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Brendan Rodgers wanted him in 2017 and Joe Rodon should remain on Celtic radar

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Brendan Rodgers wanted him in 2017 and Joe Rodon should remain on Celtic radar

The Swansea City defender has been in fine form in the Championship this season.

Celtic have certainly had a difficult season in the centre-back position. Largely, that was down to the early season indecision over the future of Dedryck Boyata and some key injury troubles.

In recent weeks they have looked slightly more solid at the back, with Filip Benkovic’s emergence certainly a bonus.

However, they should be disappointed that they did not snap up a player they were linked with last year.

In September 2017, Celtic were linked with having a huge interest in the talented young Welsh defender, labelled his nation’s answer to John Stones.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Joe Rodon of Swansea City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Swansea City at the Riverside Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

The report, from The Sun, suggested Brendan Rodgers was very keen to sign the player from his former club and grooming him into a future Celtic first-team star.

Nothing ever came of it and, at the time, Celtic fans were likely nonplussed.

 

However, Rodon has gone on to become an absolute star for Swansea. The 21-year-old, who has now made his Wales debut, has been in sensational form for Graham Potter’s side, after being drafted into the first-team this season.

The comparisons with John Stones, one of the world’s most expensive defenders, have been warranted with his Rolls-Royce like displays. Celtic would no doubt hope he could go on to become as important at Parkhead as the world’s current most expensive, former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk.

The Bhoys would certainly prefer to have him available over the struggling Jack Hendry.

Rodon remains out of contract at Swansea in the summer, with the Welsh club desperate to keep hold of him. Celtic should certainly keep tabs on his progress and availability going forward as he could become a top player in Scotland.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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