The Scottish Sun has claimed that Celtic could look to bring Kilmarnock right-back Stephen O’Donnell to Parkhead this summer, if Neil Lennon remains in charge.
O’Donnell, 27, has been excellent for Killie since joining the club from Luton Town in the summer of 2017. So much so, that O’Donnell has earned seven Scotland caps and is regarded as one of the best right-backs in the division.
Now, Killie are said to be willing to let the defender leave Rugby Park this summer, given that his contract is set to end next summer. It could be the last chance Killie have to bring in some cash for O’Donnell’s services.
Celtic are in need of a right-back, given Mikael Lustig is set to leave the club this summer. His contract expires, while Cristian Gamboa has already confirmed he is leaving. Jeremy Toljan will not be given a permanent deal.
O’Donnell is more than proven at Scottish Premiership level and he could be the answer. Any deal, as the report claims, is whether Lennon is given the permanent role.
O’Donnell would be an excellent signing for Celtic. A teammate with the likes of Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Ryan Christie, Scott Bain and Kieran Tierney at Scotland level, he would hit the ground running.
The only issue, is whether he is the calibre of signing Celtic fans want. Is he good enough to help Celtic advance in Europe? Time will tell, but for what could be a bargain fee, O’Donnell would solve the right-back issue.