By Frank McAvennie

5th Jan, 2021 | 9:48am

'Look at Goldson at Rangers' - Pundit Exclusive: Celtic told to sign defensive colossus

Celtic need to sign their own Connor Goldson in January amid Shane Duffy’s continued struggles at Parkhead.

That is the view of former Hoops and St Mirren striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about where Neil Lennon’s side need to strengthen in the transfer market.

Duffy has failed to live up to expectations since joining on a season-long loan deal from Brighton and has not started a game since 13 December.

 

Football Insider revealed last week that the club were considering the signing of another centre-half in 2021 with Preston North End’s Ben Davies and Philadelphia Union’s Mark McKenzie potential targets.

McAvennie wants Celtic to sign a player with similar attributes to Rangers defender Connor Goldson.

“Lenny needs a centre-half because the boy Duffy has not hit the ground running,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has found it difficult. It has not happened for him.

“We need a centre-half that has legs and can go and win the ball.

“Look at Goldson at Rangers, now I am not saying he is the best defender in the world but he is doing very well. We need somebody like him, somebody who can go and win the ball.

“I thought that would be Duffy but it doesn’t look like that is going to work out.”  

Goldson has been ever-present in a Gers defence that has kept a league-high 18 clean sheets this season.

The English centre-back has 139 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side since a £3million move from Brighton in July 2018.

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