Celtic have missed out on a huge prize pot after being knocked out of the Champions League.
The Hoops have failed to secure a place in the Champions League group stage for the first time under Brendan Rodgers’ leadership following a 3-2 aggregate defeat to AEK Athens. Celtic failed to gain the advantage during the home leg at Celtic Park and paid the price with Athens winning the return fixture. Rodgers will not benefit from the considerable prize money on offer to clubs who reach the group stage and will instead drop into the Europa League.
One man who faces an uncertain future after the defeat is Dedryck Boyata. The Belgian was targeted by Fulham earlier in the window and was declared fit to play by Rodgers. However, Boyata claims he was injured, but fans aren’t convinced and are eager to see the defender leave the club.
To replace him, Rodgers should launch a bid for Everton youngster – Mason Holgate. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old made 15 appearances in the Premier League last season during a disappointing season for the Toffees. Marco Silva has strengthened his defence significantly, adding Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma to his squad. As a result, Holgate has fallen down the pecking order, and a loan move could be best for his development.
Rodgers is known for bringing the best out of young players, and the Northern Irishman could bring the best out of the defender. Holgate impressed when called upon last year and would be a serious upgrade on Boyata. His presence in the back four would provide some much-needed solidity to the Celtic back line.
If Celtic can land Holgate on a temporary basis, they would get their season back on the right track.
Celtic fans, thoughts?