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Neil Lennon raves about Diego Laxalt after signing him on loan

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Neil Lennon raves about Diego Laxalt after signing him on loan

The left-back checked in at Parkhead yesterday.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been discussing the qualities of his new signing Diego Laxalt with the club’s media team.

The Hoops completed their squad yesterday, adding the defender from AC Milan shortly before the transfer window slammed shut.

The 27-year-old will bolster Neil Lennon’s left-back ranks and compete with Greg Taylor for a place in the Hoops’ team.

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It would seem as though the Celtic boss is delighted to add the player to his squad and has been quizzed on his final recruit of the summer window.

He told the club’s official media team: “I admire him very much, watched him at the World Cup and thought he was outstanding, playing in a great Uruguay team and looked comfortable.

 

“He’s a very good defender. He’s got great quality on the ball and he’s got great desire to make things happen. I like his tenacity more than anything. He refuses to get beat or give the ball up, he’s a quality player.”

Laxalt has 24 caps for his country and might be viewed as a bit of a coup for Celtic.

He has played for several Italian clubs during his career, listing Inter, Genoa, Empoli and Torino as his previous employers.

Laxalt hasn’t featured for Milan this season but has made 35 appearances for the Italian giants in total.

The challenge for Lennon now is to decide who plays out of his new recruit and Taylor.

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The former Kilmarnock defender hasn’t exactly set the league alight and it’s fair to suggest that Celtic fans aren’t overly convinced by the 22-year-old.

With that in mind, if the new man can take his opportunity when it comes along he could quickly become a permanent fixture in Lennon’s team.

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