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Celtic linked with swoop for Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan

Celtic are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund right-back Jeremy Toljan, according to Tuesday’s print edition of The Daily Mail (page 78) via The Daily Record.

What’s the word?

That position has long been identified as a problem area for Celtic.

With Anthony Ralston out of action due to ankle ligament damage, Mikael Lustig has the right-back role to himself while Cristian Gamboa has failed to make the substitutes bench in the three matches since the winter break. Lustig and Gamboa are both out of contract in June.

Ralston looked like a right-sided Kieran Tierney when he was given a short run last season but after picking up an injury he has never quite recovered and spent time on loan at Dundee United.

So far this season Toljan has only featured in the Regionalliga West but last term he played in 27 first team matches. In total, the 24-year-old has 72 Bundesliga appearances from Dortmund and Hoffenheim to call on.

Whether he would commit to a permanent move remains to be seen but with three days left in the transfer window a loan deal could suit everyone’s requirements.

Exactly what Celtic need

If there is one position that Celtic fans want to welcome a signing in, it is surely at right-back.

Lustig has taken the club to heart but unfortunately his legs are no longer able to provide the same sort of contribution that made the 2016/17 season so special – highlighted by his solo goal in the 5-1 win at Ibrox.

Toljan looks to have all the attributes to come in and hit the ground running. Whether he can be convinced to sign a permanent deal is another matter but the back four needs balance and stability on the right-hand side as soon as possible.

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