Why Celtic should make a move for a player recently released by Leeds United.
On Wednesday afternoon, Leeds United announced which players had been released with two names standing out: Rudy Austin and Aidy White.
Austin was the bigger shock of the two, with White blighted by injury and only appearing for 19 minutes in the final game of the Championship season. But given his talent and Leeds manager Neil Redfearn’s recent comments about the 23-year-old the news was somewhat unexpected.
In comments published by Sky Sports, Redfearn suggested that he had big plans for White next season and intended to use him. But just a few weeks later, White has gone, so what chance a reported former suitor coming back in for him?
Back in 2012, the Herald reported that Celtic were interested in a then-20-year-old White.
At the time, White’s current deal was coming to an end and Celtic boss Neil Lennon was said to be a big admirer of the left-back who can also play on the wing.
In the end, White signed a new contract at Elland Road; the same deal that will now not be renewed, leaving him to find another club.
Ronny Deila is now in charge at Celtic, but he would be wise to take a look at White given the lack of senior options at left-back aside from Emilio Izaguirre.
White could offer effective cover there but he could also play further up the field, and Deila may be the man to bring the best out of a player who was highly-regarded at Leeds but never quite made the breakthrough.
At just 23, with versatility and talent in abundance, and available on a free, Celtic could pull off a master-stroke by signing White three years after they were first tipped to.