Celtic are set to battle it out with Aston Villa and Leeds for the signature of Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay [Birmingham Live].

The young Scot would cost Celtic a reported £5m as they look to bolster their backline. The likes of Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic are set to leave the club at the end of the season.

But is a move for the former Partick Thistle defender the kind of deal Rangers should be looking to hijack? Or is it a potentially risky investment from our rivals?

Lindsay signed Moved to Barnsley from Partick Thistle back in 2017. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Rangers too will be in need of two new centre backs come the end of the season. Joe Worrall has already accepted he’ll be going back to Nottingham Forest [originally The Sun], whilst Gareth McAuley is unlikely to be offered an extension to his deal.

 

It means that fans can expect investment in this area of the park. Liam Lindsay, a talented young, ball-playing centre half, poses an interesting option. Currently playing in England’s League One, he’s been a mainstay in a Barnsley side vying for promotion, making 41 appearances.

He was also one of Partick Thistle’s brightest talents when he broke through at Firhill. However, with such a steep price tag for someone relatively unproven at a high level, the move sounds like a big risk. And one we would probably be more comfortable with our rivals making.

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If any move for Lindsay doesn’t come to fruition, could Rangers still rival Celtic for the signature of this Czech international [originally Scottish Sun]? Those reports suggest he’s also available for the same price.