Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat deflated in recent times after seeing their team make a sluggish start to the new season, which has already seen them bow out of the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were outstanding last term in securing back-to-back domestic trebles, thus underlining their domination of football north of the border. Yet they may have slightly more of a battle on their hands this time round given they have won one and lost the other of their opening two Scottish Premiership matches, while they failed to reach the Champions League group stages for the first time under Rodgers’ stewardship after going down 3-2 on aggregate to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, with their club’s summer transfer window a particular source of irritation given the Bhoys have only made four signings so far, two of which frees and another a loan deal.
Yet a move for out-of-favour Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt, would go some way to giving those Celtic fans something to cheer after a tough summer.
Ultimately, many would have expected Celtic to seriously reinforce this summer having defended their domestic treble last time round, alongside the fact that Rangers appear to be growing under the guidance of new boss Steven Gerrard, who has made 12 signings so far.
Yet Odsonne Edouard, Scott Bain, Emilio Izaguirre, and Daniel Arzani are the only men to make the move to Parkhead this summer, thus somewhat underwhelming many sections of the Celtic faithful, not least now they have already been knocked out of the Champions League.
Thus, it has certainly been a tough summer for Rodgers, the club, and indeed the fans, yet were they to lure Tottenham’s Llorente to Celtic Park, it would go some way to salvaging the summer window.
The 33-year-old may have struggled for regular football since making the move to North London 12 months ago, but one mustn’t forget the scoring record of the striker at Swansea City and Athletic Bilbao – there’s a reason he has earned 24 caps for Spain.
The forward netted 111 goals in 327 games for Bilbao during an eight-year spell at the La Liga outfit, which thus earned him a move to Juventus, where he continued to impress by scoring 27 times in 92 appearances for the Italian heavyweights.
And he continued his fine goal-scoring form when he moved to Swansea back in 2016, in which Llorente played a key part in keeping the Swans in the top-flight by netting 15 goals in just 33 games for the South Wales outfit.
Thus, he clearly has pedigree at the highest level, which suggests that the 33-year-old, albeit likely to be past his best, could prove to be a huge asset for Rodgers’ side this term, giving the Northern Irishman another viable and accomplished option in the attacking third of the pitch.
As such, with Llorente’s future seemingly away from Tottenham, Rodgers must seek to lure him to Celtic, which would give those Bhoys supporters something to cheer after a testing summer.
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