Ange Postecoglou touched down in Glasgow just over a week ago but the new Celtic manager has already been busy bringing new faces to Parkhead.
With Celtic’s Champions League qualifying campaign rapidly approaching, Postecoglou needs to bring in new players to improve the squad as quickly as he can.
The Aussie has wrapped up his first signing but his defence still looks weak as they gear up for their pre-season friendly matches.
One player who has caught the eye of Celtic is Sheffield United’s George Baldock. The 28-year-old was linked with a move to the Bhoys back in 2019 but he has re-emerged on their radar two years later.
A fresh update on their pursuit from The Sheffield Star suggests that Postecoglou has now personally endorsed a move for the defender.
Celtic are willing to put £5m-£8m on the table but that could still fall short of the Blades’ valuation.
If this deal gets concluded, then supporters will have every right to be delighted with the club and their new manager, the primary reason being that Celtic absolutely need to sign a right-back this summer.
Jeremie Frimpong left for Bayer Leverkusen last January and they’ve still not replaced him properly. They brought Jonjoe Kenny in on loan but he has now headed back to Everton following his temporary stay at Parkhead.
The only options the Hoops now have is Lee O’Connor, who spent last term on loan at Tranmere, or Anthony Ralston, who played just a single match in 2020/21.
Postecoglou could field James Forrest in a right wing-back position but that would be a gamble and also a waste of his attacking talents.
As a consequence, Baldock would improve this Celtic side infinitely.
Discussing the club’s prior interest two years ago, Hearts manager Robbie Neilson said: “He’s a very athletic player, has a superb attitude and works really hard at his game. He is a very good footballer and he would fit in well at Celtic.
“George’s biggest strength is he possesses real quality going forward. He is also very competitive, which is another attribute I’m sure the Celtic supporters will like about him.”
Baldock commits a fair number of fouls and has low defensive activity, but for a Celtic side who spend most of the time on the front foot and in the opposition’s half, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Like Frimpong, the wing-back is adept at dribbling, ranking in the 77th percentile for dribbles per 100 passes.
Proven in the Premier League and a threat going forward, there is plenty to like about the Sheffield United defender. Celtic supporters should be excited if he becomes their new right-back.