Reporter Andrew Maclean has recently talked about Celtic’s chase of Hajduk Split central defender Mario Vuskovic.
Maclean recently featured on the latest episode of Clyde Superscoreboard and one topic of discussion was potential transfers in Scottish football. He spoke about Vuskovic and how the Hoops are coming close to signing the Croatian defender this summer.
According to reports, Vuskovic looks set to be handed a four-year deal worth £12,000 a week when he signs for the Bhoys and it has been stated that Ange Postecoglou has already sanctioned the move. As per The Scottish Sun, the Bhoys want to sign the defender ‘as soon as possible’.
Is Vuskovic a Postecoglou-type player?
Maclean talked about this update, saying that if Celtic are paying a big fee for the defender, Vuskovic would have to make an instant impact.
He said: “The fee quoted [is] somewhere in the region of £4 or £5 million – which for Scottish football [is] a lot of money, especially for a 19-year-old. It’s obviously a position Celtic need to strengthen in.
“Maybe not as experienced as other candidates, but that is the way that Celtic and Rangers need to do their business, they need to buy these younger players. It can be a risk, but certainly, they think that he must be a guy that can come in and hit the ground running if they are going to pay that type of fee.”
TIF Thoughts on Vuskovic…
Vuskovic already has a fair amount of experience in terms of playing regular first-team football, as he made 29 appearances in the league last season and even played twice in Europa League qualifying. It shows that the 19-year-old may not have too many problems in hitting the ground running.
If Kristoffer Ajer leaves, as has been mooted recently, Celtic will be short in the centre-back department. That will only increase the pressure of making an instant impact at the club. But Vuskovic is known to be a ball-playing defender and Postecoglou’s system relies on possession-based football – so the teenager might be someone that the Australian really likes and can mould into his plans fairly swiftly.