Celtic no longer need a rebuild of their squad, like they did last summer. They do need strengthen it though, as the club are set to make a return to the Champions League after years. While Ange Postecoglou’s side were a massive success in domestic competitions this season, they were not in Europe. The Hoops’ continental record was a bit of a disappointment to say the least as they were knocked out of three different competitions.
One area of this team that has been seen as a weakness for a long time now is left-back. Kieran Tierney was arguably Celtic’s best player when he left for Arsenal in a Scottish record move in the summer of 2019.
Since then, several players have tried to replace in the Celtic starting XI but nobody has been able to hold on to the spot for any consistent length of time. It was just this season that Greg Taylor showed some improvement there.
But with Boli Bolingoli expected to leave in the summer and Liam Scales struggling to make an impact on the first-team, Celtic could do with another left-back to provide competition for Taylor. And as reported by the Daily Mail, they are exploring a move for Argentine under-23 international, Francisco Ortega. He is believed to have been the subject of positive scouting reports.
Celtic are interested in Argentine youth international left-back
Ortega has represented Argentina at multiple youth levels and at the Olympics as well. He is very highly rated to say the least and currently plays for Velez Sarsfield.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Ortega has scored once and provided 10 assists in 97 appearances for Velez Sarsfield till now.
While most Celtic fans might not have heard his name before, during the time of Postecoglou as manager, the club have shown a brilliant eye for picking out players who will fit into the manager’s style of football. As a result, if they manage to sign Ortega, there will be a lot of excitement around the Argentine youth international to say the least.
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