The Celtic fans here in the Transfer Tavern are looking ahead to the summer with the Scottish Premiership title all but wrapped up after their recent win over bitter rivals Rangers. Indeed, whether or not Brendan Rodgers sticks around or not remains to be seen, though the punters propping up the bar are excited nonetheless.
While domestic success is all well and good, the Bhoys in the bar still dream of European success. Though there was a slight improvement this season, making a statement on the continent remains a priority in Paradise and our punters clad in green and white are discussing exactly how they can achieve that.
With that in mind, they are already talking about potential summer transfer targets. One of the most interesting names to have arisen during such talk is a move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder, Gareth Barry. The former England international is likely to be relegated with the Baggies this season and, while he’s had to adapt his game over time, doesn’t look out of place at the highest level.
Indeed, the 37-year-old could be a wonderful addition to the Celtic ranks ahead their next European campaign. He’d provide so much in the way of experience and help further develop the likes of Olivier Ntcham, as well as provide cover for Scott Brown. When Celtic need to set up a midfield blanket during tough away games on the continent, Barry can step in and help control proceedings, bringing a nous and level of experience not seen at Parkhead in years.
Not a long-term move, but the Premier League’s all-time record appearance holder could be a smart transfer as Rodgers looks to deliver prolonged continental adventure to his beloved Celtic.