Celtic are walking away with the Scottish Premier League title once again as many in the Green and White half of Glasgow will have expected, but it is on the continent where dreams of glory this season.
The Hoops face Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League knockout stages having stumbled out of the Champions League in the group stage, and fans here in The Transfer Tavern are keen to see Rodgers strengthen ahead of the tough two-legged tie with the Russian giants. Winning a European competition for the first time in fifty-one years is the pinnacle, and the Glaswegian bunch are keen to see manager Brendan Rodgers strengthen in the coming weeks ahead of the first leg next month. Defensively Celtic will have to be at their best, and simply must keep a clean sheet in the first leg at Parkhead if they are to stand any chance of progressing. A new centre half could be on the agenda, and our landlord can’t help but suggest a swoop for an impressive free agent.
German Philipp Wollscheid has been without a club since leaving Metz earlier in the month, and the 28-year-old is on the lookout for a new home before the end of the transfer window. Wollscheid enjoyed a reasonably successful two-year spell with Stoke City in the Premier League, so Rodgers can rest assured that the player is well adapted to English football, and his English language skills are up to scratch. An experienced player having now played in his homeland, France and England, Wollscheid is adaptable and a leader on the field, and Rodgers would be foolish not to consider picking the free agent up this month. His wage demands will be reasonable, and his presence in the squad could make all the difference. If Celtic want to progress past Zenit and ensure their domestic dominance continues, then Wollscheid is not a bad man to have around.
If Rodgers really is going to put Celtic on the map again, he needs to a big showing in the Europa League. With that in mind, the chance to land such a solid defender for free makes some clever thinking here of the utmost importance.
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