There’s a growing confidence at Celtic that a deal for George Baldock can be done this summer with The Star reporting Ange Postecoglou wants the Sheffield United right-back at Parkhead.
During an intriguing first press conference as Celtic manager, the former Australia boss suggested he would cast his net far and wide in pursuit of players capable of improving a Hoops side that finished a staggering 25 points adrift of Old Firm rivals Rangers last season.
“There is some fantastic talent in Asia, there is some fantastic talent in South America. Most definitely that is one of the areas I want to focus on,” Postecoglou said, via The Herald.
Behind closed doors, however, the 55-year-old appears to have something else in mind.
According to The Star, Postecoglou is prioritising proven, British-based talent – those who know the game and would have few problems adapting to life in the Glasgow goldfish bowl.
And many at Celtic believe Baldock, a tenacious character on and off the pitch, would tick a lot of boxes.
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Postecoglou has apparently told his close confidantes Celtic’s rapid demise is the result of some seriously underwhelming recruitment, with the likes of Vasilis Barkas, Boli Bolingoli and Vakoun Issouf Bayo flopping north of the border.
The 55-year-old, whose forward-thinking, possession-based approach has earned him plenty of admirers during impressive spells in Australia and Japan, wants to build a solid backbone of home-grown talent at Celtic with Buckingham-born Baldock one of his early targets.
The Star adds that, with Jayden Bogle catching the eye during his debut season at Bramall Lane, there’s a confidence at Celtic that Sheffield United would be willing to sell their other right-back option.
Baldock, interestingly, was a target for Celtic in 2020 too, although he proved too expensive for a club still counting the cost of the covid-19 pandemic.