Celtic should target Aston Villa's James Bree

25th May 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Football Cup Final, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Neil Lennon Celtic Manager with the trophy after beating hearts 2-1

Celtic are looking for players to fill the right-back area for them this summer and they should look no further than Aston Villa's James Bree.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa (L) lifts the trophy with Dean Smith of Aston Villa following victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at...

Both Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and Celtic's Neil Lennon joined their respective clubs midway/more than halfway through last season and enjoyed huge success.

Boyhood Villa fan Smith guided the Midlands outfit back to the Premier League, whilst Lennon ensured the Hoops continued their dominance in Scotland's top-flight by securing the treble.


Now, with the summer transfer window in full swing, both managers are extremely busy in trying to recruit players, with Lennon keen to solve one problem area in his team – right-back.


Well, the Northern Irishman should look no further than Villa's Bree, who was on-loan at Ipswich for the second half of last season.

The 21-year-old is currently behind Ahmed Elmohamady at Villa Park, and with new signing Fred Guilbert also joining from France, he could find himself being the third choice under Smith upon their Premier League return.

Simply put, Bree is too good a player to be the third choice, and given the competition ahead of him now, he more than likely might find himself having to find regular football for next season.

James Bree of Aston Villa in action during at training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on July 09, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Celtic would be the perfect place for the attack-minded fullback, whose strengths are powering up and down the flank, being strong on the ball and picking out quality passes.

He would also be a reliable player for the Bhoys and considering his current status at the club, they might be able to pen him down on a permanent contract.

Since moving to Villa in 2017, Bree has had to deal with a number of injuries, hence his career has not been able to push forward.

Last season, prior to going to Ipswich, when he was fit, he was thrown straight into the deep end and had to fill in at centre-back for the club because no-one was fit and available.

Despite just coming back from injury, the youngster, for a number of games during the winter period, filled in at centre-back and showed calmness and maturity beyond his years. Once again, this would be very useful to Celtic and Lennon.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019...

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