Alex McLeish has admitted he is surprised Celtic are considering signing Diego Laxalt permanently this summer. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the “energetic” 28-year-old had failed to set Parkhead alight during his loan spell from AC Milan.

As reported by Italian publication Tuttosport, relayed by TuttoMercatoWeb, Celtic have opened talks over a possible cut-price permanent deal for the Uruguay international.

As revealed by Football Insider back in November, AC Milan valued the left wing-back at around £4.5million ahead of the January window.

He has played 26 times and scored once for the Hoops so far but fell out of favour under former boss Neil Lennon.

However, interim manager John Kennedy has started Laxalt in all three of his games in charge so far.

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McLeish suggested Celtic should be looking to sign a better calibre of player than the Uruguayan this summer.

However, he also suggested better teammates could help him lift his game at Parkhead.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I’m a bit surprised. He’s a pretty energetic player but I always felt Celtic would or should be looking at higher quality.

“I don’t know if he’s a fan favourite or such but that’s my eyes. I think he’s a very, very energetic player. You never know, he’s a guy that with better players as well then he may excel.

“I’m not saying the current Celtic team are not better players. There have been a lot of newcomers to the team.

“It possibly hasn’t helped his style of play. It depends on the new manager and the strategy behind that.

“Can he take Celtic to a higher level? Celtic will obviously bring in a new manager but will they sign new players who will fit the jersey?” 

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