Celtic have made significant additions to their squad in the January transfer window as they signed the likes of Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke and Vakoun Issouf Bayo. However, they still need to solve some of their defensive issues even though they have enough cover for this season at least.
It seems likely that Boyata isn’t going anywhere in this transfer window and he would depart in the summer. Filip Benkovic is also going to stay until the end of the season, but he will have to return back to Leicester City after that. Both of them are currently first choice centre-backs for Rodgers, and the club must think about replacing them soon.
Therefore here are three centre-backs the Hoops should go after.
The Scottish international has shown his worth this season for Aberdeen, and there is no doubt that he would be a massive signing for Celtic. Dereck McInnes went on to indicate (The Scottish Sun) that at the right price, the defender is there for the taking. The Hoops should go all out for him even if it involves breaking their transfer record. The Dons boss also indicated that he would like to have the player on loan until the end of the season if he’s sold and that is something which should suit Celtic well as they have the likes of Boyata and Benkovic until the end of the season.
The defender has all the qualities which would make him a hit at the back, and if Celtic does not manage to land him in this window, then they would struggle to get him in the summer with English clubs like Wolves looming around (Our Opinion).
Celtic were linked (Daily Mail) with this French defender in the summer of 2018. If latest reports from French media outlet L’Equipe are to be believed; then the defender is currently in a contract standoff with his side Le Havre, a Ligue 2 team.
The Frenchman is still just 21 but has shown that he has a mature head above his shoulders. Standing at 6ft3, he is dominant in the air, and the defender often demonstrates big heart and commitment while defending. He has decent qualities on the ball which is often demanded of modern-day defenders. There is no doubt that he would be a hit at Parkhead.
The West Ham defender is currently down with a knee injury and hasn’t played at all this season. Pellegrini has already made some major signings at the back and Reid is likely to find it tough to get into the team after his comeback. In Reid, Celtic would get a Premier League pedigree defender and the experienced New Zealand international would be a quality addition to the Hoops’ squad.