As per one of the latest reports by The Daily Record, Scottish giants, Celtic, are keen to prise out Reading’s defender, Liam Moore, from the Madejski Stadium in the upcoming January transfer window. It is perceived that Moore is apparently at the top of Brendan Rodgers’ wish-list and is very keen to lure him into his ranks. The 24-year-old’s contract with the Championship outfit goes until the summer of 2021, with his value being £5million at this stroke of the hour.
The Celts have made a smashing start to their season under the stewardship of the former Liverpool boss. They are placed at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with 30 points to their name after 12 games.
Although they have failed once again to secure a place for themselves in the knock-out stages, their performances have been quite intriguing and frankly speaking, they have shown that they might be able to do better their credentials in Europe’s elite club level competition in the coming seasons.
Recurring injuries to their defenders have been one of the major headaches for the reigning Scottish champions this season. The likes of Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko have been hit by injuries and this has frequently been a cause of concern for Rodgers. At times, Nir Bitton, despite being a midfielder, has been asked to cater to the central defensive needs of his side.
Thus, it would make complete sense from the Bhoys to shore up their defensive line in the January transfer window and someone like Moore could be an excellent addition to their arsenal.
Capable of plying his trade as a centre-back as well as a right-back, Moore is a defender who passes the ball well and keeps a strong hold on possession.
He is someone who isn’t afraid of venturing into the tight areas as he frequently makes shrewd tackles and interceptions, reads the offensive moves of the opposition with brilliance and thrives meticulously under pressure. Moore has a strong physique and a tall stature, which makes him a complete package in the air.
In 15 Championship appearances for the Royals this season, the Englishman has made 1.3 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 6 clearances and 1 block per game on an average, apart from scoring 2 goals and bagging 1 assist and has cemented his place at the back.
Celtic do have the financial muscle to splash the requisite amount of cash for acquiring the services of quality players and a player of Moore’s calibre would seamlessly fit into the tactical nous of the Hoops.
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