COMMENT By Richard Parks
Andy Yiadom would be a brilliant summer signing for Celtic.
Football Insider revealed today that the Scottish champions are to launch a bid to sign the Barnsley defender after he rejected the offer a new contract at the Championship club.
Yiadom, 26, is a right-back who ticks all the boxes for Celtic as they look to solve what has become a problem position due to the struggles of stalwart Mikael Lustig.
The one-time Ghana international has done it the hard way, learning his trade with Barnet and Braintree at non-league and League Two level before nailing down a regular spot in England’s second tier with Barnsley over the last two seasons.
He has come on leaps and bounds in recent years to become one of the highest-rated right-backs outside of the Premier League with some commanding displays at Oakwell.
Yiadom’s pedigree is such that he was set to join Swansea City last summer only for the deal to collapse at the last minute because the paperwork was not completed in time.
He got over the disappointment of the failed transfer to the big time by getting his head down at Barnsley, and there is widespread interest in his services ahead of the summer.
Yiadom has turned down the offer of a new contract and his imminent free-agent status is highly attractive.
Celtic scouts ran the rule over Yiadom in Tuesday’s Championship clash with Norwich in which he created Barnsley’s goal in the 1-1 draw.
With right-back one of the Hoops’ top priorities ahead of the summer window, club chiefs must swing into action to secure an early deal.
It is up to main shareholder Dermot Desmond and chief executive Peter Lawwell to give the green light for the recruitment team to push through the deal before the English clubs counter with huge offers to the player.
Celtic can offer Yiadom a regular starting role and the chance to play for serial winners in front of one of the most passionate set of supporters in Europe.
This makes sense on every level.