Glasgow Celtic are considering a move to bring Kervin Arriaga to Celtic Park this summer.
That’s according to a report by Honduran media outlet Diez (via the Daily Record), who claim that the former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre has revealed the Hoops are monitoring the defensive midfielder ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
It is reported that Izaguirre himself recommended the 23-year-old to Dominic McKay and the Bhoys hierarchy, who agreed to send their scouts to watch the Honduras U23 international in action.
In the article, Izaguirre explains exactly why he believes Arriaga could play at a much higher standard than he is currently, stating: “He is tall, wins well above, has a punch and can play three or four positions: central, containment, mixed and midfielder. He is a complete player. He can be an elite in Europe and play in the Champions League.”
With Scott Brown having left Celtic to return to Aberdeen at the end of last season, Ange Postecoglou could well be in the market for a tough-tackling destroyer this summer, a description that would very much appear to fit Arriaga.
Indeed, over his 24 appearances for CD Marathon in the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional de Honduras last season, the 23-year-old picked up a whopping 11 yellow cards – very nearly double the amount Brown received in the league last term.
And, while this is not particularly a statistic to be proud of, one thing it certainly does indicate is how stuck in the midfielder gets, fight that Celtic desperately lacked in their Scottish Premiership campaign last time out.
However, it would seem as if Arriaga is far from just a brute in the middle of the park, with his return of nine league goals from defensive midfield over the past two seasons backing up Izaguirre’s claim that the 23-year-old is a “complete” midfielder.
Indeed, footage of the player’s goals for Marathon clearly demonstrate that Arriaga is also an extremely capable free-kick taker, as well as appearing to have a trademark long-range drive finish.
As such, while the Honduran league is not exactly one of the more reputable competitions in world football, it would certainly appear as if Ange Postecoglou and McKay should heed Izaguirre’s advice regarding the midfielder, as he could well prove to be the perfect man to fill Brown’s role in the middle of the park for the Bhoys.