David Provan criticises reported Celtic summer target Stephen O’Donnell

A general view of Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Celtic and AIK at Celtic Park on August 22, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic reportedly wanted Kilmarnock and Scotland international right-back Stephen O’Donnell in the summer transfer window.

Stephen O'Donnell shoots at goal but Guilherme of Russia makes the save during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park on September 06, 2019 in Glasgow,...

According to a report in The Scottish Sun earlier this summer, Celtic were interested in signing Stephen O’Donnell from Kilmarnock.

It was reported that Celtic manager Neil Lennon was looking at securing the services of the 27-year-old right-back, and that Killie were open to cashing in on the Scotland international.

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Nothing materialised, and the former Luton Town defender is still at Kilmarnock.

O’Donnell was in action for Scotland against Russia on Friday, and Celtic legend David Provan was not impressed.

 

Provan has criticised the right-back, and he has suggested that the 27-year-old is not good enough to play at this level.

Provan wrote in The Scottish Sun: “Stephen O’Donnell is ill equipped at this level. In an era where full-backs have so much influence on the game, the defender’s use of the ball isn’t good enough.

“Phil Bardsley might be 34 and playing irregularly for Burnley, but Clarke should be trying to talk him into a comeback until we find a long-term solution.”

Stephen O'Donnell of Scotland vies with Magomed Ozdoev of Russia during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and Russia at Hampden Park on September 06, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mistake averted?

O’Donnell is a good right-back, but the Scotland international is probably not good enough to be the first-choice for Celtic.

Against Russia, the right-back was responsible for the opposition's winning goal and had a generally disappointing game.

The 27-year-old has done well for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, but with Celtic aiming to make an impact in the Europa League and facing serious challenge from Rangers for the Scottish Premiership, he would not have been the signing to take the Hoops to the next level.

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic gives his team instructions during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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