crowd are on your case. So the next time you’re more likely to get it in the box.

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