According to a report published by TMW over the weekend, Celtic have offered a contract to Italian full-back Marco Motta, who is currently without a club.
On paper, a deal looks to make a lot of sense for the Bhoys. Motta is a former Juventus and Italian international full-back, and has spent time with a lot of big clubs.
He has only been out of the game for a few months as well, leaving Watford at the end of last season, and would likely be able to fit straight into Ronny Deila’s team.
However, in practice, Celtic would be wise to take back their contract offer and not bring Motta in to Parkhead.
Last season with Watford, Motta did little to actually aid the Hornets’ promotion push, playing nine games with little fanfare.
He often looked out of position and possessed little composure, and although clearly a talented player with the ball at his feet, he was never given the time due to the intensely physical game of the Championship.
This physicality is shared in Scottish football, and Motta never looked good when under pressure.
Most incredibly, his biggest impact with Watford came in the 2-2 draw with Derby County, when the Italian full-back managed to get himself sent off in the first-half after giving away a penalty.
After that game he started just two of the remaining five fixtures, and was left on the bench for important victories over Birmingham and Brighton which sealed promotion.
Watford decided against extending Motta’s contract as he had failed to prove himself in the Championship, and if he struggled in the English second division, what good will he do for a Celtic team hoping to perform at European level.