Celtic supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team clinch a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title courtesy of a 5-0 thrashing of Rangers on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their meeting with their Old Firm rivals knowing that victory would secure another league title, and they produced an emphatic display to once again underline their dominance of football north of the border. A brace from Odsonne Edouard alongside goals from James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor sealed a comprehensive success for the Bhoys at Parkhead, thus moving them ten points clear of second place Aberdeen with just nine points to play for.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted and buoyant Celtic fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are hoping their team can go on and secure back-to-back domestic trebles by beating Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final later this month.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Bhoys supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a summer move for Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster.
And while the 18-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Rodgers’ squad, they should forget about him and instead seek to lure his £4.5 million-rated Liverpool teammate Ben Woodburn (as per Transfermarkt) to Celtic Park.
Ultimately, while Brewster has excelled at youth level for the Reds and indeed England in recent times, having netted eight goals en route to helping his country to World Cup success at Under-17 level last season, he has yet to have a taste of senior football.
Thus, while there is no doubting his ability, it would surely be a huge risk for Celtic to take in bringing him to Parkhead for his first stint in senior football, whereas at least Woodburn does have some senior experience to draw on were they to move for him instead.
The 18-year-old like Brewster has been a class above in youth football this term and played a key part in helping Steven Gerrard’s side reach the last eight of the UEFA Youth League, yet he also has ten senior appearances for Liverpool under his belt at the early stages of his career.
The forward made his debut for the club against Sunderland in the Premier League back in November 2016 and just a few days later scored in their EFL Cup victory over Leeds United at Anfield, which has since paved the way for eight more appearances in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Significantly though, Woodburn has been in and around the first team at Anfield for a while now in regularly making Klopp’s matchday squad, and as such is regularly being exposed to the ins and outs of senior football.
The same simply cannot be said of Brewster and, regardless of how much talent and potential he has got, Celtic would be taking a risk loaning him in for his first stint in senior football, not least at a club under pressure to achieve every season and ultimately expected to win every game.
Whereas Woodburn is more seasoned and has experience of senior football to draw upon, with it arguable that he is now ready to embark on regular league football to move to the next level of his development – Celtic could provide him with that.
Thus, the Bhoys should forget about moving for Brewster, and instead target his Reds teammate Woodburn this summer.
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