One particular move that would have had plenty associated with the Hoops delighted was last month’s permanent signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur.
After enjoying a successful loan spell at Parkhead last season where he ended the SPFL campaign with more interceptions (43) and a higher average for clearances per game (4.1) than any other Celtic player, it’s easy to see why the Hoops were eager to make his temporary stay into a permanent one.
With the new season approaching, the remaining weeks of the summer transfer window could see the Parkhead club add some extra defensive reinforcements to their ranks, thus presenting Ange Postecoglou with the chance to create a formidable partnership alongside Carter-Vickers.
One figure that has been linked with a move to Glasgow that could fit the bill is Schalke’s Malick Thiaw.
Last month, it was reported that the Bhoys were in talks over a potential move for the defender.
With 31 appearances to his name in the German second division last season, the centre-back ended the campaign with more interceptions (55) and more successful tackles (45) than any other player at the club.
This highlights his clear defensive talent and why he’d be a good fit at Celtic alongside Carter-Vickers. It also backs up why he was labelled as a “big talent” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig on Twitter.
Hailed for his “excellent” performances by Christian Gross, who also described the 20-year-old as a player that has “great potential,” Thiaw could be a long-term figure at Celtic given his young age and clear talent that he has shown on the pitch.
Having been linked with a £7m move to Liverpool back in 2020, the Schalke starlet would be a solid addition to Postecoglou’s ranks this summer alongside the likes of Benjamin Siegrist and Alexandro Bernabei.
Despite sealing Carter-Vickers’ long-term future at Parkhead earlier in the window, bringing in Thiaw should be very much in the thinking of the Celtic hierarchy.