Ex-Aberdeen man Ryan Christie scored the only goal of the game to seal Celtic’s seventh straight trophy under Brendan Rodgers in the Scottish League Cup final.
It took until the stroke of half-time for the deadlock to be broken in the fiery affair, with Christie beating goalkeeper Joe Lewis on the second attempt. The Hoops had the opportunity to double their advantage after the break from the penalty spot, but Lewis was able to deny Scott Sinclair to keep Celtic’s lead at one. However, Aberdeen were unable to find an equaliser and Celtic lifted the trophy for the 18th time in their history.
After a poor start to the campaign, winning the league cup will be another massive confidence booster for a side who have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks. With less than a month away until the January transfer window, Rodgers will have the opportunity to strengthen his squad to maintain their current form.
One man he should try to lure to Parkhead is Liverpool wonderkid – Ben Woodburn. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the Wales international is regarded as one of Jurgen Klopp’s hottest prospects after emerging from the club’s youth academy. Woodburn was sent on loan to Sheffield United earlier in the summer but has started just one game in the Championship so far. Reports suggested that Liverpool could cut short his temporary spell with the Blades if his game time does not increase.
Rodgers will know all about Woodburn’s talents from his spell as Liverpool manager and will know exactly what the 19-year-old could add to his forward line. With pace and expert dribbling ability, Woodburn would add another dimension to the Celtic offence and allow Rodgers to rotate his key players. The youngster will be desperate to get regular game time under his belt, and a reunion with Rodgers in the SPFL could be just what he needs.
This move could prove to be a masterstroke from the Scottish champions.
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