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Celtic could do with adding another centre-back in Ben Davies

Celtic have already bolstered their defensive armoury this transfer window but with a recent change of system, might they need further additions?

What’s the word?

According to Football Insider, mooted summer target Ben Davies has been slapped with a £10m price tag by Championship outfit Preston North End amidst interest from the Scottish champions and AFC Bournemouth.

Should Celtic pay £10m to sign Ben Davies?

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Yes, sign him up!

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The Lilywhites are thought to have rejected a £5m advance from the Cherries this week and they will only part ways with the 6 foot 1 colossus for double the amount.

However, his contract is set to expire next summer meaning he could be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Hoops in January.

Change of system calls

Neil Lennon has gone back to the 3-5-2 formation that brought so much success during their nine-in-a-row title-winning campaign after starting the season quite poorly with a 4-2-3-1 system.

It means there’s a need for quality centre-backs and thus, a move for Davies shouldn’t be overlooked despite adding Shane Duffy on loan to the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien.

However, none of these options are naturally left-footed, so it leaves a risk at the left centre-back position. This is something the 25-year-old could immediately resolve having also played at full-back in the past too.

“Ben has got a good left foot and he should really have more confidence in it than he actually has,” said his manager Alex Neil back in 2018.

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Last season, Davies averaged 4.5 clearances, 3.2 aerials won and a passing success rate surpassing 75%, via WhoScored.

It’s no wonder LancsLive described his rise at Deepdale as “phenomenal” whilst Neil has also claimed that he “has really good pace, which for a centre-back is rare and that “he reads the game well and has the determination to get better.”

Nick Hammond may have to fork out a club-record fee, though clearly, he’d not only be a perfect fit for Parkhead but also a major upgrade considering no other centre-back has such pace and the ability to use the left-foot.

AND in other news, Celtic face disappointment over La Liga target, according to reports…

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