By Frank McAvennie

23rd Jun, 2022 | 12:58pm

Celtic told to sign defender amid expert's 'big' claim

Frank McAvennie has warned Celtic they must sign a centre-half this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said that he is hopeful Celtic will make more signings this window.

Parkhead veterans Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic both left the club at the end of the season following the expiration of their contracts, the club confirmed (13 May).

Celtic have just signed goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist from Dundee United and Argentinian left back Alexandro Bernabei is also set to sign for the Glasgow side.

When asked what other signings Ange Postecoglou needs to make, McAvennie told Football Insider: “They need another centre half.

“That’s the biggest thing for me because obviously Jullien is not in the manager’s reckoning. He’s been fit, unfit, he’s been on the bench so he’s not had a runout.

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“For me I don’t think he’s the kind of player the manager wants. Whether that’s right or wrong I don’t know but I would like to see another centre half coming in.

“We’ve signed Carter-Vickers which was a great piece of business and I just think we need another one. Tony Ralston’s come on leaps and bounds and Juranovic for me is a great full back and Tony’s pushed him all the way which is great.

“But the most important position for me is the centre midfield. I think they need someone who can break things up. I don’t think they realise how much of a job Scott Brown did.

“No disrespect to the boys that are in midfield, they’re all great players going forward but none of them is that catalyst you need to hold and break down things.

“That would make me a very happy person if we could get somebody like that in.”

In other news, Alexandro Bernabei has agreed to join Celtic after bid accepted.