Celtic have missed out on a massive prize pot after being knocked out of the Champions League.
The Hoops failed to reach the group stages of the competition for the first time in four years following an aggregate defeat to AEK Athens. Brendan Rodgers’ side were unable to gain the advantage at Celtic Park and paid the price in the return leg. He will now miss out on an increased prize pot by dropping into the Europa League qualifiers alongside Rangers.
Rodgers lamented the lack of spending following the defeat which could kickstart their summer recruitment drive. Rangers have added a host of new players to their ranks and have made an impressive start under Steven Gerrard meaning retaining the Scottish Premiership title will be even more difficult. One area of concern will be defence and Rodgers should look to sign a defender as soon as possible.
One player he should consider is former Espanyol defender – Diego Reyes. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Mexican is available on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at FC Porto. He made just 12 appearances in the Liga NOS last year but still managed to score two goals in the process with injuries plaguing him throughout the campaign.
Reyes is primarily a centre-back but is also comfortable at right-back or defensive midfield. Remarkably, he is still only 25-years-old meaning his best years are yet to come. He would add some much-needed experience to the Celtic back four having made 55 appearances for the Mexico national team.
It remains to be seen how Reyes would fare after returning from injury but on a free; it’s a risk worth taking for the Hoops. If he can rediscover the form he showed in La Liga two years ago, it would be a masterstroke signing from Rodgers.
Celtic fans, thoughts?