Recently reports from Football Scotland emerged that Rangers are keen on signing Norwich City defender Timm Klose. The 30-year-old played a decent role for his side in the Championship this season as the Canaries are set to be back in the Premier League by winning the Championship.
Rangers do need defenders to bolster their squad for next season, but Celtic too are on the same boat as they are also likely to lose some of their centre backs. Dedryck Boyata’s situation has been accepted by the club and fans for quite some time now, and the Belgium international is likely to leave the club once his contract expires in the next few months.
The Bhoys will also lose Filip Benkovic who played a crucial role in the first half of the season in defence. Given his quality and performance, we don’t expect Rodgers to send him on another loan spell. Therefore Celtic themselves desperately need a defender or two, and they should look to join Rangers in the chase of Klose.
The defender is being valued at £3.5m and Celtic should have the financial power to beat Rangers. Moreover, they can give the Swiss defender a chance to play in the Champions League if the Hoops make it past the qualifiers.
Why can Klose be a decent bet for Celtic?
The defender is set to turn 31 in the next few days, and the price tag of £3.5m might seem a bit hefty given his age. However, his performance on the pitch in the Championship suggests that he would be able to hit the ground running straightaway if he joins the club at Celtic Park.
Klose has plenty of experience of playing in the Bundesliga, and he has that physical side to his game which will come in handy for him in the Premiership. Moreover, the defender can play out from the back as well as he has decent on the ball qualities.
Why do they need to beat Rangers?
The upcoming summer transfer window is going to be crucial for both the Glaswegian giants, and it could dictate which team dominates the Scottish football landscape for the next few years. Rangers need to make up some ground to catch Celtic, and the Hoops need to add reinforcements as they are set to lose quite a few players in the summer. Timm Klose has the potential to be a dominant centre half and Celtic should consider jumping in the race for him.