Celtic’s supremacy in Scottish Premiership has not been altered even after great rivals Rangers return to the top tier as the Hoops completed a historic ‘double treble’ over past two seasons in Brendan Rodgers’ highly successful realm at Parkhead. The ex-Liverpool and Swansea City gaffer, however, must be expecting a better challenge this term since the appointment of Steven Gerrard, the iconic Liverpool and England captain, as the Gers’ new boss.
Gerrard, who spent the last few years of his glorious playing career at Merseyside under Rodgers, is now set to rival the Northern Irishman in senior management following an impressive managerial spell for the Reds U18s. Both of them are already pumped up for the upcoming campaign and have started identifying resources in order to conquer silverware.
If reports are believed to be true, these two age-old rivals are set to battle it out for Dundee star Glen Kamara who enjoyed a scintillating 2017-18 season in the middle of the park and is now identified as one of the prime transfer targets of multiple esteemed outfits. The ex-Arsenal prodigy had a couple of unimpressive spells in the lower leagues of English football before completing a free transfer at Dens Park last summer.
There he resurrected his career and eventually earned the maiden senior international cap for Finland having represented his nation in several youth ranks before. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder made 46 appearances altogether for the Dark Blues but a growing interest from league’s big boys has made boss Neil McCann dubious about the youngster’s Dundee future. The player is set to enter the final year of his contract and the fear of losing him will still be there even if he extends his stay penning a new deal.
“Glen hasn’t gone under the radar so we’re not ignorant to the fact he will attract attention. So I am not in a position to say he won’t go because if a big bid comes in for him the club can use that to make itself better.”
A fee as low as £1m was thought to be enough to buy his services, but the gaffer has demanded ‘some serious cash’ in his recent interview and Celtic, who already have a plenty of quality options in the middle of the park, must invest in other areas that need to be strengthened.
The towering presence of skipper Scott Brown deep down the midfield has already put Celtic ahead of others in terms of quality and character. Nir Bitton will return from his injury next season whereas the versatile Stuart Armstrong and Olivier Ntcham have enhanced their midfield strength furthermore. Ivorian Eboue Kouassi is yet to make strides but rated highly by Rodgers and must be handed more senior minutes next season in domestic competitions.
Promoting the 20-year-old prodigy will be a wiser move over splashing the cash on yet another resource in midfield – a position that is already well-equipped and superior to their closest counterparts.