Former Celtic coach Garry Parker has told the Daily Mail that he feels Saidy Janko could definitely do a job if he moves to Parkhead.
The Daily Mail suggests Celtic are considering a move for the Manchester United owned defender, who played for Bolton Wanderers last season, where Parker now works.
The ex-Bhoys coach has suggested that the step-up to Scottish football wouldn’t be an issue for the player, but feels there are areas to his game, which he needs to work on.
“I’m sure he could go up to Scotland and do well, too. You have to remember that he’s only 19 so there’s huge room for improvement,” he said.
“I think this is a big season for him. He’s still got lots to prove. I hope the lad does well. But he’s got to push himself and make sure he’s playing every week somewhere.”
“Celtic, with the possibility of Champions League football, is obviously a fantastic opportunity for him.”
Scottish football will still be tough
The perception may be that Scottish football is of a generally lower standard, but Janko can’t allow himself to fall into the trap of thinking that and becoming complacent.
If he moves to Celtic, he’s joining a club where the pressure is immense and will play for a manager in the form of Ronny Deila who won’t settle for anything less than absolute commitment from the player.
He’s also got some serious competition with some very good defenders already part of the squad such as Mikael Lustig and Adam Matthews.
Based on that, Deila may opt against using him as a right-back in the squad.
He may look to nudge him further forward into a right midfield role, with Gary Mackay-Steven playing on the opposite side of midfield.
The advantage if he does that, is it makes Celtic harder to break down because he can obviously drop deep and double up with whoever is playing at right-back.
He has to think long and hard about the move, as do Celtic, but it’s one which ticks a lot of boxes.