Celtic are interested in a deal to bring Lee Buchanan to Parkhead in the January transfer window.
That’s according to Alan Nixon’s report for The Scottish Sun, with the journalist claiming that Ange Postecoglou could turn to the Derby County left-back in order to solve Celtic’s issues on the left-hand-side of defence, with the 56-year-old having played five different players in the position so far this season.
Nixon continues to state that the Bhoys sent scout Mick Doherty to watch the 20-year-old in action last week, as well as suggesting that crisis-hit Derby could be tempted into selling the England U21 international in the winter window.
While 23-year-old Greg Taylor has impressed over his four Scottish Premiership appearances so far this season – with the left-back averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.15 – as well as 19-year-old Adam Montgomery breaking through into Postecoglou’s first-team squad, it is undeniable that the signing of Buchanan would improve Celtic’s quality at left-back.
Despite the youngster suffering something of a dip in form in recent weeks – failing to achieve an average match rating higher than 6.8 – the £2.25m-rated man has nevertheless proven his quality for Derby this season.
He received a SofaScore match rating of 7.0 for his display in a 0-0 draw against promotion-hopefuls West Bromwich Albion, a 7.1 rating in the Rams’ 2-1 win against an impressive Stoke City side and a 7.7 rating in a 1-0 defeat to recently relegated Sheffield United.
Indeed, the Derby manager, Wayne Rooney, is certainly convinced of the potential the 20-year-old possesses, with the 36-year-old stating his belief that Buchanan is “one of the best young left-backs in the country.”
As such, should an opportunity to land the highly-rated defender in January present itself, it would appear an extremely wise move for Postecoglou to do all he can to secure Buchanan’s signing, as the left-back would undoubtedly be an upgrade on any of the 56-year-old’s current options in the position.