During his first news conference, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou admitted that bringing in new players is a top priority for him.
The 55-year-old’s remarks came as no surprise, but the Parkhead side’s need for reinforcements is two-fold following a disastrous season.
Celtic are in need of reinforcements after finishing 25 points behind Rangers last season, and Steven Gerrard’s side aren’t going to sit still in their pursuit of a place in the Champions League group stage.
Postecoglou must make important decisions about Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, and Kris Ajer, all of whom are approaching the end of their current deal.
Celtic will play Midtjylland in the first of three Champions League ties in July if they are to secure a place at Europe’s top table.
They still have work to do, but Hadjuk Split defender Mario Vuskovic has given them a boost.
The targeted 19-year-old could be forced to wait for his next team, according to Record Sport.
Celtic and Torino are also interested, but Split are prepared to wait as they try to get the best price for a player who will undoubtedly fetch a sum in excess of £5 million.
Vuskovic’s growing popularity has put him on the radar of a number of European clubs, so it might be worth the wait.
According to Slobodna Dalmacija, Celtic will offer the player a salary package that is much higher than any offer from Italy.
In other words, if they decide to pursue a player they were interested in in the last hours of the 2020 January transfer window, there could be positive news.
Gyrano Kerk of Utrecht was the subject of a last-minute approach from Parkhead, but no agreement could be reached, and he remains in the Eredivisie despite being speculated with a move away.
Rene Hake, the manager of Utrecht, agrees he can’t give any guarantees about a player who would give many teams a much-needed boost in the final third.
Speaking to VI, he said: “He is a player with specific qualities.
“I can imagine that clubs of a different standing than FC Utrecht find him very interesting.
“But if something is going on, the question is whether it will get done.
“Last season there was a lot of movement, but in the end he just stayed with Utrecht for the season.”
Piero Hincapie, the rising 19-year-old, is likely to start against Brazil in the Copa America tonight, giving Celtic fans another chance to run the rule over him.
Piero Hincapie can play numerous roles on the backline and is worth more than £3.5 million.