Report shares how Antonio Barragan feels about possible Celtic move

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 reportedly want to bring Antonio Barragan back to Britain from La Liga outfit Real Betis.

Antonio Barragan of Real Betis in action during a pre season friendly match at the Copa Iberica at Estadio Municipal de Portimao on July 19, 2019 in Portimao, Portugal.

Antonio Barragan is loving life at Real Betis and he is apparently determined to stay at the Benito Villamarin for one more year despite interest from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, according to Estadio Deportivo.

Celtic might have splashed out £1.6 million on Israel international Hatem Abd Elhamed this week but, with the transfer window set to slam shut in a few weeks’ time, manager Neil Lennon knows that he needs some added depth on the right-hand side of his defence.

 

According to the Scottish Daily Mail (24 July, page 82), The Hoops have shown an interest in Barragan, alongside Lech Poznan’s Robert Gumny and Basel’s Switzerland flyer Silvan Widmer.

Barragan, a former Liverpool and Middlesbrough defender, is 32 years of his age and therefore feels like a short-term stop-gap solution. But that would be doing a disservice to a player who produced six assists in the 2017/18 La Liga season before falling out of favour in the following campaign.

Antonio Barragan of Real Betis during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Sociedad v Real Betis Sevilla at the Estadio Anoeta on April 4, 2019 in San Sebastian Spain

But, according to Estadio Deportivo, the veteran wants to stay at Betis and see out the final year of his contract. He has ‘no intention’ of leaving Andalucia this summer despite the prospect of winning a first-ever league title in the green and white of Celtic.

Fortunately, The Hoops had planned for this. With two other right-backs on their radar, they have a couple of alternatives lined up already. Barragan’s refusal to move only narrows down the search.

Antonio Barragan of Middlesbrough is challenged by Lynden Gooch of Sunderland during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in...

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