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Celtic hoping to persuade Yan Couto to sign

After scoring 13 goals in their last three games, Celtic are in a positive place right now.

It’s not often we’ve been able to say that about the Hoops during the last 12 months but they have started life under Ange Postecoglou in fine fettle.

What’s the word?

The Australian hasn’t managed the most convincing of summer transfer windows so far but it’s hard to fault much of his work. Kyogo Furuhashi has four goals in as many games while Liel Abada also has four goal involvements to his name.

However, one area where the new manager still needs to improve the squad is in defence.

Fortunately, the Bhoys are making moves to bolster their ranks in that department. Just a day after being linked with a move for Josip Juranovic, they have been touted with a swoop for Yan Couto.

This isn’t the first time the Brazilian’s name has surfaced in the same conversation as Celtic this summer.

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As per Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, they are still hoping to persuade the Manchester City full-back to join on loan. The defender was even invited to Parkhead to watch the Hoops yesterday evening.

He said: “Celtic still hoping to persuade Yan Couto to join them on loan from Man City. Been trying since window opened but other clubs want him too and Brazilian yet to decide.”

Fans buzzing

With Celtic in conversations to bring Couto to Paradise, it should leave supporters absolutely buzzing.

After all, the one area where they’ve been crying out for reinforcements is at right-back. Anthony Ralston has caught the eye with goals in successive league outings, but against stronger opposition they will need a player of greater quality.

Celtic face AZ Alkmaar in the next round of Europa League qualifying and that will represent their toughest test yet in terms of continental action this term.

Ralston has begun the season in impressive form but there are still questions to be asked of him in the long run. Therefore, providing competition for the full-back in the shape of Couto would be a smart decision from the Hoops hierarchy.

Being compared to Dani Alves, the Brazilian possesses attacking and defensive qualities in abundance.

Described as “extremely dangerous on the counter” by scout Jacek Kulig, the 19-year-old was labelled the Spanish second tier’s best right-back last season during a loan spell with Girona.

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He completed one key pass per 90 minutes, as well as making 1.3 tackles and producing 1.8 dribbles over the same metric. In comparison, no player at Celtic managed more dribbles per game last season.

On that evidence, Hoops fans should be elated at the idea of their club signing Couto. He has an immense set of skills and could create a wonderful partnership with Abada on the right.

AND in other news, Celtic close to signing £2.5m “creative monster”, he’s perfect for Postecoglou…

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