Daniel Sturridge’s future looks set to be in Turkey as it stands – putting to an end any wild rumours of him coming to Parkhead.
Sturridge has been linked with moves to both Celtic and Rangers this summer (TalkSPORT). That’s despite the fact he has previously been on a reportedly mouth-watering £120k-per-week (Total Sportek) at Liverpool. Even if that isn’t his exact figure, it certainly won’t be far off it.
Sturridge is, at the moment, reportedly in Turkey ready to seal a permanent switch to Trabsonzpor (BBC). Nobody knows how much he’ll earn at the moment, but even then, it will be a lot more than he could’ve or would’ve earned here.
The Champions League winner has also spent the majority of his time with Liverpool on the treatment table. It’s been injury after injury for the England international. Considering the rough and tumble nature of Scottish football, it would’ve been far too risky a signing.
Now, however, it’s something that looks like it can be put to bed for both sides of the Glasgow divide.
Daniel Sturridge’s future was never going to be at Celtic
It’s fair to say that our business in the market when it comes to a forward should now be over. We have four of them after the signing of Jonathan Afolabi. Any move for Sturridge was never going to be a goer after that.
He also never fitted the profile of Celtic whatsoever. Yes, he’s a proven talent, but he comes with such high-risk both injury-wise and in terms of the wages he likely would’ve wanted.
Celtic aren’t known for going for that type of signing unless there’s some real short-term value in it for them. With Sturridge, the risk was always too great.
It’s not quite up there with Emmanuel Adebayor heading to Parkhead, of course (The Sun). That’s another of the crazy pre-season rumours that’s been flying about. These days, however, it’s difficult to take stories like that seriously.
As for Sturridge himself, it will be interesting to see how he fares in Turkey. He certainly deserves a bit of a break in football when it comes to the injury front. He played 27 times for Liverpool last season – less than half of their total fixtures.
So that’s yet another unlikely rumour we can just about cross off the list. And, at this stage, you can probably cross out any striker.