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Celtic better off with Jeremy Toljan after failed £8.8m bid

Jeremy Toljan of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 3, 2019 in Perth, United Kingdom.

Celtic reportedly failed with a bid for the Belgian.

Jeremey Toljan of Celtic is seen prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park on February 6, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Early days, but Jeremy Toljan looks like he could be a great signing for Celtic.

Toljan, who joined Celtic on loan from Borussia Dortmund last month, has impressed in his first two games under Brendan Rodgers - a 2-0 win over Hibernian, and a 5-0 demolition of St Johnstone.


The Hoops were linked with a number of right-backs during the January transfer window and, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Rodgers failed with an £8.8 million offer for Atalanta defender Timothy Castagne.

If true, it could be a blessing in disguise.


Toljan already looks completely in tune with the rest of his Celtic team-mates, especially going forward.

There is nothing to suggest that Rodgers isn't better off with the German rather than Castagne, who the Hoops would've had to break their club-record transfer on, if £8.8 million was rebuffed.

Plus, there is every chance that Toljan will cost less than Castagne this summer if Rodgers wants to make the move permanent, which seems possible.

Timothy Castagne and Nathan Ake fight for the ball during the International Friendly match between Belgium and The Netherlands on October 16, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Toljan turns 25 in August. Dortmund haven't loaned him out to aid his development, in the same way Paris Saint-Germain have with Timo Weah or West Brom with Oliver Burke.

The Bundesliga leaders don't strictly need him and hopefully this benefits Celtic if and when they try and negotiate his permanent transfer.

Castagne would've cost a bomb and even then what could his re-sale value have been, if Moussa Dembele only fetched £19.7 million [Sky Sports]?

On a football and business level, Toljan is the better fit for the Hoops

3rd February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnston versus Celtic;  Jeremy Toljan of Celtic made his debut for Celtic

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