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.
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.
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.