Celtic’s season hasn’t had the stereotypical dominance that has been associated with the club since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. Having achieved back-to-back trebles, the Hoops have been simply sublime as of late.
However, with 2 losses already this season, Rodgers clearly has a big task on his hands this season to be able to match that level of success. It seems frankly bizarre for a team to be just a few points off top spot yet still be under such pressure – but such is life in the top tier of Scottish football.
Whatever the case, Rodgers needs to do something special to get fans back on side, and one area that has served him well since his arrival is the transfer market.
The former Liverpool boss has been able to bring in some game-changing players over the years, many of whom have been crucial to his success at the helm.
A quiet summer, though, naturally has led to a bit of stagnation, and in January, ensuring that changes should be priority number one for the Hoops.
But who, exactly, should they target? Big names are hard to come by, and Scotland isn’t the footballing draw that it once was. That could change, though, if a player is a self-confessed fan of the club, and one man that has already admitted as such, in an interview with Celtic View (via Goal) back in 2008, is Wayne Rooney.
Now, make no mistake, Rooney had a poor end to his time in England, with his spell with Everton and later period with Man Utd leaving a lot to be desired.
However, he’s since turned everything around in the MLS with DC United. He’s been the focal point of the MLS team’s rise the playoffs, and he’s made an impact up and down the field. With 12 goals and 6 assists, he’s enjoying the sort of form that made him one of Europe’s best all those years ago. Now, make no mistake, is he the same player that he was in 2009? Certainly not, but his impact on the field is clear.
On top of that, the leadership that he’d bring would be seismic. The English veteran has over 100 caps to his name for his country, whilst he’s continually played football at the highest level for much of his career. Celtic haven’t had a bad patch like this in a while, and Rooney has forced his way through plenty of them in the past.
He’s had a transformative impact in America, and he could have the same impact for a Celtic team that just needs an extra bit of firepower.