Celtic kept their Europa League hopes alive with a historic 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park.
With RB Salzburg taking charge of the group, it seemed that second place would be contested by the Scottish champions and the Bundesliga giants, adding even more weight to this crucial tie. Celtic took an early lead when Kieran Tierney netted after just 11 minutes, and Brendan Rodgers’ kept it tight at the back until the 78th minute when Leipzig equalised. However, only a minute later, record signing Odsonne Edouard netted the winner to move Celtic level on points with their opponents in group B.
The result massively improves the Hoops’ chances of progressing to the knockout stages, but their fate remains out of their hands. Celtic still have plenty of work to do, and Rodgers should be earmarking potential January recruits to bolster his squad. With Daniel Arzani expected to miss the entire season through injury, a playmaker could be on his shortlist.
One man he could target is Chelsea outcast – Lucas Piazon. Valued at just £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian arrived at Stamford Bridge from Sao Paulo in 2012 with a reputation as one of Brazil’s hottest prospects. However, after various loan spells away from the club, it seems his time in London is coming to an end with Corinthians interested in bringing him back to his homeland in a cut-price deal – Celtic should aim to win the race instead.
The 24-year-old spent last season on loan with Fulham, scoring five goals and registering five assists to help the Cottagers secure a return to the Premier League. Piazon can play as the number ten or on either wing making him an extremely useful option for Rodgers to have at his disposal. With passing ability to unlock a defence and an eye for goal, Piazon could prove to be a massive hit in the SPFL.
Injecting some Brazilian flair at Celtic Park could prove to be a masterstroke for the Hoops. With Rangers likely to push them all the way in the race for the title, it could be a great signing.
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