Celtic are reportedly interested in a summer move to lure Burnley winger Robbie Brady to Parkhead after entering the final six months of his contract at Turf Moor – and Roy Keane once labelled his set-piece ability as “excellent”.
Brady, 29, is out of contract in the summer as he nears the end of the four-and-a-half-year stay at Burnley, where he is on a £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract. The 54-time Ireland international has managed just 84 appearances for Burnley.
The Scottish Sun have claimed that Celtic want to take advantage of his availability and lure him to Scotland on a free transfer. It remains to be seen if Burnley will look to keep him, having stopped Celtic last summer by agreeing a one-year extension.
Keane worked with Brady as Ireland assistant manager and was quoted by The Mirror in 2017 as saying that the ex-Manchester United left-footed’s ability to deliver a cross was “excellent”. He could now follow Keane’s path, going from United to Celtic.
“It’s a big plus for us [to have Brady back]. Look at any big match, whatever about people’s movement, if the set-piece delivery is not right you’re wasting your time. Robbie’s delivery is as good as anyone out there and that’s certainly a big plus for us.”
TBR’s view – Brady finally solves left-sided issue
Celtic thought they had done so with the addition of Diego Laxalt, but that did not work out. The Uruguay international has flopped, leaving Neil Lennon to play Greg Taylor at left-back, who has been okay. They also lack a left-winger.
They have lacked a winger who can produce consistent form since getting rid of Scott Sinclair. The Hoops need a long-term left-back or a left-sided winger that can finally replace Sinclair. Brady can do either role for the Hoops. On a free, it is a no brainer.