The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been keeping a close eye on the World Cup this summer in order to identify any players who could potentially make a switch to Celtic Park.
The World Cup has been a genuine footballing treat thus far with breathtaking goals, last minute drama and giant-killings contributing towards a magnificent spectacle. Whilst it’s easy to get carried away by the performances of relatively unknown players who shine on the international stage, there’s good reason for Celtic to take note of the performances of an international veteran, namely Keisuke Honda (valued at £3.6 million by Transfermarkt).
At 32-years-old it was no surprise that Honda was benched for Japan’s 4 World Cup fixtures, but the impact he had when coming on as a substitute suggested that he has plenty to offer at the top level.
Honda contributed a goal and an assist during the group stages and he almost netted a dramatic winner for Japan against Belgium with a Ronaldo-esque style free-kick which had Thibaut Courtois scrambling across his goal to turn the goal-bound effort around the post.
Now that Japan’s tournament is over, Honda will need to sit down and think about his future as his contract with CF Pachua expired at the end of June. The Mexican outfit gave him an opportunity to continue his career in Central America after he left AC Milan following a 3 year spell, but a return to Europe may carry a certain weight of appeal for the creative playmaker.
With Patrick Roberts looking unlikely to return to Celtic either permanently or temporarily, Rodgers should be in the market for another right-sided player who can cut inside onto their favoured left-foot to devastating effect, and Honda certainly fits the bill.
Clubs from both Asia and possibly the MLS are likely to be interested in signing Honda so he won’t be short of offers, but the opportunity to lift silverware in Scotland and embark on a unique challenge before winding down his career should carry a weight of appeal.
Celtic fans – thoughts? Let us know below!