Celtic scout eyes Chelsea duo in Championship clash
Celtic posted a scout to watch Bristol City’s 3-2 win at Ipswich Town on Wednesday and could be eyeing two on-loan Chelsea players.
Tomas Kalas and Trevoh Chalobah both played in the match and could be among the players Chelsea will be forced to get rid of under new sanctions to limit the number of loan players allowed.
Despite seeing his side keep six clean sheets in their last seven matches, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers is on the lookout for another central defender.
He knows he will need to replace Dedryk Boyata in 2019 as the Belgian defender is looking to make a move away from Parkhead, with his contract expiring next summer.
Kalas is a player he will be well aware of as the Czech international impressed on his Premier League debut against Rodgers’ Liverpool in 2014.
Kalas, then aged just 20, stepped in to replace John Terry and had a fine game as Chelsea dented Liverpool’s ultimately unsuccessful title bid.
But the defender has never been able to break through on a regular basis at Stamford Bridge and has been loaned to Middlesbrough, Fulham and Bristol City in recent seasons.
Chelsea can demand a sizeable fee for the 25-year-old in the summer because he will still have three years left on his deal.
Another Chelsea-owned player – Chalobah – could be a potential future loan option for Celtic. The 19-year-old midfielder has started 16 games on loan at Ipswich this season and has scored two goals.