Sky Sports pundit: Celtic board will be scrutinised if they don't invest in these players
Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons believes that Celtic will need to sign a new centre-back that is first-team ready if Jozo Simunovic leaves the Hoops in January and has claimed the board will be scrutinsed if they don’t invest in new defenders.
There has been speculation that Lazio are interested in signing the 23-year-old but as yet no offers have been made.
Commons, who has fears about the qualify of the Hoops defence, is hopeful that the Bhoys will have a settled backline in place before the Europa League clash with Zenit in February.
“There has been some talk and if Simunovic goes then a centre-half will be a must”, he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“That was one of my main concerns as a Celtic supporter, the weakest part of the defence has been the centre-back position with the mistakes and people not playing to their ability at that level.
“I know Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata are brilliant centre-halves but if they are not quite at their A-game then you’re going to get found out.
“Against Zenit if the two of them are fit and they are both there they are more than capable of doing a job. But if they don’t there will be more pressure and scrutiny put on Brendan and the board for not investing in another centre-half.”
Simunovic has lost his place in the first-team to Norwegian teenager Kristoffer Ajer after the 4-0 defeat to Hearts which ended Celtic’s unbeaten domestic streak at 69 games.
The new centre-back partnership of Ajer and Boyata has since helped the Hoops to five clean sheets in a row following the defeat to Hearts.
The Bhoys have recently signed centre-back Marvin Compper from Leipzig, but he is ineligible for the Europa League so Brendan Rodgers will have a big decision to make on his centre-back pairing to face Zenit.
The Bhoys return to action following their winter break in Dubai on Saturday when they begin the defence of the Scottish Cup at home to struggling Championship side Brechin City, it will be interesting to see the centre-half duo selected for that game.
In other Celtic news, Mark Hill has joined St MIrren on loan
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