Charlie Nicholas has dished out some transfer advice for the Celtic manager, with the former Celtic player claiming that his recruitment strategy would allow Postecoglou’s side ‘raise the bar’ in the Champions League.

Despite making seven signings already this summer, which includes two defenders, Nicholas is keen for Celtic to add players to the backline, singling out Arsenal cast-out Pablo Mari.

After transferring to Arsenal in 2020, he’s struggled to make an impression on the side, spending last season on loan at Udinese.

Charlie Nicholas believes that Celtic should be pushing to add the player to the squad, stating; [The Sun]

“I think Ange Postecoglou should go to Arsenal to give his Celtic squad more defensive armoury – especially for the Champions League.

“I still feel the team still needs another left-sided central defender, especially if they want to make a real impression in the group stages of Europe’s top club competition.

“I know Ange has Carl Starfelt and brought in Moritz Jenz from Lorient, who can play there, but I would prefer a natural left-sided player, somebody who is comfortable on the ball and good at playing out.

“I would like to see him go for a quality and experienced central defender, even if it is only on loan.

“The player I would try and get would be Pablo Mari at Arsenal. The Spaniard is experienced, is naturally left-sided, is a real presence and is a good, good player.

“The fact he is at Arsenal and had previously been at Manchester City shows the sort of quality Mari has.

“I know he has had loan spells at both clubs but he was out at Udinese last season and that again shows the level he is at.

“I think Celtic’s squad is stronger than last season but I don’t think they have taken a leap forward yet.”

Celtic’s European Run

Celtic’s European campaign last season has been overlooked. The Bhoys were handed a tough group in the Europa League, yet they managed to rack up nine points which is pretty impressive and should normally allow the team to progress into the next stage of the competition.

Admittedly, crashing out of the Conference League to Bodo/Glimt was disappointing and left a bitter taste in the mouth of many Celtic fans who expected a decent run in the competition.


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