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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should rekindle Martin Odegaard interest this summer

The Real Madrid wonderkid trained with Celtic boss Rodgers at Liverpool back in 2014.

Mathew Coull

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Celtic will be looking to continue improving their side this summer, with reasons to be fearful of some of the other teams around them catching up. Despite their recent humiliation, Rangers have improved this season. Aberdeen remain strong whilst Neil Lennon and Steve Clarke are working wonders at Hibernian and Kilmarnock respectively.

So this summer, some new faces can be expected at Parkhead. With rumours of Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair potentially seeking pastures new and Patrick Roberts’ loan spell coming to an end, attacking midfield might be an area Celtic look to improve.

One player who Brendan Rodgers wanted before could be the perfect option this summer. The player in question is Martin Odegaard.

(<> at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 23, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

Dubbed a wonderkid after making his senior Norway debut aged 15, plenty of teams from across Europe wanted the attacker in 2015. One such club was Celtic, as reported by the Express. Managed by his former Stromsgodset boss Ronny Deila, interest from Glasgow made perfect sense.

Another team interested were Liverpool. As reported by the Daily Mail, the talented teen even trained with the first-team at Melwood in 2014.

In the end, Odegaard moved to Real Madrid but has found life difficult in Spain. Last winter he was sent out on an 18-month loan deal to Heerenveen. That deal in the Netherlands is now coming to an end and Real will likely look to loan out the Norwegian again this summer. The 19-year-old still does not look up to the standard necessary to be a regular for the Spanish side.

Celtic would be the perfect location for the player.

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Firstly, after playing in the Dutch league, Odegaard will be able to handle the similar level of Scottish football.

Then there is the fact Rodgers is clearly a fan. The Northern Irishman was keen on bringing him to Anfield, so bringing him to Celtic would be a no-brainer.

Then there is the commercial impact of such a move. Odegaard is still big news and many would follow Celtic’s progress to see if they can get the best out of the Norwegian starlet.

As for Odegaard, he would also have some welcome company. 20-year-old compatriot Kristoffer Ajer is a good friend of the Celtic defender, who has come on leaps and bounds under the guidance of Rodgers.

His time in Holland has been a learning curve but a move to Celtic looks like it would suit Odegaard much better.

It would be a perfect chance for Odegaard to remind the football world just why he was the most wanted player on the planet four years ago.

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Chancel Mbemba’s move to Celtic could be another success story for the Scottish top flight

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Tyneside hero Rafael Benitez has successfully maintained Newcastle United‘s Premier League status and the 58-year-old manager is already planning on a summer clear-out.

One of the players who has been linked with an exit from the club is talented defender Chancel Mbemba, who, according to the Chronicle, is being linked with a move to Celtic.

The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour with Benitez, despite starting positively under Steve Mclaren, since his move from Anderlecht in 2015.

The centre-back has made just 19 league starts for the Magpies this season and has not featured for the club since January when Newcastle were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup.

The move would be perfect for Celtic, and would also be great for the Scottish Premier League, with the addition of a talented defender, who still has more to show from his time in North-East England.

Celtic are on course for another treble under Brendan Rodgers with the Hoops lining up against Motherwell on Saturday in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

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Despite the focus being purely on getting his sixth trophy as Celtic manager, the former Liverpool boss can be forgiven for already thinking about next season considering his former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has just taken over the reigns at Ibrox.

Mbemba was one of the stand-out players in his first season at Newcastle and Rodgers has become a manager famous for specialising in getting the best of young talents.

The likes of Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele are all talents who are thriving under the Northern Irish manager and Mbemba could be another success story when it comes to the Scottish top flight attracting the most promising of youngsters.

The Congo international is still relatively experienced and has still has the early years of his career to hone his talents. Under the right manager, he could be one of the standout players in a dominant Celtic team.

Mbemba’s omission from the first team has been one of the few disagreements fans have shared with their Spanish messiah and a his exit could ultimately come back to haunt Benitez.

Considering Rodgers impact when it comes to developing talent, his impact on Mbemba could see Newcastle fans ruing the Belgian defender’s departure.

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Celtic not being made to regret Saidy Janko sale

The former Celtic defender has failed to make a lasting impact at new club Saint-Etienne.

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Last summer Celtic decided the time had come to move Saidy Janko on from his time at Parkhead. The promising Swiss right-back had joined the club from Manchester United in 2015 with a reputation as one of his country’s top young talents.

However, things did not work out for Janko at Celtic. The Swiss full-back began his first season at Celtic in and around the first-team. However, he suffered a serious knee injury in October that left him out of action for most of the season.

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The following campaign and under new management in Brendan Rodgers it became clear he was not in the first-team picture. He was subsequently loaned out to Barnsley, where he had a mixed spell. Therefore, this summer saw Celtic decide to move him on. Janko was sold to French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne for an undisclosed fee.

So did Celtic make a mistake selling the talented young Swiss defender?

At the start of the season, it certainly seemed so. Janko was a regular for Saint-Etienne until December. But results had dried up for the side and Janko found himself being dropped as a consequence. In the second half of the season, he played just three games out of 18 after the turn of the year.

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This week, a report in But! Football Club labelled Janko a flop as Les Verts fans have not been impressed with his performances for the club.

Celtic, at times, have needed cover in the right-back positions this season. But judging by his season at the French side, which gradually went downhill, Celtic were still right to move him on.

At just 22-years-old, the Swiss defender still has time to become a star with the Ligue 1 side. But Celtic fans won’t be losing any sleep over his departure just yet.

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Jordan Ayew should follow footsteps of Scott Sinclair and join Celtic

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Jordan Ayew should be considering his options ahead of next season following Swansea‘s imminent relegation to the Championship.

Scottish champions Celtic would be the perfect club to revitalise a disappointing season in South Wales.

Despite the Swans underwhelming season, forward Jordan Ayew has enjoyed a more successful individual campaign, managing a respectable 11 goals and two assists.

The former Aston Villa winger joined the Liberty Stadium in January last season in a swap deal that saw Wales international Neil Taylor move in the opposite direction.

According to BBC Sport, the Swans paid £5 million for the Ghana international. Following the club’s first relegation since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011, a summer move may seem inevitable.

When considering his next destination, Ayew should look no further than the success of former Swansea fan favourite, Scott Sinclair.

Sinclair was a revelation in South Wales, before signing for Manchester City.

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However, he failed to make an impact at the Etihad, and his move to Celtic proved to be a career-defining decision for the 29-year-old.

Now, the former Swan is on course to win a second treble at Celtic Park, and his individual performances in Brendan Rodgers’ side have not gone unnoticed.

Sinclair has gone on to win the PFA Scotland Player’s Player of the season as well as the SFWA Footballer of the Year back in 2017.

A move for Ayew could see a similar change of fortune with the Marseille-born attacker one of Swansea’s brighter performers this season.

The Ghanaian has boundless energy and provided a spark for his side throughout the season that has ultimately not been enough to keep the Swans up.

He showed signs of brilliance in Ligue 1 but never hit the heights at Aston Villa.

His move to Swansea revived his career, but now the forward needs a move that will allow him to settle and enjoy his peak years.

Ayew is in an exciting place in terms of development. He is 26 and would cost some serious cash, but fits the profile of a versatile forward that Brendan Rodgers craves.

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