Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash with Hamilton at Parkhead off the back of losing 1-0 to Hearts in their preceding league encounter, as well as only drawing 1-1 with Suduva in the first leg of their Europa League play-off in midweek. Yet the Bhoys returned to winning ways at the weekend as a Dedryck Boyata header was enough to get the better of Martin Canning’s side, moving Rodgers’ team up to second in the division and three points behind leaders Hearts.
As such, there have been many upbeat Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, although several still feel that further reinforcements are needed between now and the close of the Scottish window on August 31 to set their side up for the season ahead.
And one man many feel would significantly strengthen the Bhoys is Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt, in a move which, if done, would surely represent Celtic’s best signing of a testing summer.
Ultimately, many would have expected Rodgers’ side to further improve their ranks during the close season after securing the domestic treble last time round, but the Scottish giants have so far made just four signings, two of which on frees and another on a loan deal.
And while the club broke their transfer record to bring Odsonne Edouard to Celtic Park on a permanent deal, many feel that Rodgers hasn’t been sufficiently backed in the window, feelings that have become even more apparent following their early Champions League exit.
And with Boyata’s future still somewhat uncertain amid reported interest from abroad, the Celtic boss may deem a centre back a priority addition in the last knockings of the window – and he could do a lot worse than lure Chelsea’s Cahill to Parkhead.
The 32-year-old may well have gone to the World Cup with England over the summer, but he has yet to appear for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea this season, with the defender failing to even make the matchday squad in their opening three Premier League games.
And with the Blues winning all three of those matches, if not necessarily defending brilliantly over the course of the 270 minutes, it doesn’t look like the former Bolton Wanderers centre back is going to get regular game time anytime soon – but he would at Celtic.
Ultimately, while things have been stop-start for Cahill in the last 12 months or so, one mustn’t forget that he played a vital part in helping the Blues win the Premier League back in the 2016/17 season, and even went on to play 27 times for Antonio Conte’s men last term to underline his pedigree at top-flight level.
Add in a vast amount of experience accumulated over several years at Stamford Bridge, in which time he has won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, and the Europa League, and it’s clear that the 32-year-old’s arrival would hugely benefit Rodgers’ men, both on the pitch and indeed off it.
And with his future prospects looking very bleak indeed at Chelsea, the opportunity may arise for Celtic to make a move, a move which would represent their best signing of the summer window.
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