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Brendan Rodgers should finally get Kyriakos Papadopoulos this summer

The Greek defender is set to be sold by Hamburg this summer.

Mathew Coull

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Celtic may have got the better of Rangers at the weekend, but the gap between the two Old Firm rivals is clearly closing once again. With that in mind this summer should see Celtic make improvements to the side if they are to maintain their position at the top of Scottish football.

One man that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should surely be considering is Hamburg defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Greek defender is looking likely to be on his way out of Hamburg in the summer. The German side were thumped 6-0 by Bayern Munich at the weekend and seem condemned to relegation to 2. Bundesliga this season.

Hamburg’s Greek defender Kiriakos Papadopoulos celebrates after the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Cologne v Hamburg SV in Cologne, western Germany, on August 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Hamburg will need to drastically reduce their wage bill if relegated and Papadopoulos is one of their highest earners. Hamburg Morgenpost recently suggested the Greek defender would be one of those sold. He recently publicly criticised the running of the club, as reported by Eurosport, adding fuel to that fire.

Celtic could certainly do with strengthening the centre-back position. Whilst this season has been a struggle for Papadopoulos, he was once one of Europe’s finest young defenders. Injuries have played their role in his downfall but he remains a top centre-back.

Celtic boss Rodgers is aware of that fact. After all, when manager of Liverpool, the Northern Irishman tried to sign Papadopoulos.

Back in 2013 it was reported that Rodgers wanted Papadopoulos to be the long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher. The Mirror reported that a £13.5 million bid was being readied for the then Schalke defender.

In the end, his injury record looked to much of a concern. Liverpool instead signed Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain.

In the summer of 2015, Liverpool were again linked with the fit-again Greek star. The Mirror claimed Rodgers was keen on rekindling his interest in the player after a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen. Instead, Papadopoulos signed a permanent deal at the BayArena.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 29: Kyriakos Papadopoulos of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern 04 Leverkusen at Camp Nou on September 29, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Now Rodgers may have the perfect opportunity to get his man. Hamburg will have to sell the defender this summer. Celtic could easily get hold of the player at a cut-price considering the German side’s precarious position.

The intense and often over-zealous defender would be an instant fan favourite with Celtic fans. Papadopoulos wears his heart on his sleeve and would undoubtedly don the green-and-white hoops with pride.

Celtic would be bringing in a perfect match with the Greek’s signature. Rodgers would finally be getting his man. This seems a no-brainer for the summer.

 

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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.

Mathew Coull

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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.

Mathew Coull

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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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