Celtic spent the summer being linked with Ryan Fraser and the fact he is delaying signing for a new club should tempt Neil Lennon into a last-ditch attempt to sign him.
The Daily Star claims Newcastle are the frontrunners to sign the winger this summer, following his release from relegated Bournemouth.
It’s now being claimed in today’s Telegraph that Fraser is stalling to see if any other clubs emerge as interested parties, with Celtic and Arsenal named.
Fraser endured a pretty torrid time of things during 2019/20, scoring just once and registering four assists from his 32 appearances under Eddie Howe.
It’s fair to suggest that his head may have been turned though, due to his blistering 2018/19 which has led the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal take interest in the Scotland international (The Mirror).
During that campaign he scored eight times and claimed a staggering 15 assists for Bournemouth, showcasing that on his day he’s a seriously good winger.
Those days were few and far between last season but as a result, that could make Celtic a perfect move for Fraser this summer.
Neil Lennon isn’t blessed with a plethora of talent on the flanks and Fraser would be a useful addition to Lennon’s squad.
The 11-cap international is quick, direct and simply loves to take players on. Regardless of his form last season, the fact he has 120 Premier League appearances under his belt could make him a coup for Celtic.
It seems one of the reasons Fraser was keen on the Newcastle move is a desire to be closer to his family who currently live in Aberdeen.
Celtic could take him even closer to him with a move to the Scottish Premiership, whilst they are likely to have Europa League football on offer too.
Having tasted the Premier League he may want to stay in England and play in a better quality of football – and in turn, probably earn more money.
That said, the delaying tactic doesn’t sit right and Celtic would be wise to pounce on Fraser.
The Hoops can offer him plenty of trophies, lots of game time and the chance for him to get back to his best after his disappointing season last time around.