Reports tonight – unconfirmed – identify Celtic’s potential second signing this week as Moritz Jenz, who is a central defender who plays, currently, in France for Lorient.
He’s been there for a year, but it’s fair to say that it’s not worked out for him.
Celtic was allegedly – and I say allegedly – interested in this guy last season, although I am familiar with most of the names we were talking to and he wasn’t amongst them to the best of my knowledge.
If he was, it means that we know he’s been well scouted.
We’re clearly in the realms of Ange looking through the scouting reports.
He will do this carefully, and not just on the basis that these guys can play and offer us something.
He has spoken at length about wanting the right “type of people”, those who can fit into the squad and the group and who don’t cause friction. If this is the guy we know everything we need to.
There is some dispute as to whether or not it’s a permanent deal or a potential loan with an option to buy. I’d prefer we bought the guy outright if we’re sure, but at the same time I would totally understand if we wanted a good look at the player first.
The need for a centre back is obvious; only the kid Welsh looks as if he’s going to offer us something, although you can’t completely write off any of the others except maybe Jullien who I would think the club still wants to move out as quickly as it can.
If we bring in another centre back, as well as Mooy, I think the squad is in great shape for the coming campaign.
The manager will have backup in every key area, and although it’s entirely possible that we’ve got one more signing to come – look out for one late in the window, if the manager sees the need for it – this will pretty much prepare us for the season.