Cardiff City ‘may have to sell’ Celtic and Middlesbrough target Ciaron Brown with just one year left on his contract at the Championship outfit, manager Mick McCarthy told Wales Online.
Celtic might have snapped up Rubin Kazan’s Sweden international Carl Starfelt last week, as Ange Postecoglou looks to reinforce a defence which looked about as sturdy as the proverbial chocolate teapot last season, but a substantial rebuilding project is only just getting started at Parkhead.
Christopher Jullien’s injury issues, Nir Bitton’s penchant for self-destruction, coupled with the inexperience of Dane Murray and Stephen Welsh – both of whom endured a day to forget in the 6-2 defeat to West Ham recently – means more additions would be welcome at centre-half before the end of August.
TEAMtalk reported in May that Celtic were leading the chase for Cardiff’s 6ft 1ins giant Ciaron Brown.
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock, meanwhile, confirmed on Monday that the London-born stopper has admirers at the Riverside too (Echo).
Although McCarthy would love to retain the services of the former Livingston loanee, he knows that Brown may be sacrificed if Cardiff cannot tie him down to a new, long-term deal.
Will Cardiff City sell Ciaron Brown to Celtic?
“I don’t want to sell Browny. I’ve offered him a new contract and I’d like him to stay,” said McCarthy, who was surprisingly linked with the Celtic job before Postecoglou’s arrival.
“Yes, I’ve spoken to Neil (Warnock). He’s made an offer. Nowhere near enough.
“Browny is in his last year (of his contract). So if Neil wants to offer something that’s anywhere near our valuation, even though the player has only got 12 months to run, then we may have to sell him. We don’t want him to go on a free transfer.
“If not, he’ll stay here on the contract he’s on until the end of the season. I expect he will play and continue to play and compete just like he always would.”
Brown featured as Cardiff were beaten 4-0 by Southampton in a pre-season clash on Tuesday.