With Celtic’s Scottish dominance under acute threat from Steven Gerrard’s blazing hot Rangers, a strong showing in the January transfer window is the need of the hour.
After beating Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup final on 8th December, Celtic must be confident about reatining the League title as well. However, strengthening the squad is something they will definitely look into.
In this article, we will have a look at some of the players Celtic could sign in January transfer window.
Here are the 8 players Celtic could sign in January transfer window –
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8. Curtis Jones:
The Liverpool academy product has been a sort of revelation this season. His ability to operate in a couple of positions has impressed manager Klopp who is desperate to give the young lad some game time. Jones has enjoyed an impressive season, captaining the U23s and making his first-team debut.
He also starred in a game against Arsenal in the EFL Cup, holding his nerve to score the winning penalty. But Jones might be loaned out in January.
Considering Celtic’s need for an ambitious midfielder who could inject energy and pace to the team, Jones could be an ideal candidate.
7. Yohan Boli:
Celtic targeted Bayo last January and perhaps his compatriot Yohan Boli should also be in consideration for the Parkhead side.
The 25-year-old turned heads last season with 12 goals for St Truiden and has continued that consistent form even this year.
Boli is a free agent in the summer and Celtic could get him on the cheap come January.
6. Lawrence Shankland:
Lawrence Shankland plays as a striker for Dundee United of the Scottish Championship and the Scotland national team.
The Dundee striker has been a hot topic lately, with multiple teams trying to gain his signature for his services. Rangers are also in on Shankland, so if anything, by signing Shankland, it keeps Rangers from scooping him up.
Shankland can help provide depth at the striker position, and has proven he can be a key play maker during his time with Dundee.
5. Ghislain Konan:
Ghislain N’Clomande Konan is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for Stade de Reims as a left-back. Konan has been one of Europe’s hottest properties in the left back position.
With Celtic losing Tierney to Arsenal in the summer window, Konan can be the perfect replacement for exceptionally talented Scotsman.
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4. Shane Long:
The Southampton striker is particularly out of favor considering Danny Ings’ sudden explosive form in which he has scored in each of his last few games. The Irishman has been on the fringes at St Mary’s in recent years and with his contract expiring in the summer, it’s likely he will part ways with the Premier League outfit.
Long’s Premier League experience is something Neil Lennon would be hoping to inject in his team and also in process strengthen the positions upfront with his inclusion. Lennon loves Long as a player but the 32-year-old was out of the club’s price range back in 2011.
He certainly wouldn’t command a hefty price now, but his wage demands could be a stumbling block over a potential move. But like Forster, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if a change of scenery would drastically change the former Reading man’s fortunes.
3. Gregory van der Wiel:
Gregory Kurtley van der Wiel is a Dutch footballer who plays as a right-back. The extremely reliable Wan der Weil could a good addition to the squad.
Having left Toronto FC earlier this year, the experienced right-back is currently a free agent and could be a bargain signing for Celtic.
Gregory is only 21 and has a career full of cameos for so-called big clubs like PSG.
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2. Matt Phillips:
Matthew Phillips plays as a winger for Championship club West Bromwich Albion and the Scotland national team.
He is entering his final year of contract at West Brom which implies that he could prove to be yet another bargain for Celtic.
Phillips can play on multiple positions and can add squad depth to the team that would be challenging again for the Scottish premiership.
1. Dieumerci Mbokani
The DR Congo talisman is remembered for his disappointing spell in England with Norwich and Hull, but he has reignited his career since moving to Belgium.
The 33-year-old joined top flight side Antwerp last summer and notched 14 goals and nine assists in his debut season.
What also makes him an attractive proposition is that his current deal runs out in the summer so his transfer wouldn’t require a big fee.
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