Celtic’s need for a right-back notched up a couple of levels on Wednesday evening as Mikael Lustig confirmed that he would be leaving Parkhead this summer – but Neil Lennon can solve the issue with the help of Tottenham.
Lustig is set to leave the club after winning 16 trophies – an average of one every 17 matches – for the Scottish champions. He is one of three players to remain in the squad for the entire eight-in-a-row run.
It leaves Celtic with just Anthony Ralston as the club’s only option at right-back, with the Champions League qualifiers less than three weeks away. A new right-back is desperately required.
It should convince Lennon and Celtic to look down south and to one of England’s biggest clubs, in Tottenham Hotspur for versatile full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, who is hardly getting a look in at Spurs.
The 22-year-old managed just 10 appearances for Spurs last season, only one more than the season before. Indeed, the Spurs academy product looks unlikely to break past Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier.
Football London have claimed that Walker-Peters and Mauricio Pochettino are to have sit-down talks over the future of the defender next month, and Celtic should look to take advantage of those talks by landing him on loan.
The report states that if the duo decide it is time for Walker-Peters to leave, then a loan spell at a Premier League or a Championship club could be an option. Celtic would surely fit under the same bracket.
A right-back with pace, a willingness to get forward, experience of playing with some of Europe’s best in Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and Champions League matches under his belt, Walker-Peters is perfect.
A season-long loan spell at Celtic for Walker-Peters would be a good move for all parties involved.