Darren Bent has told Football Insider that he thinks Neil Lennon should sign “consistent” trialist Danny Simpson for his Celtic side.
The former Derby County striker has spoken of his admiration for Simpson, who has joined the Hoops on a trial period this week, per The Scottish Sun.
“He’s been around the block so he knows the game, he’s a great signing for them because they know what they’re going to get from him,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Every game you’re going to get seven out of ten, solid performer, consistent, knows his job. It’s a very astute signing.”
Simpson joins the Bhoys as they prepare for the Champions League qualification second round tie with Nomme Kalju this week, with the Estonians coming to Parkhead on Wednesday.
Right-back has become a problem position for Lennon, after Jeremy Toljan, Cristian Gamboa and Mikael Lustig all departed this summer.
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If Simpson were to secure a permanent deal at Celtic Park then it could have an impact on the career of Anthony Ralston. The young right-back wasn’t trusted in the Sarajevo games so it doesn’t look like it’ll be his breakthrough year at Parkhead.
That leaves Lennon with no trusted right-sided defenders in his squad and with the Premiership season starting soon a new signing is certainly needed. Kristoffer Ajer has filled in admirably at right-back in the Sarajevo double-header but his long-term future is surely in the centre of the defence.
This leaves Simpson with an opportunity and Bent thinks the 32-year-old can take it. The former Spurs forward described the right-back as a “seven out of ten” performer, and that consistency will surely be music to the ears of the Hoops fans.
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Being reliable could be a trait that is of high-value to the Celtic manager this season. Bolingoli-Mbombo has already shown himself to be exciting, if a little rash, on the left-hand side of the defence, and with a lot of young players in the defensive ranks some experience will be necessary.
If Simpson can be as consistent for the club as Bent reckons he is then he would indeed by very a “astute” addition for Celtic and Lennon.