Brendan Rodgers will not want to dwell on Celtic’s 1-1 draw against FK Suduva in the club’s first leg Europa League play-off clash too much with work still needed to be done in the transfer market.
The former Liverpool manager is desperate to add a central defender to his squad with the future of Dedryck Boyata uncertain.
Rodgers’ pursuit for a new centre-back has seen Celtic have a £3.5m bid rejected for Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna (via BBC Sport), and the club are now set to turn their attention elsewhere.
According to Football Insider, Celtic are looking to bring in Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall, who has fallen down the pecking order at the City Ground.
As well as Celtic, Old Firm rivals Rangers and English Championship side Aston Villa are also said to be interested in Worrall’s services.
But, should Celtic be beaten to Worrall’s signature by either club, it would hardly come as a blow.
With Boyata’s future up in the air, Celtic obviously need to bring someone in. However, the potential arrival of players such as £7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Worrall and McKenna would provide more questions than answers.
Celtic have achieved absolute dominance in the SPL, but have really struggled in the Champions League, failing to even make the group stages in this campaign.
The Bhoys now find themselves playing for a spot in the Europa League group stages and, if they want to go far in the competition, they need to bring in reinforcements with experience and who will genuinely improve the team.
Furthermore, serious questions need to be asked if the likes of Worrall and McKenna are the type of players Celtic are intent on chasing.