Celtic have placed Derby County defender Nathan Byrne on their list of potential transfer targets this summer as they aim to bring in a new right-back, according to the Scottish Sun.
According to the latest report from the Scottish Sun, new Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is being backed by the club’s board this summer and they have promised to make funds of up to £30 million available to him to strengthen his squad.
That comes with the Scottish giants having already poached two players from the Football League in Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide.
It is believed that Celtic have now turned their full attention towards adding a new right-back to their squad this summer as they aim to solve a problem position.
Byrne has now been added to their list of potential targets for that position while they are also keeping an eye on Rennes duo Sacha Boey and Brandon Soppy.
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Byrne only arrived at Derby last summer from Wigan Athletic and he went on to enjoy an impressive debut season with the club despite the Rams’ struggles in the Championship. In total, he managed to register four assists and help his side record 10 clean sheets in his 41 league appearances.
This would be a massive blow for Derby were they to lose Byrne to Celtic this summer, with the Rams already looking short on numbers in the defensive area. The right-back was one of the bright sparks of a very challenging campaign last term and they can ill afford to lose players of his quality at this stage in the transfer window when they are limited with who they can replace him with.
Celtic would be an excellent move for Byrne though and it would present him with the chance to move to a league where he can compete for the league title and also gain experience in European club competition. The fear for Derby will be that this proves to be a very attractive proposition for the 29-year-old this summer if Celtic come in for him.
The Rams could obviously do with the extra finances that a move to Celtic for Byrne would give them. However, they need to do all they can to keep hold of him if they are having designs on anything other than a campaign of major struggle next term in the Championship.