Celtic should continue bringing French players to Parkhead

By Connor Gordon

November 11, 2018

Brendan Rodgers must continue looking into the French leagues in order to find Celtic’s next star.

The Celtic manager isn’t unfamiliar with French talent, having already brought Moussa Dembele, Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham to the club.

Why France?

French clubs are scattered with players who could walk into the Celtic team but are not seen due to the nature of the league.

Furthermore, super rich clubs like PSG have fringe players who can also do a job like Edouard has.

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Edouard was on the fringes of the PSG squad and was loaned to Toulouse at the bottom of the table.

He never managed light up the league and didn’t arrive in Glasgow with a reputation.

However, he has gone on to be Celtic’s number one striker.

Turn towards the stars of French mid table teams for bargains

One player Rodgers should be looking at is Benjamin Andre at Rennes.

The holding midfielder would be perfect at Celtic as a potential replacement or Scott Brown.

Andre is captain at Rennes and is a battler at centre midfield.

He was rumoured to be the subject of a £15 million move to Liverpool last year.

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The 28-year-old has also mentioned in the past that he loved playing at Celtic Park in a friendly.

Andre was a left midfielder when he originally joined the Breton club but quickly moved to the middle, similar to Joe Ledley at Celtic.

In an attacking sense, Celtic could look and Adrien Regattin.

Edouard will know of the attacking midfielder’s qualities having played with him at Toulouse.

Regattin is currently playing in Turkey with Akhisarspor, who he signed with in the summer.

All about that Baysse

In defence, Paul Baysse is someone who can help Celtic get over a potential headache in the summer, as the Hoops face losing first choice pairing Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic next year.

The seasoned Frenchman has played for various French clubs and had a stint in Spain with Malaga.

Celtic will need someone with experience next season and Baysse needs stability – it’s a perfect fit.

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The 30-year old’s contract is up next year but Celtic should buy him in January.

Increasing the French connection at Celtic will only make the team stronger. A greater relationship will increase the chemistry which can only benefit the team.

Celtic have a strong French contingent already and another one or two will increase the bond.