Celtic ‘keen on’ Waasland-Beveren defender Aleksandar Vukotic ahead of summer


CELTIC are keen on Waasland-Beveren defender Aleksander Vukotic, according to reports in Belgium.

The Hoops are now looking ahead towards next season after being declared Premiership champions last week.
Aleksandar Vukotic, left, in action for Wassland-Beveren

Scottish football has been on hold since March as authorities continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

And it is unclear how the transfer market will be affected in terms of how clubs buy and sell players this summer.

Still, according to Belgian publication Le Soir, Celtic are interested in Vukotic.

The Serbian centre-back, 24, has spent the last two years with Waasland-Beveren.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon

But following their relegation as a result of the Belgian top flight being ended early, he could reportedly now be on the move.

Fellow Belgian club Mechelen have reportedly already opened talks with Vukotic over a move this summer.

However, Le Soir claim that Celtic are also keeping an eye on his availability.

Meanwhile, former Hoops manager Gordon Strachan has insisted it's time some of Scotland's lower league clubs stopped pretending they're professional.

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And he thinks many of League One and League Two's sides in particular are nothing more than glorified Junior teams.

He said: "If you want to be a professional club, show it.

"Have full-time employees, have full-time players, have an academy, do the whole lot.

“Just don't play at being a football team and expect us to look after you.

"When you talk about clubs coming into the league, what are they bringing in?

"Two hundred people per week to a game, is that really professional football?

"The teams in the bottom two leagues at the moment, in general, how many players have they produced over the last 14 years?

"Nobody's going to kill a football club but find your level that you play at. Find the level your finances are putting you.

"Don't tell me you're a professional club when you're paying people part-time 80 quid a week and nobody turns up to your football matches.

“Don’t tell me that’s professional, what good is that to anyone? What’s that doing for football?

"If they can’t deal with it financially, they can go and play in the junior leagues."

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