Report: Celtic want Heerenveen's Jeremiah St. Juste as Rodgers targets new central defender

General view inside Celtic Park

Celtic are reportedly keen on Heerenveen defender Jeremiah St. Juste.

General view inside Celtic ParkGeneral view inside Celtic Park

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic are eyeing up Heerenveen teenager Jeremiah St. Juste as they look to bring in a new central defender.

The Bhoys have had problems at the back ever since losing Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer last summer, as Jozo Simunovic struggled with injuries in his first season with the club, whilst Dedryck Boyata's debut campaign left a lot to be desired.

General view of Celtic Park

January addition Erik Sviatchenko has shown glimpses of quality, and it's now up to new manager Brendan Rodgers to find a quality, long-term partner for the Dane in Celtic's defence.

Now, the Daily Mail report that whilst Celtic are keen on Blackburn defender Shane Duffy, they also have their eyes on Heerenveen teenager Jeremiah St. Juste.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conference

St. Juste, 19, has come up through the ranks with Heerenveen, and made 28 appearances for the Eredivisie side last season as he established himself as a regular first-team player in Dutch football.

A pacey defender with a considerable leap for somebody shorter than 6ft tall, St. Juste is one of Dutch football's hottest young prospects, and even showed his versatility last season by playing in holding midfield too.

Celtic fans as New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented after the press conference

It's now believed that his performance and his potential have triggered interest from Celtic, who may well focus on developing talented young players under new boss Rodgers.

The report doesn't disclose just how much Celtic would have to pay for St. Juste, but based on his displays last season, he looks to be a star of the future - and whilst Republic of Ireland international Duffy may be Rodgers' first choice, St. Juste would be a smart investment for the future.

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