Celtic in bid to sign international ace who lost his place to Gareth Bale as a free agent - report
By Harry Sykes
Celtic are preparing a fresh bid to sign Swiss international defender Reto Ziegler after holding talks with him earlier this summer, according to a report.
The Scotsman claim the Scottish giants could make a move for the left-back, who is a free agent following his release from Swiss Super League outfit FC Sion.
Ziegler, 31, did not find a new club during the transfer window but has a wealth of experience at some of Europe’s leading clubs, including Premier League giants Tottenham.
Ziegler revealed in June in an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick that he was in discussions with both Celtic and La Liga side Real Betis after leaving Sion.
“Before I meet with those two clubs, I will also meet with the people who run Sion to find out more,” the defender said to Swiss newspaper Blick. “The offers from Celtic and Betis are an honour for me.”
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Celtic have the highly-rated Kieran Tierney as their first choice left-back but are in need of defensive reinforcements as they prepare for a Champions League campaign that begins next week.
Ziegler, who has top flight experience in six different countries, has had spells at Lokomotiv Moscow, Fenerbahce, Sampdoria and Hamburg.
The Scotsman report that Ziegler was brought to Spurs as a youngster by Jacques Santini, who signed the teenager from Grasshoppers, but he lost his left back berth to Gareth Bale.
The highly-regarded stopper has appeared at the past two World Cups, has won two Turkish Cups, one Italian Super Cup, one Swiss league title and one Swiss Cup.
In other Celtic transfer news, Rangers would storm to the SPL title if they had been successful in their deadline-day pursuit of a £45,000-a-week striker.