By Noel Whelan

27th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Buchanan could quadruple his value in two years as Celtic swoop reported - pundit

Lee Buchanan could potentially quadruple his value within two years if he signs for Celtic.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Derby County left-back.

The Daily Record reported on 25th July that the 20-year-old, who has a year remaining on his Pride Park deal, is wanted by the Hoops.

It is claimed that Derby have already rejected a £1.2million offer from Nottingham Forest for the youngster.

Buchanan has played twice for England at under-21 level and can also operate as a centre-back.

Whelan insisted that he could be a “breath of fresh air” at Parkhead and inspire a defence that was “woeful” in 2020-21.

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“They need younger, better players in their team that they had last year,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“That’s why they’re looking at these sorts of players now because last season it was woeful. It let them down massively.

“They were inconsistent, never got the right partnerships at the back, didn’t know whether they wanted to play four or three at the back.

“There was no leaders out there and far too many mistakes, especially from set pieces.

“So they need a breath of fresh air and getting a 20-year-old in gives you that, that longevity.

“You can really work with him and get to grips and improve him as well.

“For the fee they’re looking at, you could have a fantastic player who in two or three years time is worth four times that. You’ve got to look for that.

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