Birmingham City hold trump card to beat QPR, Portsmouth and Derby County to 'physical' defender

Birmingham City could flex their new manager's contacts.Birmingham City could flex their new manager's contacts.
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The defender spent an impressive loan spell at Fleetwood Town last season before returning to Celtic.

Birmingham City hold a trump card in the race against QPR and Portsmouth to sign Celtic defender Bosun Lawal.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs in the Championship and League One after an impressive loan spell at Fleetwood Town during the 2023/24 campaign. Lawal racked up 42 appearances in the third tier before heading back to Glasgow at the end of the season.

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The Daily Record now reports that the defender is 'wanted' by the Blues to add a bite to their defence following relegation from the Championship last time out. Dutch side Fortuna Sittard are also named as a potential suitor while Portsmouth, Derby County, QPR and Wigan Athletic were all also linked in May. The R’s are in the market for a centre-back with Jake Clarke-Salter linked with a Premier League move.

It remains to be seen whether Celtic allow the rising star to head out on loan again next season but BirminghamWorld reports that the Midlands club could have the edge if that proves to be the case. That is because Birmingham City manager Chris Davies has worked under Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers before.

If the Hoops manager is keen for Lawal to improve in a system he can trust, that could be a boost for the Blues. At Fleetwood Town, the defender was initially working under former Celtic midfielder Scott Brown.

Lawal was called up to the Ireland senior squad last month despite having never made his league debut for Celtic. The player has appeared once for the Scottish Premiership club, in a Scottish Cup match in January 2023.

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Speaking about Lawal's future, Rodgers said: "I really like Bosun. He is a player clearly that has got a lot of physical attributes. But what he has as well is a lot of football ability. Been out on loan and you can see he has had that experience and has that power and quality to break through.

"A lot of the other younger players to get that chance to come in and play. And like I said it is very important, as well as them developing their fitness, it's shown they have the personality to come in and play for Celtic.

"That is always important for me for young players that they can come in and play with no fear, and go show that."

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