By Noel Whelan

24th Nov, 2020 | 3:00pm

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Diego Laxalt will think twice before signing for Celtic permanently despite a “fantastic” start to life at the club.

That is according to former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 27-year-old potentially committing his long-term future to the Hoops in 2021.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims Celtic may open talks over the permanent signing of Laxalt when the Glasgow giants travel to the loan star’s parent club AC Milan on 3 December.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that it will cost the Scottish Premiership champions in the region of £4.5million to seal the transfer.

Laxalt has made an immediate impact on Neil Lennon’s side with club legend Frank McAvennie a massive fan of the Uruguay international.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Laxalt to make the permanent switch, Whelan said: “It is a no brainer from Celtic’s point of view.

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“Laxalt has been fantastic since he came in and he scored a fantastic goal on Saturday as well. A great strike into the roof of the net.

“Celtic will want him to sign permanently but will Laxalt want to sign? That is the problem they have got.


“He is playing so well but others have been very inconsistent. He may feel that if he keeps up this level of performance he could earn a move to another club.

“I am pretty sure he expected to be closer to Rangers when he signed.”   

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