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Celtic should prioritise signing Jake Cooper to replace Boyata in the summer

Celtic should prioritise signing Jake Cooper to replace Boyata in the summer

Celtic maintained their six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership following a comfortable 2-0 victory against Hibernian.

The Hoops took the lead after just 24 minutes when Ryan Christie kept his cool in front of goal to give his side the advantage at half-time. After the break, loanee Oliver Burke’s deflected shot beat Ofir Marciano to secure all three points and maintain their lead at the summit. The victory means Celtic are still to concede a single goal in 2019.

Their defensive record might be commendable but Brendan Rodgers should be looking for reinforcements when the summer transfer window opens. Dedryck Boyata’s long-term future at the club remains unclear while Filip Benkovic will return to Leicester after his loan spell ends. Therefore, signing a new centre-back should be a priority for Rodgers.

One man he could look to recruit is Millwall star – Jake Cooper. Valued at just £1.8m by Transfermarkt, the 24-year-old has been a key man at the Den since joining from Reading in the summer of 2017 for just £400,000.

Once again, the giant defender has been in top form for his side which should make Celtic’s scouts sit up and take notice. Remarkably, Cooper has chipped in with five goals and six assists from the back this season – an impressive tally for a defender. Millwall tied their key man to a new contract in December meaning Celtic might have to fork out a decent fee to lure him to Celtic Park.

Cooper is getting better and better with every game and would thrive under Rodgers’ tutelage at Parkhead.

Celtic fans, thoughts?

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