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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 Nash

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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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Despite poor World Cup Giorgian De Arrascaeta would be incredible Celtic signing

Celtic are being linked with a shock move for the Uruguayan.

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Celtic have been linked with a shock transfer move this week. According to reports, the Bhoys are keen on the signature of Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta.

The Sun initially reported that the 24-year-old would cost Celtic a fee in the region of £18 million. However, the Daily Record now suggests that asking price is inflated and Celtic will be able to afford the £10 million-plus asking price Cruzeiro have for the playmaker.

Of course, the talented La Celeste midfielder was with his nation at this summer’s World Cup. Uruguay made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, losing to eventual winners France.

But it was not a great personal performance from the player. He started the competition in the starting XI against Egypt. However, with Uruguay playing poorly and De Arrascaeta barely touching the ball, he was hauled off.

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He was subsequently dropped to the bench for the next four games of the competition, making a brief appearance against Russia in their group dead-rubber.

However, his poor form at the World Cup should not put Celtic off.

De Arrascaeta has been thriving in Brazil for a number of years and been tipped with a move to a host of top European clubs in recent years.

In fact, his difficult World Cup may have done Celtic a favour, with competition to sign him not as fierce as expected.

In Scottish football, he would be an absolute phenomenon. If Celtic can secure a transfer, then it would leave the rest of the nation trembling.

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Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on £3m flop Teemu Pukki

The Finnish striker struggled during his spell at Celtic.

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Norwich City snapped up a new recruit this week with the arrival of Teemu Pukki from Brondby on a free transfer. The 28-year-old arrives on a three-year deal and the Championship club will be hoping he can find the form he did in Denmark. He scored 25 goals in 36 games for the Danish side last season and the Canaries will hope he can take them to the next level in front of goal.

For Celtic fans, his turn of form and recent deal are something of a surprise.

The Bhoys snapped up Pukki from Schalke 04 in the summer of 2013 after he had struggled to shine in German football. The deal cost a reported £3 million and he was expected to be a hit. He was signed as a replacement for Gary Hooper, who had ironically headed to Norwich.

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On paper it looked a good deal but, for whatever reason, things did not work out for Pukki at Celtic.  He scored on his debut but soon enough the goals and his form left him. He managed just nine goals in 37 games for Celtic before joining Danish side Brondby, initially on loan, in 2014.

Pukki struggled to find the level necessary in Scotland but it would appear that his experience at Celtic has helped form him into a far better player.

Celtic fans are unlikely to wish he was still at Parkhead. When it comes to goals they are blessed with the talents of Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.

But no doubt Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on his progress in the Championship, as Pukki tries to crack the UK for the second time in his career.

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He is not worth £50m but Dedryck Boyata has proved a point this summer

Celtic’s Belgian defender has silenced many doubters this summer

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Earlier this week former Celtic hero John Hartson received some ridicule after suggesting the club’s central defender Dedryck Boyata might be worth £50 million. While that is not the case and the Welshman addressed so in the Glasgow Evening Times, he has proven a lot this summer.

Which is why it would have hurt that he found himself dropped to the bench for Belgium’s lucky escape against Japan last night. Vincent Kompany replaced him now fully fit and Boyata did little to deserve being demoted.

He was excellent in the group stages, especially the game with England. He had Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy under control throughout the game and proved himself worthy of transfer talk.

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Boyata also helped to prove something about Scottish football. The game north of the border gets a rough deal from some fans considering the standard of play and football.

But there are some incredible exceptions such as Virgil van Dijk or Andrew Robertson who can go on and achieve positive things away from Scotland.

If Celtic receive a handsome offer based on Boyata’s World Cup displays this summer then they will no doubt snap it up. The Belgian has now done all he can to prove he can cut it away from Parkhead.

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