Celtic manager Ronny Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times that plans have been under way for the club to sign a new defender for some time.
The Norwegian wants to get on top of the need for defensive reinforcements because of the pressure the club is going to be under when the next set of matches gets underway in July.
“I don't want to comment on players who are at other clubs - it is fair to say that we are looking for defenders,” said Deila.
“We have been planning for a long time. It is important to us that we have players who can come in and be ready to play because we have such important games in July.”
“We have a list of targets.”
His comments suggest common sense in the respect that he wants to get ahead of the game and it will be interesting to see how the situation develops around two players currently performing in his first team.
Virgil van Dijk is undoubtedly a top quality player and someone who could attract the Bhoys a top fee from an external club.
However, he’s guaranteed to start and get a shot in the Champions League if he stays at Parkhead and he knows he’s got a good manager in the form of Deila who will always treat him fairly.
Jason Denayer is heading back to Manchester City so that the current Premier League champions can judge his progress.
It’s unclear whether the Bhoys will get him back again, but there will be a hold over the course of pre-season, which Deila would be naïve not to try and fill.