Celtic could get three players in one with Middlesbrough's Dael Fry

Neil Lennon, Interim manager of Celtic looks on ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been reportedly checking out Boro's Dael Fry.

Dael Fry of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Celtic need a centre-back, a left-back and a right-back this summer.

Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Emilio Izaguirre are all out of contract after all, while Filip Benkovic is expected to return to Leicester City when his loan spell with the Scottish Premiership champions comes to an end.

But just imagine if Celtic signed a defender capable of playing in all three positions across the back line. Maybe they have already found him.


According to TEAMtalk, the Glasgow giants have been keeping tabs on highly-rated Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry. And, while Boro are hardly planning to sell their coveted academy graduate, who has also caught the eye of Chelsea, Tottenham and Bournemouth, they may not have much of a choice if they fail to secure a Championship play-off place.

Fry is not only a commanding centre-half but possesses a superb range of passing, meaning he would fit in at a Celtic side who are renowned for their ability to dominate the ball. And his impressive versatility could come in handy, too.

Dael Fry of Middlesborough controls the ball during the The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Middlesbrough v Brighton and Hove Albion at Riverside Stadium on January 27, 2018 in...

Fry is most comfortable in the centre but he’s also made nine league starts at right-back while filling in effectively on the left when required.

The 21-year-old produced a fine display on the left as Boro kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s vital win against Hull City.

“Dael has been brilliant in respect of him having to move around in different positions,” Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told the Northern Echo.

So, while Celtic would have to pay big to take Fry north of the border, they would also be getting three players in one.

Dael Fry of England U21 during the  UEFA European Under 21 Championship Qualifiers fixture between England U21 and Scotland U21 at Riverside Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Middlesbrough,...

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