Celtic: Neil Lennon hints at permanent transfer for impressive Diego Laxalt

Celtic star Diego Laxalt permanent transfer

Such is the level of success Celtic have been able to enjoy recently, a week in which they lost the Old Firm and drew with Aberdeen led to suggestionsthat Neil Lennon should be sacked. 

While they were perhaps a touch reactive, it's indicative of the level to which the Bhoys are measured that such a week is viewed as a disaster. 

So, yesterday's 2-0 win over the Dons to send them through to the Scottish Cup final was an ideal remedy and comments from Lennon in regards to 'discussions' over a potential permanent transfer should be viewed as exciting. 

The Scottish Sun quote the Parkhead chief as saying: “It’s obviously very early days, but when you’ve got a player like [Diego] Laxalt, again it will probably come down to having discussions with him.

“He’s a player I’ve admired for a long time, and he’s proven everything I thought about him to be true.

“He’s a great defender. I’ve seen him a lot of times and I’ve always liked his style.''

Indeed, Laxalt has been a productive addition and the idea of keeping him long-term is obviously a good one for the club. 

A number of supporters on social media yesterday praised him for his outing at Hampden Park and The Athletic noted how the Uruguayan on loan from AC Milan was able to fashion good opportunities by bombing down the left-hand side.

Furthermore, despite only winning one of his first five games, he's already supplying one key pass per game on average (per SofaScore) which sees him rank fourth-highest in the squad in that metric. 

Celtic's Diego Laxalt

Even defensively, he's made the joint ninth-highest number of interceptions (via FBRef) in the squad (3) despite his relative lack of league games compared to the others and is only one behind opposite full-back Jeremie Frimpong in that respect. 

With that in mind, the idea of keeping him long-term should undoubtedly prove exciting. Alongside Greg Taylor, the Bhoys already have two strong options at left-back, so it's reasonably simple logic that keeping him would benefit the squad next season too. 

Laxalt's time at Celtic so far hasn't been easy but it has certainly been impressive. 

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