Celtic lumbered to a 0-0 draw against St. Mirren at the weekend and have fallen five points behind league leaders Hearts.
The Hoops dominated proceedings but were left in the lurch when Olivier Ntcham was dismissed for two yellow card offences after just 37 minutes. Brendan Rodgers’ enjoyed plenty of possession but couldn’t translate their dominance into goals. The Northern Irishman introduced Leigh Griffiths, but the Bhoys were unable to find a way through and were forced to settle for a point.
Celtic lacked a creative spark in the centre of the pitch to bring the likes of Odsonne Eduoard into the game. Again, it could be argued that the Hoops should have strengthened their side further during the summer transfer window. Rodgers will be looking for a positive result against Rosenborg in their first Europa League group game on Thursday.
The window may be closed, but Rodgers should already be lining up a potential January recruit – Wigan Athletic playmaker, Nick Powell. Valued at £900k by Transfermarkt, the midfielder was poached by Manchester United at a young age but eventually joined the Latics permanently after various loan spells. Powell has developed into a crucial player for his team but has less than one year remaining on his current deal.
The playmaker was crucial in securing promotion to the Championship last season, scoring 15 goals and registering seven assists for his team-mates. His impressive form has continued in the higher division with Powell netting three goals and creating four in his opening seven appearances. His form in front of goal should have Celtic fans licking their lips.
Still only 24-years-old, Powell would flourish at Celtic Park in Rodgers’ system. With excellent dribbling skills, an eye for a pass as well as excellent finishing ability – landing the Englishman should be made a priority.
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