By Frank McAvennie

10th Jan, 2021 | 9:00am

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It would be a “smart move” from Celtic to sign loan star Diego Laxalt on a permanent deal this year.

That is according to Hoops legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of converting the AC Milan man’s season-long deal into a permanent transfer.

Sky Sports News journalist Anthony Joseph revealed earlier this week that Laxalt is likely to be available on a “cut-price deal” in the summer after Milan valued him at £9million just a few months ago.

McAvennie is a big admirer of Laxalt and has frequently praised him during the opening half of his loan.

“I think it would be a smart move to sign him permanently,” the ex-striker told Football Insider. “He is definitely a better defender than Taylor.

“He has a bad day against Rangers, not one of his crosses got past the first man. It was wrong. I do not think Taylor does it either though.

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“I do not get why they do not work on the crossing. Every time they hit the first man. Why do they not work on that in training? It doesn’t look like they’re doing that kind of training.

“If I was Laxalt of Frimpong I would want to practice but it looks like they don’t. That is something that can be worked on and perhaps that is what they are working on in Dubai.

“But saying that they’ll probably come back and won’t be able to do it because the air is colder in Scotland.” 

Laxalt, 27, has been the first choice left-back at Celtic for most of this campaign and made 16 appearances in all competitions.

Capped 24 times by Uruguay, he has a contract at Milan that runs until the summer of 2022.

In other news, a huge Celtic transfer update can be revealed as new bid tabled for English sensation.