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Celtic must come back in for Japhet Tanganga

With Celtic’s opening European qualification match rapidly approaching in a few week’s time, Ange Postecoglou needs to conclude some early transfer business.

He has a plethora of issues to iron out before the campaign gets underway in what will be a testing first summer in the job for the new Hoops boss.

On the chalkboard

The biggest issue for Celtic at the moment is fixing their error-stricken backline.

Kristoffer Ajer looks set to head for the exit door and if he departs, it will only make the Bhoys’ defence even worse.

The Norwegian was the glue that held everything together last term but Celtic still conceded 16 more goals than their biggest Premiership rivals.

If that wasn’t bad enough, they also shipped 19 strikes in six Europa League group stage matches.

With that in mind, Postecoglou will need to find more bodies to fill in at centre half. He will also desperately be searching for a right-back.

Jeremie Frimpong left last January and with Jonjoe Kenny exiting at the conclusion of his loan spell, it leaves them incredibly light. Anthony Ralston is the only senior option but he played just once in 2020/21.

The solution

If Celtic’s new manager is looking to kill two birds with one stone then he should look no further than former Hoops target Japhet Tanganga.

They were linked with a deadline day move for the Tottenham defender back in the winter but Jose Mourinho ultimately wanted to keep him in north London.

Should Celtic sign Tanganga?

Yes please!

Yes please!

No chance!

No chance!

However, the Special One is no longer in charge of Spurs and has been replaced by Nuno Espirito Santo.

What he does with Tanganga is uncertain but considering the Premier League side are chasing a defender, it could open the door for the Englishman’s temporary or permanent exit.

Capable of playing at right-back or in the centre of defence, he could help make up for the shortfall in a number of areas.

Celtic are in dire need of finding more full-backs while Ajer’s potential exit means they will need more quality in his position too.

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We'll start with an easier one, who is this Celtic academy player?

Tanganga would be an astute signing. He has experience of top-flight football and in the words of Darren Bent, is a “very exciting” talent.

The £25k-per-week earner didn’t play much football last term but possesses a range of defensive qualities that would improve Celtic.

Last term, the 22-year-old won an impressive 3.7 aerial duels per game in the Europa League. For context, only Christopher Jullien usurped that statistic in continental action for the Bhoys.

On top of that, Tanganga prevailed in 1.3 interceptions per match, showcasing a strong reading of the game.

Like Ajer, the youngster also loves to rampage forward. From his six Premier League outings last season, the Spurs defender registered 1.5 successful dribbles per outing.

That’s a tally that demonstrates how well he could play at full-back with Odsonne Edouard the only player to manager more take-ons for Celtic in 2020/21.

Based on that, Tanganga would be a big upgrade for Postecoglou’s side.

AND in other news, Celtic open talks to sign £8.5m gem of the “highest quality”, Ange will love him…

Article title: Celtic must come back in for Japhet Tanganga

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