CELTIC are back in the hunt for Sheffield United defender George Baldock.

Ange Postecoglou has identified right-back as one of the Hoops’ problem positions which needs to be addressed as swiftly as possible.

Twenty-eight-year-old Baldock was on the Parkhead radar two years ago when the club searched for a replacement for Mikael Lustig following the Swede’s exit at the end of his contract.

However, the Englishman remained at the newly-promoted Bramall Lane outfit with boss Chris Wilder not keen to sell the reliable back-four operator.

However, the United gaffer was axed last season as the club slipped back into the second tier and new manager Slavisa Jokanovic may be tempted to sell as he assesses the squad ahead of the new campaign, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Jeremie Frimpong, a £11.8million purchase by Bayer Leverkusen, and Hatem Abd Elhamed, who returned to Israel with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, left Parkhead in the January transfer window and were replaced by Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny who arrived on a loan deal. However, the Goodison full-back failed to impress and was returned to the Merseyside club in the summer.

Baldock signed a new Blades contract last year, but that will not put off Postecoglou as he presses ahead with his squad rebuild with just over three weeks to go before the Champions League first leg encounter against Danish Super League runners-up FC Midtjylland in Glasgow.

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