Heading into another transfer window at Celtic, it’s about that time of year to assess what we’re needing when the market opens in January.
No doubt the club is hard at work scouting and checking into the status of talents around the world, but as fans, it can be fun to speculate what kind of player would benefit the squad and help us out in the second half of the season.
One area I think we could do with strengthening is the striking position.
Yes we have Odsonne Edouard and yes, Leigh Griffiths returned yesterday, but for me, we could do with another option moving forward.
Vakoun Bayo has struggled with injuries since he signed up at Celtic Park and while Griffiths’ presence is very much welcome, it could be seen as a risk to rely on him wholly as we chase trophies, given his own fitness problems of late.
One transfer report that caught my eye this weekend was centred around Liverpool prospect Rhian Brewster.
The Mirror have reported that teams such as Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Swansea City are all interested in signing the teenager on loan in January.
The paper say that Jurgen Klopp is set to sanction a loan move in January, with the youngster having been on the fringes of his first-team throughout 2019.
While it must be stressed we aren’t linked and aren’t mentioned in the report, he appears to me to have the kind of profile of a player that could do the job for us on a temporary basis.
On the edge of elite
Over the last few years at Celtic we’ve prided ourselves on finding young talent that we can mould and shape into talents capable of winning trophies or taking on European sides.
Brewster is on the cusp of a breakthrough at Anfield this season but isn’t quite ready for prime time. A spell at Celtic Park could be the perfect thing for him to kickstart his career.
He’s made two starts in the League Cup for the Reds, against MK Dons and Arsenal, also appearing on the bench for matches in the Champions League and Premier League.
You don’t get to that stage at Liverpool right now without having the skill to back it up.
His 13 goals and 10 assists for the club’s U23s side over the last couple of seasons (Transfermarkt) suggest he knows how to impact a game in the final third.
While he can’t quite displace Roberto Firmino, there’s a chance he could provide competent back up to Edouard.
No permanent striker needed
Ordinarily, I’d be eager for Celtic to make a permanent signing, but in the case of our striking options, it’s not needed. We don’t need to spend big with Edouard installed and it’s not as if we should be actively replacing Griffiths or writing off Bayo.
Brewster earns around £10,000-a-week according to Spotrac, well within our resources. It’d be a modest and sensible acquisition with little risk, bolstering Neil Lennon’s options.
A six-month, 12-month or 18-month move for Brewster could not only be good for his development but provide us with a quality young player ready to tackle challenges both domestic and, potentially, abroad.
If The Mirror is to be believed then lots of clubs are on the hunt for him. We should ensure at least that our hat is in the ring.