Winning consecutive trebles and seven league titles in a row, things are running smoothly for the Green & White half of Glasgow. However, if they are going to succeed in Europe, Brendan Rodgers needs to add some serious quality to his Celtic side.
The Scottish Premiership can no longer be described as a two horse race. Celtic have seriously dominated Scottish football in this decade, but the next stage must be to make an impact in Europe. Cherry picking the best talents in the Scottish League, along with some clever foreign imports is a strategy which clearly had led to great domestic success, but Brendan Rodgers really needs to bring in more exciting young talent with potential to develop to push the Bhoys to the next level.
Celtic should seriously consider trying to bring Razvan Marin (£6.3m-rated by Transfermarkt) to Celtic Park. The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the most exciting midfielders in Belgium. After seriously impressing at native Romanian club Viitorul Constanta from a very young age, he made the switch to Belgian giants Standard Liege for a fee of around €2m.
Marin is one of the brightest talents at Liege, scoring six times in 33 appearances for Les Rouges last season. He is something of set piece specialist, as well as having a great long shot in his locker. His quality of delivery into the box is also a major strength of the Romanian.
Despite being just 22, Marin is already capped eleven times for his country, scoring once.
Celtic should move to sign Razvan Marin. He is the kind of exciting young talent, with potential to improve, which could take Celtic to the next level in Europe. Marin has great pedigree for a 22-year-old, and would add some real technical ability to the Celtic squad, which is required in Europe. An efficient player who will help control games with his passing, he will also provide the strikers with great service.
If Celtic could lure Marin to Glasgow, it would be a real coup for the club. A signing like Marin would signal a change in strategy and approach, looking for players who can make a real difference to Celtic’s European campaigns. All too often in Europe, teams have dominated against Celtic in terms of possession and the Hoops have simply looked to play on the break, signings like Marin would hope to change that.