Former Premier League goalkeeper and pundit Paddy Kenny has claimed that Ange Postecoglou is right to admit that Celtic are working on multiple deals.
Speaking to Sky Sports on 23rd July, Postecoglou admitted right-back is a “key area”.
The Greek-born tactician appeared to admit the club has several plates spinning as he confessed he has “three plan As” in terms of transfers in the position.
One of those deals appears to be for 24-year-old Portuguese right-back Aurelio Buta, who currently features for Belgian side Royal Antwerp.
Updates from Italian expert Fabrizio Romano have recently indicated that Celtic are in talks for the Angola-born defender and are believed to be negotiating over a fee of around £3 million.
Following the return of loanee Jonjoe Kenny to Everton, only academy product Anthony Ralston remains as a recognised right-back in Postecoglou’s first-team squad.
Consequentially, Kenny poured praise on Celtic’s willingness to line up several potential deals to ensure the right-back position is reinforced in this transfer window:
“I think you have to hedge your bets,” he told Football Insider.
“If there are Premier League clubs interested in these players then, with no disrespect to Celtic, I can’t see them getting first dibs.
“So it makes sense to have three options in each area. You’ve always got to have a plan A, B and C. That’s exactly what they need.
“It’s handy just in case one or two of them don’t come off. At least you’ve then got something and you’re not leaving yourself short at the start of the season.”
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Lining up multiple deals is a sensible insurance policy within the transfer market.
In lining up several deals, the eventuality of all of them falling through is minimalised, ensuring the Bhoys are not lacking in depth across the course of the season.
Ralston alone simply cannot be relied upon to remain fit for an entire campaign, as any injury would leave Celtic scrambling to fashion a makeshift replacement.