Celtic are through to the next round of the Champions League following a comfortable 6-0 aggregate win over Alashkert.
The Hoops are aiming to reach the group stages of the competition for the fifth season in a row. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a better performance than last year, as they finished third in their Champions League group to thus qualify for the Europa League, where they bowed out in the last 32. Nonetheless, the win over the Armenian champions last week sets up a showdown with Denmark’s Rosenborg.
Rodgers has added just two players to his squad this summer, landing Scott Bain on a free transfer and signing Odsonne Eduoard on a permanent deal from Paris St Germain.
The Northern Irishman is in the market for a new centre-back and a playmaker to bolster his midfield, and the former Liverpool boss should look to Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz in a bid to solve the latter problem.
Valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt, the 18-year-old is highly regarded at the Etihad Stadium, but is unlikely to break into the first team due to the abundance of talent available to Citizens boss Pep Guardiola.
He made 13 appearances in Premier League 2 last year, scoring four and assisting four, yet a loan move may be his next move in order to get regular first-team football, and thus start fulfilling his undoubted potential at senior level.
Celtic have loaned players from City in the past and should aim to be first in line for Diaz. The youngster can play through the middle or out wide and would be a stellar addition to the squad.
Blessed with excellent technical ability, Diaz has the ability to unlock defences and bring the best out of the Celtic attackers, which is why they absolutely must seek to lure the 18-year-old wonderkid to the SPFL this summer.
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