Cue Hammond: Celtic must move for £4.5m workhorse McAvennie tips to be “great signing” – opinion

Celtic loanee Diego Laxalt has been a key figure since he arrived in Scotland from AC Milan this summer. Due to the plethora of issues forcing a large amount of Neil Lennon’s men to the sidelines, the Uruguay international has stepped up.

Former Hoops icon and Scotland international Frank McAvennie has praised the impact of Laxalt and his “never-say-die attitude”. Speaking to soccer Insider, he has admitted his fondness for the 27-year-old and believes he will prove to be a “great signing” for his former side.

Celtic should move for Laxalt

Indeed, Laxalt has been putting in consistent solid performances in defence for the Premiership club. It was recently revealed that to make his loan move permanent, it will cost Celtic £4.5million, which is an attractive quote for a player of such high-calibre.

His performance against Lille in the Europa League was a seriously impressive one. According to Sofascore, the full-back put in an astonishing 13 tackles and won 18 of 24 attempted duels, showing just how hard he works in defence. Laxalt contributed heavily to the 2-2 result, despite an overall disappointing performance from the team to let a 2-0 lead go.

Greg Taylor is Celtic’s only other recognised senior left-back and Laxalt’s presence puts pressure on him. The Scot hasn’t started for the Hoops since St Johnstone in the league last month, limited to mere cameo appearances since then.

Lennon looks to favour the loanee, who would more than likely become a regular starter in Scotland should he sign permanently. Odsonne Edouard could be looking at a potential exit and he will bring in a pretty penny. It will more than cover the small cost AC Milan want for Laxalt and it will set Celtic up to be more defensively sound moving forwards, Nick Hammond needs to look at securing his long term signature as soon as possible.

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