Celtic FC Opinion – Hoops should sign Srdjan Babic in the summer
According to a report in the Scottish Sun, Celtic are interested in signing Red Star Belgrade centre-back Srdjan Babic in the summer. The Hoops are set for a huge rebuilding job ahead of the start of next season, with few going out and few coming in.
As per the report (h/t CNN Turkey), it is claimed that the Scottish side sent scouts to watch the player in the early parts of this season. Besiktas, Nice and Feyenoord are among the other clubs interested in the 22-year-old.
Celtic are currently leading the Premiership table, while have already won the Scottish League Cup and are in the last-four of the Scottish Cup. However, they were under-par in the Champions League qualifiers and in the knock-out stage of the Europa League.
Here’s why they should sign Srdjan Babic in the summer window:
Hoops need quality at the back
As of now, Celtic have enough options out of which a solid centre-back partnership can be formed. But their main defender Dedryck Boyata is out of contract in the summer and looks on course to leave the club after this season.
Filip Benkovic, who has had a decent campaign, is a loanee from Leicester City, and he has shared his intentions to go back to the Premier League ahead of the next season.
Hence, it is pretty clear that the Hoops would require a high-quality centre-back when they play their first match of the 2019/20 campaign.
That being said, signing Srdjan Babic would be an ideal addition. The Bosnian is a tall and physically strong centre-back who likes to dominate centre-forwards. He is a no-nonsense defender who prefers to clear the danger first before thinking of passing the ball from the back.
At the age of 20, he has developed into a very good talent and can certainly be a star man at the Parkhead.
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All the above-mentioned facts and future aspects point towards the conclusion that Celtic have to sign a centre-back, and getting Babic would be a step in the right direction.