The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern are enjoying being at the top of the Scottish Premiership. The Bhoys have an eight point gap and look on course to win the title for the seventh consecutive season.
But Brendan Rodgers knows that improvements can still be made and Celtic are likely to dip into the transfer market this January, especially if star players such as Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Dembele depart. One player Celtic have recently been linked with is Lewis Baker of Chelsea.
Celtic are reportedly interested in Baker (rated at £4.5m on Transfermarkt) and his Chelsea team-mate Charly Musonda, probably on a loan deal. Baker has spent the first half of the season out on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship but has failed to make much of an impression and he could be recalled this month by Chelsea.
Baker featured regularly towards the start of the year for Boro but Garry Monk froze him out and he has not made a league appearance since September. The England under-21 star needs to get away from The Riverside for his own career’s sake.
The 22-year-old could resurrect his career at Celtic. He might need to prove his worth to Rodgers first but he has plenty of ability which just needs harnessing. Naturally a central midfielder, Baker is versatile and can cover anywhere in the midfield.
He poses a great attacking threat which would surely damage a lot of Scottish Premiership defences. Baker could be the short term solution to Celtic’s problems and there might even be the prospect of signing one of England’s best young players on a permanent deal, given the competition for places in the Chelsea squad.
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