3-cap 19 y/o, 8 clean sheets; 3 English league stars Celtic can scout for January window

By Euan Davidson

November 6, 2021

Celtic have broken a bit of a trend this season, and can do so again in the January transfer window.

Two England-based stars have helped the Bhoys to no end in 21-22. Joe Hart was brought in to great effect from Tottenham Hotspur. His Spurs teammate Cameron Carter-Vickers has been instrumental to an improved Hoops defence.

Naturally, that’s had people talking. Not least Daily Record journalist Scott Burns, who believes Celtic will look south to bolster their squad.

Given the hit-or-miss nature of our signings from England in recent seasons, 21-22 has bucked a trend of sorts.

Mohamed Elyounoussi was an inspired signing. Shane Duffy and Jonjoe Kenny, sadly, not so much.

James McCarthy, brought in from Crystal Palace for free, still has time to impress.

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Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, both signed from Sheffield Wednesday, look well-placed to improve.

But if Celtic were to look south, what kind of player would they want to bring in?

Here are some options we’ve found who would compliment the current playing staff nicely.

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Rubin Colwill; the 19-year-old Wales international who will be fielding calls this January transfer window

He’s been called “mustard” by Cardiff City supporters [The 72], hailed for his breakthrough in 21-22 [Wales Online], and even called up for his country. Rubin Colwill is just 19, but his potential is scary.

We’re going to assume “mustard” is a compliment. In a world where “different gravy” means good, condiment and sauce-based superlatives seem to be the flavour of the month.

Colwill, an attacking midfielder who can play on both wings, has made big contributions to Cardiff City this season. The versatile playmaker has chipped in with 3 goals [Transfermarkt], averaged nearly a key pass per 90 [WhoScored?], and has made an impact either starting or off the bench.

In fact, two of his three goals have come when he’s been a substitute. In terms of Celtic, that’s an exciting option. With Tom Rogic injured, and a lack of real attacking midfielders in the squad, developing Colwill would be a great opportunity.

Again, at just 19, he’s been a senior Wales international, and big Premier League clubs will undoubtedly be sniffing around. Could he be the next Joe Ledley, and win titles with Celtic while representing Wales?

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8 clean sheets and full of promise; could Celtic launch January transfer window bid for Matija Sarkic?

Joe Hart is the undisputed number 1 at Celtic. God willing, he’ll stay that way for a few years yet.

Beyond him though, the goalkeeping options are grim. Vasilis Barkas just hasn’t cut it. Scott Bain has only really played for Celtic out of necessity. There are potentially good options further down the list; Tobi Oluwayemi looks a real talent, and travelled to Hungary with the first-team.

However, in terms of long-term planning, Matija Sarkic might be the answer. He’s a Wolves player, on loan at Birmingham City this season. For an unremarkable Blues side, he’s kept 8 clean sheets in 16 outings [Transfermarkt].

Yet another player of the Grimsby-via-Montenegro talent pipeline, Sarkic will likely stay at Birmingham until the summer. But a move now, to secure him for next summer, definitely works.

Like Colwill, Sarkic has three caps for his country. At 24, he’s in the infancy of his goalkeeping career, but it showing excellent promise. Averaging 2.1 saves per 90 [WhoScored?], Sarkic has penalty box prowess. And, as we know, a loan spell at Birmingham City can be the making of a goalkeeper.

Just ask Joe Hart.

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Scott Twine – a “marked man” who could provide Celtic with midfield depth this January transfer window

It’s been a pretty good start to life at MK Dons for Scott Twine.

At 22, Twine has moved plenty in his young career. He’s spent spells with Chippenham, Waterford FC, Swindon Town and Newport County. Now in Milton Keynes, though, Twine looks settled.

He’s recently been in the news for his goal-scoring and assisting heroics. According to MK Citizen, Twine was in September Player of the Month talks, and he’s helping Irish wonderkid Troy Parrot get amongst the goals in League One.

Twine offers a lot. Leaving aside his six goals and two assists [Transfermarkt], he’s averaging 3 shots on goal per game, and a very impressive 2.5 key passes [WhoScored?]. Happy to dribble with the ball, Twine’s ability to attract attention and win fouls is important.

He’s not afraid of doing the dirty work, either. His 1.2 tackles per game indicate a willingness to press and win the ball back. Ange Postecoglou would surely approve.

Admittedly, it might take more of a sample size to truly assess Twine, after a young career spent at various clubs. But he’s a stand-out performer in League One thus far.

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