One of the biggest priorities this summer for new Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou, should be fixing the club’s ropey defence.
Individual mistakes plagued their campaign, particularly at full-back where Jonjoe Kenny and Diego Laxalt were made to look distinctly average.
They were tormented in the Old Firm derby and it looks as though they’ve played their last matches for the Bhoys following the climax of their loan spells.
With the threat of Kristoffer Ajer heading for pastures new, it only heightens the need to improve their defence. The Norwegian colossus has been linked with Norwich and Newcastle but Bundesliga sides Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are also chasing his signature.
If he departs then it’ll leave a considerable void in the Celtic backline, one Postecoglou will need to patch quickly.
New arrival Liam Shaw is capable of playing in that position while the Hoops have also been touted with a move for one of their former employers; Erik Sviatchenko.
The Denmark international has Celtic coursing through his veins but with a lack of pace, his arrival would be met with a sense of scepticism.
There is no doubting his leadership skills; he led FC Midtjylland to the league title last term after they earned a rare appearance in the Champions League group stages.
However, there could be better options that lie elsewhere.
One player the Bhoys may look to bring to Paradise is Ben Davies. The centre-back was on the verge of agreeing a pre-contract deal with Celtic in January but a move fell through at the 11th hour as he departed Preston North End for Liverpool instead.
It was a move that left the Glaswegian side shell-shocked as they were beaten at the last moment for his services.
Davies has had a particularly tough time since moving to Anfield. He’s not played a single minute under Jurgen Klopp, struggling with injury.
Liverpool have since signed Ibrahima Konate and will have Virgil van Dijk back before too long. With that in mind, a place in the side feels far away for Davies.
He was tipped to head to Celtic again a few months ago and that would be a sensible move for all parties.
Postecoglou needs to bolster his defensive ranks and he fits the bill for what they need.
Speaking about the £60k-per-week earner after his move to the Reds, former teammate at York, Calvin Andrew, commented: “He’s robust. He can play. He’s naturally a left-back, I would say. He has that ability on the ball, he can play and see passes. But he’s not afraid of the dirty part of the game and puts his head where it hurts; a really brave and talented young man.”
Davies proved during his time at Preston what an influence he can be in the backline. The 25-year-old won 3.1 aerial duels per match in the Championship last term, producing four interceptions a game and completing 74.1% of his passes.
Like Ajer, he is a brute in the air but is graceful in carrying possession forward.
Postecoglou must forget about Sviatchenko and bring the Liverpool defender to Glasgow instead.