Celtic have been linked with many players in the January transfer window, but reports of bids of players have been thin on the ground – until now.
Turkish news agency Askam have reported that Celtic had bizarrely bid £2.5million for ageing Besiktas centre-back Dusko Tosic, and that was initially met with surprise from Hoops fans.
Supporters were shocked that the club would consider spending a large amount of money on a 32-year-old, and hadn’t the Hoops just signed a 32-year-old centre-back in Marvin Compper anyway?
But then the news emerged that unlike Compper, Tosic is eligible for the upcoming Europa League last 32 clash with Zenit, and the reports began to make more sense.
Celtic’s biggest problem in Europe this season has been the defence, with the Bhoys shipping 18 goals in six Champions League group stages.
With Jozo Simuovic dropped, inexperienced Norwegian teenager Kristoffer Ajer is part of the centre-back pairing with Dedryck Boyata, and despite doing well so far he hasn’t been tested in a big European match.
Tosic has Champions League experience, and he could prove to be an invaluable addition to a squad which Compper aside is lacking experience at centre-back.
Serbia international Tosic could also be a mentor for the 19-year-old Ajer, and a defensive partnership alongside the similarly experienced Compper could prove to be crucial in next season’s Champions League qualifiers.
The player might cost a bit of money – Besiktas are reportedly wanting £3.5million – but he would add a wealth of experience to the Bhoys.
In other Celtic news, Kris Commons has claimed that the Bhoys could spend £20million on a player