Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reasonably quiet in recent times after seeing their side endure a testing start to the new season, which has seen them exit the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ men had twice qualified for the group stages of Europe’s elite competition under the Northern Irishman prior to this season, but they fell at the third qualifying round this term in going down 3-2 on aggregate to AEK Athens. As such, instead of playing tomorrow against Ajax in a play-off for that competition, they are in action on Thursday night against Suduva seeking to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.
As such, there have been many despondent Bhoys fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been bemoaning the evident centre back crisis currently at Parkhead, which has been compounded recently by reports that Dedryck Boyata is refusing to play for the club.
Thus, it’s clear that Rodgers needs to boost his centre back ranks in the final few weeks of the summer window, and he could do a lot worse than lure £2.7 million-rated Premier League star Wes Morgan (as per Transfermarkt) to Celtic Park.
Ultimately, an injury to Marvin Compper and suspensions for Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer forced manager Rodgers to partner the young and inexperienced Jack Hendry with right back Mikael Lustig against AEK Athens last week, and while the latter duo have since returned to action, the ongoing situation surrounding Boyata’s future suggests that further reinforcements are needed at the back.
And while luring Morgan away from Leicester City isn’t necessarily a nod to the long term, given the centre back is 34 years of age, there is no doubting that he still retains the ability to make a big difference to the Bhoys backline.
The Englishman has been a stalwart in the Foxes defence ever since his move from Nottingham Forest back in 2012, with the defender going on to appear 272 times for the Midlands club, 135 of which have come in the Premier League.
And the centre back really proved his credentials during the 2015/16 season in captaining Leicester to the most unlikely of Premier League title triumphs, with Morgan appearing in all 38 league games and showing his defensive capabilities brilliantly in forming a sensational partnership with Robert Huth – the 34-year-old was simply outstanding that season.
And having continued to feature regularly for the Foxes since then, with varying degrees of success, it’s clear that Morgan still retains the ability to play at the top level, which can only be good news for a Celtic side in dire need of greater experience and indeed quality in the heart of their backline.
Ultimately, the 34-year-old could still do a fine job at the back despite the fact that he is reaching the twilight of his career, and following the arrival of Jonny Evans over the summer, alongside the fact that Harry Maguire stayed at the club, it remains to be seen whether he is a regular at Leicester this term – he dropped to the bench on Saturday in their victory over Wolves.
As such, Rodgers must be ready to pounce in a bid to finally solve Celtic’s evident centre back issues.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!