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Brendan Rodgers will face a man he wanted in Cristiano Piccini this week

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Brendan Rodgers will face a man he wanted in Cristiano Piccini this week

The Italian was wanted by Celtic in the summer.

Celtic appear, for the moment at least, to have solved their right-back issues with the loan arrival of Jeremy Toljan. The German has already impressed fans with his performances and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will no doubt feel he has done good business bringing in the Borussia Dortmund loanee.

Right-back has been an issue for some time at Celtic. Mikael Lustig has been struggling for consistent form whilst Cristian Gamboa and Anthony Ralston have not been trusted as back-up options.

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In the summer, one man they reportedly targeted was Cristiano Piccini. According to the Daily Mail, Celtic boss Rodgers wanted to bring the Italian in from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.

 

Now he will have a chance to see what he is missing out on. Piccini eventually joined Valencia. As reported by MARCA, he cost Los Che €10 million (£8.7 million) and in recent weeks has been in fine form for the club.

Celtic, of course, take on Valencia in the Europa League this week. Piccini is likely to play at right-back and will hope to keep Celtic’s wingers at bay in the game.

Bhoys fans will be hoping this summer target has a rare off day whilst their alternative, Toljan, thrives. If so, they will quickly forget all about the summer pursuit.

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