According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Mason Holgate could be set for a move away in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton and has done so since leaving Barnsley back in 2015, although a lack of regular game time under new manager Marco Silva has called his future at Goodison Park into question.
And reports suggest that the Toffees will seek to loan the England Under-21 international out in the New Year in a bid for the first team football he’s not getting under Silva, which should be of interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as he seeks to finally solve the glaring problem he has at right back.
Ultimately, while the Bhoys are top of the Scottish Premiership and far and away the best side defensively in the division, there are some concerns about the right back department at Parkhead given neither Mikael Lustig nor Cristian Gamboa have overly convinced of their capabilities this season.
Sweden international Lustig has been an outstanding servant to the club over the years, but at the age of 31 things do appear to be catching up with him slightly, yet the fact that Rodgers has afforded Gamboa just one league start this term underlines just how highly the Celtic boss rates the Costa Rica international.
Thus, it’s plainly obvious that the Bhoys are in need of another accomplished option at right back to aid in their treble-chasing quest this term, and while Everton’s Holgate has played at centre back in recent times, he would represent the ideal January addition.
The Englishman joined the Toffees back in 2015 after beginning his senior career with League One outfit Barnsley, and he has since gone on to appear 48 times for the Merseyside outfit, six appearances of which came in the early stages of this season under new boss Silva.
And with 21 appearances last time round as well, it’s clear that the 22-year-old has what it takes to succeed at Premier League level – be it at right back or indeed centre back, the latter where he started their opening five league games this term, he has proven his worth.
But Silva’s acquisition of Yerry Mina as well as the loan signing of Kurt Zouma was always likely to spell trouble for Holgate – he hasn’t even made the matchday squad in each of Everton’s last eight Premier League matches.
Thus, with the potential he has alongside the tender age he is at, the defender is in dire need of first team football come the New Year – and that’s why a move to Celtic makes sense for both him and indeed Bhoys boss Rodgers.
While he hasn’t featured too often at right back recently, the 22-year-old has shown all the hallmarks of an adept full back over the years at Everton, be it pace to deal with opposition wingers, as well as strength and tenacity aerially and indeed in the tackle.
And with the right back department at Parkhead somewhat lacking, what with Lustig past his best and Gamboa clearly not good enough to dispose the Swedish star, Rodgers would be wise to launch a January move for £6.3 million-rated Holgate (as per Transfermarkt) – it would go some way to solving a glaring problem the Northern Irishman has at Celtic.
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