Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers in the market for a new central defender with Dedryck Boyata’s future at the club uncertain.
Celtic have since been linked with Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna with BBC Sport reporting that the SPL champions have already seen a £3.5m bid turned down for the Scotland international.
At 21 years of age and with four Scotland caps under his belt, McKenna is on the road to becoming an established SPL defender, who would help Celtic in their pursuit for an eighth Scottish League title.
However, in Celtic’s quest to go far in European competitions, McKenna is not the player who can boost the club’s chances of doing so.
Furthermore, Celtic should launch an ambitious raid on Chelsea for Gary Cahill instead.
Naturally, the England centre-halve may seem like an unrealistic name to most Celtic supporters, but his current predicament at Chelsea and the fact that the transfer window in England is closed makes things interesting.
£13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Cahill was not included in either of Chelsea’s first two Premier League matchday squads with new head coach Maurizio Sarri choosing David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his two starting central defenders with Andreas Christensen acting as cover from the bench.
Quite frankly, it is hard to imagine how Cahill gets back into the 2016/17 Premier League champions’ starting XI, and a move away from Stamford Bridge could be in his best interest.
Galatasaray are said to be interested in Cahill’s services (via Turkish-Football), but Celtic are the ones that must put themselves at the front of the queue if the England international indicates his time in west London is up.
Cahill has the experience and defensive ability that Celtic are in dire need of for their games against stronger opposition outside of the SPL.
Ultimately, given the situation Cahill finds himself in at Chelsea, Celtic should try and lure the former Bolton man to Celtic Park.