Celtic have taken former Hull City right-back Moses Odubajo on trial following his decision to reject a new deal with the Championship club. It comes after two seasons of injury hell for the former Brentford man. But previous to his knee trouble, the 24-year-old was one of the brightest prospects in the Championship.
In the 2015-16 season, he helped Hull City win promotion to the Premier League and looked set for a breakthrough campaign in the Premier League before suffering the injury in pre-season.
At Hull, he worked under Steve Bruce, with the Aston Villa manager getting the best out of the attack-minded defender.
Which makes it easy to wonder why Aston Villa have not made a move to check out Odubajo yet this summer.
Aston Villa are hardly blessed in the right-back position and Bruce is a huge fan of the returning defender.
But instead, he is at Celtic Park trying to prove his fitness, rather than Villa Park.
It is perhaps an indicator of Aston Villa’s financial peril that the club has not brought him in on trial.
At the moment it seems Aston Villa need to sell players, or Tony Xia needs to sell the club before any potential investment in the first-team squad can be considered.
Because surely Bruce would have wanted to give Odubajo, a player who helped him to promotion just two years ago, a chance to show he still has it.
The sooner the behind-the-scenes mess at Aston Villa is sorted out the better.