Celtic are ‘checking on’ Barnsley’s Callum Styles in their search for a new left-back, reports Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (19.12.21, pg. 69).

Styles, 21, joined Barnsley from Bury midway through the 2018/19 season. Since, the Englishman has made 89 league appearances for the Tykes with his breakthrough campaign coming last time round.

Under former manager Valerien Ismael, Styles featured 44 times in the Championship, scoring four and assisting three as he proved himself to be one of the most exciting young talents in the division.

And he’s impressed again this time round.

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Despite Barnsley’s struggles, Styles has made 21 Championship outings so far this season, scoring and assisting one.

But now, Nixon writes in this morning’s The Sun on Sunday that Celtic are looking at Styles ahead of the January transfer window, with the Scottish giants looking to fill a longstanding void at left-back.

A shining light…

It’s been a relatively dire season for Barnsley. Losing Ismael in the summer to West Brom, as well as former chief Dane Murphy to Nottingham Forest earlier in the season, the Tykes would bring in Markus Schopp as their new manager.

But he lasted just a few months before he was ousted. Poya Asbaghi is now the man in charge, and although he’s yet to claim his first win in charge, the performances are definitely improving.

Relegation remains a very real threat for the South Yorkshire club and losing a star player in Styles next month would prove costly to them.

He’s a fine player with plenty of potential, and a move to Celtic would no doubt prove enticing, and so Barnsley could have their backs against the wall next month.