Celtic are reportedly considering a surprise move for Azerbaijan youngster Bahlul Mustafazade, according to The Herald.
The 22-year-old, who currently plies his trade in Azerbaijan for Gabala, is out of contract at the end of the season.
The central defender, who has recently received his first senior international call-up, has reportedly been offered to come over to Celtic Park in the summer for a trial, which could see the youngster pen terms with the club ahead of the new season.
Mustafazade, who also enjoyed a brief loan spell at local club Sumgayit last year, has made 20 appearances for Gabala this season, catching the eye of Celtic officials in the process.
The Hoops will need to bolster their defensive options in the summer, so bringing in Mustafazade could well prove to be a shrewd signing.
One of Celtic’s star defenders, Dedryck Boyata, looks set to leave this summer with Hertha Berlin keen on signing the Belgian, while fellow centre-back Filip Benkovic will return to Leicester City in the summer following his loan spell.
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Cahill looks set to leave Chelsea in the summer and would bring a wealth of experience to Celtic Park.
Aberdeen defender McKenna has impressed this season and has been strongly linked with a move to Celtic Park in the past.
Towering Fulham defender Ream may well be on the move in the summer following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship. A move to Scotland could tempt the American, who has been with Fulham since 2015.
Hearts defender Souttar is another Scot to be linked with a move to Celtic. The 22-year-old could well be a smart signing for the future.
Highly-rated Brentford youngster Konsa has attracted plenty of interest this season. Premier League giants Arsenal were linked with a move for the defender back in January, so if Celtic could persuade Konsa to move to Scotland, it could well be a major signing for The Hoops.