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Romano: Celtic enter talks with 24-year-old speedster who’s got one year left on deal

Celtic have reportedly made a move to try sign Aurelio Buta from Belgian top-flight club Royal Antwerp.

According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano, talks are ongoing between Celtic and Antwerp about the 24-year-old. 

The Hoops are reportedly on the search for a new right-back this summer.

Anthony Ralston is currently the only senior option at right-back for the Scottish giants. Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd Elhamed both exited last season. In addition, Jonjoe Kenny’s loan spell at Parkhead has ended. 

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Buta, who’s got one year left on his Antwerp contract, is a full-back with blistering speed.

The Portuguese defender has shown he’s got the flexibility to play as either a right-back or a right wing-back in different systems.

He finished the last campaign with five assists in 34 appearances. 

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Celtic need a new right-back quickly amid Buta rumours

Celtic are starting to get a move on now with their business, but even so they are cutting it a bit fine. 

They are just days away now from their first competitive match in a Champions League qualifier, so to have a squad that looks thin on the ground is worrying. 

Of course, Ange Postecoglou’s squad needs a new right-back. 

Ralston, 22, is still extremely raw, but may be needed in crucial matches. 

Buta is a fairly unknown talent to Scottish audiences, but he’s got European experience and did play against Rangers last season.

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