It has been another season to forget for Daniel Sturridge. The England striker found himself out of favour at Liverpool after a string of injury-ravaged campaigns. Jurgen Klopp instead used him as a bit-part player. Therefore, in hope of a late surge toward the England World Cup squad, Sturridge headed out on loan in January. He went to aid the relegation fight at West Brom. Unfortunately, lady luck is not kind to the Liverpool-owned player.
Sturridge played just three times for the Baggies before picking up a hamstring injury.
In the summer he needs a fresh start and Scottish giants Celtic are the perfect club to give him just that.
Celtic have had it all their own way in recent years. This season it seems Brendan Rodgers will again guide his side to the Scottish Premiership title. However, next term looks like it is going to be a far greater challenge for the Bhoys.
Rangers look resurgent, Aberdeen are strong, Hearts have an exciting group of young players whilst Neil Lennon and Steve Clarke are doing great jobs at Hibernian and Kilmarnock.
Celtic need to stamp their authority as the number one team in Scotland in the transfer market this summer, especially with concerns over the future of Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair.
One year ago the idea of signing Sturridge seemed fanciful for Celtic. Now it is a deal that really could happen.
Brendan Rodgers is a huge advocate for the forward. He knew him from his time at Chelsea and turned him into a goal-machine during their time at Liverpool.
Sturridge is a massive name and, when fit, one of the best strikers in Europe. Celtic are a massive club, despite what football fans south of the border might like to make out.
Sturridge would surely jump at the chance to play for a club in the Champions League with the prestige that the Bhoys carry. Such an opportunity would surely make him consider a wage-cut, whilst Celtic would also want some assurances in any deal of cover if injury troubles persisted in Glasgow.
In the past Celtic have lured the likes of Roy Keane, Craig Bellamy and Robbie Keane to Parkhead when not many thought they could. This summer Rodgers should be bold and send out a message by bringing Sturridge to Glasgow.
Celtic must not be undercut on £25m Kieran Tierney asking price
Everton were willing to pay £18 million for the Celtic defender, with the club wanting £25 million.
Earlier this summer Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney looked like being on his way to Everton. The Scottish international was being earmarked as a potential replacement for the aging Leighton Baines.
However, when it came down to matching Celtic’s asking price, Everton would not meet the amount the Bhoys were after. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic wanted £25 million for Tierney. Everton were only willing to go as high as £18 million and pulled out of a deal, signing Lucas Digne from Barcelona instead.
The report even claims Spurs are hoping to sign him at a cut-price deal of just £10 million, taking advantage of Celtic’s inability to qualify for the Champions League and the financial hit that caused.
Celtic must not budge on their high asking price for Tierney. He is an extremely talented left-back and the Bhoys would be selling themselves short, especially at just £10 million.
Perhaps there is wiggle room on a £25 million fee, but Celtic should not be taking a £15 million cut to move on their best talent.
Three ins and outs Celtic could complete this week
Crisis in Europe means that the pressure is on Celtic entering into the final full week of the transfer window for Scottish teams, with Brendan Rodgers looking for ways to strengthen his squad whilst also considering who may have to depart to balance the budget.
This could lead to some unexpected signings and departures, with these three some of those which may take place…
Kieran Tierney (Tottenham)
It seems unlikely a deal would go through this week, but the two clubs could come to an agreement ahead of a January move, particularly as the Mirror claim that the reason for the potential deal for just £10 million would be due to the club’s need to adjust budgets following Champions League failure.
Celtic will not want to sell the 21-year-old, particularly at such a low price, unless they really have to and it seems that the club’s situation is not quite that severe yet.
Douglas Luiz (Manchester City)
Brendan Rodgers was spotted at the Etihad to watch Manchester City face Huddersfield Town on Sunday and City Watch have speculated that his presence may have been to hold talks over a move for Douglas Luiz.
The Brazilian had a work permit application rejected to it is likely that he will leave the Citizens for elsewhere, but he could fulfill the requirements for SPL. Having spent last season on loan at Girona and with the good relationship between the two clubs, it could happen quickly.
Dedryck Boyata (Lyon)
The Scottish Sun stated that he was a target for Lyon, among several European clubs, earlier this summer but no deal has yet come to pass. A row over him declaring himself injured for a crucial fixture could prove to be the end of his Celtic career, whether his destination is Lyon or not.
“I had a long chat with Dedryck the other day. We have created a wee bit of distance from what happened last week. We will look at that over the weekend but Dedryck is still a Celtic player and I want to have him involved.”
Rodgers seems keen to retain his services though, so it could take an impressive offer in order to persuade him to part ways with the Belgian defender.
Kieran Tierney interest shows Tottenham correcting transfer planning mistakes
Tottenham could reap the benefits of their transfer dithering this summer as the Mirror say that they could save themselves £10 million. They report that Celtic may be forced to sell key man Kieran Tierney for just £10 million, with Tottenham interested, despite having put a £20 million price tag on his head earlier this summer.
Spurs were put off by that price tag but could now move for the Scottish international, saving themselves a tidy fee in the process. If the move does come off, it would be the first sign that Daniel Levy and co. are learning from their mistakes of the summer.
With doubts still surrounding the future of Danny Rose, Tierney could be the man to challenge Ben Davies at left-back after a questionable start to the season.
“Can he be the best in the world? Of course! He has lots of talent and just needs to focus and he can do it. He has the talent. Football is about talent but it’s more important to be professional.”
The 21-year-old, who has five years remaining on his contract at Celtic Park, would be a bargain at such a price too. A youngster with potential resale value too, he would fit in perfectly with the club’s transfer policy.
Whilst he lacks Premier League experience and has very limited experience of playing at a top level, Tierney has undoubted potential and has caught the eye of several teams, including Everton.
If Tottenham do act to sign Tierney, it would represent a correction of their mistakes in the summer. It may be a case of the right opportunity presenting itself, but signing young British talents at bargain prices is what Daniel Levy dreams of and Tierney would fit perfectly into that mould and may well be a Tottenham player sooner rather than later if these reports are to be believed.
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