Celtic's reported £4.5m Luka Ivanusec bid is baffling

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon  reacts during the Betfred League Cup match between Celtic and Dunfermline Athletic at Celtic Park on August 17, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Neil Lennon's Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have reportedly bid for new Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Ivanusec.

Luka Ivanusec #14 of Croatia celebrates during the third place match of 2017 Gree China Cup International Football Championship between Croatia and China at Guangxi Sports Center on...

If there is one position Celtic do not need to strengthen before the transfer window shuts, it is attacking midfield.

While the Hoops are short of quality and quantity at left-back, right-back, centre-back and perhaps even in goal and up front too, Neil Lennon is hardly lacking options in wide areas or in that ethereal gap between a Callum McGregor and an Odsonne Edouard.

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Lewis Morgan, Mikey Johnston, Jonny Hayes, Ryan Christie, Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Maryan Shved are all equally capable of playing somewhere behind a lone forward. And that’s without mentioning the out-of-favour Scott Sinclair and the injury-stricken Daniel Arzani.

 

Now there’s no debating the talent and potential of 20-year-old Daniel Ivanusec, the latest velvet-toed play-maker to emerge out of Croatian football, but where on earth would an attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing fit in at Celtic right now?

Maybe Lennon wants him to replace the seldom-seen Sinclair, who was left out against both Cluj and Dunfermline in the last week.

But, as Celtic fans will no doubt be shouting from the rooftops after a traumatising defeat to Romanian opposition, the Scottish champions simply have to focus on strengthening a defence shorn of leadership and depth instead of paying £4.5 million on another superfluous forward.

Luka Ivanusec of Croatia and Jonathan Ikone of France battle for the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between France and Croatia at San Marino Stadium on June 21, 2019 in...

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic have been beaten to the punch with Dinamo Zagreb winning the race for Ivanusec’s signature.

But perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. That £4.5 million would be better spent on a Kieran Tierney successor a defender capable of stepping into Dedryck Boyata’s shoes.

Luka Ivanusec of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between France and Croatia at San Marino Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

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