Celtic should aim big by trying to sign future free agent Ryan Fraser on a pre-contract.
The Scotland international is in his final few months as a Bournemouth star in the Premier League.
Fraser is one of his country’s top exports and the Hoops are sorely needing a new winger. Wages could be a stumbling block and other teams are interested, but the Hoops should throw their hat into the ring.
Ryan Fraser is the ideal player for Celtic in the summer
The 25-year-old has come on leaps and bounds since leaving Aberdeen for England.
He has made himself a regular in a gutsy Bournemouth team under manager Eddie Howe. Fraser is also a feature in the Scotland team who are hoping, at last, for competition qualification.
The Aberdonian has played 20 league games this season for the Cherries – scoring one and assisting three.
Bizarrely, Fraser’s contract finishes up at the end of June which means clubs can start speaking to him now. A pre-contract agreement could be written up and the Celts would be able to get a sought after top winger for nothing.
Fraser will be more than aware of the Scottish game and is universally known for his talents. However, the Celts will have to fend off interest from the giants of football to get his signature.
Hoops must make a positive plan for Scotland star
One club that was reportedly in for the left-winger is Champions League winners Liverpool. However, later reports suggest that this isn’t true.
But, Fraser is keeping his options open when it comes to a move and there will be a plethora of EPL clubs waiting to pounce. The Celts must put forward a project to him where a team will be built around him.
Fraser must be the focal point and there is no doubting he will be one of club’s top earners too. Space will eventually be freed up for him should Scott Sinclair leave and Mohamed Elyounoussi return down south.
Neil Lennon needs to labour the point that Fraser can be Celtic’s main man while a move to a top six club in England is a risk as he could end up a squad player.
It will take a lot of convincing to get Fraser back home and out of the Premier League bubble. But, by convincing him that he could be the star attraction at Celtic – it might just swing in the Hoops’ favour.
This is the calibre of player that the fans want and the team needs to get back into the Champions League.