The signing of Jeremy Toljan on a loan-to-buy deal from Borussia Dortmund was supposed to end Celtic’s right-back woes. But the German has since been dropped, and Timothy Castagne has to remain an option.
Toljan was benched by Hoops boss Neil Lennon for Sunday’s Old Firm derby, with the interim manager instead playing Mikael Lustig. But with Lustig leaving and Toljan disappointing, the right-back dilemma remains.
Whoever is in charge of Celtic beyond the end of the season needs to sign a new right-sided defender. One that can eclipse both Lustig and Toljan, and that man is Castagne.
Celtic were linked with the Belgium international in January. Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed in the January window that the Hoops had a £8.8million bid rejected for the Atalanta defender.
Now, CalcioMercato claim AC Milan have become interested in the 23-year-old. Castagne has scored three goals for the Serie A side this season, and created five more in 27 appearances.
His ability to get forward and cross the ball into the box is just what Celtic need. It remains to be seen what Atalanta actually want for his services, given the Hoops had almost £9million rejected.
But if the Hoops are to reach 10 in a row and improve in Europe, they need to open the cheque book. Castagne should be the first on their radar, especially given that Milan are now keen.
The end of the season cannot wait. Celtic need to steal a march on Milan, and land the defender’s signature.