Celtic are reportedly in the hunt to sign Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Bhoys and Old Firm rivals Rangers are leading the race to land the 22-year-old, while Aberdeen are also named as potential suitors.
It is understood that the pair are both keen on snapping up the centre-back, who will see his deal expire with Portsmouth at the end of the season and he is available to sign now on a pre-contract agreement.
Whatmough has impressed so far this season with Portsmouth, who sit top of the table in England’s third-tier right now.
He is a no-nonsense defender that is good with the ball at his feet and strong in the air, while he’s managed to break into the first team at Fratton Park after coming through the academy
But would he be an uninspiring signing for Celtic for next season?
Whatmough is certainly a centre-back with decent potential and is consistent at his current level, but it could be too big a step up to throw him in the deep end at Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers wants to build a Celtic team that can compete in Europe and they are at least in the Europa League knockout rounds of this season’s competition.
The Bhoys are going to need quality reinforcements at centre-back in the summer, as they will lose Leicester loanee Filip Benkovic from their ranks.
Whatmough is an untested product at the high level and expecting him to step into Benkovic’s shoes would be a ridiculous ask.
The Portsmouth defender may well be worth the punt on a free transfer, but Celtic need to be aiming higher with their transfer targets to improve the XI.