Celtic progressing with pursuit of Aurelio Buta, according to report

Celtic and Royal Antwerp are progressing with their talks regarding the purchase of Aurelio Buta. The right-back is a product of the Benfica Academy but has impressed in Belgium, making 108 appearances scoring twice, and assisting nineteen times.

According to Belgian outlet Voetbal Nieuws, Celtic and Antwerp are progressing with talks over the transfer of Buta. The 24-year-old still has a year left at the Belgian club but the Portuguese full-back would be an impressive acquisition for the Parkhead side and Celtic know that he will be available for €3.5m. Ange Postecoglou is keen on bringing the right-back to the club and the report states that the club are willing to pay up in order to secure the ex-Portuguese U20 Internationalist.

Postecoglou and new CEO Dominic McKay inherited a considerable mess from Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell after the last season and the lack of investment in the backline, excluding Starfelt, has been worrying. A right-back, another central defender and a new goalkeeper are required as soon as possible and the duo, who arrived in the summer, need to arrest the situation and make sure that they are getting quality bodies in the door. Buta would be a start.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. McKay needs to get the finger out and get the players in. Europe might be gone but the league is approaching fast, we need to hit the ground running. We need a keeper or we will win nothing this season.

  2. David g. Smith on

    “Postecoglou and new CEO Dominic McKay inherited a considerable mess from Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell after the last season”

    The same board and majority shareholder remain in-situ though.

    The same comedy of errors coaching staff remain in-situ though.

    McKay and Postecoglou need to be given a hard playing budget by the board and left to their own devices to get the job done.

    With the big payola comes the big responsibility.

    In a results driven business If they fail to deliver then they are out its that simple.

    Micro management by the board of every transfer transaction to ensure their end of year bonuses are in the books is a proven business failure method as demonstrated by last years debacle.

    Win the league this year and its automatic CL Group stage

    Lose the league this year and it will set CFC back 10 years unless the business models is fundamentally changed.

    It is as stark as the reality gets.