Celtic are hurting from their shock Champions League exit earlier in the week, but they cannot afford to dwell on their missed opportunity for too long whilst the transfer window passes them by.
It’s a cruel learning curve for the Bhoys as they continue to struggle to express themselves on the European stage. The aftermath of their defeat has prompted many to point fingers at the board for failing to back a hugely successful Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market, but with time still remaining in the market the hierarchy could yet partially silence their doubters.
Of course, Celtic’s exit from the Champions League means that a bitter taste will remain in the mouth regardless of how much they spend during the final weeks of the window, but it’s important that new players arrive to ensure their dominance in the SPFL continues for another season.
First and foremost, Rodgers needs to add depth in central defence, and a recent report from Belgian media outlet Nieuwesblad has claimed that he is interested in doing exactly that by targeting the former Celtic star Jason Denayer.
The report claims that Galatasary’s financial problems have put Celtic in pole position to secure his signature, and if that proves to be the case then the Scottish champions should not hesistate to push forward with a deal.
At just 23-years-of-age Denayer represents a solid investment considering he thrived with the club during his first spell in the 2014/15 campaign and would return a vastly more experienced player.
But Rodgers should not stop there in his raid of Manchester City, as their recent recruit Daniel Arzani is also worth a punt.
The Socceroo arrived at Manchester City earlier this month on a permanent deal from Melbourne City, but a report from the Manchester Evening News published on the day of his arrival suggested he will immediately embark on a loan deal, with Celtic the most likely destination.
The 19-year-old prospect has plenty to prove if he eventually completes a switch to Celtic, but the flashes of brilliance he demonstrated when dribbling directly at his opponents in Australia and at the World Cup with the national side were enough to suggest he could thrive at the club.
He would certainly offer a fresh dynamic in the final-third which could help Celtic unlock compactly organised defensive units, whilst Denayer would inject a level of quality and physical power to the back-four which should help the club to remain defensively strong throughout the campaign.
It’s vital that Celtic react to their huge European blow with some positive deals in the transfer market, and a double raid on Man City for Arzani and Denayer would be a perfect way to bolster their options at both ends of the pitch.
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