Soccer Football - Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg - CSKA Moscow vs Red Star Belgrade - VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia - February 21, 2018 Red Star Belgrade's Vujadin Savic in action with CSKA Moscow’s Pontus Wernbloom REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Celtic have been linked with a move for £1.5m-rated Red Star Belgrade centre-back Vujadin Savic after the club reportedly made enquiries about the player’s availability, who is also gathering interest from Lyon.

That now seems to have been reputed by The Scottish Sun but the Serbian international is exactly what the Hoops have been crying out for all season.

It finally looks as though their injury concerns are passing but in that spell, where the club were without a host of first-team names, it emphasised a distinct lack of quality in reserve.

This was no more noticeable than in the humiliating 4-0 thumping by Hearts back in December.

Savic is 27 and it could be said that he has been around the block a fair bit, following periods in France and Germany but he can still offer – at a snip of a price – quality in reserve and a wealth of experience.

The defender was a revelation in this season’s Europa League group stage where he was a mainstay in a Red Star rearguard which conceded just three times in six games.

And against Arsenal, they allowed their opponents just the one strike against them in two matches.

His positional awareness was noticeable against the Gunners, who were physically dominated by the Serbian side, and unable to instil their dominance on affairs.

Savic would be open to a move away from Serbia and was quoted in The Scottish Sun as saying that he could leave in the summer.

He said: “Football is a game in which you never know what will happen tomorrow.

“If I stay in Belgrade I will be happy, but if the club wants to sell me this summer, then I will go.

“It won’t be up to me.”

January transfer signing, Marvin Compper, made his first start for the Hoops in their 3-0 cup win against Greenock Morton at the weekend, putting on an assured performance.

A partnership between the Red Star defender and the German enforcer could work well and provide some much-needed quality and competition for places at Park Head.

But with interest from Ligue 1 side Lyon, Rodgers will need to get his skates on.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops make decision after top-flight enforcer offered to Rodgers for seven-figure fee.

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