Celtic are reportedly not looking to strike a deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Collado.
In a recent Twitter post, Hendry had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Information we at @Football_Scot have is that Collado is not a name that’s been floated within Parkhead with any serious intent. La Liga clubs currently in advanced talks with the player.”
Earlier this week, it was claimed that Celtic were one of the clubs to have made a move to sign the 23-year-old.
However, with Hendry’s update, it seems as though the midfielder isn’t likely to be donning a Celtic shirt anytime soon.
With 103 appearances to his name for Barcelona’s youth sides, Collado has scored 22 goals and delivered 12 assists along the way.
Described as a “fast, hard-working, great dribbler, highly technical and creative, brilliant set-piece taker”, by football talent scout, Jacek Kulig, as well as being a “pure joy to watch”, these are the sort of attributes that the midfielder could offer Ange Postecoglou’s side.
During the second half of last season, Collado completed a loan deal with fellow Spanish side Granada, where he managed to show what he’s capable of on the pitch.
For example, with 17 league appearances to his name, the midfielder ended the campaign with the third-highest percentage for shots on target (47.1%) and the second-highest rate for shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (2.91) at Granada.
This shows how much of a danger he can be for opposition defenders and goalkeepers from the middle of the park.
Bearing in mind how the end of last season saw the Bhoys say goodbye to Tom Rogic, Collado could have been the perfect replacement. Only three other Celtic players had more shots at goal than him (53) in the SPFL last season, so adding a player like the Barcelona figure to Postecoglou’s squad would have been a good way for them to get their hands on a likeminded player in the middle of the pitch.
This suggests why Postecoglou should be gutted that the club could be set to miss out on signing the Spaniard and haven’t been considering making a serious move for him.
Moving forward, if the Hoops want to strengthen their midfield even further before the summer transfer window ends, they will have to get a move on to bring in someone suitable before deadline day comes around.