Celtic are apparently targeting veteran Premier League defender Phil Jagielka to potentially plug holes in a defence that conceded 12 goals on the club’s way out of the Europa League.
The 36-year-old centre-back left Goodison Park earlier this week – but has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet, according to The Sun.
The Scottish Champions, who will be chasing their ninth consecutive title next term, will follow up a botched attempt to secure his services in January with a new offer this summer, and we can’t help but think the move makes sense.
England veteran Phil Jagielka has represented the Three Lions on 40 occasions throughout his career, and despite only appearing seven times in the Premier League this season – the lowest number in his 12-year stint with the Toffees – his experience at the top level of football would be invaluable for any club looking to bolster their defence.
And this is especially the case for Celtic having recently waved goodbye to their former defender Dedryck Boyata, who committed his future to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in May, leaving behind Kristoffer Ajer, 21, and Jozo Simunovic, 24, as the clubs two most experienced defenders, with just 36 appearances between them this season.
Furthermore, as much as Celtic thrive off domestic success (and why wouldn’t they, they’ve won the treble treble), we can’t help but think the quality of Jagielka would somewhat improve the club’s dire performances in Europe (the one place they haven’t conquered), which have seen the Hoops progress no further than the Round of 32 in a major competition since 2008.
Jagielka to Celtic gets the thumbs up from us, get to work Neil Lennon!
Celtic fans, would you like to see Jagielka playing for your club? Do you think his experience would help the squad going forwards? Let us know in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!