Marcel Halstenberg comments on his future amid recent Celtic transfer speculation

St. Pauli defender Marcel Halstenberg isn't interested in a summer transfer.

St. Pauli defender Marcel Halstenberg says he is 'happy' to stay with the German club despite interest from Celtic, as quoted by the Daily Express.

Halstenberg, 23, joined St. Pauli from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 having failed to make the grade with the Bundesliga giants, but has now made a name for himself in the German second tier.

A regular in the St. Pauli defence, Halstenberg is now attracting interest having proved himself following that exit from Dortmund.

German magazine Kicker recently reported that Halstenberg's former club Hannover were interested in re-signing him, whilst Celtic were also credited with an interest.

Now, with questions over his future with St. Pauli, Halstenberg says that he is happy to stay, but will consider a transfer next summer, as quoted by the Daily Express.

"The situation is that I am happy at St Pauli and want to stay here," said Halstenberg. "I have decided to say no more about possible transfers because I want to give it full throttle for my remaining year at St Pauli. The prospect of a transfer to a bigger club in a year is, of course, attractive."

"But right now I want to take the next step with St Pauli. I feel really comfortable here and I would have to consider any change in my team very carefully," he added.

Left back - Celtic's most pressing position?

Celtic have already signed Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata this summer, but manager Ronny Deila will be looking for more additions - and left back will certainly be a position of concern.

First choice Emilio Izaguirre has little competition for his role in the team, and Celtic need to bring in somebody to challenge the Honduran international next season and beyond.

Whether it's Halstenberg or another player, Deila is certainly expected to bring in a new left back this summer - and he will no doubt have a long list of targets to pursue if Halstenberg does intend to stay with St. Pauli. 

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