Top Clubs Eyeing This Celtic Defender: Why Rodgers Must Not Sell Him At Any Cost

Russian Premier League champions Spartak Moscow haven’t had a decent start to their new season, having bagged merely 8 points from their first 7 league outings. They have conceded as many as 13 goals and such a mediocre run isn’t really expected from the defending champions. Massimo Carrera is apparently looking forward to bolstering his defensive line and have put Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic on their radar.

Simunovic has been one of the most sought after players in the continent, having proved his mettle whilst plying his trade for the Scottish champions. English Premier League outfit, Burnley, have lost their central defender, Michael Keane, to Everton this summer for a staggering transfer fee of £25million, which could rise to a club record-equalling £30million, and the Clarets are also monitoring Simunovic in order to fill the void left by Keane.

The Croatian emerged through the youth ranks of Hrvatski Dragovoljac and Dinamo Zagreb and was eventually promoted to the senior side of the latter. In the summer of 2015, the Bhoys made him put pen to the contract paper and ever since his move to the Celtic Park, he hasn’t disappointed the club and helped Brendan Rodgers in clinching the domestic treble last season. The 23-year-old has a price tag of £10million, which shouldn’t be an issue for Burnley or Spartak Moscow in dishing out.

However, at this stroke of hour, it would be utterly ludicrous on the part of the Hoops to strike him off their books. Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko are sidelined owing to their knee injuries and Simunovic is the only notable defender who Rodgers has at his disposal as of now. Celtic haven’t been very busy this summer in their recruitments owing to the knack of the former Liverpool boss to maintain group cohesiveness amongst the men he had last season and it goes without saying that he is really playing with fire.

If Celtic actually sell Simunovic, they won’t have much time to find an astute replacement. They have added merely three quality players in the shapes of Olivier Ntcham, Jonny Hayes and Kundai Benyu to their ranks, with none of them being defenders. The Glasgow giants have been put in the group comprising of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht in the group stages of the Champions League and considering their domestic as well as European commitments, they cannot be complacent with their squad depth.

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

Tottenham Hotspur Want Manchester City Sensation: A Smart Move By Pochettino?

Next Story »

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Three Key Battles Which Will Decide The Outcome Of This Exciting Clash

T40 SCOUTING

  • SWOT Report OF 17 Y/O Frenchman Making Headline In India Linked With Arsenal And Manchester City

    3 days ago

    Premier League clubs Arsenal and Manchester City are lining up bids for 17-year-old French sensation Lenny Pintor. The youngster has raised quite a lot of eyebrows in ...

    Read More
  • Detailed SWOT Report Of 20-Year Old Welsh Sensation Targeted By Liverpool And Arsenal

    4 days ago

    Liverpool have been monitoring the progress of Sheffield United starlet David Brooks, as per reports from English media. However, the Reds will face stern competition from Premier ...

    Read More
  • SWOT Report Of German Youngster Targeted By Manchester United And Bayern Munich

    1 week ago

    A Bola has launched a claim, suggesting Benfica are really interested in the services of Freiburg centre-back Marc-Oliver Kempf. The German youngster is also courted by English ...

    Read More
  • SWOT Report Of Fiorentina Sensation Targeted By Bayern Munich And Liverpool

    2 weeks ago

    Federico Chiesa has been one of the rising stars in the Serie A this season. The 19-year-old, son of former Serie A star Enrico Chiesa, is raising ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Join The Race For This High Profile German Teenager: A Complete Scout Report

    2 weeks ago

    Defensive frailty and lack of conversion have been troubling Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool since the previous international break as they have managed to win only once in seven ...

    Read More