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£2m Celtic target in 2016, Wout Weghorst is now a Dutch international

The AZ Alkmaar striker made his international debut this week.

Mathew Coull

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In January of 2016 Celtic identified the striker target they wanted to bring in to counteract the lack of impact of summer arrival Nadir Ciftci. The player in question was Heracles Almelo striker Wout Weghorst, with The Scotsman suggesting he could be a Celtic player for a fee of £2 million.

A towering figure at 6ft 4ins tall Weghorst was in good form with the Eredivisie club and Celtic’s interest looked promising.

However, the Dutchman did not head to Glasgow and in the summer headed to Dutch rivals AZ Alkmaar as a replacement for the Tottenham Hotspur-bound Vincent Janssen.

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 02: Team mate, Wout Weghorst runs towards Goalkeeper, Tim Krul of AZ Alkmaar as he celebratres saving the final penalty in the shoot out to win the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between AZ Alkmaar and SC Cambuur held at AFAS Stadion on March 2, 2017 in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

It is fair to say Celtic are now regretting not signing the player. Weghorst has been in fantastic form since joining AZ. Last season he found the back of the net on 18 occasions and this season has been even more impressive for the 24-year-old.

Weghorst has scored 22 goals for AZ this season and that form has paid off with the ultimate accolade. With Janssen injured, Weghorst received his first call-up to the Netherlands national team. New manager Ronald Koeman went on to hand him his debut in the 1-0 loss against England in the week.

That January, when Celtic failed to secure a deal for Weghorst they did sign Colin Kazim-Richards who, along with Carlton Cole, did not fill any sort of striker void.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 06: Colin Kazim-Richards of Celtic shoots at goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Since then Celtic have done better in the transfer market. Scott Sinclair has added goals from attacking midfield whilst Moussa Dembele is a top talent.

But Weghorst is a different beast to both players and would have been an excellent asset for Celtic.

Now he is playing at international level for the Netherlands, Celtic would find it hard to convince the striker into a Parkhead switch.

If only the Bhoys could have secured his signature when they had the chance.

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Record fee for Odsonne Edouard is a gamble that Celtic must take

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The Scottish Sun have reported that Scottish champions Celtic are prepared to break their record transfer fee to keep Frenchman Odsonne Edouard at Celtic Park next season.

The 20-year-old’s loan spell with the Hoops was very much a success, as he scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. The youngster made just 12 league starts and still managed to finish as the club’s second-highest goalscorer as Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a second successive treble winning season.

Considering he is still a teenager and is not even close to fulfilling his undeniable potential, Brendan Rodgers will definitely be considering making a move for the Paris Saint Germain loanee if his goal scoring stats were to keep improving.

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The biggest concern regarding the move is the club record fee that Celtic would be forced to pay. Spending £10 million on such a young player, would be a huge game, especially considering he is still yet to play for PSG and wasn’t a regular starter for the majority of the campaign.

However, any slightly concerned Hoops supporters will look to Edouard’s moment of sheer brilliance during the most recent Old Firm game at Ibrox, when the youngster scored a stunning winner that involved a sublime touch and a drop of the shoulder to fire the winner home for the green side of Glasgow.

At just 20 years of age, Edouard was able to turn the biggest Scottish Premier League game of the season on its head. This is a sign to fans that he could a player who simply thrives when the pressure is applied.

His moment of class against the Gers should perhaps convince Rodgers that Edouard may be the kind of player who would relish the opportunity at being the club’s record signing.

His promising record is encouraging and, with more starts next season, his current stats could look very pedestrian if the Frenchman continues to improve. Despite the high fee, it could prove to be a bargain if the youngster is given the time to find his place in, arguably, one of Scotland’s greatest ever squads.

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Celtic should consider approaching PSG for Alec Georgen after Odsonne Edouard success

Celtic should get back in touch with PSG again this summer.

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It looks as though Celtic will be able to tie up the permanent transfer of striker Odsonne Edouard this summer. As reported by the Daily Mail it appears Celtic are ready to pay £5 million for the Paris Saint-Germain striker with add-ons set to make the overall figure increase.

The 20-year-old was something of an unknown when arriving at Parkhead on loan last summer. But he has impressed, with 11 goals in 29 appearances and in the last two months of the season, in particular, he looked a real threat.

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After the success of this loan deal, it is easy to wonder whether Celtic might want to be in touch with PSG again this summer over another loan deal, for their talented right-back Alec Georgen.

The 19-year-old defender has spent this season out on loan in Holland. His agent Mino Raiola sorted a move to play with Jong AZ, the youth team of AZ Alkmaar. Here he played four consecutive games at the start of his loan spell in the Dutch second tier. Jong AZ won all four of those games, with the player receiving rave reviews. But an Achilles problem cut short his season and that was that for Georgen.

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But the teenager, who is the captain of PSG’s under-19 side is a top talent. The French youth international, who helped his nation with the under-17 Euros in 2015, is considered a star for the future at both club and international level.

As for Celtic, they could use reinforcements in the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s powers are starting to wain and Brendan Rodgers certainly needs new recruits in the position.

Georgen is a wonderful talent with the potential to go on and become a star for both PSG and France.

After the success of their deal for Edouard, it would be a good move from Celtic to go back to the French capital and see what they say about their teenage right-back prodigy.

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Erik Sviatchenko could be like a new signing for Celtic next season

The Danish defender spent the second half of the season away from Celtic on loan.

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January saw Celtic decide to let Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko make a move back to his former club FC Midtjylland on loan. The centre-back was having an indifferent campaign at Celtic. After suffering a knee injury at the start of the season he found himself struggling for first-team football at Parkhead. Kristoffer Ajer’s development into a central defender and the presence of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic saw him pushed out of the matchday squad altogether.

It was a shame to see him pushed out in this manner. Sviatchenko had an excellent 2016-17 campaign with the club, playing 43 times for the Scottish club and establishing himself as a genuine first-team option.

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Sviatchenko had shown great development in his 18 months at the club. He joined the club in a £1.5 million deal from FC Midtjylland in January 2016 and it appeared Celtic had a bargain on their hands.

But after his struggles this season, perhaps Celtic is a step up he cannot quite handle.

Although, the opposite might also be true. In fact, the £1.5 million man might actually be like a new signing this summer.

Sviatchenko had an excellent spell back at his former club. He quickly played himself back into the first-team at the club. His presence helped an inspired run toward the Danish Superliga title.

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In the end, they managed to overturn the points lead that Brondby had and this week won the league title for the second time in their short history.

His form has shown that he is still more than capable of playing a role for Celtic. His season was decimated by that injury at an extremely unfortunate time from which he could not get back into a settled and successful team.

But this summer, he will have a chance in pre-season to push for first-team football at Celtic once again.

Fans who remember his better days in a Celtic shirt will be happy to welcome him back, as he could become a crucial member of the Celtic squad once again in 2018-19.

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