Celtic's 2016 mistake is exposed as Aston Villa sign Ezri Konsa

Celtic fans hold up scarfs ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

£12m Ezri Konsa will be playing Premier League football for Aston Villa next season - if only Scottish Premiership giants Celtic had signed him years ago.

Ezri Konsa of Brentford turns to celebrate scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Preston North End at Griffin Park on May 05, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Ezri Konsa looks absolutely tailor made for Celtic these days.

The Glasgow giants might have already spent £7 million on Christopher Jullien, making him the second biggest signing in their history, but Neil Lennon’s side could still do with one more talented centre-half.

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And Konsa, an England U21 international who is every inch the modern-day defender, would comfortably stroll into Neil Lennon’s starting XI these days. But he’s come a long way since he was linked with a move to Celtic back in November 2016, via The Mirror.

 

"He’s got to step out and he’s got to drive and take games by the scruff of the neck," then-Charlton boss Karl Robinson told London News Online at the time. This was a youngster who's composure and confidence in possession would have made him an immedaite fans' favourite at Celtic.

Konsa instead swapped Charlton Athletic for Brentford, however. And, just one year after arriving at Griffin Park, the 21-year-old has been handed his chance in the Premier League with Aston Villa triggering the £12 million release-clause in his contract.

#WelcomeEzri pic.twitter.com/WC2W9jMxLs

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 11, 2019

In hindsight, failing to make their interest in Konsa count could be one of the biggest regrets of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic reign. He’d have cost a lot less than £12 million a few years ago after all, with his price-tag putting him well within The Hoops’ reach.

According to The Sun, Konsa left Charlton for Brentford for just £2.85 million. And while The Bees will be disappointed to see another key player depart, they can dry their eyes with £12 million pounds worth of bank notes.

Ezri Konsa of Brentford is closed down during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on February 13, 2019 in Brentford, England.

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