Celtic appear to have competed the deal to sign Swedish central defender Carl Starfelt from Rubin Kazan and are closing in Rennes full-back Brandon Soppy, while talks are also taking place with Royal Antwerp for their Portuguese right back Aurélio Buta – that is the latest news from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who was first to break the story that Celtic were targeting both Starfelt and Soppy.
Celtic are looking for a new right back after agreement completed to sign Carl Starfelt as centre back from Rubin Kazan. 🏴 #Celtic
Brandon Soppy is one of the options – talks ongoing also with Royal Antwerp for Portuguese right back Aurélio Buta. ⚪️🟢
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 17, 2021
Ange Postecoglou has identified positions that need immediate attention and these include right back, central defence and attacking wide players. The latter has been addressed with some style this week with the signing of both Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi .
The Celtic bound Japanese international opened the scoring in his farewell appearance this morning with the game still in progress….
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⚽️🔥GOALLL! Kyogo Furuhashi scores for Vissel Kobe in the 30th minute!
Cerezo Osaka 0 –  Vissel Kobe
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The Swedish international centre half will clearly address that weakness in the Celtic squad particularly with Kris Ajer departing for Brentford in a £13.5m deal with additional add-ons.
Now a right back perhaps signing ahead of the Champions League opener against Midtjylland – who lost their opening match of the new season last night – see below.
Midtjylland lost 2-1 to OB.
xG was in Midtjylland’s favour at 1.92-1.34. However OB on watching had better quality chances
Midtjylland & especially Sviatchenko weak to the short ball in behind the CB (shown below). Celtic need to target this
Danger Man: Sisto
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