'Absolute warrior': Tomas Kalas is showing what Celtic could have had

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.

Tomas Kalas is shining in the Championship for Bristol City; no wonder Scottish Premiership champions Celtic wanted him.

Tomas Kalas of Bristol City celebrates at the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate on February 12, 2019 in...

If Celtic had a defender like Tomas Kalas, they might now be just two games away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage. Instead, the Hoops are now staring down the barrel of Thursday night football after a Celtic Park collapse against the Romanians of Cluj.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Hoops were keen to sign Kalas from Chelsea in an attempt to solidify a back line which has looked vulnerable against even the most middling opposition for far too long.

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But their loss is most certainly Bristol City’s gain.

Tomas Kalas of Bristol City  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Bristol City at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Eyebrows were raised when the Robins smashed their transfer record to sign the Czech Republic international for £8 millio, according to Sky Sports, but Kalas is certainly justifying that investment. He was nothing short of magnificent as Bristol City secured a shock 2-1 win away at Phillip Cocu’s Derby County on Tuesday night.

Six blocks and 11 clearances; this was a towering performance from a 6ft centre-back away at one of the Championship’s most fearsome attacking sides.

If only one of Celtic's defenders was so ready and willing to throw his body on the line when Cluj came to town.

Tomas Kalas of Bristol City runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Milwall and Bristol City at The Den on April 30, 2019 in London, England.

 

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