In recent days, talks between Celtic and Royal Antwerp full-back Aurelio Buta appear to have slowed significantly.

After Aurelio Buta was included in Royal Antwerp’s squad for their Sunday match against Kortrijk, it appears that discussions are still far from being concluded.

Following claims from Walfoot Journalist Florian Holsbeek that a £3.5 million fee had been ‘agreed’ and that the transfer will be finalised today, fans were certain the Portugese full-back was on his way to the club.

The fact that Buta was picked for the Royal Antwerp team on July 27th disproves such allegations.

Jeremy Toljan was a disaster, Hatem Abd Elhamed was prone to injury and made costly errors in crucial European games, and Jonjoe Kenny’s performances were just embarrassing.

Jeremie Frimpong was the lone success, since no one anticipated him to join the first team as fast as he did, but he was gone after 18 months.

Celtic sorely need alternatives across the back line, and the only option in the back 5 that supporters may be comfortable with is Carl Starfelt, who had a rough start, but that’s acceptable considering that he’d only practised with his new teammates once and hadn’t played since May.

Joe Hart’s arrival might be imminent, but Celtic require additional alternatives across the board and must move quickly.

Despite the fact that Anthony Ralston has been our star player in our last two games, the broader picture shows that he isn’t Celtic calibre.

For years, Celtic’s right back position has been a source of frustration. Mikael Lustig was a cult figure and a fan favourite at Celtic, but his legs were failing him in his latter years, and a replacement right back was required. We still haven’t replaced the Swede after all these years.