Celtic summer target Bahlul Mustafazade has admitted he would “jump” at the opportunity to move to Parkhead.
The Azerbaijan Under-21 defender has been spotted by Celtic scouts whilst impressing at club Gabala, but is out of contract at the end of the season and has been offered a trial at the club.
Mustafazade is a product of Gabala’s youth academy set-up and spent time at local club Sumgayit on loan last term, but it seems he’s ready to make the step up and join the Scottish champions.
He’s currently focused on securing European qualification for Gabala, but he’s recently announced his desire to play for a bigger club, as cited by the Herald:
I don’t want to comment on the situation at the moment, but of course I would want to play for a club like Celtic. If a contract proposal happened then I would certainly jump at it. I’m out of contract at the end of the season, but at the moment I am fighting to try and ensure Gabala get into Europe.
The 22-year-old has already been involved with the Azerbaijan national team after featuring 10 times for the nation at Under-21 level.
Both Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic are unlikely to be at the club next season, so capturing Mustafazade could prove to be a good move to strengthen depth at the back.
Centre-backs Celtic should target this summer
Elphick is expected to leave Villa on a free this summer, so it’d be a smart move. He’s impressed near the top level of English football with Hull City and at Villa Park, so why not bring him to Parkhead?
It’s been very clear for a while now that Cahill will leave Chelsea on a free this summer. Scotland could be the perfect place for him.
He’s only played 86 minutes in the Premier League for Bournemouth this season and after almost signing for Rangers last summer, it’d make capturing him sweeter for Hoops fans.
McKenna has regularly impressed at Aberdeen this season and for £10million, the club’s asking price, Celtic will be getting a top class defender that could slot straight into the side.