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Should Celtic sign Kenneth Paal?

Postecoglou has only been the manager of Celtic for a matter of weeks but he has already identified the primary issue; defending.

The Hoops have signed two players capable of featuring at the back and there could be more defensive acquisitions on the way.

What’s the word?

The Bhoys are keen on signing George Baldock this summer but they are also close to landing the services of Mario Vuskovic.

Plans to strengthen the defence don’t stop there, however, with new claims emerging from the Netherlands.

Dutch media (via the Daily Record) have touted Celtic with a move for PEC Zwolle’s Kenneth Paal.

Do you want Paal at Celtic?

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No thanks!

Yes please!

Yes please!

The 24-year-old is a left-back by trade and was given the opportunity to talk about a potential move to Scotland last week.

Paal commented: “It’s such a big club (Celtic), with such a history, that’s always nice to hear.”

Ange will adore him

Paal may well be a name that many fans of Scottish football will not have heard of but a look at the statistics tells you that he could be a fabulous signing for Celtic, one that fits right into Postecoglou’s system and methods.

With just a year left on his current contract, he could be snapped up for a bargain fee this summer and if they can agree on a price, Celtic must bring him to Paradise.

The defender is fantastic in offensive areas and would be a huge upgrade on Greg Taylor and Diego Laxalt.

Comfortable in possession of the ball, Paal is also incredibly athletic; something that would suit Postecoglou’s high-intensity style of play perfectly.

Furthermore, the PEC Zwolle full-back is better than a number of areas where Taylor excels.

He managed 1.8 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game last term from the backline, proving to be a rampant threat on the left. In comparison to Taylor, he is streets ahead. Celtic’s current left-back only managed 1.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per match.

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With a crossing accuracy of 44%, Paal’s play down the left-hand side could lead to a number of goalscoring opportunities provided by play in wide areas.

In the words of Bhoys Analtyics, the Dutchman would be a “monster” for Celtic, amassing the fourth-best shot assists in the entire of the Eredivisie.

He’s not just impressive from an offensive point of view either. The defender boasts higher defensive statistics than Taylor, amassing 1.9 tackles per game compared to 1.5.

This would be an astute pick up from the Hoops, one they simply have to get across the line. Postecoglou will love the way he plays.

AND in other news, Celtic eye move for “wonderful” 18-goal beast, he’s a big upgrade on Griffiths…

Article title: Should Celtic sign Kenneth Paal?

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