Date: 4th January 2019 at 3:38pm
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OPINION

At the end of last month it was suggested by the Daily Record that Celtic had launched a bid for Atlanta right-back Timothy Castagne, but since then talk of the deal has quietened down.

At £6million, the Belgian wouldn’t have been cheap, but would have brought some much needed quality to the position, and would’ve signalled a strong statement of intent for the Scottish champions.

Castagne’s agent has now seemingly killed off any chance of the Hoops landing their man entirely by suggesting that his client is nearing a move to Lazio.

Speaking to Cittaceleste, Ulisse Savini said: “The chance to see him in biancoceleste [Lazio] is concrete.

“I would like to move it to avoid this continuous dualism with Hateboer, Lazio tries in that role and [sporting director] Igli Tare likes the player.

“He already knew him and I brought it back to him. We’ll see if there are any conditions.

“In Italy there is also Fiorentina on the player and abroad there are some German clubs.

“Atalanta has paid 6 million, less than 10 million I see it impossible.”

The knock back could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Bhoys, however, who should use the money they had allocated to buy Castagne and go all-out for a top quality striker.

With Rangers signing Jermain Defoe and seemingly trying their best to reinforce their squad for a full frontal assault on the title, Celtic must respond in kind and spend big on a proven goalscorer.

It’s hard to escape the feeling that the Scottish Premiership could be decided by who can sweep aside the smaller teams with greater ease, and of the champions can find a predator to bag them the goals they need when it matters most, they will stroll to the title.