One club in particular with whom the Hoops have done a significant amount of business is Manchester City.
Was Dedryck Boyata a good signing for Celtic?
Another player that the Bhoys brought to Parkhead from the Etihad Stadium is Dedryck Boyata. In 2015, Celtic paid £1.5m to secure the defender on a four-year deal from City.
Now that some years have passed, it seems as though the Hoops may have the chance to sign what could be their next version of Boyata, but hopefully without the reported behind-the-scenes issues.
Last month, it was reported that the Bhoys have their eyes on potentially making a move to sign City defender Ko Itakura.
Along with sharing the same connection with the Manchester club that Boyata had, the former Hoops defender is also listed as a similar player to Itakura according to Football Transfers.
The pair also share a knack for being solid defensive units as well. Looking back to the seven matches that Boyata played in Celtic’s 2018/19 Europa League campaign, the centre-back averaged 1.9 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per game.
As for the current City defender, he averaged 1.4 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per league game during his recent loan spell with Schalke.
While these statistics may not be as high as the 31-year-old’s during his period with the Hoops, the Japan international has still shown that he can be a useful figure at the back.
Labelled an “incredibly fast” player by Dutch pundit Hans Kraay Jr., the 25-year-old could still be a useful addition to Celtic’s ranks and give Ange Postecoglou some extra depth in that area of his squad.
This could be crucial for the 56-year-old as his side will be looking to retain the Premiership title and go as far as they can in Europe next time around.
If the Hoops can use their previous connections with City to help forge a deal for the £3.15m-rated dynamo, this could be a great bit of business for all involved.