Potential regret for Celtic as Max Lowe's stock at Derby County is now booming

Max Lowe of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Celtic have may missed their chance to sign Derby County’s Max Lowe.

Max Lowe of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

According to a report in the Daily Record this week, Celtic are still keen on signing Derby County left-back Max Lowe after deciding to sell Kieran Tierney to Arsenal on deadline day last Thursday.

The Scottish window is still open, meaning Celtic can pursue a move for Lowe until the end of the month. However, their chances of adding the Derby youngster to their ranks on the cheap are now all-but over.

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Lowe started the season at Pride Park as arguably the club’s third-choice left-back. Ahead of him in the pecking order were Scott Malone and Craig Forsyth following his return from a lengthy injury.

 

Jayden Bogle’s injury against Swansea City last Saturday, however, saw Lowe replace him at right-back and the talented fullback kept his place for the 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the Carabao Cup.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu has since provided an injury update on Bogle for Rams TV. The youngster is set to miss at least the next few games for the Rams, and Cocu has strongly suggested Lowe will replace him.

Moreover, Scott Malone’s struggling performance against Swansea City last weekend has prompted supporters to call for Lowe to start featuring more regularly at left-back after he shone on loan at Aberdeen last term.

Max Lowe of Derby County during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Arsenal finally completing a deadline day move for Tierney has put Celtic in a difficult spot. The Hoops certainly missed his presence in their recent Champions League qualifying defeat as they crashed out of the competition.

But on the transfer front, it has left them with limited time to find their ideal replacement and with English football now back in full swing, player situations have changed since the start of the month.

If Celtic are to sign Lowe before the Scottish window closes, they will surely now have to pay more then they previously imagined as his stock is as high as it has ever been at the Championship club.

3rd August 2018, Madejski Stadium, Reading, England; EFL Championship football, Reading versus Derby County; Max Lowe of Derby County

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