Celtic submit £2.5m bid for international defender to replace Compper – report

According to Aksam, Celtic have made an initial offer of £2.5million for the 32-year-old but the Turkish side are are holding out for around £3.5million.

The Serbian international is just another one of the many defenders being linked with a move to the Scottish champions as they look to add defensive reinforcements this January.

Having let Erik Sviatchenko join Midtjylland on loan and with new boy Marvin Compper out with injury, Brendan Rodgers’ squad is looking a little short of defensive cover and it looks like the scouting department have identified Tosic as a short-term solution.

Brendan Rodgers admitted in the summer that his squad needed a bit more experience and with Compper out for a while, Tosic could be an older head to guide the younger players.

On paper, Tosic certainly appeared to fit the bill for the Hoops. With over 200 appearances for clubs in France, Serbia, Turkey and elsewhere in his career, he’s consistently played at a level that would suggest he could make an impact in the Scottish Premiership.

He also has extensive European experience and has shone for Besiktas in the group stages of the Champions League this season, helping his side into the last 16 of the competition.

If not him, then Celtic should be looking at players who have similar experience and quality. Perhaps new signing Marvin Compper will play a similar role, but with defensive improvement needed, bringing in another senior first team defender at that level can only be a benefit to the treble winners.

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