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5 Players Who Could Interest Brendan Rodgers and Celtic in January

5 Players Who Could Interest Brendan Rodgers and Celtic in January

Celtic remain top of the league, Betfred Cup holders and in the last 32 of the Europa League despite yesterday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Rangers.

But if yesterday’s performance and result did one thing, it reminded everyone that the Hoops need to strengthen in January.

And you’d imagine Brendan Rodgers will be fully focused on adding to his squad over the next month.

Timothy Weah appears set for a loan move to the Hoops already so we’ve left him out of this list.

So here are five more that could interest Rodgers and Celtic:

Nathaniel Clyne – Loan

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Mikael Lustig’s performance against Rangers reminded everyone that a new right back should be Rodgers’ top priority at Celtic. The Swede still has a future at the club, but surely that can’t be as the number one right back? If that proves to be the case, maybe Clyne could interest Rodgers? It was the Celtic manager who took Clyne to Liverpool back in 2015 and he’s spoken very positively about him in the past. Clyne is backup under Jurgen Klopp now and we can’t see him accepting that in the second half of the season – even if Liverpool are vying for the Premier League title. A loan deal to Celtic would make a lot of sense!

Scott McKenna – Buy

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Celtic made bids for the centre back in the summer and you’d imagine he’ll be interesting them again in January. He’s been brilliant for Aberdeen in the first half of the season, particularly of late. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Dedryck Boyata could leave Glasgow in January so a new centre back should be high on Rodgers’ list of priorities.

Andreas Pereira – Loan

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It’s been no secret that Rodgers has been looking to strengthen his midfield for a while and the recent form of Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown should only add to that. In Pereira, Celtic could get a high level playmaker who needs first team football. He’s been getting some cameos recently for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but those have came at the end of heavy wins over teams United should really be beating. At Celtic, Pereira would be getting experience at a high level while offering the Hoops that quality in midfield they’ve sometimes lacked in big games this season.

Vincent Janssen – Buy

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Celtic shouldn’t be the only team interested in Janssen this January transfer window. His days at Tottenham are numbered considering he’s not made a single appearance for them this season and doesn’t even have a squad number under Mauricio Pochettino. The Dutchman’s contract expires in 2020 and he’ll no doubt be on big wages so Spurs will be looking to move him on – he could do much worse than move to Celtic. He’d be joining a team looking to win trophies and would fill a position as powerful frontman that Moussa Dembele vacated in the summer. Whatever Janssen will cost, Celtic should be paying it.

Karamoko Dembele – Promotion

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This is an alternative option, but expect Dembele will seriously interest Rodgers in January – if he isn’t already. The 15-year-old winger turns 16 at the start of February and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him make his top team debut as soon as he hits that age. So, we also wouldn’t be surprised if he steps up his training with the Celtic first team ahead of that happening. Their recent signing of him on a deal until 2021 and the way the club announced that suggest they have seriously high hopes for him.

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