Transfer Focus: Celtic need more defensive quality beyond O’Shea

Celtic are showing interest in West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O’Shea ahead of the summer transfer window, according to The Scottish Sun.

What’s the story?

The paper say that with the 20-year-old’s contract at the Baggies set to expire the Hoops are keen on picking him up on the cheap, having scouted him on a number of occasions over the past few months.

The report states the club have been keeping tabs on the youngster since Brendan Rodgers was in charge and would be able to land him for a cut-price compensation deal due to his age.

Celtic are on the hunt for defenders after Belgian international Dedryck Boyata left for Hertha Berlin and Filip Benkovic is on his way back to parent club Leicester City.

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Who is he?

O’Shea has yet to make his senior debut for West Brom but was a key part of their youth sides when in the Premier League and headed out on loan to English League Two side Exeter City for the 2018/19 season.

He made 33 appearances for the Grecians, helping them secure a top half of the table finish.

It’s not experience that will immediately jump out as impressive to Celtic supporters but considering scouts from the Hoops have watched him on numerous occasions he must have something about him as a player.

Don’t Celtic need more?

Absolutely. If Celtic are to maintain their incredible recent success then they need to make moves for quality players in the upcoming transfer window.

O’Shea may be one for the future but he’s entirely untested at the level the Hoops need him to be playing at and if he is to be signed for the first-team then the club will need to supplement his transfer with more bodies.

Whoever the next manager is badly needs a replacement for Boyata who is ready to step in right now, preferably an international player with a bit of European experience. That won’t be easy to find within Celtic’s budget, but going into next season relying on English League Two players is unlikely to end well.