Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been very despondent in the last few hours after seeing their team crash out of the Champions League at the hands of AEK Athens in the third qualifying round.
Brendan Rodgers’ men had qualified for the group stages in both of the previous two seasons under the Northern Irishman, and looked on course to do so again by easing past Alashkert and Rosenborg in their opening two qualifying rounds. However, a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park last week left the Bhoys with a fair bit of work to do in the Greek capital on Tuesday, and it was a stretch too far as a 2-1 defeat on the night consigned Celtic to a Europa League play-off later this month, as opposed to a Champions League one.
As such, there have been many disappointed Bhoys fans up and down the country, several of whom will be calling for their side to invest in the final few weeks of the window in a bid to maintain their domination of Scottish football, and to give them the best chance in the Europa League.
And moving for West Brom’s Nacer Chadli, who starred at the World Cup for Belgium, would represent genuine ambition from Rodgers’ side going forward.
The 29-year-old currently plays his football at Championship side West Brom and has done so since leaving Tottenham back in 2016, although injuries prevented him from trying to keep the Baggies in the Premier League last term.
And while those injury issues may be of some concern to any prospective buyers, his efforts at the World Cup should put those doubts to bed as the winger was excellent for Roberto Martinez’s side, helping them reach the semi-finals by netting once and laying on one assist in six appearances for his country.
And having enjoyed a fine first season at West Brom, netting five times and laying on five assists in their run to tenth place, there is no doubting that Chadli is a hugely talented winger, and one that would seriously improve Celtic going forward this season.
Significantly, after a summer of minimal investment, luring the 29-year-old to Parkhead would represent a huge statement of intent from Rodgers’ side ahead of the rest of the season – it would also show genuine ambition that they want to continue improving as a club despite dominating football north of the border.
Obviously, convincing Chadli of a move to Celtic Park may be tricky, but the Scottish giants must seek to show genuine ambition by moving for the £13.5 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) star in the latter stages of the Scottish window.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!