It’s been an intriguing summer in Glasgow with Rangers welcoming Steven Gerrard and essentially a whole new squad of players to Ibrox in a bid to prevent Celtic from continuing their domination in the SPFL, but a recent report from the Daily Record suggests that the Bhoys will continue to lord their superiority over the Gers for another season.
According to the report, Celtic are set to offer new deals to Dedryck Boyata and James Forrest this summer, with talks already underway to extend their contracts which are currently due to expire in the summer of 2019.
And although plenty of the supporters are eager to see new players arrive at the club to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the knockout-stage of the Champions League next season, there’s no doubt that their decision to tie down the aforementioned pairing on new deals will pay dividends next season.
After bringing in a whopping total of 10 new players this summer, it’s difficult to predict how competitive Rangers will be in the SPFL next season, but it must be noted that quantity rarely outweighs quality.
And quality is what Celtic have in abundance, especially now they have welcomed the incredibly exciting Odsonne Edouard to the club from Paris Saint-Germain in a deal which already looks like a marvellous piece of business from Brendan Rodgers.
With Boyata and Forrest now entering negotiations over a new deal, it seems that Celtic are attempting to solidify the foundations they have built to maintain their dominance in Scottish football, and if they are successful in tying down both players to new deals there’s no doubt they will be well placed to retain the title.
Forrest’s impact in the final-third is a pivotal component of Celtic’s attack and replacing him would certainly not be straightforward next summer, whilst Boyata’s presence in the back-four and goal-scoring tendencies would also be sorely missed.
Losing either of these players on free transfers in 2019 would be a massive shame considering their re-sale value, so Rodgers must do everything in his power to give the club a psychological advantage over Rangers in the coming weeks by getting both Boyata and Forrest to agree fresh terms at Celtic Park.
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