Garde discusses Aston Villa outcast Libor Kozak's future, report claims Celtic transfer is likely

Remi Garde was non-committal over Libor Kozak's Aston Villa future.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told the Birmingham Mail that it's possible Libor Kozak could leave in January, suggesting that his Under-21 goals may not be enough to keep him at the club.

Garde is still waiting for his first win as Aston Villa manager having been appointed at the beginning of November, having won two and drawn two from his first four games in charge.

That leaves Villa bottom of the Premier League table, and one of their biggest problems is that they have scored just 13 goals this season - no team in the Premier League has scored fewer.

Summer signings Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew haven't quite found their feet in the Premier League just yet, and many fans want Libor Kozak to be given a chance.

The Czech target man signed from Lazio in 2013, but has suffered an injury-hit spell with Villa, diminishing his impact in English football so far.

He has though been firing on all cylinders for the Villa Under-21 side, with two more goals against Derby County on Monday night - but that may not be enough to impress Garde.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Garde claimed that he needs to speak to Kozak to see whether a January transfer could be on the cards, whilst adding that it's sometimes not enough to score in the Under-21's.

"Maybe. We will see what the situation is with Libor. I need to speak with him," said Garde when asked whether Kozak will leave next month. "It’s always good for a player to score goals and perform well, but sometimes it is not enough. I’m pleased Libor is training well and he’s playing with the under-21s with a good spirit."

Interestingly, The Telegraph report that Kozak is heading for the exit in January, and claim that a move to Scottish champions Celtic is 'likely'.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila watched Kozak score twice in that Under-21 watch on Monday, and all signs are currently pointing to Kozak making the move north of the border, barring a shock change of heart from Villa boss Garde in the coming weeks.

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