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Celtic must revive Moritz Jenz pursuit

Celtic have enjoyed a fabulous start to the season with Ange Postecoglou relishing his new role as the Hoops’ new manager.

He and Dominic McKay have built a fabulous young side in the transfer window but there are still six days before the market slams shut.

On the chalkboard

An area of the pitch that the Bhoys desperately needed to improve in this summer was in defence.

Last season they conceded 16 more goals than Rangers in the league as some diabolical defensive errors ruined their campaign.

That became even more important when Jonjoe Kenny headed back to Everton after his loan move.

With Jeremie Frimpong no longer in Glasgow either, it left Anthony Ralston as their sole representative at right-back.

Although he’s had a flying start to the season by scoring twice, the addition of Josip Juranovic from Legia Warsaw should strengthen them significantly.

Should Celtic sign Jenz?

Yes

Yes

No

No

He is capped by Croatia and looks a wonderful player both offensively and defensively. For example, no player committed fewer fouls per game than him in the Polish top-flight in 2020/21.

However, they are still a little light in central areas.

The solution

Postecoglou began the season with Nir Bitton at the heart of his backline but after some shaky moments, he’s been taken out of the starting XI.

Stephen Welsh has come back into the team alongside new signing Carl Starfelt. However, judging by Bitton’s form, it would be a wretched blow if one of the aforementioned names found themselves on the treatment table.

As such, Celtic should spend the last week of the window trying to conclude a deal for another centre-back.

One player on their radar is Lausanne’s Moritz Jenz.

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He was linked with a move to Glasgow last month but rumours of him arriving in Scottish football have since died down. Instead, he’s now in advanced talks to join French side Lorient.

Yet, with other targets moving elsewhere, namely Ko Itakura and Ben Davies, they should revive their hunt for Jenz.

Standing at 6 foot 3, he is a colossal defender who powers above most players when the ball is in the air.

Described as “very dominant” by the Celtic Analysis, he ranks in the 88th percentile for aerial battle won. On top of that, the 22-year-old is successful with 79% of his tackles. That puts the German in the 94th percentile.

If you combine that with someone like Juranovic, another prolific tackler, it would surely create a devastating right-hand side, one that would be incredibly difficult for opposing teams to break down.

As a result of that, Postecoglou’s defensive line should improve significantly. They do, of course, have a like-minded player in Christopher Jullien to return but another cost-effective signing would go down a treat.

AND in other news, Ange can discover Celtic’s new Turnbull by unleashing “first-class” rarely-seen 19 y/o…

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