Celtic won’t accept anything less than another treble in the current campaign, having asserted their dominance in Scotland in recent years under Brendan Rodgers.
The Hoops find themselves in the knockout stages of the Europa League, with their Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup hopes still alive, so they remain on course for another impressive season.
Rodgers has already secured a number of impressive signings this month, including the likes of Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo. But, with a lack of experience being drafted in up until this point in the January transfer window, perhaps the Northern Irishman has been looking at the wrong type of players.
Nevertheless, this is the Celtic XI Rodgers should have built, with injuries being put to one side.
THE CELTIC XI RODGERS SHOULD HAVE BUILT
Craig Gordon made a few errors during the first half of the season but on a whole, he has taken his shot-stopping to another level, with the opposition having to produce something special to get past him.
One player who Celtic were reportedly interested (as per The Mirror) in signing was Timothy Castagne. The Belgian could have been drafted in as a replacement for Mikael Lustig, who has looked less than comfortable in the current campaign, but nothing has developed in recent times.
Dedryck Boyata’s appears to be heading towards a summer exit but he can still play a big part in the second half of the season for the Hoops. Meanwhile, Filip Benkovic has established himself as a regular at the heart of the defence for Celtic this season, and Kieran Tierney continues to live up to the hype, despite struggling with injury at times.
Scott Brown hasn’t been at his best so far this season but his experience and presence in the middle of the park could prove crucial from here on in. Also, Callum McGregor continues to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the Scottish Premiership, with James Forrest and Ryan Christie causing destruction at every ground in Scotland.
Oliver Burke has all the ingredients to become a star in the Scottish Premiership and he has already had a big impact, with two goals against St. Mirren last time out.
However, Timothy Weah and Issouf Vakoun Bayo lack experience at the pinnacle of the attack, which could come back to bite the Hoops if they hit a rough patch. Celtic were reportedly (as per the Mirror, 18/12; 12:00) tracking the progress of Fran Sol prior to the January transfer window, but by the looks of it they opted to go with youth. The Spaniard has 17 goals to his name in 20 appearances, so it would have made more sense for the Hoops to go all out to sign a striker who has proven his worth and has more experience, but instead he signed for Dynamo Kiev.
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