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There was a time, earlier this season, when Celtic appeared to have no left-backs, and too many left-backs, all at the same time.

Greg Taylor’s injury meant Ange Postecoglou was forced to field Josip Juranovic, the right-footed Croatia international, on the opposite flank throughout much of the Autumn.

Clearly, the former Australia boss was not exactly enamoured by the prospect of handing Boli Bolingoli a fresh start at Parkhead.  

Neither Liam Scales nor Adam Montgomery were deemed ready to be thrown in at the deep end, either, with Postecoglou choosing experience over exuberance in Taylor’s absence. 

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So reports from The Athletic, claiming that the newly-crowned Premiership champions have identified a new left-sided defender as one of their top summer targets, came as no surprise.

The same cannot be said of reports suggesting Celtic are again pursuing Milan van Ewijk, per Voetbal International. 

Celtic linked with Milan van Ewijk

Now, Celtic’s interest in the Amsterdam-born 21-year-old is nothing new. The Glasgow giants considered Van Ewijk last summer, before he swapped recently-relegated ADO Den Hag for Heerenveen.  

At the time, few would have imagined that Anthony Ralston would be transformed from something of an ugly duckling into a swashbuckling swan under Postecoglou’s management.

What’s more, the name ‘Josip Juranovic’ meant nothing to nobody this side of Glasgow when Van Ewijk was being linked with a £650,000 move to Celtic in may 2021. 

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Ralston’s renaissance, coupled with Juranovic’s marvellous debut season in Scottish football, means the prospect of Postecoglou bringing in a new right-back this summer feels like an odd move. A superfluous one at that.

Especially Heerenveen demanding a similar fee to the £10 million one Inter Milan paid for Denzel Dumfries after Euro 2020. Such a fee would see Van Ewijk replace Odsonne Edouard as the most expensive signing in the club’s history. 

Celtic’s summer funds can be certainly better spent elsewhere. One suspects, given the intelligence and the creativity of Celtic’s recruitment under Postecoglou thus far, £10 million could buy the champions a left-back, a winger and a new centre-half with change left over.

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