Saturday, February 4, 2023

Update On Celtic Target Who Has Been Linked Since The Rodgers Era: What Now For Lennon?

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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.

According to the latest reports from Polish media out Zagranie, Lech Poznan are in advanced negotiations to sell Robert Gumny to a team in Italy. The player has been linked with a move to Celtic in the past. Reports from the Scotsman emerged last week that Gumny remained a plausible right back option for the Hoops, but now it seems like that target is likely to slip away from Celtic’s grasp.

Gumny came close to joining german outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018, but the move failed to go through. The 21-year-old has established himself as a regular for his club side and is currently an u-21 Poland international. The fullback is seen as a significant talent in his country, and some reports mention that he is valued at £5m. Gumny made 21 appearances last season, and he had to miss some games due to a knee injury.

Celtic’s right back woes

The Hoops recently signed Israel international Hatem Abd Elhamed who is being seen as a right-back option. However, Celtic are still likely to go in the market to sign another right-sided fullback. Thus, Elhamed could only be a backup option if the Hoops manage to bring in another reliable option.

The club lost the services of three right-backs from last season, and it is imperative for Lennon to bring in atleast one more fullback. Anthony Ralston is also an option, but he is still young and learning his trade at the top level.

What would have Gumny brought to the table?

The Polish right-back is known as a typical modern-day fullback who looks to move forward at every opportunity. Gumny has even played in an advanced role in midfield down the right flank. The u-21 Poland international star is known for having quick feet, and his bursting speed could have placed the Premiership defenders on the back foot.

The defender is full of energy, and he can continuously run up and down the flank throughout the game. Gumny might have struggled a bit to cope with the physicality of the Scottish game, but overall he would have been a decent acquisition.

What now for Lennon?

The manager still has close to a month to do business and bring in a new right back. Gumny is holding advanced talks with an unknown club in Italy, and it seems like he is going to be another missed target for Lennon. Celtic were linked with the 21-year-old even when Brendan Rodgers was the manager. He fits the bill well as he is a promising young attack-minded fullback. But now Lennon probably needs to look at other options in the transfer window.

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