By Noel Whelan

4th Jan, 2021 | 4:30pm

'That's Why Celtic Want To Buy Him' - Exclusive: Pundit wowed by £4.5m-valued star

Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Celtic defender Diego Laxalt for his display against Rangers on Saturday.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the performance of the 27-year-old was one of the “big, big positives” to come out of the 1-0 defeat.

Laxalt has made 16 appearances for the Hoops since joining on season-long loan from AC Milan in October, scoring once in a 2-2 draw at Hibernian.

Football Insider understands that the club could sign the Uruguay international permanently this month if they meet his £4.5million asking price.

Whelan claimed that Laxalt and Jeremie Frimpong were two of the standout performers at Ibrox last weekend.

“You can see why Laxalt came into the squad and you can see why Celtic want to buy him,” he told Football Insider. 

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“We saw the best of him and Frimpong the other day. Frimpong looks like he is finally getting back into the groove of things again.

“Laxalt and Frimpong are box to box, we talk about natural wing-backs, well these two are exactly that.

“They both love to get forward, they link up well with the strikers, have great fitness levels and can produce quality from wide areas. Those two have belief in their own ability.

“Their performances were definitely big, big positives for Neil Lennon to take out of the game against Rangers, even though it was a defeat.”  

In other news, Danny Mills claims Celtic are in early talks with a potential replacement for Scott Brown after a big reveal from Sky.