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12th Dec, 2017 | 1:34pm

Celtic crying out for perfect defensive partnership, top-flight enforcer is ideal solution

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Celtic have been strongly linked with Leipzig defender Marvin Compper, with the Herald reporting that he will be the first signing the Scottish champions make in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old enforcer seems on the surface to be an ideal signing for the Hoops.

The Celts have struggled to find the best centre-back partnership at the club since Kolo Toure’s retirement.

Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic seemed like the number one pairing, particularly after their sterling performance in Celtic’s 3-0 win Anderlecht, but both players have been off the boil since.

Who would make the best partner to play alongside Compper, is a big question that Brendan Rodgers has to answer.

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At the moment, it would be Dedryck Boyata.

Boyata may have had an injury problem at the start of the season but he seems far less likely to break down than Simunovic.

The Bosnian defender has been plagued with injury problems since joining the Hoops in 2015.

He may be a slightly better defender than Boyata but that’s no use if you are always injured.

Compper has the experience to guide Boyata through the game, which Simunovic just doesn’t have.

The pairing should be tried during the January winter break, when Celtic will have a few weeks of training together, to see if it is a success and worth trying in competitive matches.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are unlikely to sign Astana’s Patrick Twumasi

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