Celtic set to sign right back Tommy Smith

Celtic look set to add Huddersfield right back Tommy Smith to the squad within the next few days.

According to Chris Doyle at Football Scotland Smith has been left out of two separate pre season friendlies involving his current club, Huddersfield. Smith has been a target for Celtic boss Neil Lennon for several weeks and the right back position is an area of the team that needs strengthening after long serving Mikael Lustig departed.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Tommy Smith of Huddersfgield Town in action during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary’s Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

A £4 million deal could be completed within the next few days as Celtic look to bolster the defence with a third addition in a busy week of transfer activity. Last week Frenchman Christopher Jullien signed for a reported £7 million from Toulouse and Belgian left back was picked up from Raoif Vienna for £3 million.

Smith is the Huddersfield captain having made 182 appearances for the Yorkshire club. He joined the club in 2013 after his contract was terminated by mutual consent by Manchester City, having joined the clubs academy as an 11 year old. Smith captained Huddersfield in May 2017 in the play off final when they gained promotion to the English Premier League for the first time. He would be announced as club captain in August 2017.

Celtic were left with a lack of depth in the right back position when Mikael Lustig moved to Belgian side Gent, with only young Anthony Ralston as an out and out right back, Neil Lennon had identified Smith as the solution to the problem early in the transfer window. Last night in the Champions League Qualification game against FK Sarajevo, centre back Kris Ajer was asked to play at right back.

More signings are expected this summer as Celtic look to change up the treble treble winning side. Neil Lennon will be looking to put his stamp on the team with players who will reflect his playing philosophy.