This is how Celtic could line up if Manchester United ace follows Toure to Parkhead
Comment by Will Butcher
Scottish Champions Celtic bolstered their defence after signing Kolo Toure on Sunday, and another defender could be on the way.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Manchester United’s young utility man Paddy McNair as a possible signing, as he looks to give himself depth in defence.
If the Hoops do sign McNair, it would be the fourth new arrival of Rodgers’ tenure. Along with Toure, the former Liverpool manager has signed Moussa Dembele and Kristoffer Ajer as he looks to defend the Scottish Premiership title from rivals Rangers.
How will his new signings fit into his new look side? The biggest changes will be at the back and if the Northern Ireland international does sign, he could form a partnership with Toure.
Rodgers has favoured a three-man defence at Celtic Park so far, allowing him to have an extra man in attack, which means he would be able to accommodate both Griffiths and Dembele.
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At 18, Ajer is reasonably untested and is unlikely to be thrown straight into the Hoops side, but striker Moussa Dembele has already started Rodgers first two matches in charge.
Captain Scott Brown looks set to anchor the midfield for his tenth season, while winger James Forrest could stay at Celtic Park despite reports linking him with a move down south.
Charlie Mulgrew continues to mull over an offered contract and could leave Celtic Park by the beginning of the season, but Stefan Johansen is set to stay and could play behind the front two as Rodgers looks to continue with his three-man defence.
Forrest and Patrick Roberts have their work cut out on the wings if they start, as they have to cover for what is a tight back-three.
Celtic’s next match is on Wednesday as they travel to Kazakhstan to face Astana in the second round of Champions League qualifiers.
In other Celtic news, Championship side Brighton have made a £2million bid for one of Celtic’s top-targets.