Signing Fabian Schar would give Celtic defensive depth with or without Dedryck Boyata

As reported by Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Celtic are one of the teams interested in signing Switzerland international defender Fabian Schar this summer.

What’s the story?

Despite another successful season under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic are intent on strengthening their first team squad this summer.

They’ve already broken their incoming transfer record with the permanent acquisition on Odsonne Edouard, but Rodgers will know more than anyone there is still work to be done.

One area that could do with improvement is in central defence and it seems the club are targeting an experienced international defender who has played regularly at the highest level.

Spanish publication El Desmarque report that Celtic are interested in Fabian Schar, competing with the likes of Hannover and Lazio for his signature this summer.

The report states that the Deportivo defender could be available for as little as £3.5m due to a release clause in his contract at the club.

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Would he be a good signing?

With close to 200 appearances made for clubs like Basel, Hoffenheim and Deportivo, Schar has been playing in some of Europe’s top leagues for years now, also picking up UEFA Champions League experience along the way.

With 40 caps for his country too, he’s a player that could come into the Hoops and immediately compete for first team places and arguably be an upgrade on options already available to Rodgers.

A committed defender, he also has the ability to play out of defence and dribble into midfield, perfectly suiting the system that the Celtic boss likes to employ in Glasgow.

At the reported £3.5m, bringing him to Celtic could be an inspired bit of business.

The end of Dedryck Boyata?

With Boyata having just a year left on his current contract at Celtic and no sign that is to be extended, the Hoops have a major decision to make when it comes to the Belgium international this summer.

With teams like Lazio reported to be interested, this could be a great time to sell him on. Schar coming in would ease the pressure on the Hoops significantly on this matter, who could essentially replace his presence in Rodgers’ first team.