Is Rodolph Austin the perfect cover for Scott Brown at Celtic?

Celtic Stands

The recently released Leeds midfielder is on Celtic's radar.

Celtic have their eye on free agent Rodolph Austin, recently released by Championship side Leeds United.

An experienced 30-year-old available without a transfer fee, it's obvious to see why any move would make sense. But what will the Scottish Premiership champions be getting with the Jamaican?

 (Per Game) Chances CreatedFinal-Third PassesTouchesTacklesInterceptionsAppearancesMinutes Played
Rodolph Austin 0.77 8.37 54.03 2.07 1.6 30 2,249

As Opta stats show, Austin isn't the most creative of midfielders but he does get involved, with a high rate of touches per game. His best asset, meanwhile, is his ability to tackle.

The problem for Celtic, of course, is that the Bhoys already have a tough-tackling midfielder: their leader and captain Scott Brown.

But, an experienced free agent is still an appealing prospect for any buyer - could the former Leeds man be the perfect cover for Brown...?

Austin wouldn't be good enough to dislodge Brown. He could play alongside him at Celtic - but that would mean dropping Nir Bitton. With potential Champions League games to think about, this becomes more of an issue.

 (Per Game) ShotsOn TargetOff TargetAppearancesMinutes Played
Rodolph Austin 2.17 0.6 1 30 2,249

As more Opta stats show, meanwhile, a big weakness in the 29-year-old's game is his over-tendency to shoot. As Leeds fans will tell you, Austin misses the target (usually from range) way more than he hits it.

Austin did win the Goal of Season award for a fantastic strike against Watford but this was the exception rather than the norm. Ronny Deila would have to rein that in.

Verdict: Overall, though, the ex-Leeds midfielder could be perfect for the Hoops as a back-up in central midfield. As stated, he shouldn't be seen as someone to dislodge the two that start - but he will add depth, while his tough tackling is certainly a desirable asset.

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