Celtic signed two new defenders at either end of their careers in the January transfer window. The RB Leipzig veteran Marvin Compper arrived promising experience and composure, while 21-year-old Jack Hendry is the future of the Hoops' defence following his addition from Dundee.
But Celtic might yet need another.
Dedryck Boyata’s contract expires in 2019, while Erik Sviatchenko appears to have no future at Celtic having been loaned out to FC Midtjylland in January. And Jozo Simunovic, according to the Mail, could be sold as soon as a club is willing to pay his £7 million asking price.
So there was plenty of reason for Morton defender Thomas O’Ware to be excited as the Championship side travelled to Parkhead for the Scottish Cup quarter-final at the weekend.
As reported by the Daily Record, the one-time Rangers youngster O’Ware had caught the eye of Celtic’s scouts towards the end of last season after a fine campaign, which included 11 goals from either centre-half or left-back.
And although Celtic eventually ran out 3-0 winners, the 24-year-old gave an excellent account of himself and showed just why Scotland’s perennial champions were reportedly keen to hand him his big break.
Skipper O’Ware made one fantastic clearance off the goal line to deny Dembele, who scored twice in the win, and was arguably the pick of Morton’s players on the afternoon. In short, it was exactly the kind of display he needed to produce to put himself in Brendan Rodgers’ sights again; even if he did not get a chance to showcase those goal-scoring instincts that have helped him stand out.