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3 Replacements Lennon Can Consider For Tierney At Celtic Including This Watford Man

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

The English transfer window has come to an end, and Kieran Tierney is no more a Celtic player. The fullback was regularly linked with a move to Arsenal, and in the end, Celtic couldn’t ignore the money. Good thing for Lennon is that he still has time in his hand to look for a replacement and moreover, he should also have the financial muscle to bring on new targets.

The Hoops have already signed Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, but the former Rapid Wien fullback has looked vulnerable defensively. He might only be suitable as a backup option or against teams where he won’t be tested much defensively. Here are three reliable left-back options which the Hoops can go after.

Max Lowe

The fullback enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Aberdeen in the 2018-19 season and became a mainstay for them at the back. Lowe is defensively solid, and he has the potential to match the void left by Tierney. In terms of attacking prowess, Lowe is not there yet, but he can still hold his own while going forward.

We have seen how not having a defensively solid fullback can wreak havoc against opposition who like to play football instead of just defending in numbers. Lennon needs to make sure that the new left-back coming in can keep it tight at the back. Lowe would be a perfect candidate as he is robust in his challenges, reliable on the ball and reads the game well.

Marvin Zeegelaar

The Watford fullback is a complete powerhouse of a defender. The former Ajax fullback can carry the ball forward and deliver threatening crosses which can make him an excellent asset for the Bhoys. The 28-year-old defender played for Serie A side Udinese on loan last season as Javi Gracia had impressive options in the form of Adam Masina and Jose Holebas. He will likely struggle for game time again.

Zeegelaar is someone who can be tough to deal with on the physical front, and he has decent defensive qualities as well. The Dutch footballer has the experience of playing in various leagues over the years, and that will also be a big plus for Celtic.

Joe Bryan

The Englishman can be an ideal replacement for Tierney as he is impressive on both halves of the pitch. The Fulham defender’s standout asset is his pace and acceleration, and he has that doggedness to his game, which is often necessary for a fullback. His work rate, agility, strength and tackling make him a top option and Lennon should consider this 25-year-old left-back.

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